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Coping during COVID-19: A Message for Parents

Parents of young kids, this time is hard. For you, for your kids, for everyone. Our staff is here to help us all figure it out, together.

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Hot and Cool Summer Reads 2020

Drum roll, please! Announcing this year’s Hot and Cool Summer Reads lists!

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Family Audiobooks

These audiobooks for families with kids in grades 4-8 are perfect for listening on a road trip, or a cold winter night, or bedtime, or whenever. These titles are available as CDs, downloadable audiobooks, or preloaded audiobooks.

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Let's Go to the Moon! (6th-8th Grade)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go to the moon: 3, 2, 1, blast off!

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Free to Read: Chapter Books for Kids

We celebrate the freedom to read by highlighting books that have been banned, censored, or challenged in schools and libraries across the country.

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Let's Go to the Moon! (picture books)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go to the moon: 3, 2, 1, blast off!

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Let's Go to the Moon! (3rd-5th Grade)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go to the moon: 3, 2, 1, blast off!

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Let's Go on an Adventure (3rd-5th Grade)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go on an adventure! These books will take you on the ride of your life.

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Let's Go on an Adventure (K-2nd Grade)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go on an adventure! These books will take you on the ride of your life

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Let's Go on an Adventure (6th-8th Grade)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go on an adventure! These books will take you on the ride of your life.

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Let's Go to the Cinema! (6th-8th Grade)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go to the Cinema. The books on this list inspired great movies.

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Let's Go Back in Time! (picture books)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go back in time. The books on this list will help you step back into the past.

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Let's Go Back in Time! (3rd-5th Grade)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go back in time. The books on this list will help you get a blast from the past.

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Let's Go Back in Time! (K-2nd Grade)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go back in time. The books on this list will help you travel back through the pages of history.

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Let's Go on a World Tour! (Picture Books)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go on a World Tour! The books on this list will take you places you've only dreamed of visiting.

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Let's Go on a Quest! (3rd-5th Grade)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go on a quest. The books on this list will help you launch your next adventure.

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Let's Go on a Quest! (6th-8th Grade)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go on a quest!

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Let's Go to the Cinema! (3rd-5th Grade)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go to the Cinema! The books on this list inspired movie magic.

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Let's Go to a Studio! (Picture Books)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go to the Studio! The books on this list will help inspire the imaginations of young artists.

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Let's Go on a Picnic! (6th-8th Grade)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go on a Picnic! The books on this list will get you excited about food this summer.

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Let's Go on a Picnic! (3rd-5th Grade)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go on a Picnic! The books on this list will help you work up an appetite.

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Let's Go on a Picnic! (K-2nd Grade)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go on a Picnic! The books on this list will help you plan for your outdoor meal.

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Let's Go on a Picnic (picture books)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go on an picnic! Take a bite. These books are delicious.

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Let's Go on an Adventure (picture books)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go on an adventure! These books will take you on the ride of your life.

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2018 Staff Picks: Books For Early Readers

Our favorite books for Kindergarten through Third Graders.

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2018 Staff Picks: Teens

Our experts select the best books of 2018 for teens.

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2018 Staff Picks: Books for Middle Grade Readers

Our favorite books for 4th-6th graders.

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Kindness Matters

These picture books emphasize the importance of being kind to everyone.

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Free to Read: Books for Kids in Middle School

We celebrate the freedom to read by highlighting books that have been banned, censored, or challenged in schools and libraries across the country.

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Cool Summer Reads 2019

Some of our favorite books for kids in grades 3-5 to read this summer!

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Let's Go Back in Time! (6th-8th Grade)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go back in time. The books on this list will help you travel back through time.

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Let's Go to the Cinema! (Picture Books)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go to the Cinema! The books on this list were turned into fantastic films.

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Let's Go to the Moon! (K-2nd Grade)

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go to the moon: 3, 2, 1, blast off!

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Adventures in Storytelling (for Kids)

The greatest adventure is the one you write! These books will get you started.

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Summer 2019 Friends & Neighbors: Grades 3-5

Connect, explore, imagine, and create. It's more fun when you include family, friends, and neighbors.

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Summer 2019 Friends & Neighbors: Grades 6-8

Connect, explore, imagine, and create. It's more fun when you include family, friends, and neighbors.

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Summer 2019 Friends & Neighbors: Grades K-2

Connect, explore, imagine, and create. It's more fun when you include family, friends, and neighbors.

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Adventures for a Rainy Day (for Kids)

Turn a rainy day into an indoor adventure with these books.

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2018 Staff Picks: Picture Books to Share with Our Youngest Readers

Our favorite books for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

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2019 Staff Picks: Books for Middle Grade Readers

Here are our favorite 2019 books for 4th-6th graders. Happy reading, everyone!

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2019 Staff Picks: Books for Early Readers

Our favorite 2019 books for kids in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Happy reading, everyone!

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2019 Staff Picks: Picture Books for Our Youngest Readers

Here are our favorite 2019 books to share with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. We hope that you enjoy these books as much as we do!

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Adventures for Your Senses (for Kids)

Sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing--these books are designed to take you on a sensory adventure.

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Adventures for Your Imagination (for Kids)

Books to help you dare to dream.

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Summer 2019 Friends & Neighbors: Preschool Books

Connect, explore, imagine, and create. It's always more fun when you include family, friends, and neighbors.

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Hot Summer Reads 2019

Attention junior high students! From hundreds of new books, we've chosen 10 that we know you will love. Sci-fi, horror, fantasy, romance--they're all right here.

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Summer Fun for Preschoolers

Our Youth Services staff gathered some of their warm weather favorites.

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Summer Fun for Grades K-2

Our Youth Services team have put together some of their warm weather favorites.

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Summer Fun for Grades 3-5

Our Youth Services team have put together some of their warm weather favorites.

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Summer Fun for Grades 6-8

Our Youth Services team have put together some of their warm weather favorites.

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Hot Summer Reads 2020

Attention junior high students. From hundreds of new books, we've chosen 10 we know you will love. Sci-fi, horror, fantasy, romance–they're all here.

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Cool Summer Reads 2020

Great books for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to read over the summer!

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Summer 2020: Books about Sharing and Caring for Grades 6-8

Read one of these books, then find great ideas for giving back in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Black Lives Matter: A Reading List for Children & Families

As the Black Lives Matter movement grows in the wake of ongoing racial injustice and police brutality against Black Americans, it can be difficult to explain current events to children. The books on this list offer a starting place for exploring racism, prejudice, discrimination, and inequity in a manner accessible to youth.

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Summer 2020: Books about Sharing and Caring for Grades K-2

Read one of these great books, then find great ideas for giving back in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Anti-Racism Bookshelf for Young Kids

Books can help families approach issues like diversity, racism, empathy, and our differences and commonalities. This is a collection of books for grown-ups to share with young kids (preschool-2nd grade and up) to spark discussion and help address these tough issues. There are many additional guides to help parents broach these topics. [This is one of our favorites](https://booksforlittles.com/racial-diversity/).

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Outdoor Adventures for Kids

Whether you want to read about the great outdoors or go outside and get your hands dirty, these books will get you started.

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Summer 2020: Books about Sharing and Caring for Grades 3-5

Read one of these books, then find great ideas for giving back in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Summer 2020: Books Featuring Games and Sports for Preschoolers

Read these fun books, then find great ideas for play activities in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Summer 2020: Books Featuring Games and Sports for Grades 3-5

Read one of these books, then find great ideas for play activities in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Summer 2020: Books Featuring Games and Sports for Grades K-2

Read one of these books, then find great ideas for play activities in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Summer 2020: Books Featuring Games and Sports for Grades 6-8

Read one of these books, then find great ideas for play activities in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Summer 2020: Books Featuring Journeys and Travels for Preschoolers

In addition to reading these books, you can find great ideas for "wandering" in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Summer 2020: Books Featuring Journeys and Travels for Grades 3-5

Read one of these books, then find great ideas for "wandering" in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Summer 2020: Books Featuring Journeys and Travels for Grades 6-8

Read one of these books, then find great ideas for "wandering" in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Summer 2020: Books about Sharing and Caring for Preschoolers

In addition to reading these books, you can find great ideas for giving back in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Summer 2020: Books about Making Things for Grades K-2

In addition to these books about creating and inventing, you can find great creative activity ideas in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Summer 2020: Books about Making Things for Grades 3-5

In addition to these books, find lots of great creative activity ideas in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Summer 2020: Books about Making Things for Grades 6-8

Read one of these books, then find lots of great creative activity ideas in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Summer 2020: Books about Food for Grades 6-8

Find lots of great food activity ideas to accompany these books in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Summer 2020: Books about Food for Preschoolers

Share some of these yummy books, then find lots of great food activity ideas in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Summer 2020: Books about Food for Grades K-2

Read one of these yummy books, then find lots of great food activity ideas in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Summer 2020: Books about Food for Grades 3-5

Read these yummy books, then find lots of great food activity ideas in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Summer 2020 Books about Reading for Preschoolers

You will love these books about words, reading, libraries and more! Then find lots of great reading activity ideas in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Summer 2020 Books about Reading for Grades K-2

Enjoy these books about words, reading, libraries and more. Then find lots of great reading activity ideas in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Summer 2020 Books about Reading for Grades 6-8

Enjoy these books about words, reading, libraries and more. Then find lots of great reading activity ideas in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Summer 2020: Books about Reading for Grades 3-5

Enjoy these books about words, reading, libraries and more. Then find lots of great reading activity ideas in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Comfort during COVID-19: Humor

Some of our favorite books for parents to share with kids ages 3-6 during troubling times.

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Comfort during COVID-19: Optimism

Some of our favorite books for parents to share with kids ages 3-6 during troubling times.

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Comfort during COVID-19: Fears

Some of our favorite books for parents to share with kids ages 3-6 during troubling times.

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Comfort during COVID-19: Helping Others

Some of our favorite books for parents to share with kids ages 3-6 during troubling times.

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Summer 2020: Books Featuring Journeys and Travels for Grades K-2

Read these books, then find great ideas for "wandering" in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Summer 2020: Books about Making Things for Preschoolers

Find a fun book here, then find lots of great "making" activity ideas in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

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Get Out of the House

This handy guide to imagining and creating activities and adventures in your backyard and beyond includes books for all ages.

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Help Stop Littering

For our friends of the earth who are ages 3-8, this collection of books introduces the problem of littering and offers some practical suggestion for things we can all do.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Here are some of our favorite books by Hispanic authors and illustrators that celebrate the lives of Hispanic people, their contributions to our world, and the richness and vibrancy of their cultures. These are great books for families with kids ages 3-12.

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Books about Bedtime for Ages 3–5 and Caregivers

Bedtime is an important routine, and it's not always an easy one. These picture books--some laugh-out-loud funny, some quiet, some interactive--offer lots of ways to entice your little one to bed and chase away their fears. Parenting guides offer helpful solutions. Note: Originally developed for D69 TOPS Preschool Parent Group.

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Books about Emotions for Ages 3–5 and Caregivers

Managing emotions can be challenging for adults and can be even more difficult for young children experiencing powerful feelings for the first time. These titles provide guidance and strategies through stories and breathing exercises to empower children to recognize and express their emotions in healthy ways. Note: Originally developed for D69 TOPS Preschool Parent Group.

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Books about Early Math for Ages 3–5 and Caregivers

Math opportunities are everywhere, from sorting laundry to cooking to looking for patterns in nature. Early math achievement is highly predictive of later math and reading success, so check out these engaging picture books and caregiver guides that will foster the idea that math learning is for everyone and can be a fun part of kids' everyday lives. Note: Originally developed for D69 TOPS Preschool Parent Group.

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Books about Challenging Behavior for Ages 3–5 and Caregivers

Books to share with your children that will not only engage them but will also help them develop healthy ways to express their emotions and resolve conflicts. Guides for caregivers offer strategies for discipline guided by compassion and positive reinforcement. Note: Originally developed for D69 TOPS Preschool Parent Group.

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Rhyme Time for Ages 3–5 and Caregivers

Not only are rhymes lots of fun to hear and say, they also serve as building blocks for reading readiness. Rhymes help children notice the sounds in words and encourage play with those sounds--important steps toward becoming a reader. Filled with clever and creative rhyming stories and poems, this varied list of titles is sure to delight. Note: Originally developed for D69 TOPS Preschool Parent Group.

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Books about Doing Good Together for Ages 3–5 and Caregivers

Studies have shown that even very young children will help adults without being asked. These books have been selected to help caregivers nurture this capacity in our children to make the world a better place. Note: Originally developed for D69 TOPS Preschool Parent Group.

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Books about Technology and Screen Time for Ages 3–5 and Caregivers

Achieving a balanced media diet in this time of pervasive technology is a huge challenge for parents and caregivers, both for themselves and for their children. These engaging picture books and parent guides can help. Note: Originally developed for D69 TOPS Preschool Parent Group

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Books about Making Friends for Ages 3–5 and Caregivers

As young children move beyond family, they have the opportunity to make friends. While exciting, making friends requires social and emotional skills and resilience. Here are some of our favorite picture books to foster these skills in a fun way, as well as parent guides. Note: Originally developed for D69 TOPS Preschool Parent Group.

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Books about Adjusting to Preschool for Ages 3–5 and Caregivers

Enjoy reading these special books together to help your child navigate the excitement and anxiety that can come with the transition to preschool. Note: Originally developed for D69 TOPS Preschool Parent Group.

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Pride Books for Younger Kids

Books featuring LGBTQ+ characters, topics, and themes for babies-grade 2.

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2020 Staff Picks: Ages 0-5

Our favorite books of 2020 to share with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

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2020 Staff Picks: Grades K-3

Our favorite books of 2020 for kids in kindergarten through 3rd grade.

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2020 Staff Picks 2020: Grades 4-5

Our favorite books of 2020 for kids in 4th and 5th grade.

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2020 Staff Picks: Grades 6-8

Our favorite books published in 2020 for kids in middle school.

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Speaking Up against Injustice

What can kids do to be embody the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. and other activists for change? Here are some great books to help inspire kids of all ages to stand up against injustice.

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Good Trouble for Young Children

For Black History Month, our youth team is celebrating the extraordinary life of John Lewis, who stood up and spoke out for civil rights for more than 60 years. Here are some wonderful books about activism for our youngest citizens.

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Good Trouble for Grades 6-12

We're celebrating the extraordinary legacy of John Lewis, a lifelong civil rights activist and legislator. Learn about his life and how you can change the world for the better by standing up and speaking out for your beliefs.

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Kids 'Guaranteed to Read' Fiction

Engaging, fast-paced fiction for kids in grades 3-6 who haven't found the right book yet.

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Kids 'Guaranteed to Read' Nonfiction

Riveting nonfiction for kids in grades 3-6 who haven't found the right book yet.

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Women Artists and the Power of Creativity for Kids

Be inspired by the lives and creative passions of extraordinary women artists and creators. Enjoy these picture book biographies and great stories to stir your artistic imagination.

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Riveting Nonfiction for Grades 3-5

You'll be amazed by all the excitement packed into these fabulous, fact-filled books! From the mysteries of nature, to the icy terrain of Antarctica, and all the way to the moon--we guarantee there is something here for you.

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Women Politicians, Activists, and Peacemakers

These youth titles present fascinating women who made (and are making) our world a better place through their hard work, dedication, and emotional and physical strength.

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Riveting Nonfiction for Babies through Grade 2

Help your little ones discover the world around them and awaken their curiosity about distant places or creatures that lived long ago.

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Riveting Nonfiction for Grades 6-8

Enjoy these page-turners from some of the best writers of nonfiction. Daring rescues, scientific mysteries, horrific crimes, tragic lives--they're all here. And they're all true!

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Poetry for Kids: Grades 3+

Poetry for kids who don't think they like poetry! Funny, snarky, and heartwarming poetry books that are quick to read and stay with you for a long time.

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Poetry for Kids: Preschool-Grade 2

Delightful poetry books for younger kids, featuring animals, nursery rhymes, counting, silliness, and one great big cuddle!

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Novels in Verse: Grades 1-4

Some novels in verse are a collection of related poem stories, while others tell just one story using a poetic writing style. Either way, here are some of our favorites for kids in grades 1-4. We hope you find them interesting and inspiring.

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Novels in Verse: Grades 5-8

Novels in verse are stories told in poetry rather than prose. Here are some of our favorites for middle school students.

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Pride Books for Grades 3-8

Books featuring LGBTQ+ characters, topics, and themes for kids in grades 3-8.

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Caring for Mother Earth

How can kids and families become better stewards of our planet? What does Earth need more of and, even more important, less of? Find the answers with these books for kids of all ages.

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Breezy Summer Reads 2021 (Grades K-2)

Amazing inventions, hilarious mistakes, killer animals (and cute ones), families of all kinds, and so much more! Our team of experts chose their favorite titles--from picture books to early chapter books--for the youngest readers. Vote for your favorites, watch videos and more on our [Summer Reads page](http://www.skokielibrary.info/summer-reads).

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Black Liberation

A celebration of emancipation, Black liberation, and empowerment for kids and their grown-ups in honor of Juneteenth. This is a joyful holiday celebrated each June 19 to commemorate the date in 1865 when Galveston, Texas became the last place in the country to learn that enslaved people were free.

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Hot Summer Reads 2021 (Grades 6-8)

From dramatic rescues to chilling horror, to political romance, these books will keep you turning the pages! Vote for your favorites, watch videos, and more on our [Summer Reads page](http://www.skokielibrary.info/summer-reads).

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Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage (Preschoolers)

Great stories by and about our Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

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Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage (Grades 6-8)

Great stories by and about our Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

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Great Family Read-Alouds: Shorter Stories to Share

Even when the kids are older and ready for chapter books, reading aloud together is still a great way to share stories--whether it's at the end of the day, on vacation, on a rainy day, on a snowy day, whenever! These titles are long enough to enjoy in one sitting or a few sittings for families with kids in early elementary grades.

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Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage (Grades 3-5)

Great stories by and about our Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

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Cool Summer Reads 2021 (Grades 3-5)

Secrets, quests, magic, friendship, mysteries, bravery, and everything in between! These books will keep you guessing, make you laugh, and inspire you. Vote for your favorites, watch videos, and more on our [Summer Reads page](http://www.skokielibrary.info/summer-reads).

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Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage (Kindergarten-Grade 2)

Great stories by and about our Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

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Family Audiobooks for Younger Kids

If your child or children are ready to listen to a chapter book, see the titles in this list. These are in a number of formats: CD, downloadable audiobook, or preloaded audiobook--so they are perfect for long road trips! For the preschool crowd, we have a "Books with CDs" picture book section in the library. These books have an accompanying CD that can be played in cars that still have a CD player.

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Great Family Read-Alouds: Longer Stories to Share

Even when the kids are older and ready for chapter books, reading aloud together is still a great way to share stories--whether it's at the end of the day, on vacation, on a rainy day, on a snowy day, whenever! These titles are long enough to enjoy for more than a few sittings for families with kids in elementary school and beyond.

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Free to Read: Picture Books

We celebrate the freedom to read by highlighting books that have been banned, censored, or challenged in schools and libraries across the country.

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