Kids Reading Lists

New! A kids’ reading list for Hunger Action Month. And more from our friends at Beyond Hunger »

Wondering what to read next? Check out these recommended reading lists featuring titles vetted by Oak Park’s children’s librarians and discover the newest titles for kids in the library catalog »

By age & grade | By topic | Creators & stories | Award winners

Recommendations by age & grade

Lists also available as PDFs; download below:


Suggestions by topic

Hispanic Heritage Month

More: Find title suggestions for adults and teens, plus videos and online resources »

Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month: Learn more about actions you can take this month from Beyond Hunger and check out these books about food insecurity selected by our librarians »


Creators & stories


Award winners

Bluestem Award

Illinois' Readers' Choice Award (grades 3-5). More about the award »

The Caldecott Medal 2021 (pdf)

Given annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. More about the award »

Coretta Scott King Book Awards & John Steptoe New Talent Awards 2021 (pdf)

• The Coretta Scott King Book Awards: given annually to recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience. More about the award »
• The John Steptoe New Talent Award: offers visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustration which otherwise might be formally unacknowledged by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee. More about the award »

The Monarch Award

Illinois' Children's Choice Award (grades K-3). More about the award »

The Newbery Medal 2021 (pdf)

Given annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. More about the award »

Pura Belpré Book Awards 2021 (pdf)

Given annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. More about the award »

Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award

Illinois' Children's Choice Award (grades 4-8). More about the award »

More award winners

Other children's book & media awards »


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