These picture books illustrate counting numbers and simple math concepts, such as addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Recommended for ages 3 to 8.
Enjoy stories and explore different cultures from around the world with multicultural folktales! For more recommendations, check out our Stories from Around the World book lists, highlighting tales from Africa, Asia, Central & South America, North America (tall tales), and Europe.
This is a list of books related to the American experience during World War I. 2017 marks the centennial anniversary of the United States entry into the First World War. This list comprises both fiction and non-fiction titles chosen for both their content and their quality.
Looking for a fun book to read for Saint Patrick's Day? Then check out these reads! Selections include Irish folklore, customs, and culture.
According to Goodreads.com, a “YA Space Opera” is defined as a science-fiction based novel starring a young adult protagonist (age 12-17) on an extra-planetary or galactic scale which has a heavy emphasis on character development and (usually) beating overwhelming odds in addition to the world-building and science. Take a look at some of our favorite out-of-this-world picks below!
On March 8th, we observe International Women's Day. We remember the achievements of women and the progress of gender parity throughout the world. This year's theme 'Be Bold for Change' calls on everyone to continue improving women's lives around the world. The women listed below are not only great examples of boldness but effective agents of change.
From trickster tales to unlikely friendships and alliances, these African folktales have been passed through storytelling to entertain and perhaps teach a lesson or two. Enjoy the following stories from all over the vast African continent. Many of these selections include wonderful illustrations that have been inspired from the African regions of the story.
Have you heard of Bass Reeves, Audrey Faye Hendricks, Gordon Parks, Bessie Coleman or James Lafayette? Meet 15 important, interesting people throughout history in the pages of these books! Continue the educational adventure with books about black pioneers, magicians, and more influential figures in black history.
For many families, immigration is a key chapter in their own personal stories. Inspire conversations with your children and foster a deeper understanding of what it's like to be an immigrant by checking out the books below about children and families finding their way in new surroundings. This book list begins with picture books and progresses to chapter books and poetry for older readers.
Books about love -- that aren't about Valentine's Day. Celebrate all kinds of love: love for a friend, a pet, your family or your community!
Foster a love of libraries with books for young readers about the most magical, wonderful places on earth... LIBRARIES! And we're not just saying that because we work at one. ;-)
Do you love books like the Harry Potter series, where magic exists just beneath the surface of the rational world? Magical realism is a genre in art that blends fantastical elements with every day occurrences. It’s also a very popular genre in teen literature! Check out a few librarian picks below.
This book list, which includes picture books for young children (found toward the top of the list and proceeding in order toward books for teens), includes a selection of fiction and non-fiction books that deal with death, grief, and loss. For more books on these topics, please consider our bibliotherapy section, or ask to speak to a Youth Services Librarian for book recommendations. "Children and teens facing the loss of friends and family, or their own mortality, need help navigating the emotional, physical, and practical upheavals and restorations that are part of the natural process. Books offer opportunities to ask questions, wonder, and simply acknowledge the realities of their circumstances." http://www.notifbutwhen.org/
Periods of social unrest can be difficult to understand and especially to live through; still, they make up the fabric of our nation. For generations, protest and social activism have taken on many shapes and forms and have helped to create the world we live in today. This book list, which includes books for even the very young (found toward the top of the list and proceeding in order toward books for teens) highlights some some of the people and events, both well known and obscure, that have brought about change in the world.
To celebrate Tell a Fairy Tale Day on February 26th, this list, recommended for elementary and middle school readers, features books that take a new spin on classic fairy tales. Join Captain Hook's swashbuckling daughter Jocelyn as she strikes out to avenge her father's death. Meet Robyn Hoodlum who is tasked with saving the city of Nott from an evil ruler in this dystopian reworking of a long-told English tale. There is sure to be something on this list for every fairy tale lover!
This year’s Big Read, The Namesake by Jumpa Lahiri, tells the story of a family moving from their native Calcutta to settle in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Reading about the experiences, the clashes of culture, the conflicts of assimilation faced by immigrants is especially important in today’s society. Check out the books below about teens finding their way in new surroundings!
From January to December, children learn about the months that make up the year and celebrate each one.
The wonderful world of Dr. Seuss continues with recently published books by Tish Rabe. Read on with The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, and more of your favorite Seuss characters!
The rollicking rhythm and rhyme of Dr. Seuss is unmistakable! Check out a Dr. Seuss audiobook, and let the narrator do the hard work of untangling the tricky tongue twisters.
Learn a lot of wacky facts with PBS Kids' series, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That - each episode features The Cat in the Hat leading Nick, Sally, the Fish and Thing one and Thing Two on a variety of ridiculously educational adventures, or explore the Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, a live-action/puppet Nick Jr. television series based on characters by Dr. Seuss, produced by Jim Henson Productions.