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Booklists for children

Oddity

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.

Miles is the boss of his body

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.

The wheels on the bus

Books with a Beat
by FLPChildren
★★★★★

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

Maisy's bedtime

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.

The Night of the Moon : a Muslim holiday story

Ramadan Picture Books
by FLPChildren

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

Easter : parades, chocolates, and celebration

Easter
by FLPChildren

Easter fun for kids of all ages!

Hurray for Three Kings' Day

Three Kings Day
by FLPChildren

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

The ordinary princess

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 : )

Call it courage

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.

You and me and home sweet home

Homeless Children
by FLPChildren

Stories about children and their families dealing with homelessness.

Princess Penelope's parrot

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)?”

Pablo & Birdy

Children's 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 Recess Queen

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

Penguins
by FLPChildren

Have fun reading and looking at books about penguins!

Daddy, Papa, and me

LGBTQ Picture Books
by FLPChildren

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

My creature teacher

Halloween Children’s Stories
by FLPChildren

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

A kitten tale

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.

The gardening book

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!

national geographic student atlas of the world

Planet Earth
by FLPChildren
★★★★★

Everything about the third planet in our solar system.

Kids @ discovery.  Quirky animals!

Fun Facts
by FLPChildren

Amaze your family and friends with things they never knew!

Flotsam

Fun Wordless Picture Books
by FLPChildren

Enjoy these stories told in pictures.

When people die

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 returns

Conquer Monster Fears
by FLPChildren

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

One thousand tracings : healing the wounds of World War II

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.

Let's try it out in the water : hands-on early- learning science activities

Be Curious: Science Books for Children
by FLPChildren

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

The little engine that could

Kindergarten
by FLPChildren

Fun books for Kindergarten kids!

Book fiesta! : Celebrate Children's Day/book day =

Latino
by FLPChildren

Great books that feature Latino characters.

Caps for sale

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.

Viva Frida!

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.

A taste of freedom : Gandhi and the great salt march

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.

Simms Taback's city animals

Toddlers
by FLPChildren
★★★★★

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

abraham lincoln

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.

Bud, not Buddy

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.

In the time of the drums

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.

Akissi

Graphic Novels - Children
by FLPChildren

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

Russell's world : a story for kids about autism

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.

White on black

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.

Bee-bim bop!

Asian American Children's Books
by FLPChildren

Great books that feature Asian characters.

Words with wings

African American
by FLPChildren

Great books that feature African American characters.

The abominables

6th Grade
by FLPChildren

Books any 6th grader will love.

Hoop genius : how a desperate teacher and a rowdy gym class invented basketball

5th Grade
by FLPChildren

Fabulous reading suggestions for 5th graders.

Following Grandfather

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 Stinky Cheese Man and other fairly stupid tales

2nd Grade
by FLPChildren

Super books for 2nd graders

Brown girl dreaming

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.

Poetrees

Poetry - Children's Poetry for Everyone
by explore

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

Weekend mischief : poems

Poetry - New Poetry for Children
by explore

Enjoy new poetry books for children

Little Brown Bear won't go to 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.

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.

I have a dream : the life and words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King - Books for Children
by explore

Biography and stories about Martin Luther King, Jr

Puerto Rico

Latino History - for Children
by explore

An introduction to Latino culture for kids.

The Groundhog Day book of facts and fun

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!

Leroy Ninker saddles up

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.

Sharing our homeland : Palestinian and Jewish children at summer peace camp

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 latke who couldn't stop screaming : a Christmas story

Holiday Picture Books
by FreeLibrary
★★★★★

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

Turk and Runt

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.

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!

Oh, the places you'll go!

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 www.freelibrary.org/cook