Kids Reading

Booklists for children

Five, six, seven, Nate!

LGBTQ Middle Grade Books
by FLPChildren
★★★★☆

Books featuring LGBTQ characters and voices within children's fiction.

what's happening to my body? book for girls :the new growing-up guide for parents and daughters

Let's Talk About Consent: 3rd - 6th Grade
by FLPChildren

Books and resources to aid parents, caregivers, and educators discuss the topic of consent and personal boundaries with children in grades 3rd - 6th.

teeth are not for biting

Let's Talk About Consent: PreK - 2nd Grade
by FLPChildren

Books and resources to aid parents, caregivers, and educators discuss the topic of consent and personal boundaries with children in grades PreK - 2nd.

philadelphia with children :a guide to the delaware valley including lancaster and hershey

Explore Your World
by FLPChildren

Explore your senses, your house, and the world around you.

if you're happy and you know it

Books with a Beat
by FLPChildren

Picture books with rhyming or musical text that can be read or sung.

Night-night, little Pookie

Bedtime Books
by FLPChildren

"Lullaby, and good night, in the skies stars are bright. May the moon's silvery beams bring you sweet dreams. Close your eyes now and rest, may these hours be blessed. 'Til the sky's bright with dawn, when you wake with a yawn."

christmas for 10

Winter Holidays
by FLPChildren

Great books to share and learn about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, and New Year's.

The best Eid ever

Ramadan Picture Books
by FLPChildren

Read all about Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, and celebrate Eid al Fitr with these great books.

piggy bunny

Easter
by FLPChildren

Easter fun for kids of all ages!

carlos, light the farolito

Three Kings Day
by FLPChildren

Stories about Three Kings Day, the joyous last day of the Christmas holiday.

The house of Dies Drear

The Books We Loved Growing Up
by FLPChildren

What books did Children's librarians read when they were kids? We've picked some of our favorites for you to enjoy!

Don't let the pigeon stay up late!

Silly Books
by FLPChildren

Books that are guaranteed to make Toddlers and Preschoolers giggle : )

The call of the wild

Survival Stories
by FLPChildren

Tales of abandonment, danger, and perseverance.

Chicken soup with rice : a book of months

Remembering Maurice Sendak
by FLPChildren

Books by the famous author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

lives turned upside down :homeless children in their own words and photographs

Homeless Children
by FLPChildren

Stories about children and their families dealing with homelessness.

Purplicious

Pretty, Pink Princess Books that Won’t Make Parents Puke
by FLPChildren

The answer to the question: “are there any books about pink princessey girls that aren’t awful (meaning, I suppose, no Barbie paperbacks, no damsel-in-distress type situations, nothing too vapid)?”

You're not my real mother!

Picture Books about Adoptive, Foster or Blended Families
by FLPChildren

Handpicked by Children’s Librarians all over the Free Library, this book list features the best picture books, nonfiction books, poetry and more that help parents introduce their children to different kinds of families, including foster homes, families built by adoption, and blended families.

When Sophie gets angry--really, really angry--

Good Days and Bad Days
by FLPChildren

We all have Good Days and Bad Days. Here are some books that will entertain kids no matter how their day is going.

sergio makes a splash

Penguins
by FLPChildren

Have fun reading and looking at books about penguins!

Mommy, mama, and me

LGBTQ Picture Books
by FLPChildren

Books for children of LGBTQ parents, or for little brothers and sisters of LGBTQ teens.

psst! it's me---the bogeyman

Halloween Children’s Stories
by FLPChildren

Our Children’s Librarians’ favorite Halloween books, which are perfect for storytime or for reading together at home.

No two alike

Great Winter Reads for Kids
by FLPChildren

Winter weather reads and Arctic adventures—from picture books to leveled readers and chapter books—to wile away the time until Spring arrives.

get growing! :exciting indoor plant projects for kids

Gardening with Kids
by FLPChildren

Children will want to get their hands in the dirt and start planting with these great books about gardening and nature!

Sun up, sun down : the story of day and night

Planet Earth
by FLPChildren

Everything about the third planet in our solar system.

weird but true! 6 :300 outrageous facts

Fun Facts
by FLPChildren

Amaze your family and friends with things they never knew!

have you seen my duckling?

Fun Wordless Picture Books
by FLPChildren

Enjoy these stories told in pictures.

Bridge to Terabithia

Coping with the Loss of a Sibling
by FLPChildren

This booklists features books for parents and children coping with the loss of a brother, sister or other peer.

gruffalo

Conquer Monster Fears
by FLPChildren

Books that would be empowering for a toddler who is having monster problems.

The peace book

Books about Peace
by FLPChildren

Explore themes of peace and conflict resolution. To learn more about how you can make a difference, visit http://www.peacedayphilly.org

Mrs. Millie goes to Philly!

Beyond Miss Nelson
by FLPChildren

Book list featuring books for children about teachers and classrooms.

i face the wind

Be Curious: Science Books for Children
by FLPChildren

Books on all kinds of science topics for kids of all ages!

mama's saris / by pooja makhijani ; illustrated by elena gomez

Kindergarten
by FLPChildren

Fun books for Kindergarten kids!

Martina, the beautiful cockroach : a Cuban folktale

Latino
by FLPChildren

Great books that feature Latino characters.

Chicka chicka boom boom

Pre-K
by FLPChildren

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

chato's kitchen

The Pura Belpré Award
by FLPChildren

The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library.

Funny bones : Posada and his Day of the Dead calaveras

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
by FLPChildren

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois.

This is the dream

Picture Books about Social Justice
by FLPChildren

A picture is worth a thousand words...

The watermelon seed

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
by FLPChildren

Books that have won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (named after Dr. Seuss), which recognizes authors and illustrators of the most distinguished book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

I can do it too!

Toddlers
by FLPChildren

These picture books open up the world for youngsters asking lots of “why” questions and learning their letters and numbers.

many moons

Caldecott Award
by FLPChildren

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

escape to freedom :a play about young frederick douglass

Coretta Scott King Author Award
by FLPChildren

The Coretta Scott King Author Award is given annually to outstanding African American authors of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.

mirandy and brother wind

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
by FLPChildren

The Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award is given annually to outstanding African American illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.

robot dreams

Graphic Novels - Children
by FLPChildren

Age appropriate graphic novels for seasoned young readers or those just learning to read.

drawing autism

Autism
by FLPChildren

A selection of books about autism and Asperger syndrome for both children and their parents.

David goes to school

Back to School
by FLPChildren

Get ready for school with these great picture books for young readers.

Global babies

Babies
by FLPChildren

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

Pancho Rabbit and the coyote : a migrant's tale

2014 Award Winners
by FLPChildren

Selections from The American Library Association’s list of outstanding books for children.

great wall of lucy wu

Asian American
by FLPChildren

Great books that feature Asian characters.

words in the dust

Arab/Muslim American
by FLPChildren

Great books that feature Arab and Muslim characters.

light in the darkness :a story about how slaves learned in secret

African American
by FLPChildren

Great books that feature African American characters.

heat

6th Grade
by FLPChildren

Books any 6th grader will love.

Diary of a wimpy kid.

5th Grade
by FLPChildren

Fabulous reading suggestions for 5th graders.

The BFG

4th Grade
by FLPChildren

Quality choices for any 4th grader.

Happy birthday, Babymouse!

3rd Grade
by FLPChildren

Great books that a 3rd grader can read independently.

The Shark King : a Toon book

2nd Grade
by FLPChildren

Super books for 2nd graders

This day in June

2015 Award Winners
by FLPChildren

Various children's books and authors given awards in 2015.

Pancho Rabbit and the coyote : a migrant's tale

1st Grade
by FLPChildren

Suggested books for 1st graders.

Arroz con leche : un poema para cocinar = Rice pudding : a cooking poem

Poetry - Children's Poetry for Everyone
by explore

The young and the young at heart will relish children’s poetry for all ages.

Rufus and friends : school days

Poetry - New Poetry for Children
by explore

Enjoy new poetry books for children

It's time for preschool!

Back to School - Children
by explore

A list curated by Children’s Librarians to help your young ones get ready and accustomed to school.

The phantom tollbooth

Fantasy - Children
by explore

Children will lose themselves in these magical worlds of fantasy and adventure, plus there is sure to be some crazy creatures roaming through these pages as well.

Martin's Big words : the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King - Books for Children
by explore

Biography and stories about Martin Luther King, Jr

gift of gracias :the legend of altagracia

Latino History - for Children
by explore

An introduction to Latino culture for kids.

Groundhog day

Groundhog Day
by FreeLibrary

According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will persist for six more weeks. Children can read and learn about about Punxsutawney Phil and all other furry weather prognosticators in this list!

dory and the real true friend

Chapter Books
by FreeLibrary

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.

The librarian of Basra : a true story from Iraq

Children's Books featuring Muslim and Middle Eastern Characters
by FreeLibrary
★★★★★

Explore different cultures and discuss diversity in these books with the children in your life. #WeNeedDiverseBooks

The night before Christmas

Holiday Picture Books
by FreeLibrary
★★★★★

Stories, rhymes and songs for children, chosen by Librarians at the Free Library.

feeling thankful

Thanksgiving Books for Children
by FreeLibrary
★★★★★

Recommended Thanksgiving-themed reads from Children's Librarians at the Free Library.

The Halloween Kid

Chilling Children's Books
by FreeLibrary
★★★★★

Fun, spooky, enlightening, and clever books to get children in the Halloween spirit.

African-American crafts kids can do!

Crafts for Kids
by FreeLibrary

Fun and creative crafts for kids or the whole family!

Green eggs and ham

Dr. Seuss
by FreeLibrary

Seussical selections from the classic children's book author!

bring me some apples and i'll make you a pie :a story about edna lewis

Culinary Books for Children and Families
by FreeLibrary
★★★★★

Every bite of food we eat has a story. For more information, please visit www.freelibrary.org/cook