Kids Reading

Booklists for children


LGBTQ Middle Grade Books
by FLPChildren

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

Sex is a funny word

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.

That uh-oh feeling : a story about touch

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.

wow! city!

Explore Your World
by FLPChildren

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

We're going on a bear hunt

Books with a Beat
by FLPChildren

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

bedtime :first words, rhymes and actions

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."

I have a little dreidel

Winter Holidays
by FLPChildren

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

Ramadan and Id al-Fitr

Ramadan Picture Books
by FLPChildren

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

peter cottontail is on his way

by FLPChildren

Easter fun for kids of all ages!

The story of the Three Wise Kings

Three Kings Day
by FLPChildren

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

whipping boy

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!

dinosaur vs. bedtime

Silly Books
by FLPChildren

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

My side of the mountain

Survival Stories
by FLPChildren

Tales of abandonment, danger, and perseverance.

wheel on the school

Remembering Maurice Sendak
by FLPChildren

Books by the famous author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

you and me and home sweet home

Homeless Children
by FLPChildren

Stories about children and their families dealing with homelessness.

The princess knight

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)?”

Star of the Week : a story of love, adoption, and brownies with sprinkles

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.

The nice book

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.

puffins climb, penguins rhyme

by FLPChildren

Have fun reading and looking at books about penguins!

It's okay to be different

LGBTQ Picture Books
by FLPChildren

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

Three little ghosties

Halloween Children’s Stories
by FLPChildren

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

Little dog lost : the true story of a brave dog named Baltic

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.

Sam & Dave dig a hole

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!

earth-- :the third planet

Planet Earth
by FLPChildren

Everything about the third planet in our solar system.

5,000 awesome facts (about everything!)

Fun Facts
by FLPChildren

Amaze your family and friends with things they never knew!

Before after

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.

The monster who ate darkness

Conquer Monster Fears
by FLPChildren

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

children just like me

Books about Peace
by FLPChildren

Explore themes of peace and conflict resolution. To learn more about how you can make a difference, visit

Miss Bindergarten stays home from kindergarten

Beyond Miss Nelson
by FLPChildren

Book list featuring books for children about teachers and classrooms.

What is the world made of? : all about solids, liquids, and gases

Be Curious: Science Books for Children
by FLPChildren

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

Anansi and the moss-covered rock

by FLPChildren

Fun books for Kindergarten kids!

Niño wrestles the world

by FLPChildren

Great books that feature Latino characters.

Niño wrestles the world

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.

An American plague : the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793

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.

Voice of freedom : Fannie Lou Hamer, spirit of the Civil Rights Movement.

Picture Books about Social Justice
by FLPChildren

A picture is worth a thousand words...

Tales for very picky eaters

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.

baby bear's books

by FLPChildren

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

The adventures of Beekle : the unimaginary friend

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.

We are the ship : the story of Negro League baseball

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.

The blacker the berry : poems

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.


Graphic Novels - Children
by FLPChildren

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

How to be human : diary of an autistic girl

by FLPChildren

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

Maisy goes to preschool

Back to School
by FLPChildren

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

This little piggy : lap songs, finger plays, clapping games, and pantomime rhymes

by FLPChildren

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

The watermelon seed

2014 Award Winners
by FLPChildren

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

Bee-bim bop!

Asian American
by FLPChildren

Great books that feature Asian characters.

does my head look big in this?

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.

Anne of Green Gables

6th Grade
by FLPChildren

Books any 6th grader will love.


5th Grade
by FLPChildren

Fabulous reading suggestions for 5th graders.

Following Grandfather

4th Grade
by FLPChildren

Quality choices for any 4th grader.

Charlotte's web

3rd Grade
by FLPChildren

Great books that a 3rd grader can read independently.

A big guy took my ball!

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.


Poetry - Children's Poetry for Everyone
by explore

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

instructions :[everything you'll need to know on your journey]

Poetry - New Poetry for Children
by explore

Enjoy new poetry books for children

Margret & H.A. Rey's Curious George's first day of school

Back to School - Children
by explore

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

Tuck everlasting

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 Luther King, Jr. and the march on Washington

Martin Luther King - Books for Children
by explore

Biography and stories about Martin Luther King, Jr

changing face of america :hispanic roots, hispanic pride

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!

My heart is laughing

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.

silent music :a story of baghdad

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 Polar Express

Holiday Picture Books
by FreeLibrary

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

Thanksgiving Day at our house : Thanksgiving poems for the very young

Thanksgiving Books for Children
by FreeLibrary

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

halloween night

Chilling Children's Books
by FreeLibrary

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

nature's art box :from t-shirts to twig baskets : 65 cool projects for crafty kids to make with natural materials you can find anywhere

Crafts for Kids
by FreeLibrary

Fun and creative crafts for kids or the whole family!

If I ran the zoo,

Dr. Seuss
by FreeLibrary

Seussical selections from the classic children's book author!

Feeding the whole family : recipes for babies, young children, and their parents

Culinary Books for Children and Families
by FreeLibrary

Every bite of food we eat has a story. For more information, please visit