Enjoy stories and explore different cultures from around the world this summer with multicultural folktales!
Discover new-to-you stories from years past and enjoy sharing them with your children! Reading a chapter or two aloud each night is a great way to introduce longer, more complex stories to younger children, or make a Just the Two of Us book club by checking out two copies of the same book, reading along and discussing the book with an older child.
Whether you're looking for an insightful, inspiring children's book quote to share with your child, or just looking for an excuse to re-read these classic tales, check out some of our favorite lines from our favorite stories for children (and yes, for grown-ups too)!
A new baby in the family! The arrival of a baby can be a confusing time for siblings. These stories (some tender, some funny) can help start conversations to prepare siblings for the arrival of their new baby brother or sister.
These poems are full of rhythm, rhyme and repetition -- all great ways to help develop your young child's early literacy skills and instill a love of words and books. Snuggle up and share new poems and classic nursery rhymes!
The Bard may have written some of the most famous works of all time, but YA authors are not afraid to twist his stories for contemporary audiences! Check out the books below that feature some fabulous Shakespearean elements.
Learn more about global events that touched Florida! These items have been chosen for their subject matter's relevance to the Sunshine state. Events that have impacted Florida include World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Civil Rights Movement, NASA and much more!
These picture books illustrate counting numbers and simple math concepts, such as addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Recommended for ages 3 to 8.
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 lifelong love of reading 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/