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Reading Recommendations for Kids & Families

From picture books to graphic novels, fantasy to family fun, these must-read books are bound to spark kids' imagination and keep the pages turning. We update this page with fresh recommendations every month.

Spotlight on Pride Month

Read the Rainbow with this collection of books picked out for Pride Month!

Too Bright to See

Kyle Lukoff

The Swifts: A Dictionary of Scoundrels

Beth Lincoln

Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston

Esme Symes-Smith

You Only Live Once, David Bravo

Mark Oshiro

The Sun and the Star

Rick Riordan

Nikhil Out Loud

Maulik Pancholy

Spotlight on 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (June 2023)

Here are 10 more books to help you reach your 1,000 books before kindergarten goal!

How to Count to One

Casper Salmon

Penny & Pip

Candace Fleming

ABC and You and Me

Corinna Luyken

The Masjid Kamal Loves

Ashley Franklin

Martina Has Too Many Tías

Emma Otheguy

My Dad Loves Me

Sara Miller

Staff Picks for Kids

May 2023

Amy Wu and the Ribbon Dance

Kat Zhang

Encanto: We Don't Talk About Bruno

Disney Books

Nothing's Wrong

Jory John

Minerva Keen's Detective Club

James Patterson

The Sun and the Star

Rick Riordan

She's a Mensch

Anne Dublin

Graphic Novels for Kids

May 2023

Ty's Travels Camp Out

Kelly Starling Lyons

Surprisingly Sarah

Terri Libenson

Secrets and Sidekicks

Colleen AF Venable

Scaredy Squirrel Gets a Surprise

Melanie Watt

Lo and Behold

Wendy Mass

The Do-over

Rodrigo Vargas

Spotlight on 1,000 books to read before kindergarten

Keep reading! Here are some recommendations to help you reach that 1,000-book goal!

Hickory Dickory Dock

James Dean

Tap! Tap! Tap!: Dance! Dance! Dance!

Herve Tullet

Weather Together

Jessie Sima

Have You Seen My Invisible Dinosaur?

Helen Yoon

We Belong to the Drum

Sandra Lamouche

Bath Time Physics

Jill Esbaum

Spotlight on diversity

Let's celebrate Jewish American & Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Nana, Nenek & Nina

Liza Ferneyhough

Maizy Chen's Last Chance

Lisa Yee

The Tower of Life

Chana Stiefel

Aviva vs. the Dybbuk

Mari Lowe

From the Tops of the Trees

Kao Kalia Yang

The Prince of Steel Pier 

Stacy Nockowitz

Spotlight on 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Continue on your 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten! Learn more.

Let's Go Puddling!

Emma Perry

Tiny T. Rex and the Grand Ta-da!

Jonathan Stutzman


Cynthia Rylant

A Dupatta Is

Marzieh Abbas

The Coolest Beard

Betty Tekle

Blinker, Blinker Little Car

Jennifer Taylor

Spotlight on 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Here are more titles to help you (and your littles) read 1,000 books before kindergarten. Learn more about the program.

The World and Everything in It

Kevin Henkes

The Daily Sniff

Jane Cabrera

The Umbrella

Beth Ferry

Zap! Clap! Boom!: The Story of a Thunderstorm

Laura Purdie Salas

Jack the Library Cat

Marietta Apollonio

Quiet Time With My Seeya

Dinalie Dabarera

Spotlight on 1,000 Books to Read Before Kindergarten

Read to your child daily and meet the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge! Learn more and register.

Llama Llama Shapes

Anna Dewdney

The Library Fish Learns to Read

Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Hey Otter! Hey Beaver!

Brian Pinkney

Sunny and Oswaldo

Nicole Melleby

One Little Seed

Becky Davies

I Am Not an Octopus

Eoin Mclaughlin

Spotlight on the Newbery at 100

In honor of the Newbery Award's 100th anniversary, let's celebrate a century of excellence in children's literature.

The Giver

Lois Lowry


Louis Sachar

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

E. L. Konigsburg

Number the Stars

Lois Lowry

A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L'Engle

The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman

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