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

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Thematic Reading List:Feb 22 National Wildlife Day (& Sept. 4)

In honor of National Wildlife Day, we have chosen 10 hilarious picture books featuring wildlife animals as major characters in each story. To learn more about National Wildlife Day, which is celebrated on both February 22 and September 4, visit. http://nationalwildlifeday.com/                   Horrible Bear! By: Ame Dyckman Illustrated […]

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Thematic Reading List: Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual February event in which citizens collect data about wild birds. To participate, simply tally the number and kinds of birds you see within a 15-minute period. This is a great way to get children involved in learning about birds and, to encourage further study of birds, we […]

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Thematic Reading List: 9 Biography Compilation books for Black History Month

Each compilation has its own theme, providing a straightforward way to introduce children to many great Black Americans. All titles listed were either an award nominee or honor/winner book.              28 Days: moments in Black history that changed the world  By: Charles R. Smith Illustrated by: Shane Evans A look […]

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Thematic Reading List: Resistance

Throughout history, underground movements have aided, freed, and saved the lives of numerous groups of people. As the Nazis overcame cities and countries throughout Europe, many citizens fought back by forming underground movements, named Resistance groups. Each of the titles in our list looks at the brave young people who joined the Resistance groups, whether […]

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Thematic Reading List: Kids Can Too! Books for the Littlest Activists

Any person can be an activist, even young children. Creating a classroom library or home bookshelf with books about various activists or causes can peak a child’s interest in how he or she can impact the world. Below are 10 books to help build your activism collection. Contributed by: Elizabeth Bridges         […]

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Thematic Reading List: Celebrating Christmas Traditions

Traditions, some passed down through many generations, are cherished around the Christmas season. Enjoy this collection of 12 titles that provide a glimpse into Christmas traditions with some providing a unique twist.                   Advent Elf By: Paivi Stalder Illustrated by: Barbara Korthues On the first night of […]

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Thematic Reading List: Merry YA Christmas

What made our YA list for cocoa-worthy reading? Stories featuring a seasonal job, pregnant teen, missing classmate, family mystery, and a few love interests. Here is our list of appealing YA books to cozy by the fire with.               Billy Christmas By: Mark Pritchard Billy’s father disappeared last Christmas […]

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Thematic Reading List: 10 Christmas-themed Books for Middle Grade Readers

Genies, hospitals, and kidnapped babies are not exactly what one expects to read about in Christmas-themed books, yet creative middle grade authors have spun their magic and make it work in these 10 selections.             Christmas Genie By: Dan Gutman When a meteorite crashes into a fifth-grade classroom, the genie […]

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Thematic Reading List: 15 Funny Christmas Books for Reading Aloud

These picture books are ideal for sharing laughs and enjoying time together around the Christmas tree.               The 12 Days of Christmas By: Greg Pizzoli An elephant parent has to take responsibility for caring for all the gifts that arrive in this newly illustrated version of the traditional song. […]

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Thematic Reading List: Our Friends with 9 Lives

Cat lovers prepare yourself for 9 fun picture books featuring your favorite pet.                         Cat Secrets By: Jef Czekaj Important secrets about how best to live a cat’s life will be revealed only to those who can prove that they are genuine cats. Fuddles […]

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Thematic Reading List: 8 Nights of Hanukkah Reading

What goes well with Hanukkah gifts? Hanukkah stories! We are sharing 16 Hanukkah stories, 2 for each night. A perfect pairing for gift time or bedtime.                     The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes By: Linda Glaser Illustrated by: Nancy Cote A young girl finds a way to include […]

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Thematic Reading List: 12 Picture Books featuring Native American Themes

Our list of picture books reflecting Native American themes feature family, animals, school, space exploration, and Thanksgiving.                     Black Bear Red Fox By: Julie Flett A book demonstrating colors in English as well as in Cree, along with the pronunciation. The Christmas Coat: Memories of My […]

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Thematic Reading List: 20 Books Featuring Native American Characters

Our list of middle grade and YA books feature Native Americans in various situations and time periods. Many of the books are geared towards age 10 and up.                     The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian By: Sherman Alexie Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled […]

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Thematic Reading List: 10 Essential Graphic Novel Series

While there have been many graphic novels published this year, no graphic novel collection is complete without these graphic novel series. We consider them signature series in the juvenile graphic novel collection. They helped graphic novels gain popularity and even come out of the regular fiction shelves to create a new library collection in many […]

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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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Themed Reading List: 20 Twisted Tales

A fractured fairy tale is a story that is based on a fairy tale you know with changes to some part of the story, such as character, setting, or point or view. Sometimes even part of the plot is changed. Let’s say it presents a new twist to the original tale. Our list of 20 unique retellings of classic […]

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Thematic Reading List: Inspiring Females in Fall 2018 Juvenile Nonfiction

This fall (2018), publishers are honoring the accomplishments of women by publishing notable books about the lives and achievements of women. Here are our choices for some incredible juvenile nonfiction titles to add to your shelves. Book release months and suggested age ranges are also included. Be sure to use the links provided to find similar books […]

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Thematic Reading List: Fall 2018 Celebrating Multiculturalism & Our World

Our celebration of our diverse world includes books that take a peek at places around the globe and also books that show multicultural characters displaying bravery. Suggested age range and month of publication is included with each entry. Be sure to use the links provided to find similar books to those shown.                   […]

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Thematic Reading List: Fall 2018 Fiction List: Female Characters in Juvenile Fiction and Picture Books 

After reviewing hundreds of upcoming titles featuring female characters, we decided to hone our Fall Fiction List to include books with female characters involved in problem-solving, acts of bravery, or adjusting to a new normal. Each title was chosen to fill a spot on your shelf to encourage not only girls, but all students who find themselves in these situations. Suggested age […]

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Thematic Reading List: Fall Trends in YA Publishing

Our Fall 2018 YA list includes books that follow this year’s trends of empowering females and recognizing the plight of all people, regardless of race or origin. Each book reflects timely issues that are being played out in our society, regardless of the book’s setting or time-period. Books included are both fiction and nonfiction for ages […]

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