Children's Books & Authors

Themed Booklists

Sometimes it just takes one wonderful book to turn a kid into a reader. Tap into what interests your child. Browse these book lists selected by Maria Salvadore, our children's literature expert. These books are for kids up to 9 years old, focus on new titles, and emphasize quality. Happy Reading!

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Recommended Books by Theme

Friends and family



Science and math

Me and my life

Social studies

Heritage and history months

Fairy Tales, Folktales, Tall Tales, Myths and Legends




Holidays and celebrations

Favorite books

Taking action

Fun and funny

Word play and language

Bedtime stories

Reading Without Walls

"There is no substitute for books in the life of a child." — May Ellen Chase