Category Archives: Children

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

Books on Mindfulness – Kids & Teens

Here a few titles that explore emotions, feelings and more for children and teens.

Picture Books

Non-Fiction Titles for Children & Teens

Cozy Winter Books

Cozy up to some of these fun titles selected by our Youth Services Department

Picture Books about Snow

A Polar Bear in the Snow by Mac Barnett
Winter is Here by Keven Henkes
We Want Snow! by Jamie A. Swenson
Bears in the Snow by Shirley Parenteau
Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda
I’m a Little Snowman by Hannah Eliot

Yummy Picture Books about Soup and Stew!

Soup Day by Melissa Iwai
Lentil Soup by Carole Tremblay
Freedom Soup by Tami Charles

Every Color Soup by Jorey Hurley
Rainbow Stew by Cathryn Falwell
Octopus Stew by Eric Velasquez

Favorite Children’s Books of 2022

Looking for some new books to share with your child? Here are some of our favorite titles that have come out in the last year!

Picture Books

Creepy Crayon by Aaron Reynolds
Perfectly Pegasus by Jessie Sima
Oona and the Shark by Kelly DiPucchio
Big Dreams, Small Fish by Paula Cohen

Juvenile Fiction

Those Kids from Fawn Creek by Erin Entrada Kelly
Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros
Odder by Katherine Applegate
Bhai For Now by Maleeha Siddiqui

Juvenile Graphic Novels

Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas
PAWS: Gabby Gets it Together by Nathan Fairbairn
Rainbow the Koala by Remy Lai
Freestyle by Gale Galligan
Invisible by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Your TOP books (From July – September)

Check out your most popular books from July through September!

New Books

#2 Creepy Crayons by Aaron Reynolds
#3 Mrs. Stoker is a Joker! by Dan Gutman
#4 Jessi’s Secret Language by Chan Chau

Picture Books

#1 Push! Dig! Scoop! by Rhonda Gowler Green

Honorable Mentions (4th place ties)

Early Readers

#1 Attack of the 50-foot Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

#2 Let’s Go for a Drive! by Mo Willems
#2 I’m a Frog! by Mo Willems

Honorable Mentions (3rd place ties)

Graphic Novels

#1 Kristy’s Big Day by Gale Galligan
#1 Boy-Crazy Stacey by Gale Galligan
#2 Drama by Raina Telgemeier
#2 The Dark Secret by Tui Sutherland

Honorable Mentions (3rd place ties)

Fiction Books

#1 Miss Daisy is Crazy by Dan Gutman
#1 The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
#2 Ms. Jo-Jo is a Yo-Yo! by Dan Gutan

Honorable Mentions (3rd place ties)

Community Love

This November we are thankful for our wonderful community! These titles highlight the impact of wonderful communities and the people that create them!

Picture Books

Last stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
Windows by Julia Denos
Grow by Cynthia Platt
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates
It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton


Juvenile Fiction

Take Back the Block by Chrystal D. Giles
The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz
Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
Five Things About Ava Andrews by Margaret Dilloway

November is Native American Heritage Month

Check out some of the below titles to recognize November as Native American Heritage Month.


Picture Books

Berry Song by Michaela Goade
Nimoshom and His Bus by Penny M. Thomas
The First Blade of Sweetgrass by Suzanne Greenlaw
A Day With Yayah by Nicola I. Campbell
We All Play by Julie Flett
Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child

Chapter Books

The Case of Windy Lake by Michael Hutchinson
Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis
Mary and the Trail of Tears by Andrea L. Rogers
Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
Fancy Pants by Dawn Quigley

Books for Kids: Hispanic & Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month.

Picture Books

A Song of Frutas by Margarita Engle
Lola Out Loud by Jennifer Torres

Rafa Counts on Papá by Joe Cepeda
Sometimes, All I need is Me by Juliana Perdomo
Bright Star by Yuyi Morales

Graphic Novels & Chapter Books

Miss Quinces by Kat Fajardo
Invisible by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Solimar by Pam Muñoz Ryan.
Tumble by Celia C. Pérez
Chupacarter by George Lopez
Treasure Tracks by S. A. Rodriguez

Non-Fiction & Biographies

Pura’s Cuentos by Annette Bay Pimentel

View previous booklists | 2020 | 2021

September is Library Card Sign Up Month

September is Library Card Sign Up Month and we want to celebrate all of the resources you have access to with your Scotch Plains Public Library card!

Check out our Books & More page for more information about all of the free child-friendly resources available to cardholders!

Below is a fun book list highlighting some of our favorite library and book themed stories!

Picture Books

Everything in its Place by Pauline David-Sax
The Little Library by Margaret McNamara
The Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli
The Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson
Building Books by Megan Wagner Lloyd
Hooray For Books! by Brian Won

Early Readers

Otter I Love Books! by Sam Garton
Angelina Ballerina Loves the Library by Katharine Holabird

Chapter Books

The Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander.
Story Thieves by James Riley