Kids Reading

Booklists for children

The witch boy

LGBTQ Middle Grade Books
by FLPChildren
★★★★☆

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

It's perfectly normal : changing bodies, growing up, sex and sexual health

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.

My body belongs to me : a book about body safety

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.

Good night Philadelphia

Explore Your World
by FLPChildren

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

The bear went over the mountain

Books with a Beat
by FLPChildren
★★★★★

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

Time to sleep Sheep the Sheep!

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."

The winter solstice

Winter Holidays
by FLPChildren

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

Ramadan moon

Ramadan Picture Books
by FLPChildren

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

E. Aster Bunnymund and the warrior eggs at the earth's core!

Easter
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.

The Westing game

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 : )

My side of the mountain

Survival Stories
by FLPChildren

Tales of abandonment, danger, and perseverance.

The phantom tollbooth

Remembering Maurice Sendak
by FLPChildren

Books by the famous author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

bird springs

Homeless Children
by FLPChildren

Stories about children and their families dealing with homelessness.

Not all princesses dress in pink

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)?”

every year on your birthday

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.

I ain't gonna paint no more!

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

Penguins
by FLPChildren

Have fun reading and looking at books about penguins!

The great big book of families

LGBTQ Picture Books
by FLPChildren

Books for children of LGBTQ parents, or for little brothers and sisters of LGBTQ teens. Revised 6/2018

In the haunted house

Halloween Children’s Stories
by FLPChildren

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

The mitten : a Ukrainian folktale

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.

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

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.

Dino mania : discovering who's who in the Jurassic zoo

Fun Facts
by FLPChildren

Amaze your family and friends with things they never knew!

Hogwash

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 at the end of this book : featuring Grover, a Jim Henson Muppet, as performed on Sesame Street by Frank Oz

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 http://www.peacedayphilly.org

Don't be silly, Mrs. Millie!

Beyond Miss Nelson
by FLPChildren

Book list featuring books for children about teachers and classrooms.

It's elementary!

Be Curious: Science Books for Children
by FLPChildren

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

Dim sum for everyone!

Kindergarten
by FLPChildren

Fun books for Kindergarten kids!

Maria had a little llama

Latino
by FLPChildren

Great books that feature Latino characters.

Dinosaur roar!

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.

Los gatos black on Halloween

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.

Almost astronauts : 13 women who dared to dream

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.

Let your voice be heard : the life and times of Pete Seeger

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.

My daddy and I

Toddlers
by FLPChildren
★★★★★

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

Finding Winnie : the true story of the world's most famous bear

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.

Toning the sweep

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.

cornrows

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.

The reason I jump : the inner voice of a thirteen-year-old boy with autism

Autism
by FLPChildren

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

A new school year : stories in six voices

Back to School
by FLPChildren
★★★★★

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

Baby faces.

Babies
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.

Kampung boy

Asian American Children's Books
by FLPChildren

Great books that feature Asian characters.

When the beat was born : DJ Kool Herc and the creation of hip hop

African American
by FLPChildren

Great books that feature African American characters.

The abominables

6th Grade
by FLPChildren

Books any 6th grader will love.

Jack Strong takes a stand

5th Grade
by FLPChildren

Fabulous reading suggestions for 5th graders.

A splash of red : the life and art of Horace Pippin

4th Grade
by FLPChildren

Quality choices for any 4th grader.

Ultimate weird but true.

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

The right word : Roget and his thesaurus

2015 Award Winners
by FLPChildren
★★★★★

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

Llama Llama time to share

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.

Amazing faces : poems

Poetry - New Poetry for Children
by explore

Enjoy new poetry books for children

The night before kindergarten

Back to School - Children
by explore

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

Eragon

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

Mamá Goose : a Latino nursery treasury = un tesoro de rimas infantiles

Latino History - for Children
by explore

An introduction to Latino culture for kids.

Punxsutawney Phyllis

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!

Too much good luck

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 turtle of Oman : a novel

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

Where's Prancer?

Holiday Picture Books
by FreeLibrary
★★★★★

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

'Twas the night before Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Books for Children
by FreeLibrary
★★★★★

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

Scaredy Squirrel prepares for Halloween : [a safety guide for scaredies]

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

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

The busy mom's book of quick crafts for kids

Crafts for Kids
by FreeLibrary

Fun and creative crafts for kids or the whole family!

Hop on Pop,

Dr. Seuss
by FreeLibrary

Seussical selections from the classic children's book author!

Creepy carrots!

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