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


Thematic Reading List: 18 Spooky Mysteries for Middle Grade Readers

Haunted houses, werewolves, monsters, sinister beings. What is lurking in the closet? Where are the voices coming from? Why is it that we love spooky novels so much? They keep us up all night, sometimes in terror yet sometimes because we can’t stop reading them. And, it’s not just adults who love scary novels. Some […]

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Thematic Reading List: 10 Titles for National Cousins Day (July 24)

Families are different and so are our relationships with our cousins. Cousins can be friends, foes, distant, or close. This list of middle grade and YA books highlight cousin relationships.             Belle Prater’s Boy By: Ruth White When Woodrow’s mother suddenly disappears, he moves to his grandparents’ home in a […]

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Thematic Reading List: 25 Everything 4th of July Books

When we think about the 4th of July we not only think of America’s independence, but we also think of parades, fireworks, and picnics with family and friends. This reading list covers the meaning of Independence Day, the many types of things we do to celebrate the holiday, and a few chapter books with July 4th settings for our chapter book readers.   […]

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Thematic Reading List: Hobbies

After a long stressful school year, children can use something fun. Doing something you like is a mood booster and hobbies are just that! Whether you are into indoor or outdoor hobbies, want to learn a new hobby or increase your skills in a current hobby, our reading list provides plenty of hobbies to choose from. […]

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Thematic Reading List: Neighbors

“Won’t you be my neighbor” is the familiar line from Mr. Rogers’ opening song on his popular television series. Many children live in neighborhoods and have interactions with those in their communities. This list focuses on how neighbors help each other in diverse ways to build each other up or improve their community. We’ve also thrown in […]

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Thematic Reading List: Memorial Day

A look at books to help your students and children understand Memorial Day and the military.               Memorial Day By: Clara Cella Shares what Memorial Day is, how to celebrate it, and activities to honor it. Memorial Day By: R. J. Bailey This photo-illustrated book for early readers describes […]

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Thematic Reading List: 10 Beary Good Books for Ages 4 to 8

If your child loves reading about bears, have you picked up any of these from your local library? These are great for bear lovers ages 4 to 8. All books were published between 2008-2018.                   Believe me, Goldilocks Rocks!: the story of the three bears as told by […]

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Thematic Reading List: If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you might like…

                  Big Nate in a class by himself By: Lincoln Peirce Big Nate, a sixth grader, plans on finding a way to get out of taking a social studies test. I Funny: a middle school story By: James Patterson Resolving to become the world’s greatest stand-up comedian […]

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Thematic Reading List: Imaginary Companions

Imaginary companions come in all shapes and sizes- monsters, animals, skeletons, and other humans. They come for many reasons too, but in most fiction imaginary companions come to help a child get through a difficult situation. Our Imaginary Companions reading list provides picture books and chapter books from the perspective of the child, and a […]

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Thematic Reading List: 10 Books to Honor Jazz Appreciation Month

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, which honors the history and heritage of jazz. Here are 10 books about legendary jazz performers perfect for elementary grades.                     Jazz on a Saturday Night By: Leo Dillon The simple, effortlessly rhyming text shows how jazz musicians work together to improvise […]

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Thematic Reading List: 10 Wacky Ducks

Ducks seem to always find their way into crazy situations in picture books. Ten of our favorite wacky duck books provide laughter for children and adults.               Ducks away! By: Mem Fox  One by one five little ducklings tumble off the bridge into the river below–and mother duck follows […]

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Thematic Reading List: Take Me Out to the Ballgame: 9 Books for Baseball Lovers

The smell of cut grass, hot dogs, peanuts, and nachos. No, we aren’t talking about your backyard barbeque. We’re talking about the baseball field. There are so many books dedicated to the great game of baseball that it was hard to choose only 9 for our list. From biographies to cookbooks, we’ve chosen 9 unique […]

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Thematic ReadingList: 10 ABC Books to Help Your Youngster Learn the Alphabet

Most parents grab summer beach books to take on vacation to keep their children occupied. But, why not set up your soon-to-be preschooler or kindergartner with the beginning skills he or she needs before starting school? Many ABC books provide a chance not only to learn the alphabet, but to also broaden vocabulary, begin phonemic […]

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Thematic Reading List: Saving Our Planet One Effort at a Time

One of the most motivational ways to show children the importance of saving our planet is through pictures and stories. This reading list tackles stories of recycling, water conservation, how to help keep our planet clean and how to participate in Earth Day.             When Rivers Burned: the Earth Day story […]

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Award of The Week-The Green Earth Book Award

The Green Earth Book Award is the nation’s first environmental stewardship book award for children and young adult books. Over 128 winning and honor books have been honored since 2005. Each year, an expert jury selects books that best convey the message of environmental stewardship in these categories:   Picture Book: Books for young readers […]

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Thematic Reading List- Nature is Incredible

There is so much changing in spring. Follow this thematic reading list to find out about nature in spring, from plants to animals, and all the growth that happens during this blooming season.                   It’s Spring! By: Linda Glaser A child observes the arrival of spring and its effects […]

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Featured Article – For the Love of Nonfiction: Children’s Nonfiction Author Gail Gibbons

Finally! America is finally thawing out. After four Nor’easters and snowfall in spring, the reality of spring is finally here. And with it, come many books to teach children about nature, planting, gardens, and growth. What author comes to mind when I think about these types of books? None other than Gail Gibbons. Gail Gibbons’ work is found in […]

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Featured Article: Adults Read YA Too

In Crossover Readers’ Advisory: Maximize Your Collection to Meet Reader Satisfaction, edited by Jessica E. Moyer, she and various librarians present a collection of adult books that teens may like and a collection of young adult books that adults may like. Moyer and the other contributors have done a wonderful job of filling a void in Reader’s Advisory. With […]

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Thematic Reading List- 15 Character Driven YA Novels

While YA novels can be a mesh of character and plot, it seems that the character is the true star of the story and the reason readers keep reading until the end. Will the high school football player ever be understood? Who is a person really responsible for? What if something monumental happens that changes a character’s future […]

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Award of the Week- Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association. The first award was given in 2000 and all winners are listed below.     […]

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