Kids Reading

Booklists for children

Gay & lesbian history for kids : the century-long struggle for LGBT rights, with 21 activities

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.

noisy city night

Explore Your World
by FLPChildren

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

Here we go round the mulberry bush

Books with a Beat
by FLPChildren

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

oldest bedtime story ever

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."

How the Grinch stole Christmas

Winter Holidays
by FLPChildren

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

moon watchers :shirin's ramadan miracle

Ramadan Picture Books
by FLPChildren

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

Wow! wow! Wubbzy!.  Wubbzy's egg-cellent Easter

Easter
by FLPChildren

Easter fun for kids of all ages!

Baboushka and the three kings.

Three Kings Day
by FLPChildren

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

whipping boy

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 : )

The call of the wild

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.

Purplicious

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)?”

A mother for Choco

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.

When Sophie gets angry--really, really angry--

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.

penguin story

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 4/2017

Shake dem Halloween bones

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 snowy day

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.

My garden

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

Planet Earth
by FLPChildren

Everything about the third planet in our solar system.

Why isn't Pluto a planet? : a book about planets

Fun Facts
by FLPChildren

Amaze your family and friends with things they never knew!

Have you seen my duckling?

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.

Your pal Mo Willems presents Leonardo the terrible monster

Conquer Monster Fears
by FLPChildren

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

Planting the trees of Kenya : the story of Wangari Maathai

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 for President

Beyond Miss Nelson
by FLPChildren

Book list featuring books for children about teachers and classrooms.

backyard detective :critters up close

Be Curious: Science Books for Children
by FLPChildren

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

how big were dinosaurs?

Kindergarten
by FLPChildren

Fun books for Kindergarten kids!

Maria had a little llama

Latino
by FLPChildren

Great books that feature Latino characters.

Bee-bim bop!

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.

Enchanted air : two cultures, two wings : a memoir

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.

Around America to win the vote : two suffragists, a kitten, and 10,000 miles

Picture Books about Social Justice
by FLPChildren

A picture is worth a thousand words...

Bink and Gollie

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.

Noisy Nora

Toddlers
by FLPChildren

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

Flotsam

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.

aïda

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.

Explorer : the mystery boxes

Graphic Novels - Children
by FLPChildren

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

I see things differently : a first look at autism

Autism
by FLPChildren

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

Dinosaur vs. school

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.

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

2014 Award Winners
by FLPChildren

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

My dadima wears a sari

Asian American
by FLPChildren

Great books that feature Asian characters.

The secret message : based on a poem by Rumi

Arab/Muslim American
by FLPChildren

Great books that feature Arab and Muslim 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.

Freak the Mighty

5th Grade
by FLPChildren

Fabulous reading suggestions for 5th graders.

A pizza the size of the sun : poems

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.

Luke on the loose : a Toon Book

2nd Grade
by FLPChildren

Super books for 2nd graders

Viva Frida!

2015 Award Winners
by FLPChildren

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

uptown

1st Grade
by FLPChildren

Suggested books for 1st graders.

Truckery rhymes

Poetry - Children's Poetry for Everyone
by explore

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

all things bright and beautiful

Poetry - New Poetry for Children
by explore

Enjoy new poetry books for children

Edward unready for 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.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

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!

mercy watson: something wonky this way comes

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 librarian of Basra : a true story from Iraq

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.

thanks a million

Thanksgiving Books for Children
by FreeLibrary
★★★★★

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

Happy Halloween!

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

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

African-American crafts kids can do!

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