Category Archives: Children

SPF Suggested Summer Reading

For the 2023-2024 school year incoming students entering 6th-12th grade at the SPF School District are required to read 1 fiction and 1 non-fiction. Students are welcome to view the school’s website for additional information.

Due to the high demand of these items, we have generated individual lists for students to easily find these titles and place them on hold from the public library’s catalog. As a reminder students may choose any book they would like to read, even if it is not on their list and the librarians at the Scotch Plains Public Library are more than happy to help your child find the perfect book!

Vox Books

We also have a collection of VOX picture books, non-fiction titles and picture books. Feel free to stop by the library to browse our collection!

Coming Soon! Catalina Incognito: Off Key

Coming Soon! Catalina Incognito: Skateboard Star

Coming Soon! Good Dog: Fireworks Night
Coming Soon! Frank and the Bad Surprise
Coming Soon! Batcat

Recycle Crafts for Kids

Check out these fun crafts using recycled materials! Note: The websites listed are not affiliated with the library. It is to help create inspiration.

Create your own Paper Flowers using old pieces of art work. You just need some old art work you are willing to use (to create something new), scissors and glue.

Some additional resources:

Recycled Material Flowers The Resourceful Mama shows families how to create recycled flowers using things around the house such as cereal boxes, and more.

Newspaper Flowers Follow Red Ted Art‘s directions on how to make flowers out of newspapers!

Paper Towel Roll Flowers This website shows you how to create paper flowers using recycled paper towel rolls. This one is more advanced.

Autism and Neurodiversity Awareness Month in April

In April we observe Autism and Neurodiversity Awareness Month. Join us by reading one of the books below featuring characters with minds of all kinds!

Picture Books

All My Stripes by Shaina Rudolph
My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete
Me and My Sister by Rose Robbins

Juvenile Fiction

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Iveliz Explains It All by Andrea Beatriz Arango
Speak Up! by Rebecca Burgess
Zia Erases the World by Bree Barton
Frankie’s World by Aoife Dooley
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K Arnold
OCDaniel by Wesley King
The Someday Bird by Sally J Pla

Non-Fiction & Biographies

Earth Day Reads

Earth Day is Saturday, April 22. Celebrate our planet with some of the titles below!

Picture Books

Eco Girl by Ken Wilson-Max
To Change a Planet by Christina Soontornvat
Crab Cake by Andrea Tsurumi
Mermaid Kenzie : Protector of the Deeps by Charlotte Watson Sherman
Hear the Wind Blow by Doe Boyle
Little Land by Diana Sudyka
The City Tree by Shira Boss

Juvenile Fiction

Lowriders to the Rescue by Cathy Camper
Two Degrees by Alan Gratz
The Perfect Planet by Jon Scieszka
Rainbow the Koala by Remy Lai
The Leak by Kate Reed Petty
Saltwater Secrets by Cindy Callaghan


The Day the River Caught Fire by Barry Wittenstein
My Big Book of Outdoors by Tim Hopgood
The Gentle Genius of Trees by Philip Bunting
Mario and the Hole in the Sky by Elizabeth Rusch
Can I Recycle This? by Jennie Romer
When the World Runs Dry by Nancy F. Castaldo

Books for Kids: April is Arab American Heritage Month

In honor of Arab American Heritage Month, we put together a list of books for children. This booklist is intended to highlight Arabic culture, history, authors and illustrators.

Amira’s Picture Day by Reem Faruqi
Room for Everyone by Naaz Khan
Egyptian Lullaby by Zeena M. Pliska and illustrated by Hatem Aly

Nour’s Secret Library by Wafa’ Tarnowska
Salma The Syrian Chef by Danny Ramadan (Canadian)

National Poetry Month – Books for Kids

April is National Poetry Month! Here are some books to get you started!

Books that Rhyme

This Little Kitty by Karen Obuhanych
Jump in! by Shandra Strickland
From Ed’s to Ned’s by Gideon Sterer
Bathe the Cat by Alice B. McGinty
Firefighter Flo! by Andrea Zimmerman
My Fade Is Fresh by Shauntay Grant

Poetry Books

Tractor by Sally Sutton
Ready for Spaghetti by Michael Rosen
The Dirt Book by David L. Harrison

Books in Verse

No Matter the Distance by Cindy Baldwin
Odder by Katherine Applegate
Iveliz Explains It All by Andrea Beatriz Arango
Singing with Elephants by Margarita Engle
Samira Surfs by Rukhsanna Guidroz

Spring Reads

Celebrate spring with some of these suggested books for little ones!

Flowers & Trees

Wildflowers Grow by Amber Hendricks
I Found Hope In A Cherry Tree by Jean E. Pendziwol
What’s Inside a Flower? by Rachel Ignotofsky

Wildflower by Melanie Brown
What will grow? by Jennifer Ward
Albert’s Tree by Jenni Desmond

Rain & Rainbows

In the rain by Elizabeth Spurr
The Rainbow Snail by Karin Akesson
Hello, puddle! by Anita Sanchez

This Beautiful Day by Richard Jackson
I Love You Like Yellow by Andrea Beaty
The Hidden Rainbow by Christie Matheson

Bugs and Insects

A Butterfly Is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston
Look, It’s Raining by Mathieu Pierloot
Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi

A Way with Wild Things by Larissa Theule
Rumble and Roar by Sue Fliess

Books For Kids – Women’s History Month

Check out our list of titles celebrating National Women’s History Month. View our previous lists 2021 | 2022

Call Me Miss Hamilton: One Woman’s Case for Equality and Respect by Carole Boston Weatherford

This picture book biography in verse tells the story of Mary Hamilton, an African American woman and Civil Rights activist, who was found to be in contempt of court when she would not respond to questions from an Alabama judge who used only her first name, while calling white people “Mr.,” “Mrs.,” or “Miss.” The NAACP took her case, which appealed all the way to the US Supreme Court, which ruled in Mary Hamilton’s favor.

Listen : How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion by Shannon Stocker

A nonfiction picture book biography celebrating Evelyn Glennie, a deaf woman, who became the first full-time solo percussionist in the world.

The Tower of Life: How Yaffa Eliach Rebuilt Her Town in Stories and Photographs by Chana Stiefel$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:2654451/one“Thirty-five years after Nazis destroyed her beloved shtetl of Eishyshok, Poland, Yaffa Eliach recovered thousands of precious photographs preserved by relatives and survivors to recreate her community at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Susan Gal’s expressive illustrations bring to life this true story of love and remembrance.” – ALA

Warrior Princess: The Story of Khutulun by Sally Deng

An empowering and informative picture book biography about Khutulun, the great-great-granddaughter of Genghis Khan, and how she defied the expectations of her time to become commander of the Khan’s army.

Phenomenal AOC: The Roots and Rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezby by Anika Denise

An inspiring biography of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from Pura Belpre Honor-winning creators Anika Aldamuy Denise and Loris Lora! In 2019, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest congresswoman in America. How did this young Puertoriquena become an unstoppable force in politics? Find out in this accessible and engaging book for young readers. AOC’s remarkable story begins in her childhood Bronx home and comes full circle the moment AOC became America’s youngest Congresswoman. Ocasio-Cortez’s empowering journey reminds us that everyone, regardless of their age, race, creed, wealth, or zip code, is capable of being a voice for change.

The Girl Who Built an Ocean: An Artist, an Argonaut, and the True Story of the World’s First Aquarium by Jess Keating

“Jeanne Villepreux-Power began her career as a dressmaker, sewing beautiful gowns for the Parisian aristocracy. But her heart longed for more, and when she moved to the seaside, she became fascinated by the ocean’s mysteries. She filled her pockets with seashells and specimens, and filled her notebooks with oservations about coral and crustaceans and all manner of marine life. The argonaut interested her most of all, but Jeanne’s observations of this shy creature were confounded by its tendency to swim away when approached. Jeanne wanted a way to bring a piece of the ocean home with her, and that’s she came to build the world’s first aquarium–an invention that would pave the way for countless scientific discoveries in the years to come” – From Publisher

One Wish: Fatima Al-Fihri and the World’s Oldest University by M. O. Yuksel

Fatima al-Fihri loved to learn. She wanted to know everything, like how birds flew, why the sky was blue, and how flowers grew. But more than anything, she wanted a school for all, where anyone could study and become whatever they wanted. This true-lifeportrait of an extraordinary Muslim woman shows the importance of never giving up on your dreams and how we all have the power to change the world for the better.

She Persisted: Diana Taurasi by Monica Brown

When Diana Taurasi was a girl, professional women’s basketball didn’t exist in the US. But she worked hard to create opportunities for herself, winning championships throughout college and eventually going on to play for the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercuryand winning multiple Olympic gold medals.

Breaking Through the Clouds: The Sometimes Turbulent Life of Meteorologist Joanne Simpson by Sandra Nickel

Joanne Simpson made groundbreaking-or should we say cloudbreaking-discoveries about weather and how it worked. Born in Massachusetts in 1923, she became interested in clouds while sailing in Cape Cod. As a young adult, she went to the University of Chicago and began studying and then teaching meteorology. After the war, women were expected to go back to being homemakers, but Joanne instead received her Masters Degree and began a PhD program. She decided to focus on tropical cumulous clouds, even though at the time no one thought that clouds affected the weather-they thought they were just a byproduct. Though the scientific establishment–mostly men–tried to stop her at every turn, her stubborn determination prevailed. She was the first woman in the United States to receive her PhD in meteorology, and her discoveries still affect how we think about clouds and the weather today!

The Woman Who Split the Atom: The Life of Lise Meitner by Marissa Moss

As a female Jewish physicist in Berlin during the early 20th century, Lise Meitner had to fight for an education, a job, and equal treatment in her field, like having her name listed on her own research papers. Meitner made groundbreaking strides in thestudy of radiation, but when Hitler came to power in Germany, she suddenly had to face not only sexism, but also life-threatening anti-Semitism as well. Nevertheless, she persevered and one day made a discovery that rocked the world: thesplitting of theatom. While her male lab partner was awarded a Nobel Prize for the achievement, the committee refused to give her any credit. Suddenly, the race to build theatomic bomb was on-although Meitner was horrified to be associated with such a weapon. “A physicist who never lost her humanity,” Meitner wanted only to figure out how the world works, and advocated for pacifism while others called for war.

Pirate Queens : Dauntless Women Who Dared to Rule the High Seas by Leigh Lewis

A collection of fact-filled profiles, poetry, and illustrations of women pirates who made their mark on the high seas. Each profile includes an original poem presented against a backdrop of full-color art by illustrator Sara Woolley Gomez. The profile is followed by information about the real life and times of these daring women.

Books for Kids – Black History Month

Check out our lists of recommended picture books, chapter books, non-fiction, and biographies to celebrate Black History Month and beyond. View our previous lists 2021 | 2022

Picture Books

Chapter Books & Graphic Novels

Non-Fiction & Biographies