Themed Booklists

Sometimes it just takes one wonderful book to get a child interested in reading. Tap into the interests of each child — our booklists can help! Our lists have been carefully created by Maria Salvadore, our children's literature expert. These books are for kids 0–12 years old, include lots of 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

"Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them." —

Arnold Lobel