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Browse our booklists to find your next great book or series. Whether you are looking fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels or more, you're bound to find it here! 

Booklists are organized by age, genre​, content or format. Click on a list to view books recommended by our staff. Click on a title in the list to check its availability in our catalog and to place a hold. Unsure what books are included under a specific genre? Read the genre definitions.

Books available as an e-book or an e-audiobook through Axis360, Hoopla or Overdrive/Libby are identified in the lists. For more information about our e-book services, please visit eBooks and Downloadables.  

Please note that the links will open PDF files of the booklists. Since these lists were formatted to be printed and folded for use in the library, the last page and the first page appear on page 1 and the inside pages on page 2. Books are listed alphabetically by author's last name.

Picture Books

By Age

Babies & Toddlers - Picture books for babies and toddlers.

Preschoolers - Picture books for preschoolers

K-3rd - Picture books for children in kindergarten to third grade. 

Special Topics

New Baby - Picture books to help children adjust to a new baby sibling.

Helping Children Cope - Picture books to help children cope during difficult times. Includes guide books for parents.

Early Readers 

These book recommendations are for beginning or younger readers, typically children in Kindergarten to 3rd grade. The reading level is provided for each book based on the library's reading levels, from A for beginning readers to E for advanced readers.

A & B Level Books - Books for beginning readers

Adventure Fiction

Animal Fiction

Fantasy Fiction

Historical Fiction

Humor

Mysteries

Non-Fiction Books

Scary Stories

Science Fiction

Sports Fiction

Older Readers 

These book recommendations are older readers, typically in 3rd grade and up. Lexile reading levels are provided for each book if available. 

Adventure Fiction

Animal Fiction

Award Winning Fiction

Classics

Fantasy

High Lexile Books - Fiction and non-fiction books at advanced reading levels

Historical Fiction

Horror Fiction

Humor Fiction

Large Print Books (fiction and non-fiction)

Mysteries

Non-Fiction Books

Read Around the World

Realistic Fiction

Science Fiction

Sports Fiction

Anti-Racist Reads

These booklists were created for a program to help adults discuss current events with the children in their lives. The lists contain recommended books to help children learn about racism and anti-racism.

Kids - Books for babies through grade school-aged children (board books, picture books, fiction and nonfiction).

Teens - Books for kids in middle school and high school.

Genres

Not sure what books are included under the different booklists? Here's a brief definition of the various fiction genres.

Definitions adapted from Novelist.

Animals: This list contains books about animals adventuring on their own as well as people interacting with animals.

Adventure: Adventure stories place characters in exciting situations throughout the majority of the tale. These stories tend to be fast-paced and plot-driven, with character development de-emphasized in favor of action.

Classics: Crossing a variety of genres, these are must-read titles that are at least ten years old and are books that stand the test of time.

Fantasy: Fantasy fiction stories take place in a world that is rooted in magic or enchantment. Things that seem impossible become possible, and readers find themselves in a story where animals talk, children have magic powers, dragons exist, or storybooks characters come to life.

Historical Fiction: Historical fiction is more than just a novel set in the past. The setting must be crucial to the plot, and by reading these novels, readers will get a sense of what life was like for men and women living in the time and place described.

Humor: Humorous stories can cross many genres and take place in different settings. But, in the end, the reader should leave the book smiling, giggling, or snickering.

Horror or Scary: Readers of horror are looking to feel scared, uneasy, or uncomfortable. In these books, a kid's nightmares -- monsters under the bed, things that go bump in the night, or the boogeyman -- become real.

Mystery: At the heart of every mystery is a puzzle to solve. The plot contains a whodunit: a crime has been committed or something or someone is missing or stolen, causing everyone to scratch their heads in befuddlement.

Read Around the World: These books are set in countries around the world or are told from the perspective of a character born in another country.

Realistic Fiction: Realistic fiction depicts real life. In these stories, authentic young protagonists live relatable, recognizable lives and tackle important, sometimes sensitive, situations and topics that kids are facing today.

Science Fiction: Science fiction explores the many ways our world could look as our planet's boundaries are expanded through scientific or technological innovation. Science fiction poses the question "what if" and answers it by creating a possible reality.

Sports: While any book can have an athlete as a character, in sports fiction, the development of the character is interwoven with their identity as an athlete. Themes of sports fiction typically relate to issues of winning, both in life and in competition.

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