Reading Lists

Professionally curated reading lists developed by topic and/or age level. Some Reading Lists include titles from multiple age groups and will appear under more than one category


Reading List: Teamwork

Though everyone has times where they want to do things on their own, teamwork is what helps get big things accomplished. Teams can take shape on soccer fields and in swimming pools, but they can also appear in a classroom or on a playground. Working together utilizes the strengths of everyone in the group in […]

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Reading List: Camping

It’s that time of year! The days are long and warm, and it is a great time to get outdoors. Camping is one of the most popular ways to introduce children to life outside of familiar, modern comforts, but not everybody gets the chance to experience it. These books are selected for readers ages 8-12 […]

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Thematic Reading List: Our Communities

Human culture is built around communities big and small. Whether a community is made up of people who live near one another or composed of those who share a cultural heritage or background, these groups sustain one another. Sometimes, it is hard to see where one community ends and another begins, and other times it […]

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Thematic Reading List: Graphic Novels with Strong Female Leads

In the last decade, graphic novels have made a place for themselves on the shelves of readers young and old. While often misconstrued with comic books, these visual stories are an excellent way for readers of all kinds to experience books. Many graphic novels are geared toward boys and reluctant readers, which is why this […]

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Thematic Reading List: Dealing with Illness

It is hard enough watching a loved one fight an illness; it can be even harder to fight illness on one’s own. With illness an inevitability in human society, many turn to books to help manage the emotions that accompany personal or external trauma. When reading about someone else’s experience, even if it is a […]

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Thematic Reading List: Asian American characters and themes

Asian American characters shine in this booklist geared towards ages 8-12.                 Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) By: Lisa Yee When Bobby inadvertently gets into a fight with his best friend Holly, their disagreement develops into a boys-versus-girls war involving their whole fourth-grade class. Chasing Secrets By: Gennifer Choldenkol […]

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Thematic Reading List: Activities at Home!

Whether it’s summer vacation or a stay at home order, long days with young people outside of school can seem interminable. Even at home, there are endless activities kids can do to continue learning about their world. From science to cooking to arts and crafts, the books in this list provide myriad opportunities for school-aged […]

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Thematic Reading List: Public Domain Books = Free Books

While many families find themselves under stay at home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a good story can provide hours of fun distraction. But, with schools and libraries closed, finding free books may seem like a challenge. Fortunately, it is not with eBooks. Your local libraries have a wide selection of e-books. Thousands of […]

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STEM Reading List: Word Problems

Word problems are used in all facets of math. This book list includes books with a variety of math word problems and books that teach students word problem strategies.               Algebra Word Problems By: Rebecca Wingard-Nelson Having a problem with word problems? Author Rebecca Wingard-Nelson introduces simple ways to […]

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STEM Reading List: Cubes

These six books present younger readers with information about cubes.                 What in the World is a Cube? By: Anders Hanson This book contains simple text and photographs that describe cubes to young readers. Cubes By: Laura Hamilton Waxman Illustrated by: Kathy Mitter In Cubes, rhyming text and […]

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STEM Reading List: Geometry

Help students understand geometry and reinforce classroom geometry lessons by building a library collection that includes various books featuring the subject. These six books are excellent additions to school and public library collections.             Geometry By: Rebecca Wingard-Nelson Reinforce in-class geometry skills such as lines, angles, polygons, triangles, and the […]

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STEM Reading List:Light and Optics

This list introduces readers to the concepts of light and optics. Books range from understanding how light works to project-based books. Perfect for educators looking for ideas to bring understanding of light and optics to the classroom!               Explore Light and Optics By: Anita Yasuda Imagine a world without […]

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STEM Reading List: Geology

Teach kids more about geology by adding these titles to your library. This book list includes books to explain the wonders of geology and project-based learning)               Geology Lab for Kids By: Garret Romaine Dig in and learn about the Earth under your feet. Geology Lab for Kids features 52 […]

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STEM Reading List: Lasers

Learn the history of lasers and this cutting-edge field that helps many people in many different ways.               The Man Who Invented the Laser: the genius of Theodore H. Maiman By: Edwin Brit Wyckoff The story of Theodore H. Maiman is the quintessential story of committed scientific study, original […]

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Thematic Reading List: Easter Fun!

With the arrival of Spring comes the Easter holiday and celebrations of springtime animals. Though holiday celebrations now include the Easter bunny, chocolate, and gifts, Easter’s origin story remains strong in the hearts and minds of Christians around the world. This book list includes fiction and nonfiction titles specifically for emerging readers between the ages […]

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Thematic Reading List: We all have Feelings!

Understanding feelings is an important part of growing up. When children are able to recognize their feelings and express them appropriately, they are much better equipped to be successful adults. It is also important to remember that feelings are not inherently bad: everyone experiences them. What is important is how people work through those feelings. […]

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Thematic Reading List: I See Myself

It is important for children from all backgrounds to read books with characters who resemble them. This connects readers to the characters and helps them to see that, even if it sometimes feels like it, they are not alone. This book list includes a variety of fiction titles for readers ages 4-7. Some books are […]

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Thematic Reading List: Tween Fantasy

                      The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge By: M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin Uptight elfin historian Brangwain Spurge is on a mission: survive being catapulted across the mountains into goblin territory, deliver a priceless peace offering to their mysterious dark lord, and spy on the […]

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Thematic Reading List: Siblings

Having a sibling can be both wonderful and challenging—especially when they are brand new! This book list incorporates fiction books about siblings of various ages, from brand new to elementary school. These books discuss the joys and tribulations that come with having a sibling, allowing readers to build empathy and understanding for one another. Ideal […]

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Thematic Reading List: Kids and Teens in Business

Businesses aren’t just for adults—kids and teens can have them, too! More and more, young entrepreneurs are finding their place in the world. No longer is the lemonade stand their primary outlet for making money, either. The nonfiction titles in this booklist introduce readers aged 12-18 to the idea of business and how they can […]

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