Themed Booklists

Sometimes it just takes one wonderful book to turn a kid into a reader. Tap into what interests your child. Browse these booklists created by Maria Salvadore, our children's literature expert. These books are for kids 0–12 years old, focus on new titles, and emphasize quality and diversity. Happy Reading!

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Recommended Books by Theme

Bedtime stories



Fairy Tales, Folktales, Tall Tales, Myths and Legends

Favorite books


Friends and family

Fun and funny

Geography and world cultures

Great read alouds

History, heritage, and culture months

Holidays and celebrations


Me and my life


Science and math


Social studies

Sports and outdoor adventures

Taking action

Word play and language

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emilie Buchwald