If you're looking for a good book, or just something to peruse, check out all the recommendations below.  By clicking on the book cover you will be redirected to the catalog where you can put the item on hold.


DIARY OF A WIMPY KID & BIG NATE READALIKES

When a child finds "that" book that he connects with, he can get hooked on reading. For many independent readers "that" book is Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. If your kids enjoy Diary of a Wimpy Kid and you want to fuel that newfound love of reading check out these read-alikes.


AFTER THE EARLY READERS

Looking for that perfect chapter book for your child who's graduated from our Early Readers section?  Here's a great list of starter books for them.


READING THE MOSAIC OF THE USA

Tailored for children in Pre-K to 5th Grade, this list celebrates all the different cultures, ideas and people who make the United States truly unique.


SUPER SCIENCE FICTION FOR KIDS

Are your kids totally into time travel? Superfans of space adventures? Our list of sci-fi favorites has something for all the young science fiction book lovers out there. 


HOME RUN BOOKS

Your little sports fan will love these children’s picture books about baseball.


STARRING THE MOON

I associate summertime with the night sky and — especially — the moon. Is this true for anyone else?   I suppose it has to do with the fact that one is more likely to head out for star and moon gazing on a warm night, rather than on a cold winter one.This list is about looking at the moon through an imaginative lens.


BOOKS TO INSPIRE KIDS TO CHANGE THE WORLD

A collection of picture books that parents can use as conversation starters with their kids about how both small and large actions can change the world, and inspire their own kids to make a difference, whether it’s with one small act of kindness or by leading others in a grand movement.


LEARN ABOUT IMMIGRATION

The materials on this list offer people of all ages opportunities to dig deeper into the topic of immigration--through fiction and nonfiction--with accounts of historical and contemporary immigration to the United States.


LATINO AND SPANISH LANGUAGE FAVORITES

This recommended list of books for kids ages 0-9 includes favorites for Hispanic students and for those interested in learning a bit of Spanish. The books are written by today's most notable Hispanic and Latin American children's authors.


"UNSINKABLE": BOOKS ABOUT THE TITANIC

In the late hours of April 14th, 1912, the steamship RMS Titanic hit an iceberg. At 2:20am on the morning of the 15th, the ship sank into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.  Discover (or revisit) what makes the "unsinkable ship" so fascinating on the 105th anniversary of her sinking.


A POETIC SPRING

It seems fitting that April is National Poetry Month. Poetry helps readers and listeners see things in a fresh way during a season when things undergo a renewal. Read poetry with children of all ages, about families, about nature, about the unexpected.


OUR NATIONAL PARKS

The United States is a young country but diverse and fascinating nonetheless. Much of its landscape is ancient and its history is rich in stories. National Parks are one way to preserve and protect the country's wonders, both natural and man-made.


CELEBRATE DR. SEUSS

Although Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, wrote many insightful kids books, these three classics strike me as having the most morally significant messages for little ones to learn … Here are a few of his lesser known works for kids!


JOBS PEOPLE HAVE

What do you want to do when you grow up? Explore jobs and the characters who have them in the books suggested here!


MARCH MAGIC

Spring is in the air and with it comes a bit of magic. Seeds begin to poke open, gardens teem with activity, birds abound. Read about these and other signs of a new season and perhaps become inspired to dance, look around, or even begin a spring garden!


BUILDING BABY'S LIBRARY

There are many books for babies out there, so how do you know which ones are worth checking out? Here's a list of time-tested, baby-approved picture books that you and your little one will read over and over again. You also get my librarian's guarantee: these books will wear out before you get tired of them!


FINDING FRIENDSHIP

Friends are such an important part of life, here we've put together a list of great reads that celebrate best friends in children's books.


AMAZING AFRICAN AMERICANS

February is Black History Month, and it's a great time to teach our children about the many amazing African Americans throughout American history. 


LOVE AT FIRST READ

With Valentine's Day coming up you'll love snuggling up with your little one with these great reads!


HIBERNATE THIS WINTER

Bears have it lucky, they sleep all winter and wake up again in the spring!  Here's some great reads for those looking to hibernate.


 

SING ALONG WITH BOOKS

But I can't sing! I don't remember the words! I don't know the tune!" Doesn't matter! You can sing with your kids and they won't care--in fact, they'll love it.


BEDTIME IS CANCELLED

Is bedtime in your house met with great reluctance? Enjoy this list of picture books as you discuss with your little one why the much resisted bedtime is actually quite important.


GREAT READS FOR A CLASSROOM VISIT

When you're invited to read a book to a classroom of early elementary school children the pressure is on to choose a great read-aloud story. Any of the titles on this list are sure to be a success during your next classroom visit.


EXPERIMENTING WITH SCIENCE

Would you like to perform a science experiment? After checking out these kid- and family-friendly books, my hypothesis is you and your family will have a great time learning about science together.