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Happy Young Readers Day!

November 14 is Young Readers Day, and while we believe that every day should be spent celebrating and encouraging our city’s littlest learners, we’re happy to take this opportunity to remind you about the many wonderful…

Help Children Struggling with Reading by Becoming a Reading Captain Today!

Read by 4th is Philadelphia's Grade-Level Reading campaign, aiming to get all kids reading on grade-level by the time they reach 4th grade. Reading happens everywhere—in our schools, work, homes, and even our blocks! And this…

New Family Fun Literacy Backpacks at Eastwick Library!

Eastwick Library is excited to announce our new Family Fun Literacy Backpacks. Our backpacks are a pilot program selected by the Library’s Strategic Initiatives Office to support the City of Philadelphia’s citywide Read by…

Literacy Begins at Birth

From day one of their lives, children are exposed to words. Even before birth, babies hear what words sound like and once born, they can visually see printed letters in text. According to Make Way for Books , 90 percent of a…

Quality Pre-K Is Expanding In Philadelphia!

The City of Philadelphia has announced that it is expanding free, quality pre-K for 6,500 three- and four-year-olds over the next five years, with the first 2,000 seats available now! Families interested in the programs should act now,…

Children Improve Math, Literacy, and Life Skills Learning with ReadyRosie

New ways of learning are emerging every day to help children learn important development skills. ReadyRosie is one such tech resource made available free from Free Library of Philadelphia! ReadyRosie is an early education tool that is…

Is Your Child Ready to Read at the Next Level?

The halfway mark of the school year has just passed and report cards have been issued to students throughout Philadelphia Public Schools. With a little more than six months left until summer starts, it’s never too early to be…

Where to Find Free Books to Help Build Up Your Home Library

The Free Library of Philadelphia is a wonderful resource for literacy and knowledge. But did you know Philadelphia has multiple organizations dedicated to supporting children’s literacy? According to a study from the University of…

Free Library Launches Sunday Literacy Program at Select Neighborhood Libraries

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to pilot a new Sunday Literacy program at five of our neighborhood libraries. This program offers drop-in assistance to students struggling to read in 1st through 3rd grades. Beginning Sunday,…

Heading Back to School in a Library State of Mind

As you get in gear for the new school year, know that the Free Library has your back! We, too, are gearing up for the homework, projects, and papers the school year brings—not to boost our own report card, but to help you make the…

Back to School Jumpstart Campers Practice with the Experts

Back to School Jumpstart Camp is a summer learning program for children entering first through third grade. They attend a  three-week camp-style academic enrichment program designed to boost their reading and writing skills…

Tail Waggin' Tutor!

Come by the library to read to our doggy friend - Charlie.  He is a certified therapy dog who loves to have children read books to him.  Make Charlie's day by practicing your reading in a judgment-free zone!  Space is…


As 4 and 5 year old children get ready for Kindergarten, enjoy these books as they perfect their pre-literacy skills.


Books for parents to start reading to their babies on day one.

4th Grade

Quality choices for any 4th grader.

3rd Grade

Great books that a 3rd grader can read independently.

2nd Grade

Super books for 2nd graders

1st Grade

Suggested books for 1st graders.

Chapter Books

Books geared toward newly-independent readers from 1st through 3rd grade. More complex sentence structure and vocabulary are present in these books but you will also find small pictures throughout the text.

Dr. Seuss

Seussical selections from the classic children's book author!