Kids Reading

Booklists for children

The best man

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.

The feelings book

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.

Noisy city night

Explore Your World
by FLPChildren

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

Tanka Tanka Skunk!

Books with a Beat
by FLPChildren
★★★★★

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

Little Owl's night

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."

Holly, reindeer, and colored lights : the story of the Christmas symbols

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.

The Baby Looney Tunes. premiere movie

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.

Mrs. Frisby and the rats of Nimh

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!

Shark vs. train

Silly Books
by FLPChildren
★★★★★

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

Take me to the river

Survival Stories
by FLPChildren

Tales of abandonment, danger, and perseverance.

We are all in the dumps with Jack and Guy : two nursery rhymes with pictures

Remembering Maurice Sendak
by FLPChildren

Books by the famous author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

Gracie's girl

Homeless Children
by FLPChildren

Stories about children and their families dealing with homelessness.

Fancy Nancy

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)?”

Tell me again about the night I was born

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 Pigeon finds a hot dog!

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!

My princess boy : a mom's story about a young boy who loves to dress up

LGBTQ Picture Books
by FLPChildren

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

Pumpkin eye

Halloween Children’s Stories
by FLPChildren

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

Dusk

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.

Starting gardening

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!

I love our Earth

Planet Earth
by FLPChildren
★★★★★

Everything about the third planet in our solar system.

Why do birds sing?

Fun Facts
by FLPChildren

Amaze your family and friends with things they never knew!

A boy, a dog, and a frog / by Mercer Mayer.

Fun Wordless Picture Books
by FLPChildren

Enjoy these stories told in pictures.

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.

What was I scared of? : a glow-in-the-dark encounter

Conquer Monster Fears
by FLPChildren

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

Gandhi, great soul

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

My teacher

Beyond Miss Nelson
by FLPChildren

Book list featuring books for children about teachers and classrooms.

First the egg

Be Curious: Science Books for Children
by FLPChildren

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

Actual size

Kindergarten
by FLPChildren

Fun books for Kindergarten kids!

Return to sender

Latino
by FLPChildren

Great books that feature Latino characters.

Honey, I love

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.

Doña Flor : a tall tale about a giant woman with a great big heart

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.

Balloons over Broadway : the true story of the puppeteer of Macy's Parade

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.

dalai lama :a biography of the tibetan spiritual and political leader

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

Toddlers
by FLPChildren
★★★★★

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

Fables

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.

Forged by fire

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 middle passage : white ships/black cargo

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.

Silly Lilly and the four seasons : a toon book

Graphic Novels - Children
by FLPChildren

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

drawing autism

Autism
by FLPChildren

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

My teacher

Back to School
by FLPChildren
★★★★★

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

I love colors

Babies
by FLPChildren

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

Niño wrestles the world

2014 Award Winners
by FLPChildren

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

Alvin Ho allergic to girls, school, and other scary things

Asian American Children's Books
by FLPChildren

Great books that feature Asian characters.

Courage has no color : the true story of the Triple Nickles : America's first Black paratroopers

African American
by FLPChildren

Great books that feature African American characters.

Deadly! : the truth about the most dangerous creatures on Earth

6th Grade
by FLPChildren

Books any 6th grader will love.

wonder

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.

Penny and her marble

2nd Grade
by FLPChildren

Super books for 2nd graders

I lived on Butterfly Hill

2015 Award Winners
by FLPChildren
★★★★★

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

Goldilocks and the three dinosaurs

1st Grade
by FLPChildren

Suggested books for 1st graders.

city i love

Poetry - Children's Poetry for Everyone
by explore

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

Guyku : a year of haiku for boys

Poetry - New Poetry for Children
by explore

Enjoy new poetry books for children

Welcome to 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.

The little prince

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.

A lesson for Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King - Books for Children
by explore

Biography and stories about Martin Luther King, Jr

Little Gold Star : a Cinderella cuento = Estrellita de oro

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!

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.

Nabeel's new pants : an Eid tale

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 puppy who wanted a boy

Holiday Picture Books
by FreeLibrary
★★★★★

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

One little, two little, three little pilgrims

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.

Nifty thrifty art crafts

Crafts for Kids
by FreeLibrary

Fun and creative crafts for kids or the whole family!

Green eggs and ham

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 www.freelibrary.org/cook