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 banned books

Do not read any of these books.

Melissa (former published title was Heorge)

Alex Gino

And Tango Makes Three

Justin Richardson 

Heather Has Two Mommies

Lesléa Newman

Prince and Knight

Daniel Haack

The Family Book

Todd Parr

Stamped for Kids

Jason Reynolds

Spotlight on spooky stories

Get in the Halloween spirit with these spine-chilling books.

The Witch's Wings and Other Terrifying Tales

Tehlor Kay Mejia

Escape from Grimstone Manor

Matt Mcmann

The Girl in the Lake

India Hill Brown

The Otherwoods

Justine Pucella Winans

Friiight Night

R. L. Stine

Storm & Shade

Claudia Gray

Spotlight on 1,000 books before kindergarten (October 2023)

Help your little reader reach their 1,000-book goal with these titles!

Peppa Pig and the Lost Dinosaur

Candlewick Press

There's a Bear in Your Book

Tom Fletcher

Finn's Little Fibs

Tom Percival

Ganesha's Great Race

Sanjay Patel

The Magical Snowflake

Bernette Ford

Llama Llama Opposites

Anna Dewdney

Spotlight on Hispanic Heritage Month

Learn about and celebrate Hispanic cultural heritage with these books.

Dreams From Many Rivers: A Hispanic History of the United States Told in Poems

Margarita Engle

José and El Perro

Silvia López

Martina Has Too Many Tías 

Emma Otheguy

Spanish Is the Language of My Family

John Parra


Celia C. Pérez

Sweet Dreams Mis Hijos: Inspiring Bedtime Stories About Latino Leaders

Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez

Spotlight on 1,000 books before kindergarten (September 2023)

Here are more titles to help your favorite little reader reach 1,000 books before kindergarten!

The Secret Society of Aunts & Uncles

Jake Gyllenhaal

A Very Cranky Book

Angela Diterlizzi

I Am My Ancestors Wildest Dreams

Tanisia Moore

I'm From

Oge Mora


Hui Li

What Games Should We Play?

Tallulah May

Spotlight on back to school

The titles in this collection will have you excited about back-to-school season!

Vivian Lantz's Second Chances

Kathryn Ormsbee

The Year My Life Went Down the Toilet

Jake Maia Arlow

Lupe Lopez: Reading Rock Star!

E. E. Charlton-Trujillo

All Are Welcome: Welcome Back!

Alexandra Penfold

The Crayons Go Back to School

Drew Daywalt

On the Night Before Kindergarten

Rosemary Wells

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

Take a look at this month's recommendations to help your little one reach 1,000 books before kindergarten!

Llama Llama's Little Lie

Anna Dewdney

The Scariest Kitten in the World

Kate Messner

Construction Site

Tony Mitton

Together We Swim

Valerie Bolling

Water Day

Margarita Engle

How It Works: Digger

Molly Littleboy

Graphic Novels for Kids

August 2023

Big Nate: Move It or Lose It!

Lincoln Peirce

Night of the Ninjas

Mary Pope Osborne

Ghost Book

Remy Lai

The Deep!: Wild Life at the Ocean's Darkest Depths

Lindsey Leigh


Pedro Martín

Things in the Basement

Ben Hatke

Staff Picks for Kids

The Bad Guys in Let the Games Begin

Aaron Blabey

I Will Read to You

Gideon Sterer

Fox Has a Problem

Corey R Tabor

There's Always Room for One More

Robyn McGrath

My Name

Supriya Kelkar

Fury of the Dragon Goddess

Sarwat Chadda

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 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

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

Let us help you get a few books closer to your 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten goal!

Good Night with the Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle

Crane Jane

Andrea Zimmerman

Why Did the Monster Cross the Road

R. L. Stine

Spanish Is the Language of My Family

Michael Genhart

When Rubin Plays

Gracey Zhang

Where's Spot?

Eric Hill

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