Recommendation Lists for Kids

1000 Books BEYOND Kindergarten (Elementary School)
1000 Books Beyond Kindergarten is a resource for parents and children looking for age-appropriate books to read outside of school. These lists cover Kindergarten to 5th grade readers and are a mixture of genres and formats, both fiction and non-fiction. Follow our list of recommendations to read 1000 different books by the end of high school!

1000 Books BEYOND Kindergarten (Middle School)
1000 Books Beyond Kindergarten is a resource for parents and children looking for age-appropriate books to read outside of school. These lists cover 6th to 8th grade readers and are a mixture of genres and formats, both fiction and non-fiction. Follow our list of recommendations to read 1000 different books by the end of high school!

1000 Books BEYOND Kindergarten (High School)
1000 Books Beyond Kindergarten is a resource for parents and children looking for age-appropriate books to read outside of school. These lists cover 9th to 12th grade readers and are a mixture of genres and formats, both fiction and non-fiction. Follow our list of recommendations to read 1000 different books by the end of high school!

Caldecott Award Winners
The Caldecott Medal is awarded to the most distinguished picture book from the previous year by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association since it began in 1938. Click the images to find these award winning titles in the library’s online catalog!

Coretta Scott King Award Winners
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. This list highlights the winners of this award since it began in 1970. Click the images to see this books in the library’s online catalog. Some items may need to be delivered through inter-library loan. Discover amazing stories and learn more about this prestigious award!

Pura Belpre Award Winners
The Pura Belpré Award, named after the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library, was established in 1996 and is presented 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. This list highlights the winners of this award since it began in 1996. Click the images to view the item in the library’s catalog. Discover amazing stories and learn more about this prestigious award!

Six by Six Ready to Read Guide
Is your little one getting ready to read? Check out our handy guide to the six literacy skills kids need before they turn six years old. Don’t forget to drop by any KCKPL location for storytime to see these skills in action!

Favorite Picture Books
Love to read picture books, but don’t know where to start? Check out some of our most beloved books, characters, and series in picture books! Click the image to see the item in the library’s catalog!

Classic Picture Books
Otherwise known as oldies but goodies, these classic picture books bring joy to readers of all ages! Click the image to see the item in the library’s catalog!

Wordless Picture Books
Why pick up a wordless picture book? Wordless picture books encourage your young reader to develop their imaginations and it gives them the opportunity to practice telling a story from beginning to end. With stunning images and easy to follow plots, these books are perfect for family storytime! Click the image to see the item in the library’s catalog.

Picture Books About Manners
These fun and engaging picture books introduce basic manners to young readers. Learn how to say please & thank you, how to use kind words, say excuse me, and much more! Click the images to find these books in the library catalog.

Dinosaur Books for Dinosaur Lovers!
Can’t get enough of dinosaurs? Check out this collection of dinosaur board books, picture books and non-fiction materials that will delight any dinosaur fan!

Stay Sharp with School Skills
These non-fiction suggestions will help younger readers to stay sharp on popular school topics such as math, grammar, and social studies. Click the images to find the titles in the library’s online catalog or via our eContent apps like HooplaDigital.

Geisel Awards for Beginning Readers
This award is named after Theodore Geisel – aka Dr. Seuss – and is awarded to books that creatively engage beginning readers. This list highlights each year’s winners and honor books since the start of this award in 2006. Click the images to find these titles in the library’s online catalog!

Sight Words & Picture Books
Learning sight words takes practice and what better way to practice than by reading some of these great picture books that are loaded with words beginning readers need to know at first sight. This brochure highlights great books to read as well as other important information for caregivers about sight words.

Popular Books for Beginning Readers
These beloved characters and series will inspire a love of reading,. With limited text per page, short sentences, and large illustrations these books are perfect readers who are starting to read on their own. Click the image to see the item in the library’s catalog!

Newbery Awards
The Newbery Award was established in 1922 and was the first children’s book award in the world. This award honors the most distinguished children’s book published the previous year. What book won the year you were born? Check out this list and discover some amazing children’s books from throughout history! 

Rick Riordan Presents : Chapter Books for Fans of Percy Jackson
Rick Riordan is the author of several popular middle grade fantasy series such as Percy Jackson, Magnus Chase, and The Kane Chronicles. This list is of new books that Rick Riordan has personally recommended for his fans.

Popular Chapter Books
Curious as to what your friends might be reading? There is a good chance it is something on this list of the most popular chapter books ever! Have you read them all? Click the link to find these popular books and series in the library’s catalog.

Chapter Books for Beginners
These books are a natural transition from beginning readers to chapter books. These books have short chapters, a few helpful illustrations and typically around 100 pages total. The best part? These books often are parts of a series, so if you find one you like there will be plenty to read!

Superhero Chapter Books
Cape or no cape, these superhero books are here to save the day! Try these great reads about kids with superpowers. Click the images to find these books in the library’s online catalog.

Chapter Books for Gamers
Can’t get enough of Minecraft or Fortnite? Check out this list of video game inspired chapter books that will inspire any gamer to become a reader too! Click the images to find these books in the library’s online catalog.

Graphic Novels for Kids
Not only can graphic novels foster a love of reading, but they also help to improve literacy skills such as being able to interpret information and to follow a sequence of events. These beautiful, funny, and exciting graphic novels will delight young readers. Click the images to find these books in the library’s online catalog.

Betwixt Books for Tweens
Betwixt is another word for between. Who knows better about what it means to be in between than tweens! These chapter books will inspire and delight tween readers over a variety of subjects. Click on the images to find these books in the library’s online catalog.