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There are lots of great books for kids! Check out these titles recommended by the Youth Services staff here at the Library District.

Need more Children’s and Teen book recommendations? Check out Novelist K-8 for titles sorted by age and a variety of categories.

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Animal Babies Like to Play by Jennifer Adams (E Ada)

Baby Day by Jan Godwin and Davina Bell (E God)

Babymoon by Hayley Barrett (E Bar)

Busy Babies by Amy Schwartz (E Sch)

From 1 to 10 by Mies van Hout

Gritty Kitty by Dr. John Hutton (EE Hut)

Hello, Dinosaurs! by Joan Holub (EE Hol)

Hooray for Babies! by Susan Meyers (E Mey)

Jump! by Tatsuhide Matsuoka (EE Mat)

Peek-a-Who Too? by Elsa Mroziewicz (EE Mro)

Silly Lullaby by Sandra Boynton (EE Boy)

Up, Up, Up, Down by Kimberly Gee (E Gee)

Welcome, Baby!, by Karen Katz  (EE Kat)

Wild Baby, by Cori Doerrfeld (E Doe)

You Are New by Lucy Knisley (E Kni)

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A Baby Like You by Catherine Thimmesh (E Thi)

Are You My Monster? By Amanda Noll (EE Nol)

Baby Day by Jane Godwin and Davina Bell (E God)

Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke (EE Ati)

Bulldozer’s Shapes by Sherri Duskey Rinker (EE Rin)

Busy Babies by Amy Schwartz (E Sch)

How Do You Go To Sleep? By Kate McMullan (E Mcm)

I Am Just Right by David McPhail (E Mcp)

I Love You All Year Through by Stephanie Stansbie (E Sta)

Move Over, Rover by Karen Beaumont (EE Bea)

Poor Little Rabbit by Jörg Mühle (EE Muh) 

Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse by Jane Godwin (E God)

Ruby and Rufus by Olivier Dunrea (E Dun)

Sweet Dreams, Zaza by Mylo Freeman (E Fre)

Tweet! Tweet! By Sebastien Braun (EE Bra)

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The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates (E Bat)

The Boy and the Blue Moon by Sara O’Leary (E Ole)

Ducks Away! by Mem Fox (E Fox)

Grandma’s Purse by Vanessa Brantley-Newton (E Bra)

I’m a Duck by Eve Bunting (E Bun)

Little Mouse’s Big Breakfast by Christine Pym (E Pym)

Love by Matt de la Peña (E Del)

Mighty Tug by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (E Cap)

Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup (E Tec)

Old Hat by Emily Gravett (E Gra)

This Is the Nest That Robin Built by Denise Fleming (E Fle)

The Tiptoeing Tiger by Philippa Leathers (E Lea)

When’s My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano (E Fog)

Where, Oh Where, Is Baby Bear? by Ashley Wolff (E Wol)

Yellow Kayak by Nina Laden (E Lad)

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Bear Is Awake!: An Alphabet Story by Hannah E. Harrison (E Har)

Can I Keep It? by Lisa Jobe (E Job)

Daniel’s Good Day by Micha Archer (E Arc)

How To Read A Book by Kwame Alexander (E Ale)

I’m Brave! I’m Strong! I’m Five! by Cari Best (E Bes)

Just Because by Mac Barnett (E Bar)

The Night Is Yours by Abdul-Razak Zachariah (E Zac)

Noni the Pony by Alison Lester (E Les)

Puppy Truck by Brian Pinkney (E Pin)

River by Elisha Cooper (E Coo)

Roar Like A Dandelion by Ruth Krauss (E Kra)

Rocket Says Look Up by Nathan Bryon (E Bry)

Small World by Ishta Mercurio (E Mer)

Trains Run! by George Ella Lyon and Benn Lyon.  (E Lyo)

Truman by Jean Reidy

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Attack of the 50-Foot Fly Guy! By Tedd Arnold (ER Arn)

Beware of the Crocodile by Martin Jenkins (J 597.98 Jen)

The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons by Natasch Biebow (J B Binney)

Danny and the Dinosaur in the Big City by Bruce Hale (ER Hof)

Felix Eats Up by Rosemary Wells (ER Wel)

Flat Stanley and the Bees by Lori Haskins Houran (ER Bro)

Friends Forever by Derek Anderson (ER And)

Garden Day by Candice F. Ransom (ER Ran)

A Good Team by Heather Ayris Burnell ( ER Bur)

Hello Crabby! by Jonathan Fenske (ER Fen)

My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero (E Qui)

My Teacher Is a Robot by Jeffrey Brown (E Bro)

Quiet Boat Ride and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier (ER Ruz)

Rocket Says Look Up! by Nathan Bryon (E Bry)

Soccer Time! by Terry Pierce (ER Pie)

This Is My Fort by Drew Daywalt (ER Day)

Tiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri (J GN Tet)

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Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants by Andrea Beaty (YR Bea)

Carter Reads the Newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson (J B Hopkinson)

A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon by Suzanne Slade (J B Johnson)

Dragon’s Fat Cat by Dav Pilkey (ER Pil)

Everybody Needs a Buddy by James Preller (YR Pre)

The Great Louweezie by Erica S. Perl (YR Per)

In the Past by David Elliott (J 811.54 Ell)

King and Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth by Dori Hillestad Butler (YR But)

Lost and Found by Erica S. Perl (YR Per)

The Magic Mirror by Anna Staniszewski (YR Sta)

Moth: An Evolution Story by Isabel Thomas (J 595.78 Tho)

Our Principal Breaks a Spell by Stephanie Calmenson (YR Cal)

Pug Blasts Off! by Sonia Sander (YR San)

Recipe for Disaster by Tom Angleberger (YR Ang)

Samuel Morse, That’s Who!: The Story of the Telegraph and Morse Code by Tracy Nelson Maurer (J B Morse)

The Wolf in Underpants by Wilfred Lupano (J GN Lup)

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Bad Kitty: Kitten Trouble by Nick Bruel (YR Bru)

The Boy Who Touched the Stars / El Niño Que Alcanzó las Estrellas (J Spanish B Hernandez)

Dust Storm! by Terry Lynn Johnson (YR Joh)

Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet by Megan Frazer Blakemore (YR Bla) 

Sleepover Scientist by Kelly Lyons (YR Lyo)

Miss Porter Is out of Order! by Gordon Korman (YR Kor) 

Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented by Tanya Lee Stone (J 794 Sto) 

Raccoon Rescue by Kama Einhorn (J 599.763 Ein)

Robo-Dodo Rumble by Tom Angleberger (YR Ang)

Sarai and the Meaning of Awesome by Sarai Gonzalex (YR Gon)

Shai & Emmie Star in To the Rescue! by Quvenzhane Wallis (YR Wal)

To the Future, Ben Franklin! by Mary Pope Osborne (YR Osb)

Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Start a Club by Accident by Julie Falatko (J Fal)

The Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers by Psuedonymous Bosch (YR Bos)

Worst Mascot Ever by James Preller (YR Pre)

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Anna Strong and the Revolutionary War Culper Spy Ring by Laura Terry (J Ter)

Bad Guys and the Big Bad Wolf by Aaron Blabey (J Bla)

Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord (J Lor)

Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott (J Ell)

Freya & Zoose by Emily Butler (J But)

Jake the Fake Goes for Laughs by Craig Robinson (J Rob)

Life According to Og the Frog by Betty G. Birney (J Bir)

Manhattan: Mapping the Story of an Island by Jennifer Thermes (J 974.7 The)

Mr. Penguin and the Lost Treasure by Alex T. Smith (YR Smi)

Mya in the Middle by Crystal Allen (J All)

Mission One: The Plant Planet by Jon Scieszka (J Sci)

Reaching for the Moon : The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson by Katherine G. Johnosn (J B Johnson)

Road Trip with Max and His Mom by Linda Urban (YR Urb)

School-Tripped by Jennifer L. Holmes (J Hol)

Stella Díaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez (J Dom)

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A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry (J Ros)

Blended by Sharon Draper (J Dra)

Disaster Strikes!: The Most Dangerous Space Missions of All Time by Jeffrey Kluger ( J363.124 Klu)

Extraordinary Birds by Sandy Stark-McGinnis ( J Sta)

Just South of Home by Karen Strong (J Str)

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina (J Med)

Moon Mission: the Epic 400-Year Journey to Apollo 11 by Sigmund Brouwer (J 629.45 Bro)

Not if I Can Help It by Carolyn Mackler  (J Mac)

Pay Attention Carter Jones by Gary Schmidt (J Sch)

Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos (J Pan)

Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech (J Cre)

The Magnificent Migration: On Safari with Africa’s Last Great Herds by Sy Montgomery (J591.56 Mon)

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon (J Mag)

The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix (J Had)

You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly (J Kel)

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Far Away by Lisa Graff (J Gra)

Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O’Brien (J 920 Obr)

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia Williams  (J Wil)

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya  (J Car)

My Corner of the Ring, a Memoir from a Champ by Jesselyn Silva  (YA B Silva)

No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen–Fernlund (J Nie)

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga (J War)

Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai (J Lai)

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez (J Her)

Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly  (J Kel)

Storm Blown by Nick Courage (J Cou)

Sweeping Up the Heart by Kevin Henkes ( J Hen)

The Friendship War by Andrew Clements ( J Cle)

The Last Day of Summer by Lamar Giles  (J Gil)

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart  (J Gem)

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Echo by Francesca Lia Block  (Teen Fic Blo)

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich  (Teen Fic Emi)

White Oleander: a novel by Janet Fitch  (Fic Fit)

All eyes on Us by Kit Frick  (Teen Fic Fri)

Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff   (J  Fic Gif)

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge  (Teen Fic Har)

The Misfits by James Howe   (Teen Fic How)

Reality Boy by A.S. King  (Teen Fic Kin)

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott (Teen Fic Lip)

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus  (Teen Fic McM)

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older  (Teen Fic Old)

The Boy and Girl Who Broke The World by Amy Reed   (Teen Fic Ree)

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Amindah Mae Safi   (Teen Fic Saf)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas      (Teen Fic Tho)

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas     (Teen Fic Tho)

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein    (Teen Fic Wei)

As Many Nows As I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl    (Teen Fic You)

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Best Friends, by Shannon Hale (J GN Hal)

Big Nate: Hug It Out! by Lincoln Peirce (J GN Pei)

Black Canary: Ignite by  Meg Cabot ( J GN Cab)

CatStronauts: Slapdash Science by Drew Brockington  (J GN Bro)

The Crossover: A Basketball Novel by Kwame Alexander (J GN Ale)

Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey (J GN Pil)

Lupin Leaps In by Georgia Dunn (J GN Dun)

Maker Comics: Create a Costume! by Sarah Myer (J GN Mye)

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel by Rey Terciero (J GN Ter)

New Kid by Jerry Craft (J GN Cra)

Rocket to the Moon! by Don Brown (J GN Bro)

Science Comics: Polar Bears: Survival on the Ice by Jason Viola (J GN Vio)

Sea Sirens: A Trot and Cap’n Bill Adventure by Amy Chu (J GN Chu)

Stargazing by Jen Wang (J GN Wan)

The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo. 2: The Monster Mall by Drew Weing (J GN Wei)

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Fiction & *Nonfiction

*Anne Frank’s Diary : the Graphic Adaptation by Anne Frank ; adapted by Ari Folman ; illustrations by David Polonsky (TEEN GN Poi)

*Brazen: Rebel Ladies who Rocked the World by Penelope Bagieu (TEEN GN Bag)

Clyde Fans: a picture novel by Seth, author and artist (New TEEN GN Set)

The Giver by Lois Lowry, adapted and illustrated by P. Craig Russell  (TEEN GN Rus)

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ; art & adaptation, Renee Nault (TEEN GN Atw)

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas by Yoru Sumino ; art by Izumi Kirihara (New TEEN GN Sum)

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki; Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (TEEN GN Tam)

*Marie Curie : a Life of Discovery  by Alice Milani ; translation by Kerstin Schwandt (New TEEN GN B Cur)

Mera : Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige ; illustrated by Stephen Byrne (TEEN GN Pai) 

My Hero Academia 17, Lemillion story & art by Kohei Horikoshi (NEW TEEN GN Hor v.17)

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (TEEN GN Wan)

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell ; illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks (TEEN GN Row)

Teen Titans : Raven by Kami Garcia ; illustrated by Gabriel Picolo (TEEN GN Gar) 

*This Place : 150 years retold by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm and others ; art by Tara Audibert (TEEN GN Thi)

*The Unwanted : the Story of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown (TEEN GN Bro)

The Walking Dead. Volume 32 : rest in peace by Robert Kirkman (TEEN GN Kir)

 Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V. 6, Challenge the legends!! by Kazuki Takahashi ; story by Shin Yoshida ; art by Naohito Miyoshi (NEW TEEN GN Yos V.6 )