Baby Books & Picture Books Up to Age 5
Where's Baby? by Anne Hunter
By Eva Chen & Derek DesiertoLevel: 1-3 years
Papa Fox is searching for his Baby Fox… Where could he be hiding? Can you find him? This book is a playful introduction to the FUN of looking at books!
By Don FreemanLevel: 2-5 years
This is a heartwarming story about an imperfect teddy bear and a girl who is looking for her own teddy bear to love. How will they find each other?!?
The Snowy Day
By Ezra Jack KeatsLevel: 2-5 years
This classic Caldecott-winning picture book features young Peter, enjoying his first experience playing in SNOW!
I am Every Good Thing
By Derrick BarnesLevel: 3-6 years
An upbeat, empowering ode to childhood joy!
Books for Ages 5-8
The Cat Man of Aleppo
By Karim Shamsi-Basha
Caldecott Honor-winner based on the true story of one man’s return to war-torn Syria. While working as an ambulance driver, he finds a way to help the many abandoned cats in his city.
¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat
By Raúl the Third III
Warning: DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE HUNGRY!!! Follow Little Lobo as he bikes through his neighborhood, visiting different food trucks.
By Deborah UnderwoodLevel: 4-7 years
This award-winning quick read is great for a snow-day story time. It highlights the simplicity and beautiful power of the great outdoors.
Julian, Secret Agent (Series)
By Ann Cameron
Soon after Julian and his friends decide to be crime-busters, they find themselves in all kinds of adventures!
Books for Ages 8-12
Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet
By Zanib MianLevel: 8-10 years
Dragons and bullies and festivals - Oh my! Cartoon-style illustrations keep the younger reader engaged with Omar and his silly, gross antics!
By Tziporah Cohen
Eleven year-old Miriam’s family has just moved from the city to a rural town to run a hotel. Miriam and her new friend, Kate, find a “miracle” and more—that kindness and friendship can help them solve problems.
We Dream of Space
By Erin Entrada KellyNewberry honor award winner
Follow 3 friends back to 1986 as they prepare for the launch of the Challenger Space shuttle.
I Can Make This Promise
By Christine Day
Edie has always known that she was adopted into her family. Her curiosity is aroused when she finds a mysterious box of pictures and letters in the attic. Who were the letters from? And why does the woman in the photo look like Edie?
Books for Middle-Schoolers & Tweens
Where the Red Fern Grows
By Wilson RawlsLevel: 10-14 years
This is a heart-warming classic about the bond between a boy and his dogs. Poor farmboy Billy works hard to finally afford two coonhounds, Ann and Dan. They bring Billy protection, pride and love—and vice-versa.
March, Book One
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate PowellNational Book award winner
This Graphic novel/memoir follows John Lewis’ trajectory from his youth in rural Alabama, and how a meeting with Dr. Martin L. King spurred him to action. (*Verbiage used is historically correct, but may be offensive to some--good discussion point!)
Dragon's Gate (Golden Mountain Chronicles, 1867)
By Laurence YepNewberry Book Award winner
Follow a young wealthy Chinese boy as he joins his family in the US - poor railroad workers in California in 1867.
COPC Pediatrician Recommendation
By RJ Palacio
After years of surgeries for a severe facial anomaly, witty August is about to start school for the first time at age 10. Told from many points of view, this book navigates his story with love and lessons.
Young Adult Books for High-school Aged Kids
The Chancellor Manuscript
By Robert Ludlum
From the author of the Bourne Series, this spy/action thriller, set in the USA, centers on a theory that former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover did not die of a natural death. Trust no one…
By Chandra Prasad
Reminiscent of the classic, Lord of the Flies, this novel features a group of private school girls, stranded on an uninhabited island. How will they survive? Will dire circumstances unite or divide them?
The Warmth of Other Suns
By Isabel Wilkerson
In following the stories of three families, this book highlights the mass migration of American–born Black people who fled to the North in order to escape the horrors of the Jim Crow South.
Inclusive History of the USA
- Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West - By Dee Brown
- Crossing the Danger Water: Three Hundred Years of African-American Writing - Edited by Deirdre Mullane
- March: Books 1-3: A Book Series about the Civil Rights Movement - By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell
- My Soul Is Rested: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South - By Howell Raines
- Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63 - By Taylor Branch
- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America - By Richard Rothstein
- The Fire Next Time - By James Baldwin
- The New Jim Crow - By Michelle Alexander
- The Warmth of Other Suns - By Isabel Wilkerson
- The 1619 Project from the New York Times (also a Podcast)