What to Read – Kids!


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Book Recommendations

Looking for something good to read? Do you have a specific interest in mind? Take a look at some of our booklists, or see the suggested websites below for help in finding a good book to read. More booklists are available in the library. There may be many other titles available, but the suggestions on these lists offer a good place to start.

TIP: Also check the library catalog by subject to find titles on topics such as dogs, horses, fairies, pirates, etc. (for example -type “subject: dogs” in the search box, then filter by collection (on the left) for easy books, juvenile fiction, or whichever collection you like).

Batty for Books Themed Kits for 3-6 Year-Olds

Our collection of themed book kits available for check out. Lots of themes to choose from. Great for busy families, visiting grandchildren, and teachers, too. Most are designed for Preschool – K, but we also have Baby & Toddler bags.

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Books on the following topics/levels are frequently requested by children and parents in the library. 
Age/Grade Level Booklists
  • Books for Babies (newborn to 1 yr) – It’s never too early to start sharing the joy of books with your baby. The rhythmic sound of your voice, the snuggling together with a book in your lap, all play a part in developing the part of the brain needed in learning to speak, read and write.
  • Books for Toddlers  This list provides a good place to start to find great books to share with busy toddlers.
  • K and 1st Grade Fiction – A selection of books that are great for children who are just beginning to read (Pre-K, K, and 1st grade)
  • 1st and 2nd Grade Fiction   – This is a list of recommended books for those who are getting the hang of reading and mastering more and more words.
  • Non-Fiction Beginner Readers (1st & 2nd grade level) – If you would rather read true books about real people, places, animals & things, here’s a list of great titles for you!
  • Early Chapter Books – For those bridging the gap between beginner readers and chapter books.
  • 3rd Grade Fiction  From independent beginner readers to chapter books, these are books that third-graders will enjoy.
  • 4th and 5th Grade Fiction –  Excellent children’s literature perfect for fourth- and fifth-graders.
  • 4th – 6th Grade Non-Fiction – Excellent non-fiction perfect for fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders.
Award Winners 
  • Caldecott Medal Winners – The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
  • E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards – The E.B. White Read Aloud Award, established in 2004, honors a book that reflects the universal read-aloud standards that were created by the work of the author E.B White in his classic books for children: Charlotte’s WebStuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan.
  • Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winners  – This annual award honors books about peace, social justice, world community, and gender and racial equality.
  • Newbery Medal Winners –  The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
  • Scott O’Dell Awards – The Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction was established in 1982. The annual award goes to a meritorious book published in the previous year for children or young adults.
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel Awards – The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

Booklists by Topic

Adventure – Daring feats, far-off places, and fellowship fill these stories perfect for any adventure-lover.

Appalachia – Books related to the region. Includes Easy, Juvenile Fiction, and Juvenile Non-Fiction titles.

Battle of the Books – Elementary– Elementary list for North Carolina 2018-2019. Also available on the NC Digital Library.

Christian Fiction & Inspirational – Books that reflect strong elements of Christian faith and values.

Classic Children’s Picture Books – Here you’ll find a sampling of great picture books that have stood the test of time and are still as popular today as ever.

Juvenile Classics – Here’s a list of Juvenile Fiction books even your grandmother will love. These books are considered “classics,” which means they have stood the test of time. Enjoyed just as much today as they were when they were written.                                                                                                                         

Easy Books with accompanying audio (CD) – These books come with an audio CD located inside the book. Read and listen.

Family Read-Alouds  These books are great read-alouds for families to enjoy together. They are also great books for young children who are reading well above their age level to read on their own.

Fantasy – Magical and inventive people, creatures, and places to stir your imagination.

Going to School – Starting school can be a big transition! These books address what to expect in a new phase of life.

Great Girly Books – So you like to read realistic fiction about girl characters, friends, fashion, and fun? Here’s a good list to get you started.

Girls with Grit – These books all feature empowering, strong female characters, ready to take a stand or have an adventure.

Great Guy Books –  Here are some books perfectly suited to guys’ interests – adventure, action, sports, and guy characters.

High Interest/Lower Level Books – High interest/low level books for reluctant readers and children who are reading below grade level.

Historical Fiction – These books highlight fiction related to specific eras in history. (This list will expand over time).

Humor – Books to make you laugh out loud, lighten the mood, or that are just plain silly!

Multicultural – Books about diverse children and cultures.

Mystery – Suspense, puzzling events, and who-dunnit for every young mystery-lover.

New Baby – A new family member may bring up many questions and concerns for children. These books help with the transition.

Scary  – Spine-tingling, spooky, and thrilling books for those who love a good fright.

More Recommended Reading

(websites and databases to help you find the right book)

NoveList Plus –  Book recommendations for all ages. Select your age group from the provided choices: 0-8, 9-12, Teen, and Adult.

Kidsreads – Great site to help you find cool and new books, or recommendations for good books you might like.

Juvenile Series & Sequels – Not sure which book comes next in a series?  You can check the correct order of any Juvenile or YA series here.

Kidlitosphere Central – Society of Bloggers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Features the Cybil Awards and more.

Library Catalog – The Library catalog has AR (Accelerated Reader) & Lexile reading levels listed when you look up eligible titles. Reading levels can also be searched through the Library Catalog.

Reading Tween: Magical Reviews by Kids – This is a great blog that reviews new fantasy books for the tween-age. The reviews are written by kids and include their own rating system and helpful tags.

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