Kids Reading

Booklists for children

LGBTQ Middle Grade Books

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

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

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

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

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

Explore Your World

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

Books with a Beat

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

Bedtime Books

"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."

Winter Holidays

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

Ramadan Picture Books

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

Easter

Easter fun for kids of all ages!

Three Kings Day

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

The Books We Loved Growing Up

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

Silly Books

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

Survival Stories

Tales of abandonment, danger, and perseverance.

Remembering Maurice Sendak

Books by the famous author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

Homeless Children

Stories about children and their families dealing with homelessness.

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

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)?”

Children's Books about Adoptive, Foster or Blended Families

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.

Good Days and Bad Days

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

Penguins

Have fun reading and looking at books about penguins!

LGBTQ Picture Books

Books for children of LGBTQ parents, or for little brothers and sisters of LGBTQ teens. Revised 4/2019

Halloween Children’s Stories

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

Great Winter Reads for Kids

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

Gardening with Kids

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

Planet Earth

Everything about the third planet in our solar system.

Fun Facts

Amaze your family and friends with things they never knew!

Fun Wordless Picture Books

Enjoy these stories told in pictures.

Coping with the Loss of a Sibling

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

Conquer Monster Fears

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

Books about Peace

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

Beyond Miss Nelson

Book list featuring books for children about teachers and classrooms.

Be Curious: Science Books for Children

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

Kindergarten

Fun books for Kindergarten kids!

Latino

Great books that feature Latino characters.

Pre-K

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

The Pura Belpré Award

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.

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

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.

Picture Books about Social Justice

A picture is worth a thousand words...

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

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.

Toddlers

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

Caldecott Award

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.

Coretta Scott King Author Award

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.

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

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

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

Autism

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

Back to School

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

Babies

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

2014 Award Winners

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

Asian American Children's Books

Great books that feature Asian characters.

African American

Great books that feature African American characters.

6th Grade

Books any 6th grader will love.

5th Grade

Fabulous reading suggestions for 5th graders.

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

2015 Award Winners

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

1st Grade

Suggested books for 1st graders.

Poetry - Children's Poetry for Everyone
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The young and the young at heart will relish children’s poetry for all ages.

Poetry - New Poetry for Children
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Enjoy new poetry books for children

Back to School - Children
by explore

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

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 - Books for Children
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Biography and stories about Martin Luther King, Jr

Latino History - for Children
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An introduction to Latino culture for kids.

Groundhog Day

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!

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.

Children's Books featuring Muslim and Middle Eastern Characters

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

Holiday Picture Books

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

Thanksgiving Books for Children

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

Chilling Children's Books

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

Crafts for Kids

Fun and creative crafts for kids or the whole family!

Dr. Seuss

Seussical selections from the classic children's book author!

Culinary Books for Children and Families

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