Kids Reading

Booklists for children

Lily and Dunkin

LGBTQ Middle Grade Books
by FLPChildren

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

American Medical Association boys' guide to becoming a teen

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.

When I was little like you

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.

I'm a little teapot

Books with a Beat
by FLPChildren

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

The sleepy little alphabet : a bedtime story from Alphabet Town

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."

eight days of hanukkah :a holiday step book

Winter Holidays
by FLPChildren

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

Nabeel's new pants : an Eid tale

Ramadan Picture Books
by FLPChildren

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

Spot's first Easter

by FLPChildren

Easter fun for kids of all ages!

Las Posadas : an Hispanic Christmas celebration

Three Kings Day
by FLPChildren

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

Timothy goes to school

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!

Hoot owl, master of disguise

Silly Books
by FLPChildren

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

Wolf brother

Survival Stories
by FLPChildren

Tales of abandonment, danger, and perseverance.

my brother's book

Remembering Maurice Sendak
by FLPChildren

Books by the famous author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

The lady in the box

Homeless Children
by FLPChildren

Stories about children and their families dealing with homelessness.

Igraine the brave

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)?”

red blanket

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.

Noisy Nora

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.

Lost and found

by FLPChildren

Have fun reading and looking at books about penguins!

Red : a crayon's story

LGBTQ Picture Books
by FLPChildren

Books for children of LGBTQ parents, or for little brothers and sisters of LGBTQ teens. Revised 4/2017

The Hallo-wiener

Halloween Children’s Stories
by FLPChildren

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


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.

Dandelions : stars in the grass

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.

cool math :math tricks, amazing math activities, cool calculations, awesome math factoids and more

Fun Facts
by FLPChildren

Amaze your family and friends with things they never knew!

bow-wow bugs a bug

Fun Wordless Picture Books
by FLPChildren

Enjoy these stories told in pictures.

When dinosaurs die : a guide to understanding death

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.

Jumpy Jack & Googily

Conquer Monster Fears
by FLPChildren

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

Sadako and the thousand paper cranes

Books about Peace
by FLPChildren

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

Mrs. Millie goes to Philly!

Beyond Miss Nelson
by FLPChildren

Book list featuring books for children about teachers and classrooms.

what do you do with a tail like this?

Be Curious: Science Books for Children
by FLPChildren

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

Actual size

by FLPChildren

Fun books for Kindergarten kids!

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

by FLPChildren

Great books that feature Latino characters.

Dinosaur roar!

by FLPChildren

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

Just a minute : a trickster tale and counting book

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.

Bomb : the race to build - and steal - the world's most dangerous weapon

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.

Boycott blues : how Rosa Parks inspired a nation

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.

Pete the cat and his four groovy buttons

by FLPChildren

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

The girl who loved wild horses

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.

Gone crazy in Alabama

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.

i see the rhythm

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.

Amelia Earhart : this broad ocean

Graphic Novels - Children
by FLPChildren

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

drawing autism

by FLPChildren

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

It's time for preschool!

Back to School
by FLPChildren

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


by FLPChildren

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

Better Nate than ever

2014 Award Winners
by FLPChildren

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

Drawing from memory

Asian American
by FLPChildren

Great books that feature Asian characters.

Bird in a box

African American
by FLPChildren

Great books that feature African American characters.

The blossoming universe of Violet Diamond

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.

Scary stories to tell in the dark : collected from folklore

3rd Grade
by FLPChildren

Great books that a 3rd grader can read independently.

Actual size

2nd Grade
by FLPChildren

Super books for 2nd graders

The adventures of Beekle : the unimaginary friend

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.

be glad your nose is on your face and other poems :some of the best of jack prelutsky

Poetry - Children's Poetry for Everyone
by explore

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

The year of goodbyes : a true story of friendship, family and farewells

Poetry - New Poetry for Children
by explore

Enjoy new poetry books for children

Tucker's four-carrot school day

Back to School - Children
by explore

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

wind in the willows

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.

My brother Martin : a sister remembers growing up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King - Books for Children
by explore

Biography and stories about Martin Luther King, Jr

Mama does the mambo

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!

Frankie Pickle and the mathematical menace

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

D is for dragon dance

Holiday Picture Books
by FreeLibrary

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

Gracias, the Thanksgiving turkey

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.

ecoart! :earth-friendly art & craft experiences for 3- to 9-year-olds

Crafts for Kids
by FreeLibrary

Fun and creative crafts for kids or the whole family!

The cat in the hat

Dr. Seuss
by FreeLibrary

Seussical selections from the classic children's book author!

Pete's a pizza

Culinary Books for Children and Families
by FreeLibrary

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