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


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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Thematic Reading List: Self-esteem

One of the most important attributes to foster in young children is self-esteem. These six books, geared towards ages 4 to 7, focus on how being unique is good and how we should accept ourselves for all our qualities and talents.               Because You Matter By: Jan Carmen Liles […]

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Thematic Reading List: Protecting our Environment

Our environment is changing at an alarming rate. These six books provide information on the current state of our environment, those who have contributions to preserving our environment, and discuss how we can improve our planet.                 Bringing Back Our Deserts By: Clara MacCarald Bringing Back Our Deserts […]

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Thematic Reading List: National Weatherperson’s Day – February 5

People who predict the weather, also known as meteorologists, have the challenging task of hypothesizing how weather patterns will move and change hours and even days into the future. The science behind this job is robust, but it is not always accurate as the weather does not always behave as it seems it will. These […]

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Thematic Reading List: Celebrating Korean Americans

The United States is made up of people of all nationalities and backgrounds. One of these is Korean Americans, a group that accounts for about 0.6% of the United States population. Though this number is relatively small, this group is a vibrant part of the American tapestry. This book list includes both fiction and non-fiction […]

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Thematic reading lists: Religious Freedom

The first amendment grants United States citizens the freedom of speech and religion. While this can be difficult to find in practice at times, the more people learn about the myriad belief systems in the world, the more easily they can coexist. This book list includes non-fiction titles for elementary school students that represent many […]

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Thematic Reading List:Technology Day!

Technological advances throughout history have improved human existence in countless ways. From food production and distribution to sports and entertainment, technology affects human lives every day. In honor of Technology Day, January 6, this book list includes nonfiction titles for readers aged 7 to 18 about significant technological advances throughout history and some of the […]

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Thematic Reading List: Tech Careers

Technology careers are available in a variety of disciplines, from medicine to energy, yet many students may not be aware of the magnitude of opportunities available. If students are good at problem-solving, critical thinking, and have a keen eye for creativity, a job in technology may be the perfect fit for years of rewarding work. […]

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Thematic Reading List: NaNoWriMo – Getting Kids Writing

November has become the time when writers endeavor to craft a complete book in one month. While this is fun for adults, it can also be fun for kids! No matter their interest or skill level, children can write poetry, stories, and more if they have the desire to do so. This book list includes […]

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Thematic Reading List: All About Nighttime

Nighttime is a mysterious and wonderful time of day. Though it can be scary, these books are selected to showcase the beauty and calm that come with nighttime. From bedtime to the animals that are awake during the night, young readers will enjoy these selections as they prepare for bed. These books are written for […]

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Thematic Reading List: Body Parts!

Learning the names of body parts is an important part of childhood. Readers between the ages of 0 and 5 will love these books about human body parts, as it is easy to connect the images on the page to their own bodies. While reading these books is fun, doing so in conjunction with doing […]

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