Where do I start?
These lists of books are specially selected by our librarians.
Autumn for Kids
Children's books for every season.
Stories about fall for young children.
Apples, pumpkins, and changing leaves.
Recommended books you can check out from the Free Library.
Fun and engaging books for kids about Ben Franklin, is life, and his many inventions.
Read from the Franklin bookshelf.
Great books to read to children aged 6 to 12 months.
Titles for young readers, ages 5 and 6.
Books for 3- and 4-year-olds.
Books to share with children aged 1 to 2 years.
Recommended titles from the Books Aloud! program.
Frosty Fun for Kids
Featuring the Snowman:
Snow people star in these stories.
Frosty Picture Books:
Great snowy tales.
Fun Wintery Facts:
Information aimed at children.
The science of the seasons.
Excellent books about winter.
First the Basics:
The official Harry Potter series.
Other Harry Potter Books:
Selections that go beyond the popular series.
If you like Harry Potter, try these films.
Dig deeper into the world of wizards.
Books about your favorite young wizard.
Holiday Reading Lists
Holiday Picture Books:
Stories, rhymes and songs for children, chosen by Librarians at the Free Library.
Books to read and share about the winter holidays.
For Kids: Children Immigrating:
The immigrant experience from a child's perspective.
Explore immigration issues of the United States from the founding of the country to the present day political debates. Immigration is also the theme of the 2007 One Book, One Philadelphia literacy program - check out related workshops, performances, and discussions held at all of the Free Library's locations.
Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts
Teach your Child French:
Un, deux, trois… From the 17th century until the middle of the 20th century, French was the pre-eminent language of international diplomacy. It still holds a prominent place in the world today. Your child could benefit from speaking French. Try these titles to help him or her get started.
Explore the Free Library of Philadelphia’s resources related to the theme of the inaugural Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts: early 20th century French culture.
Read Baby Read!
Developmentally appropriate board books for infants
Great books to read just before bed
Books with a Beat:
Picture books with rhyming or musical text that can be read or sung
Explore Your World:
Explore your senses, your house, and the world around you.
A picture book celebration of families.
Interactive Story Time Titles:
Books too big for their covers.
Books, materials, and inspiration for parents of children under the age of six to support the development of early literacy skills and foster the love of reading.
Staff Picks for Children
Amaze your family and friends with things they never knew!
Fun Wordless Picture Books:
Enjoy these stories told in pictures.
Gardening with Kids:
Children are natural gardeners.
Kids in the Dirt:
Get kids interested in gardening!
Naughty or Nice:
Ho ho ho! Are you on Santa's good list this year?
Ramadan Picture Books:
Read all about Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, and celebrate Eid al Fitr with these great books.
Get ready for school to start again this fall!
Three Kings Day:
Stories about Three Kings Day. The joyous last day of the Christmas holiday.
Kid tested... librarian approved!
Thanksgiving Books for Children:
Recommended reading from Children's Librarians at the Free Library.
Books about harvests, feasts and giving thanks for all good things.
The Price of a Child
Booklist for Younger Readers:
One Book, One Philadelphia 2003
The Things They Carried
Books that focus on war themes.
Our 2005 One Book, One Philadelphia selection.
History and Culture:
All about the raiders from the North.
Stories Featuring Vikings:
Fiction that goes back in time.
Learn about this fascinating seafaring culture.