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: All in the Family

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and all of them should be celebrated! This assortment of books examines families of all kinds, including fiction and non-fiction titles. No matter what a family looks like on the outside, it is filled with love on the inside. These books are selected for children ages 5-8 and […]

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Thematic Reading List: Audiobooks for the Family Road Trip

June is National Audiobook Month and what better time to listen to an audiobook than during a road trip. Whether you are listening together as a family, or everyone has individual tastes along with their own listening device, these ten audiobooks are sure to make the road fly by.             […]

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Thematic Reading List: Pride Month

LGBTQ Pride Month is celebrated in the United States every year in June, with a series of events, parades, concerts, and festivals taking place across the nation. CLCD has information about many books featuring LGBTQ characters within its large database of titles. Here are just a few for ages 12 and up. Contributed by: Elizabeth […]

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Thematic Reading List: Celebrating Dad

Sometimes it seems easier to find books about a child’s relationship with mom than it does to find books about relationships with dad. Luckily, CLCD has plenty of titles to help us find those hidden gems. We’ve chosen ten titles perfect for dads to share with their youngest children, so they will know dad is […]

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Thematic Reading List: Absolutely Me: A celebration of the unique in all of us

This book list for ages 4 to 8 celebrates qualities that we share and those that make us different. Contributor: Elizabeth Bridges             Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon By: Patty Lovell Illustrated by: David Catrow First-grader Molly Lou Melon, short, buck-toothed, and clumsy, is nevertheless in possession of unshakable self-confidence […]

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Thematic Reading List: Vive la France!

This book list includes a blend of fiction and non-fiction books for middle grade readers interested in learning more about France from different points of view. From classic stories like the Hunchback of Notre Dame to famous artists like Picasso and Matisse, a wide variety of information is included. Readers of all ages are sure […]

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Thematic Reading List: Living in Foster Care: A Teen’s Journey

Foster care can be a place of safety for some and a place of tragedy for others. This booklist includes stories that look at both sides from a teen’s perspective. Titles are recommended for ages 13 to 18. Contributed by: Elizabeth Bridges             Flight By: Sherman Alexie A powerful, fast […]

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Thematic Reading List:Mysteries in the Mansion

Spooky mansions are the perfect setting for an unsolved mystery. These 13 titles take readers into spooky, secretive halls for hours of engaging storytelling. A list geared towards 8 to 12-year-old readers.                       Angel of the Battlefield (The Treasure Chest series #1) By: Ann Hood When their parents […]

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Thematic Reading List: 15 Yoga books for the Mind & Body

Looking for a way to get your children or students up and moving? Yoga is a great mind-body practice that children and adults alike can enjoy. Let the imaginations run wild when pretending to be animals in various yoga poses. Greet the sun with a series of poses to jump-start the morning. Calm the mind […]

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Thematic Reading List: Go! Go! Go!

A thematic booklist for toddlers that like to move. Perfect for ages 0-4. Contributed by: Elizabeth Bridges               Little Blue Truck By: Alice Schertle Illustrated by: Jill McElmurry A small blue truck finds his way out of a jam, with a little help from his friends. The Pigeon Loves […]

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Thematic Reading List: A Different Kind of Home: Life in the Foster System

This book list is designed for children ages 8-12 who find themselves in the foster system. The books range in difficulty and include a variety of voices and experiences. Whether these are read independently or together, families involved in the foster system are sure to bond over these stories and begin conversations with one another […]

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Thematic Reading List: Moving Day

Whether a family is moving down the street or across the ocean, moving can be a challenging experience. This collection of books is for children ages 8-12 who are going to be moving soon or are adjusting to a new city and new life. Contributed by: Mary Lanni               […]

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Thematic Reading List: Tap me a Rhythm, Sing me a Song

Great books for kids ages 0-3 who love rhythm and music. These selections include a blend of traditional favorites and new hits that inspire movement and participation. Readers of all ages will enjoy sharing these books with their youngest family members, especially reading them aloud. Don’t be surprised if these books are requested over and […]

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Thematic Reading List: Farm Animals

While April 10 is National Farm Animals Day, any day is a good day to celebrate farm animals. Our list was created with 4-7 year olds in mind and provides a variety of animals on American farms.               All Kinds of Farms By: Daniel Shepard Simple text and photographs […]

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Thematic Reading List: 11 Unusual Pets

Some families have dogs. Some have cats. Some have fish. Then there are the more daring families who have pet lizards and snakes. But what are the most unusual pets? Leave it to children’s nonfiction authors to expose us to the most bizarre pets one can have. We’ve added one special fiction book just to […]

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Thematic Reading List: Every Kid Healthy Week

“Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements and recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances. Observed the last week of April each year, this special week shines a spotlight on the great efforts schools are making to improve the health and wellness of their students […]

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Thematic Reading List: Kindergarten

Kindergarten- the first formal education of many children. The concept of Kindergarten was created by Wilhelm August Frobel whom started the very first Kindergarten in Germany in 1837. Frobel believed that children learn through play and experience. Kindergarten was a balance of the two that would allow children to transition from home to school more […]

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Thematic Reading List: 20 Under the Sea Picture Books

Whether it starts with a pet fish or a trip to the beach, some kids love reading about sea creatures. Our list of 20 picture books featuring sea animals is sure to create even more interest about the many sea dwellers on our planet.                   Barry, the […]

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Thematic Reading List: 21 Bunnies Hop into Picture Books

Beatrix Potter seemed to immortalize rabbits when she introduced the world to Peter Rabbit. In all, she would write 23 tales about rabbits and outdoor creatures. Whether rabbits show up as main characters or stuffed animals, rabbits have been quite popular in picture books. Here is our list of bunnies who bounce along the pages […]

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Thematic Reading List: Australian Legends of Children’s Literature

This year the Australian postal service has chosen to honor some of their most memorable children’s authors by spotlighting them in its Australian Legends stamp series. The Australian Legends stamp series honors Australians who have made a significant contribution in their chosen field or a chosen theme. Examples of past themes are legends in sports, […]

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