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Your Top Children’s Books of 2021

Check out the top most popular books checked out by YOU this year!

Your Top 5 Chapter Books

Number 5Mercy Watson to the rescue by Kate DiCamillo
The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney
Old School by Jeff Kinney
Number 4Diary of an awesome friendly kid by Jeff Kinney
Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
Number 3Ms. Jo-Jo is Yo-Yo! by Dan Gutman
Number 2Miss Daisy is Crazy! by Dan Gutman
Number 1The Deep End by Jeff Kinney

Your Top 5 Graphic Novels

Number 5A tale of two kitties by Dav Pilkey
Number 4Grime and punishment by Dav Pilkey
Number 3Logan likes Mary Anne! by Ann M. Martin and Gale Galligan
Number 2Claudia and the new girl by Ann M. Martin and Gabriela Epstein
Number 1Mothering heights by Dav Pilkey

Your Top 5 Picture Books

Number 5Goldilocks and the three dinosaurs by Mo Willems
Number 5Fancy Nancy and the mermaid ballet by Jane O’Connor
Number 5Big feelings by Alexandra Penfold
Number 4Creepy pair of underwear! by Aaron Reynolds
Number 4Pigeon finds a hot dog by Mo Willems
Number 3The duckling gets a cookie!? by Mo Willems
Number 3Book with no pictures by B. J. Novak
Number 2The pigeon has to go to school! by Mo Willems
Number 1The day the crayons quit by Drew Daywalt

Your Top 5 Early Readers

Number 5Pigs make me sneeze! by Mo Willems
Number 5We are in a book by Mo Willems
Number 4Fly Guy meets Fly Girl! by Tedd Arnold
Number 4Attack of the 50-foot Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Number 3A Big Guy Took my Ball by Mo Willems
Number 2Let’s Go For a Drive by Mo Willems
Number 1There’s a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems

Favorite Books from 2021

Picture Books

Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña ; pictures by Christian Robinson

While Milo and his sister travel to a detention center to visit their incarcerated mother, he observes strangers on the subway and draws what he imagines their lives to be. Reserve this book.

We All Play by Julie Flett

From chasing, chirping birds, to swimming, squirting whales, this book for young readers reminds them how animals play just like them. Reserve this book.

Change Sings : a children’s anthem by Amanda Gorman ; illustrated by Loren Long

As a young girl leads a cast of characters on a musical journey, they learn that they have the power to make changes–big or small–in the world, in their communities, and in most importantly, in themselves. Reserve this book.

Maybe… by Chris Haughton

Three little monkeys and their big monkey are sitting high on a branch in the forest canopy. “OK, monkeys! I’m off,” says the big monkey. “Remember . . . Whatever you do, do NOT go down to the mango tree. There are tigers down there.” Mmm . . . mangoes! think the little monkeys. They LOVE mangoes. Hmm . . . Maybe . . . maybe they could just look at the mangoes. That would be OK, right? Reserve this book.

Uma Wimple Charts Her House by Reif Larsen and Ben Gibson

A young chart maker faces a challenge when she is given an assignment to make a chart of her own home. Reserve this book.

Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham

Something strange happened on an unremarkable day just before the season changed. Everybody who was outside . . . . . . went inside. Outside, it was quieter, wilder, and different. Inside, we laughed, we cried, and we grew. We remembered to protect the ones we love and love the ones who protect us. Reserve this book.

Chez Bob by Bob Shea

A lazy alligator comes up with a plan to lure his prey by opening up a restaurant for birds–until he realizes that birds are even better as friends. Reserve this book.

The Longest Storm by Dan Yaccarino

When a strange storm confines a fractured family in tight quarters, leaving them all in the dark, they must find a way to reconnect and face whatever the future brings-together. Reserve this book.

Juvenile Fiction

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly

Marisol, who has a big imagination and likes to name inanimate objects, has a tree in her backyard named Peppina…but she’s way too scared to climb it. Will Marisol find the courage to climb Peppina? Maybe… Reserve this book.

Take Back the Block by Chrystal D. Giles

Sixth-grader Wes Henderson sets out to save the Oaks, the neighborhood where he’s lived his whole life, from being sold to a real estate developer. Reserve this book.

Dog Squad by Chris Grabenstein ; illustrations by Beth Hughes

Fred, a scrappy and lovable dog, gets cast as a stand-in for the lead role in Dog Squad, a show about crime-fighting dogs, and he soon finds out the action doesn’t always stop on screen. Reserve this book.

Marcus Makes a Movie by Kevin Hart ; with Geoff Rodkey ; illustrated by David Cooper

Marcus is NOT happy to be stuck in after-school film class . . . until he realizes he can turn the story of the cartoon superhero he’s been drawing for years into an actual MOVIE! There’s just one problem: he has no idea what he’s doing. So he’ll need help, from his friends, his teachers, Sierra, the strong-willed classmate with creative dreams of her own, even Tyrell, the local bully who’d be a perfect movie villain if he weren’t too terrifying to talk to. Reserve this book.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as told to his brother) by David Levithan

Aidan disappeared for six days. Six agonizing days of searches and police and questions and constant vigils. Then, just as suddenly as he vanished, Aidan reappears. Where has he been? The story he tells is simply. . . impossible. But it’s the story Aidan is sticking to. His brother, Lucas, wants to believe him. Reserve this book.

Fast Pitch by Nic Stone

Shenice Lockwood dreams of leading the Fulton Firebirds to the U12 softball regional championship. But Shenice’s focus gets shaken when her great-uncle Jack reveals that a career-ending-and family-name-ruining-crime may have been a setup. It’s up to Shenice to discover the truth about her family’s past-and fast-before secrets take the Firebirds out of the game forever. Reserve this book.

The Many Meanings of Meilan by Andrea Wang

A family feud before the start of seventh grade propels Meilan from Boston’s Chinatown to rural Ohio, where she must tap into her inner strength and sense of justice to make a new place for herself. Reserve this book.

Graphic Novels

Kitty Quest written & illustrated by Phil Corbett

Guided by the last, incorporeal member of an ancient guild of protectors, aspiring adventurers Perigold and Woolfrik successfully subdue a rampaging monster and the bumbling wizard controlling it. Reserve this book.

¡¡Manu!! by Kelly Fernández

Set at a magical school for girls, a funny and heartwarming middle-grade graphic novel adventure about friendship, defying expectations, and finding your place. Manu is always getting into trouble. The headmistress at school believes Manu has the potential to help people with her magic, but Manu would rather have fun than fit in. Reserve this book.

Pawcasso by Remy Lai

Every Saturday, Pawcasso trots into town with a basket, a shopping list, and cash in paw to buy groceries for his family. One day, he passes eleven-year-old Jo, peering out the window of her house, bored and lonely. Astonished by the sight of an adorable basket-toting dog on his own, Jo follows Pawcasso, and when she’s seen alongside him by a group of kids from her school, they mistake her for Pawcasso’s owner. Reserve this book.

Ms. Marvel. Stretched thin by Nadia Shammas ; illustrated by Nabi H. Ali 

An original middle-grade graphic novel starring breakout character (and New Jersey’s own) Ms. Marvel! Kamala Khan (a.k.a Ms. Marvel) is stretched too thin-literally. She’s having a hard time balancing schoolwork with being a good friend, being there for her family, becoming the best fanfic writer this side of the Hudson River … and, you know, becoming a Super Hero. She’s tired and just barely keeping control, BUT she’s handling it. Totally. Reserve this book.

Blancaflor, the hero with secret powers : a folktale from Latin America by Nadja Spiegelman & Sergio García Sánchez

In this updated adaptation of a classic Latin American folktale, Blancaflor, a young ogre with magical powers, decides to secretly help a charming prince who has made a foolish bet with her father. Through saving the prince and the kingdom, she learns to be honest with herself and others about the things that make her special. Reserve this book.

Monster Friends by Kaeti Vandorn

Despite their differences, monster neighbors Reggie and Emily make the perfect pair of explorers, and with a map to make, a beach party to plan, and a sea monster to find, Reggie will have to learn to talk about his feelings and let new friends in. Reserve this book.

Native American Heritage Month – Books for Children & Teens

Check out some of our recommended picture books, fiction, non-fiction titles for children for National Native American Heritage Month.

Chapter Books & Middle Grade

Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith

In this magical, modern twist on Peter Pan, stepsisters Lily and Wendy are spirited away to Neverland by a mysterious boy and must find a way back to the family they love. | Request this title

Healer of the Water Monster by Brian Young

When Nathan goes to visit his grandma, Nali, at her mobile summer home on the Navajo reservation, he knows he’s in for a pretty uneventful summer, with no electricity or cell service. Still, he loves spending time with Nali and with his uncle Jet, though it’s clear when Jet arrives that he brings his problems with him. | Request this title

Race to the sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Guided by her Navajo ancestors, seventh-grader Nizhoni Begay discovers she is descended from a holy woman and destined to become a monsterslayer, starting with the evil businessman who kidnapped her father. Includes glossary of Navajo terms. | Request this title

Rez dogs by Joseph Bruchac

Malian loves spending time with her grandparents at their home on a Wabanaki reservation. She’s there for a visit when, suddenly, all travel shuts down. There’s a new virus making people sick, and Malian will have to stay with her grandparents for the duration. | Request this title

Peacemaker by Joseph Bruchac

A twelve-year-old Iroquois boy rethinks his calling after witnessing the arrival of a mystical figure with a message of peace in this historical novel based on the creation of the Iroquois Confederacy. | Request this title

The sea in winter by Christine Day

In this evocative and heartwarming novel for readers who loved The Thing About Jellyfish, the author of I Can Make This Promise tells the story of a Native American girl struggling to find her joy again. | Request this title

The used-to-be best friend by Dawn Quigley

Hello/Boozhoo–meet Jo Jo Makoons! Full of pride, joy, and plenty of humor, this first book in an all-new chapter book series by Dawn Quigley celebrates a spunky young Ojibwe girl who loves who she is. | Request this title

Ancestor approved : intertribal stories for kids by Cynthia Leitich Smith

This collection of intersecting stories by both new and veteran Native writers bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride. | Request this title

The sea-ringed world : sacred stories of the Americas by María García Esperón

Presents a collection of stories from nations and cultures across our two continents, the Sea-Ringed World, as the Aztecs called it, from the edge of Argentina all the way up to Alaska. | Request this title

Non-Fiction & Picture Books

Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman by Sharice Davids with Nancy K. Mays

This inspiring picture book autobiography tells the remarkable story of Sharice Davids, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress and the first LGBTQ congressperson to represent Kansas. | Request this title

Classified : the secret career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee aerospace engineer by Traci Sorell

Mary Golda Ross designed classified projects for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation as the company’s first female engineer. Find out how her passion for math and the Cherokee values she was raised with shaped her life and work | Request this title

Go show the world by Wab Kinew

Celebrating the stories of Indigenous people throughout time, Wab Kinew has created a powerful rap song, the lyrics of which are the basis for the text in this beautiful picture book. | Request this title

I Sang You Down from the Stars by Tasha Spillett-Sumner

A Native American woman describes how she loved her child before it was born and, throughout her pregnancy, gathered a bundle of gifts to welcome the newborn. | Request this title

Nibi’s water song by Sunshine Tenasco

When Nibi, an Indigenous girl, turns the tap in her house, only mucky brown water comes out. That starts her on a search for clean water to drink. Though she must face polluted rivers, unfriendly neighbors, and her own temporary discouragement, Nibi’s joyful energy becomes a catalyst for change and action as her community rallies around her to make clean drinking water available for all. | Request this title

Young Adult

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Daunis, who is part Ojibwe, defers attending the University of Michigan to care for her mother and reluctantly becomes involved in the investigation of a series of drug-related deaths. | Request this title

Apple : skin to the core : a memoir in words and pictures by Eric Gansworth

Eric Gansworth tells his story, the story of his family–of Onondaga among Tuscaroras–of Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds. | Request this title

Walking in Two Worlds by Wab Kinew

An Indigenous teen girl is caught between two worlds, both real and virtual, in the YA fantasy debut from bestselling Indigenous author Wab Kinew. Perfect for fans of Ready Player One and the Otherworld series. | Request this title

Four Faces of the Moon by Amanda Strong

Adapted from the acclaimed stop-motion animated film of the same name, written and directed by Amanda Strong, Four Faces of the Moon brings the oral and written history of the Michif, Cree, Nakoda and Anishinaabe Peoples and their cultural link to the buffalo alive on the page. | Request this title

*Summaries are taken from publishers and book reviews.

Spooky Reads

Looking for a good scare? Check out these spooky books for older kids and teens!

Juvenile Fiction

The Night Gardener : a scary story by Jonathan Auxier

Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house. Request this book.

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

Eleven-year-old Corinne must call on her courage and an ancient magic to stop an evil spirit and save her island home. Request this book.

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl. Request this book.

Scary Stories for young foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker

A collection of six connected stories that follows a group of fox kits as they fight to survive in an unforgiving wilderness. Request this book.

Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh

Harper doesn’t trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that the Raine family’s new house is haunted. Harper isn’t sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely. She knows that the memories she’s blocking will help make sense of her brother’s behavior and the strange and threatening sensations she feels in this house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time? Request this book.

The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee

The Vickery twins, Lee and Felix, live in a house in Poplar Wood, where, because of the “Agreement,” their mother serves Memory, and their father assists Death, and only Lee is allowed to leave the house, except for Halloween; but when a local girl is murdered, Gretchen Whipple, daughter of the mayor, offers the boys a deal–help her solve the crime and she will help them break the Agreement, and regain their freedom. Request this book.

City of ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Ever since her near-fatal drowning, Cassidy has been able to pull back the “Veil” that separates the living from the dead and see ghosts, not that she wants to, and she was really looking forward to a ghost-free summer at the beach; however her parents are going to start filming a TV series about the world’s most haunted places. Request this book.

Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith

In 1930s Alabama, twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher is the only member of his family who seems unable to practice folk magic, but when a mysterious man called the Stranger puts the entire town at risk from his black magic, Hoodoo must learn to conjure to defeat him. Request this book.

Juvenile Graphic Novels

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez

When a mysterious girl appears at school and learns of Sandy’s drawings, that she creates from the tiny stars that appear in her room at night, Morfie’s fascination soon turns into something sinister. Request this book.

The Witches : the graphic novel by Roald Dahl

A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witches’ plot to destroy the world’s children by turning them into mice. Request this book.

The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals. Request this book.

Suee and the Shadow by Ginger Ly

Meet Suee: twelve years old, wears her hair to the left in a point, favors a black dress, has no friends, and she likes it that way! When Suee transfers to the dull and ordinary Outskirts Elementary, she doesn’t expect to hear a strange voice speaking to her from the darkness of the school’s exhibit room, and she certainly doesn’t expect to see her shadow come to life. Request this book.

Slappy’s Tales of Horror adapted and illustrated by Dave Roman, Jamie Tolagson, Gabriel Hernandez, and Ted Naifeh

A collection of short graphic novels featuring characters from famous “Goosebumps” stories includes “Ghost Beach,” in which two siblings investigate a local legend and discover a terrible secret about their family. Request this book.

Graveyard Shakes by Laura Terry

Katia and Victoria are sisters and scholarship students at a private boarding school. After a big fight, Katia runs away from school. And when Victoria goes looking for her, she accidentally tumbles into the underworld of a nearby graveyard. It’s inhabited by ghosts and a man named Nikola, who’s preparing a sinister spell that’s missing one key ingredient. Request this book.

Young Adult Fiction

The Girl from The Well by Rin Chupeco

Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him. Request this book.

The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass

Sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston sees dead people everywhere. But he can’t decide what’s worse: being a medium forced to watch the dead play out their last moments on a loop or being at the mercy of racist teachers as one of the few Black students at St. Clair Prep. Both are a living nightmare he wishes he could wake up from. Request this book.

Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan

Set in Ireland in the early 1970s, this story stars twin brothers Patrick and Dom Finnerty, who have their world turned upside down when their house and all they possess is burned to the ground. Displaced, the family moves into their summer seaside cottage. Suffering from horrible nightmares, the boys’ bond of brotherly love is put to the test when they discover that the “goblin-boy” is not just a dream. Request this book.

A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby

In 1888 seventeen-year-old Evelyn Fallow, herself disfigured by the phosphorus in the match factory where she worked, has been hired as a maid to Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man–but when the Jack the Ripper murders begin she and Merrick find themselves haunted by the ghosts of the slain women, and Evelyn is caught up in the mystery of Jack’s identity. Request this book.

The Ghost Collector by Allison Mills

After her mother’s death, Shelly, who helps lost souls transition into the next world, begins to bring the ghosts home and hide them in her room. Request this book.

Let’s Be Friends

Check out these titles all about the ups and downs of making and maintaining friendships!

Picture Books

Sam & Dave dig a hole by Mac Barnett 

Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find . . . nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary — and finding it in a manner you’d never expect. Request this book.

The buddy bench by Patty Brozo

A school playground can be a solitary place for a kid without playmates; in one survey, 80 percent of 8- to 10-year-old respondents described being lonely at some point during a school day.  Patty Brozo’s cast of kids brings a playground to raucous life, and Mike Deas’s illustrations invest their games with imaginary planes to fly, dragons to tame, and elephants to ride.  Request this book.

Rita & Ralph’s rotten day by Carmen Agra Deedy

Rita and Ralph live on neighboring hills and they are best friends, until a silly accident while goofing around ends up with both of them angry and unhappy–and they both need to find a way to heal the break in their relationship. Request this book.

A day so gray by Marie Lamba

Once you start to notice, colors and reasons for gratitude are everywhere, and that changes everything! Celebrate the hues and comforts of a cozy winter day as a discontented girl at first notices only dull grays and browns in a snowy landscape but is coaxed by her friend to look more closely. Soon she finds orange berries, blue water, purple shadows, and more. Warm friendship and a fresh way of seeing things transform a snow-covered landscape from bleak to beautiful! Request this book.

Julián at the wedding by Jessica Love

Julián and his abuela are going to a wedding. Better yet, Julián is in the wedding. Weddings have flowers and kissing and dancing and cake. And this wedding also has a new friend named Marisol. It’s not long before Julián and Marisol set off for some magic and mischief of their own, and when things take an unexpected turn, the pair learns that everything is easier with a good friend by your side. Request this book.

Evelyn Del Rey is moving away by Meg Medina

Evelyn Del Rey is Daniela’s best friend. They do everything together and even live in twin apartments across the street from each other: Daniela with her mami and hamster, and Evelyn with her mami, papi, and cat. But not after today–not after Evelyn moves away. Until then, the girls play amid the moving boxes until it’s time to say goodbye, making promises to keep in touch, because they know that their friendship will always be special. Request this book.

The day Saida arrived by Susana Gómez Redondo

Two girls forge a forever-friendship by learning each other’s language. The Day Saida Arrived demonstrates the power of language to build bonds beyond borders. Request this book.

Bilal cooks daal by Aisha Saeed

Six-year-old Bilal is excited to help his dad make his favorite food of all-time: daal! The slow-cooked lentil dish from South Asia requires lots of ingredients and a whole lot of waiting. Bilal wants to introduce his friends to daal. They’ve never tried it! As the day goes on, the daal continues to simmer, and more kids join Bilal and his family, waiting to try the tasty dish. And as time passes, Bilal begins to wonder: Will his friends like it as much as he does? Request this book.

Chapter Books

Lions & liars by Kate Beasley

Fifth-grader Frederick is sent to a disciplinary camp where he and his terrifying troop mates have just started forging a friendship when they learn a Category 5 hurricane is headed their way. Request this book.

The sky at our feet by Nadia Hashimi

Jason has just learned that his Afghan mother has been living illegally in the United States since his father was killed in Afghanistan. Although Jason was born in the US, it’s hard to feel American now when he’s terrified that his mother will be discovered — and that they will be separated. Request this book.

You go first by Erin Entrada Kelly

Charlotte, twelve, and Ben, eleven, are highly-skilled competitors at online Scrabble and that connection helps both as they face family issues and the turmoil of middle school. Request this book.

Strange birds : a field guide to ruffling feathers by Celia C. Pérez

After Ofelia, Aster, Cat, and Lane fail to persuade a local girls club to change an outdated tradition, they form an alternative group that shakes up their sleepy Florida town. Request this book.

Liar & spy by Rebecca Stead

Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father’s efforts to start a new business, his mother’s extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building. Request this book.

Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone

After spending the summer at coding camp, Allie Navarro is excited to share the app she built with her friends, until it starts to cause problems between them. Request this book.

Save me a seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

Ravi has just moved to the United States from India and has always been at the top of his class; Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems–but when their lives intersect in the first week of fifth grade they are brought together by a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and the need to take control of their lives. Request this book.

Harbor me by Jacqueline Woodson

When six students are chosen to participate in a weekly talk with no adults allowed, they discover that when they’re together, it’s safe to share the hopes and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. Request this book.

Graphic Novels

Be prepared by Vera Brosgol 

A misfit girl and her brother attend summer camp, where they struggle with primitive plumbing, snobby tentmates, and boys-versus-girls competitions. Request this book.

New kid by Jerry Craft

After his parents send him to a prestigious private school known for its academics, Jordan Banks finds himself torn between two worlds. Request this book.

A hole new world by Pat + Jen from PopularMMOs

An accidental trip into the underworld sends Pat and Jen on an adventure, but their attempts to flee puts them face-to-face with the most evil villain of all, Evil Jen. Request this book.

Click by Kayla Miller

When a school variety show leaves Olive stranded without an act to join, she wonders why all of her friends have already formed their own groups without her. Request this book.

The cardboard kingdom by Chad Sell

Follows the adventures of a group of neighborhood children who create costumes from cardboard and use their imagination in adventures with knights, robots, and monsters. Request this book.

The big break by Mark Tatulli

Russ’s friendship with Andrew disintegrates when Russ gets a girlfriend, leaving the video they are making without an ending, but a close encounter with the legendary Jersey Devil brings them back together. Request this book.

How to spot a sasquatch by J. Torres

Out on a camping trip with the Junior Rangers, Jay feels like the odd one out. He’s determined to get a photo of Bigfoot–but none of his friends believe Bigfoot exists. Meanwhile, Sass the Sasquatch and her curious forest friends are playing practical jokes on the campers. Request this book.

Alien Nate by Dave Whamond

Nate’s on a mission to Earth from the planet Vega. His goal: eat pizza! Luckily, soon after he crash-lands on Earth he meets Fazel, who helps him create a disguise, learn the ways of Earthlings and, most importantly, stuff himself with pizza! Request this book.

Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month

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

Chapter Books

Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely’s firefly spirits before it’s too late. Request this title

The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas

A Cuban-American boy must use his ability to communicate with animals to save the inhabitants of his town when they are threatened by a witch that transforms into animals. Request this title.

Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Twelve-year-old Max, who loves the legend Buelo tells him about a mythical gatekeeper who can guide brave travelers on a journey into tomorrow, sets out on a dangerous quest to discover if he is true of heart and what the future holds, armed with a treasured compass, a mysterious stone rubbing, and Buelo’s legend as his only guides. Request this title.

A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano

Wanting to be a part of her family’s Dia de los Muertos preparations, Leonora sneaks out of school to discover her mother, aunt, and older sisters have been keeping a secret. Request this title.

The Dragon Slayer : Folktales from Latin America by Jaime Hernandez

How would a kitchen maid fare against a seven-headed dragon? What happens when a woman marries a mouse? And what can a young man learn from a thousand leaf cutter ants? Famed Love and Rockets creator Jaime Hernandez asks these questions and more as he transforms beloved myths into bold, stunning, and utterly contemporary comics. Request this title.

Picture Books

Imagine by Juan Felipe Herrera

When Juan Felipe Herrera was very young, he picked flowers, helped his mama feed the chickens, slept under the starry sky, and learned to say goodbye to his amiguitos each time his migrant family moved on. When he grew up, Juan Felipe Herrera became a poet. Request this title.

Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Peña

Carmela, finally old enough to run errands with her brother, tries to think of the perfect birthday wish, while his wish seems to be that she stayed home. Request this title.

Lucía the Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza

When the boys on the playground tell her that girls can’t be superheroes, Lucía is discouraged until her abuela reveals to her the power of the luchadoras. Request this title.

A Sled for Gabo by Emma Otheguy

Gabo, shy with other children and having no sled or winter clothing, yearns to go sledding and his neighbor’s granddaughter, Isa, helps him find a way. Request this title.

Octopus Stew by Eric Velasquez

Ramsey dons his superhero cape to rescue Grandma from the huge octopus she is trying to cook–or is he simply telling a story? Includes author’s note on the story’s origin and a recipe for Octopus stew. Request this title.

Non-Fiction Books

Bravo! : Poems about amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle

Musician, botanist, baseball player, pilot–the Latinos featured in this collection, Bravo!, come from many different countries and from many different backgrounds. Celebrate their accomplishments and their contributions to a collective history and a community that continues to evolve and thrive today! Request this title.

Nuestra América : 30 inspiring Latinas/Latinos who have shaped the United States by Sabrina Vourvoulias

A celebration of 30 of history’s most influential Latinas and Latinos shares the uplifting stories of subjects ranging from Pura Belpré and César Chávez to Jennifer Lopez and Sonia Sotomayor. Request this title.

Path to the Stars : My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist by Sylvia Acevedo

The inspiring memoir for young readers about a Latina rocket scientist whose early life was transformed by joining the Girl Scouts and who currently serves as CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Request this title.

Young Adult Books

For a list of YA fiction by Hispanic authors, click here!

Unless otherwise noted, all plot descriptions are from our online catalog. View previous booklists | 2020

Back to School Reading

Are you ready to head back to school? Either way, check out some of these school related books!

Picture Books

Otter goes to school by Sam Garton

When Otter starts a school, Teddy becomes sad because the other students are all good at something and it seems he is not. Request this book.

Mission: back to school : top secret information by Susan Hood ; illustrated by Mary Lundquist

Imagined in the form of a secret agent’s set of instructions, Mason and other children negotiate the first day of school. Request this book.

School’s first day of school by Adam Rex ; pictures by Christian Robinson

It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone’s just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. Request this book.

I got the school spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison ; illustrated by Frank Morrison

As a new school year begins, a young girl is filled with school spirit as she zips her book bag shut, rides the bus, enjoys her classes, and eagerly anticipates the next day. Request this book.

The pigeon has to go to school! words and pictures by Mo Willems

The pigeon must go to school, but frets about math, learning the alphabet, heavy backpacks, and what the teacher and other birds will think of him. Request this book.

Early Readers

My first day of school by Alyssa Satin Capucilli ; photographs by Jill Wachter

Beginning readers can learn what to expect on the first day of school. What will it be like? You will meet the teacher and new friends. You will sing songs, play, learn, and so much more! Request this book.

Class pet mess! by Dan Gutman ; pictures by Jim Paillot

Alexia is delighted when Mr. Cooper brings in Bob, a hognose snake, as class pet, but when Bob keels over, is Andrea’s toy poodle or Alexia’s neglect to blame? Request this book.

Daniel plays at school adapted by Daphne Pendergrass 

Daniel Tiger and Miss Elaina learn to compromise when they want to do different things while playing together and receive Teacher Harriet’s gentle encouragement to try to fix the problem themselves. Request this book.

Tony Baloney : school rules by Pam Muñoz Ryan ; illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

It is the first day of school for Tony Baloney, the macaroni penguin, and he wants to follow all the class rules, but Tony has a way of finding trouble. Request this book.

Mouse loves school by Lauren Thompson ; illustrated by Buket Erdogan

Hiding inside a backpack, Mouse spends the day at school, discovering colors, letters, numbers, and his favorite thing–friends. Request this book.

Juvenile Fiction

Welcome to unicorn school by Pip Bird ; illustrated by David O’Connell

In Pip Bird and David O’Connell’s laugh-out-loud illustrated chapter book Dave the Unicorn: Welcome to Unicorn School, Mira is excited about attending the school–until she’s paired with a very un-unicorny unicorn. Request this book.

The School for the Insanely Gifted by Dan Elish

Eleven-year-old musical genius Daphna Whispers embarks on a global journey to find her missing mother, only to uncover a shocking secret about the Blatt School for the Insanely Gifted where she is a student. Request this book.

Two dogs in a trench coat go to school by Julie Falatko ; illustrated by Colin Jack

Sassy and Waldo are good dogs, who keep their house safe (from squirrels, mostly), and worry about their boy, Stewart, who always comes home from school smelling of anxiety; so the two dogs come up with a plan to help him–they will dress up in a trench coat and attend school, posing as a new student, to find out just what is bothering Stewart. Request this book.

The fabled fifth graders of Aesop Elementary School by Candace Fleming

Throughout their fifth-grade year, a group of rambunctious students learns fable-like lessons from extraordinary activities, singing hamsters, and eccentric teachers, led by the inimitable Mr. Jupiter. Request this book.

Scary School by Derek the Ghost ; scary pictures by Scott M. Fischer

Describes a year at Scary School, where werewolves, zombies, and humans mingle and the teachers range from dragons to vampires. Request this book.

Out to Sea

Explore the ocean with these children’s books!

Juvenile Fiction

A crack in the sea by H.M. Bouwman

Pip, a young boy who can speak to fish, and his sister Kinchen set off on a great adventure, joined by twins with magical powers, refugees fleeing post-war Vietnam, and some helpful sea monsters. Reserve this book.

Stella Díaz never gives up by Angela Dominguez

Stella is excited to visit the ocean on her family trip to Mexico, but when she learns that the sea and its life forms are in danger due to pollution, she vows to make a difference in her community. Reserve this book.

Race to the bottom of the sea by Lindsay Eagar

When her parents, the great marine scientists Dr. and Dr. Quail, are killed in a tragic accident, eleven year old Fidelia Quail is racked by grief. But she is forced out of her mourning when she’s kidnapped by Merrick the Monstrous, a pirate whose list of crimes stretches longer than a ribbon eel. Her task? Use her marine know-how to retrieve his treasure, lost on the ocean floor.  Reserve this book.

Fish by Gregory Mone

Eleven-year-old Fish, seeking a way to help his family financially, becomes a reluctant cabin boy on a pirate ship, where he soon makes friends–and enemies–and is asked to help decipher clues that might lead to a legendary treasure. Reserve this book.

A whale of the wild by Rosanne Parry

For Vega and her family, salmon is life. And Vega is learning to be a salmon finder, preparing for the day when she will be her family’s matriarch. But then she and her brother Deneb are separated from their pod when a devastating earthquake and tsunami render the seascape unrecognizable. Vega must use every skill she has to lead her brother back to their family. Reserve this book.

Secret sisters of the salty sea by Lynne Rae Perkins

Alix and her older sister, Jools, have never been to the ocean. When their parents take them to spend a week by the shore, Alix is nervous about leaving home–but excited, too. At the beach, the sisters make friends, go exploring, and have adventures big and small. Reserve this book.


Everything awesome about sharks and other underwater creatures! by Mike Lowery

Uncover a wealth of weird, wacky, and wild facts about sharks and underwater creatures, told in Mike Lowery’s signature, acclaimed comic style with bright and energetic artwork, fresh framing devices, and hilarious jokes. Reserve this book.

Ocean! : waves for all! by Stacy McAnulty

Dude. Ocean is incredible. Atlantic, Pacific, Artic, Indian, Southern–it’s all excellent Ocean! Not part of any nation, his waves are for all. And under those waves, man, he holds so many secrets. With characteristic humor and charm, Stacy McAnulty channels the voice of Ocean in this next “autobiography” in the Our Universe series. Reserve this book.

Otis and Will discover the deep : the record-setting dive of the Bathysphere by Barb Rosenstock

A biographical account of engineer Otis Barton and naturalist Will Beebe’s record-setting descent into the deep ocean in their Bathysphere craft, making the men the first humans to witness deep sea creatures in their natural habitat. Reserve this book.

Where are the Galapagos Islands? by Megan Stine

The Galapagos Islands are a chain of volcanic islands located on either side of the equator in the Pacific Ocean. The isolated location of the islands has allowed a vast number of species to develop that are original to each island. Reserve this book.

In the ocean by Jennifer Szymanski

Dive into the waves and under the sea to meet the unique, amazing, and totally weird creatures that call the ocean home! Reserve this book.

The big book of the blue by Yuval Zommer

An animal fact book includes trivia on the creatures of the sea, detailing their physical characteristics, life cycles, and behaviors. Reserve this book.

Picture Books

Little blue house beside the sea by Jo Ellen Bogart ; art by Carme Lemniscates

The little blue house could be overlooking any ocean, and the narrator could be any child anywhere, gazing out over the waters, thinking about all the places she could go and imagining other little blue houses on other shores, with other children gazing back. Reserve this book.

Rocket says clean up! by Nathan Bryon ; illustrated by Dapo Adeola

While visiting her grandparents, who run whale-watching tours in Jamaica, Rocket sees first-hand how plastic is harming ocean creatures, and organizes a crew to clean up the local beach. Reserve this book.

Misunderstood Shark : friends don’t eat friends by Ame Dyckman ; illustrated by Scott Magoon

Bob, host of Underwater World with Bob, is furious with Shark, not only because Shark ate him (admittedly bad manners), but because Shark will not even admit what he did; the ocean may not be big enough for both of them–unless Shark faces up to his bad behavior. Reserve this book.

Off to see the sea by Nikki Grimes ; pictures by Elizabeth Zunon

The faucet flows like a waterfall, the bathroom floor is a distant shore, toy boats sail against the waves. An imagination-fueled adventure on the high seas is just what it takes to get little one clean. Reserve this book.

Boats float! by George Ella Lyon and Benn Lyon ; illustrated by Mick Wiggins

In rhyming text the reader is introduced to all the different kinds of boats floating on rivers, lakes, oceans, and ponds. Reserve this book.

Larry gets lost under the sea by Eric Ode and John Skewes

Larry the lovable pup follows a crustacean toward the sea and is swept out by a wave. He dog paddles around, exploring the plant and animal life before coming face-to-face with an oceanographer who leads him on a thrilling adventure through the four zones of the ocean. Reserve this book.

Reading in the Kitchen

Check out these culinary-based books perfect for any child looking to get inspired in the kitchen this summer!

Chapter Books

Krista Kim-Bap by Angela Ahn

Jason has always loved Krista’s Korean family, and particularly her mom’s cooking, but Krista is conflicted about being her school’s “Korean Ambassador”. She’s also worried about asking her intimidating grandma to teach the class how to make their traditional kim-bap. Request this book.

Sassy : the Dazzle Disaster Dinner Party by Sharon M. Draper

To complete a school assignment, Sassy learns about cooking, and decides to host a fabulous dinner party. But almost as soon as Sassy gets this dazzling idea, things start to go disastrously downhill. Request this book.

Lights, Camera, Cook! by Charise Mericle Harper

Follows Tate, Rae, Caroline, and Oliver, ages nine to eleven, both on and off-camera as they compete in a televised cooking competition. Includes cooking tips. Request this book.

The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz

When his family moves to tiny Petersville, eleven-year-old Tris stops focusing on his perfect sister, Jeanine, by using his cooking expertise to revive a town tradition of chocolate cream doughnuts. Request this book.

A Dash of Dragon by Heidi Lang & Kati Bartkowski

Lailu Loganberry is an expert at hunting dangerous beasts and she’s even better at cooking her specialty… monster cuisine. This entertaining novel that combines all of the best ingredients– fantasy, humor, adventure, action, cute boys, and a feisty heroine! Request this book.

Picture Books

Cooking With Bear : a Story and Recipes From the Forest by Deborah Hodge

When Bear decides to cook a meal after hibernating all winter, Fox smells the delicious food and asks Bear to teach him to cook, so the two travel the forest asking their friends what their favorite foods are so that everyone can share in the feast. Request this book.

Monkey With a Tool Belt and the Maniac Muffins by Chris Monroe

Chico the monkey has to step in and save the day when his friend Clark the elephant’s cooking nearly destroys their town. Request this book.

Food Truck Fest! by Alexandra Penfold

A family prepares for a day at the food truck festival, while at the same time, the food truck crews get ready for the same event, checking recipes, starting to cook, and driving to the festival site. Request this book.

Summer Supper by Rubin Pfeffer

Follow the creation of a family meal from the farm to the picnic table on a warm sunny day. Told entirely in words beginning with S, this lively book will help children appreciate where their food comes from. Request this book.

Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed 

Bilal and his father invite his friends to help make his favorite dish, daal, then all must wait patiently for it to be done. Request this book.


The Big, Fun Kids Cookbook by editors of Food Network Magazine

Gives young food lovers everything they need to succeed in the kitchen. Each recipe is totally foolproof and easy to follow, with color photos and tips to help beginners get excited about cooking. Request this book.

Cooking Class Global Feast! : 44 recipes that celebrate the world’s cultures by Deanna F. Cook

Kids gain practical kitchen skills through preparing breakfasts, drinks, snacks, dinners, and desserts from around the world. Request this book.

Kid Chef Junior : my first kids’ cookbook by Anjali Shah

A cookbook for children teaches the basics of cooking and includes such recipes as lasagna roll-ups, burrito boats, kale chips, and tricolor ice pops. Request this book.

Super Good Baking for Kids by Duff Goldman

Teaches budding young bakers how to make dozens of crazy delicious concoctions–from confetti snickerdoodles to unicorn cupcakes to amazing dessert pizzas.  Request this book.

The Young Chef : recipes and techniques for kids who love to cook by The Culinary Institute of America, Mark Ainsworth

Aspiring chefs turn to The Culinary Institute of America for top-tier training–and now younger cooks can too. Coauthored by chef-instructor (and parent) Mark Ainsworth, this book is for kids ages ten to fourteen who love to cook or who want to learn how. Request this book.

Summer is for Reading!

As the end of school approaches, it is once again time for Summer Reading. Children of all ages can sign up here!

We are very excited about this year’s theme: Tails and Tales! Below are a selection of books that work with this theme and will help jumpstart your summer reading adventure! Feel free to request one or more of these titles. Need a library card? Stop by the library or contact us at [email protected]

Picture Books

Mrs. Bibi’s Elephant by Reza Dalvand

When Mrs. Bibi is told her pet elephant has to go, she reluctantly packs her bags and heads off somewhere where they can live together in happiness. But what they both leave behind is far bigger than the other people in the town could have ever imagined. Request this book.

Let’s Scare Bear by Yuko Katakawa

Mouse, Fox, Snake, and Spider try to frighten Bear, the biggest, loudest, bravest, strongest–and possibly trickiest–animal in the forest. Request this book.

The Big Five by Bella Makatini

Danny spends a week with his Grandpa, who tells Danny about one animal from his homeland each day that he is there. Request this book.

Unstoppable by Adam Rex

When a bird and a crab team up to combine the advantages of flight and claws, it gives them an idea: why not expand the team to include other animals who have a special trait — and soon they all set out to rescue their lake from development, because united together they are unstoppable. Request this book.

Kitties on Dinosaurs by Michael L. Slack

They’re adorable! They’re daring! They’re kitties who love to climb things! And they won’t give up until they’ve achieved their ultimate climbing dream: scaling the dinosaurs on nearby Dinosaur Island. Request this book.

Agent Lion by David Soman

In an upside-down mystery filled with laugh-out-loud moments, twists and turns, and more zany animals than one can count, David Soman and Jacky Davis have crafted the perfect picture book for curious minds who enjoy a good detective tale. Request this book.

Early Readers

Jack at the Zoo by Mac Barnett

Jack, Rex, and the Lady visit the zoo. But when Jack gets hungry, he sneaks into a koala’s cage to steal some snacks. In a case of mistaken identity, the Lady takes the koala home and leaves Jack stuck in the cage. Request this book.

I Want to be a Veterinarian by Laura Driscoll

Explains what a veterinarian is and what their responsibilities are, including helping animals who are sick or hurt. Request this book.

Otter: What Pet is Best by Sam Garton

On her next adventure, Otter–the irrepressible character sure to be adored by fans of Llama Llama–tries to choose the perfect pet for her and Teddy. Request this book.

Float, Flutter by Marilyn Singer

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text portray animals of all kinds hurrying to a very special destination. Request this book.

Fox the Tiger by Corey Tabor

Fox decides to become a tiger because they are fast and sneaky, and soon, his other animal friends are joining in. Request this book.

Goat in a Boat by Janee Trasler

When Goat appears wearing a raincoat and invites all the animals to go for a boat ride on a sunny day, Dog declines but as heavy rain falls, Dog needs a boat, too. Request this book.

Chapter Books

Willa the Wisp by Jonathan Auxier

One day eight-year-old Auggie Pound, the caretaker of the rare animals in the Fabled Stables, ventures into the swamp to save a new rare creature, the wisp. Request this book.

Lily to the Rescue by W. Bruce Cameron

Lily meets a crow with a broken wing, so she and Maggie Rose take the crow home to Mom. But when the crow starts to become too tame, some unexpected problems arise. It’s Lily to the rescue! Request this book.

Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes

Lety Muñoz’s first language is Spanish, and she likes to take her time putting her words together. She loves volunteering at the Furry Friends Animal Shelter because the dogs and cats there don’t care if she can’t always find the right word. When the shelter needs a volunteer to write animal profiles, Lety jumps at the chance. But grumpy classmate Hunter also wants to write profiles–so now they have to work as a team. Request this book.

The Creature of the Pines by Adam Gidwitz

After encountering a Jersey Devil while on a field trip to the Pine Barrens, Elliot and his new friend Uchenna help their weird teacher Professor Fauna rescue the mythological creature from a pair of greedy billionaire brothers. Request this book.

Saucy by Cynthia Kadohata

When eleven-year-old Becca, a quadruplet, finds a sick piglet on the side of the road, her life is changed forever. Request this book.

A Whale of the Wild by Rosann Parry

A young orca whale must lead her brother on a tumultuous journey to be reunited with their pod. This gorgeously illustrated animal adventure novel explores family bonds, survival, global warming, and a changing seascape. Includes information about orcas and their habitats. Request this book.


Even More Lesser Spotted Animals by Martin Brown

 No king-of-the-jungle, fancy-pants, hair necked lions here — we’ve got the magnificent maned wolf instead. No blue whales either, we’ve got beaked whales — and lorises and dingisos and dibatags and many, many more. Request this book.

The Truth About Dolphins by Maxwell Eaton

Did you know that baby dolphins are usually born tail-first? Did you know that each dolphin has a unique whistle (like a human’s fingerprints) that makes them instantly recognizable to their friends? Did you know that killer whales are actually a kind of dolphin? Request this book.

Hawk Rising by Maria Gianferrari

A father red-tailed hawk hunts prey for his family in a suburban neighborhood in this thrilling, fierce, and gorgeous nonfiction picture book. Request this book.

Bringing the Wolves Back by Jude Isabella

An unintended experiment in Yellowstone National Park, in which an ecosystem is devastated and then remarkably rehabilitated, provides crucial lessons about nature’s intricate balancing act. Request this book.

Baby Elephant Joins the Herd by Benjamin Richmond

Meet a baby elephant and see how she grows, from birth to adulthood. Developed with the American Museum of Natural History, this accessible nonfiction picture book features beautiful nature photography and an engaging narrative that will appeal to animal-loving kids. Request this book.

Can we be friends? by Erica Sirotich

This book tells about five unlikely animal friendships in sanctuaries and zoos, from around the world: Kenya’s Owen the hippo and Mzee the tortoise; South Africa’s Themba the elephant and Albert the sheep; California’s Koko the gorilla and her kittens; Virginia’s Kumbali the cheetah and Kago the dog; Ireland’s Ben the dog and Duggie the wild dolphin. Request this book.