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: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time when families and friends come together to share food and laughter as the days are getting shorter and colder. Beginning as a celebration of the welcome early European settlers received from Native Americans, Thanksgiving maintains the sentiment of sharing one’s bounty with others. Each home has its own unique traditions, but […]

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STEM Reading List: Birds of Prey

Majestic eagles, wise owls, and cunning vultures are among the many birds of prey found globally. Instead of dining on insects and seeds like other birds, birds of prey instead eat larger animals, including mammals and lizards. In this book list, readers will learn about birds of prey in both fictionalized and factual accounts; many […]

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STEM Reading List: Dentistry

Did you know that dentistry is not limited to the health of teeth? Dentistry consists of the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders, and oral cavity conditions. Learn more about dentists and the history of dentistry with these informative titles.           You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Dentists! By: […]

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STEM Reading List: Airplanes

Airplanes have come a long way since their inception. Now a major global transportation provider and military machine, airplanes play a significant part in our society. Learn about the pioneers of air travel, military airplanes, how airplanes work, and the history of this great invention.           The First Airplanes By: Megan […]

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STEM Reading List: Programming Languages

Do you like creating games? Do you think designing websites would be fun? Learn how to do both by learning about programming languages. This list includes books for beginners about several popular programming languages.             Learn to Program (Kids Get Coding series) By: Heather Lyons and Elizabeth Tweedale Illustrated by: […]

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Reading List: Not the Thanksgiving that was planned

Whether it’s unexpected snow, an urgent call, burnt turkey, or you find out you are the main course for dinner (YIKES!), sometimes Thanksgiving isn’t what you expected it to be. In moments like these, books can provide a way for us to realize there is no such thing as a perfect Thanksgiving, and regular Thanksgiving […]

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STEM Reading List: Seasons

From summer, to fall, to winter, to spring, the seasons are relatively predictable and bring with them new and exciting activities in which to participate. Animals and humans alike adapt to weather changes as temperatures grow colder or warmer. The books in this list include information about the seasons from various perspectives, including the changes […]

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Reading List: World Freedom Day: November 9

On November 9, 1989, the fall of the Berlin Wall signaled the end of Communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe. Because the reuniting of Germany was so monumental to world history, in 2001, then-President George W. Bush declared World Freedom Day on November 9 to commemorate the occasion. Berlin is not without its share […]

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STEM Reading List: Nocturnal Animals

While we are sleeping, there is a world of animals up and about. Learn more about nocturnal animals with this list of books.               Wolves Howl at the Moon (I Didn’t Know That series) By: Cecilia Fitzsimons Presents the habitats and behavior of various nocturnal animals, from leopards and […]

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Reading List: Oktoberfest and German-Americans

October is a time of cooler weather, a start to fall, and the iconic celebration of Oktoberfest. German culture has found its way into the American way of life, as so many cultures from around the world have done. While not everyone wears Lederhosen or drinks beer from a stein while eating a sausage or […]

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Reading List: Latinx Heritage Month

Latinx voices are important contributors to the fabric of American life. Spanning many countries, people from Latinx backgrounds have a rich and varied history and culture. Latinx Heritage Month, which occurs from September 15 through October 15, is when Americans come together to recognize and celebrate the many contributions of Latinx people. No matter their […]

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Reading List: Trilogies for Teens

As a teenager, it is enjoyable to fall in love with a character or a world and want to keep reading about it. This is exactly what trilogies for teenagers are designed to do: keep teens engaged from one book to the next, continuing a story through several installments. Many of these story arcs involve […]

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Reading List: Intergeneration Month

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and they do not always include parents and their biological children. Sometimes, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and even great-grandparents are included in the mix, creating a canvas of experience that shapes children’s lives. The books included in this list are selected to celebrate families that include intergenerational relationships in […]

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Reading List: Heritage Pride

Every culture in the world has its own heritage and history. No matter where one lives, their unique heritage remains important and deserves to be celebrated! Whether or not it is officially recognized in a national month or day, heritage is vitally important to the complexity and depth of human society. Learning about different cultures […]

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Reading List: National Suicide Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Awareness Month, also known as Suicide Prevention Month. Award-winning titles in this booklist share stories of characters who are struggling with thoughts of suicide or who are grieving the loss of a family member or friend who has committed suicide. As always, with reading there is understanding. It is our hope […]

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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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