Reading Lists
Backyard Ballyhoo

Books to inspire you to enjoy and explore the wonders of your own backyard.  



Dog Books

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Memoirs

Suggested memoirs for incoming Deerpath Middle School 6th grade, put together by Mrs. Shiyer



2020 Children's Choice Awards Picture Books

Favorites voted on by children across the U.S.  Read about The Children's Choice Awards* Titles were top vote gettersMany of these titles are available as ...
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Anti-Racist Books

Discover books on race in the United States, and learn more about society and your identity.



Billie Eilish

Check out this list of recommended reads for those who want to read about some darker themes like loneliness, toxic relationships and twisted ideas! If we could reco ...
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Birth to 12 Months

Start early and raise a book lover by reading to newborns. These hand-selected books are designed for babies birth to 12 months including durable board books and colorful pictures.



It's a Fantasy

Image a world of dragons and talking animals. Take your little ones on an adventure with these must-read fairytales and Imagine Your Story!



The Great American Read

The PBS Great American Read list of 100 favorite books. How many have you read?



12 to 24 Months

Help young children develop a love for reading that will last a lifetime.  Read these fun books about animals and rhymes to your young one and watch their imagination grow.



2020 Children's Choice Awards Grades 3-4

Top selections for past year's favorites, voted on by children across the U.S.  Read about The Children's Choice AwardsMany of these titles are available as ebo ...
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Believe in the Impossible

Take a trip to lands of incredible creatures and never-ending adventures. These books will take you to faraway places and beyond! Imagine Your Story and believe in the impossible.



Graphic Novels

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Pride Month

Celebrate Pride Month with these famous titles written by LGBTQ+ authors or featuring LGBTQ+ characters.



2 to 3 Year Olds

Encourage your toddler to read with exciting books that span from simple picture books to more elaborate stories. Watch your child grow into a lifetime book lover.



2020 Children's Choice Awards Grades 5-6

Top selections for past year's favorites, voted on by children across the U.S.  Read about The Children's Choice AwardsMany of these titles are available a ...
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Charli D'Amelio

If we could recommend any books to Charli D'Amelio, the TikTok dance star, these would be the ones! Check out this list of recommended reads for anyone interest ...
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Charli D'Amelio

If we could recommend any books to Charli D'Amelio, the TikTok dance star, these would be the ones! Check out this list of recommended reads for anyone interest ...
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Life's an Adventure

Books have been transporting people to other places and times for hundreds of years. There's something about stories that continue to captivate us. Imagine Your Story through this adventurous list.



2021 Monarch Award Nominees

Nominees for the Illinois Monarch Award, voted on by school children in grades K-3 during the upcoming school year.Read more about the  Monarch Award and past winners here



4 to 5 Year Olds

Prepare your child for school by exposing them to reading at a young age. This book list is designed for 4 to 5 year olds as they prepare to enter kindergarten.



Colin Kaepernick

If we could recommend any books to Colin Kaepernick, the amazing quarterback and activist, these would be the ones! Check out this list of recommended reads for ...
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Imagination Train

Fairytales and fantasy books aren't just for kids. Are you looking to discover new worlds and exciting characters to fall in love with? Check out these books and Imagine Your Story.



2021 Bluestem Award Nominees

Nominees for the Illinois Bluestem Award, voted on by school children in grades 3-5 during the upcoming school year.Read more about the  Bluestem Award and past winners



2021 Caudill Award Nominees

Nominees for the Illinois Rebecca Caudill  Award, voted on by school children in grades 5-8 during the upcoming school year.Read more about the  Rebec ...
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Fab 5

If we could recommend any books to the Fab 5 from Queer Eye, these would be the ones! Check out this list of recommended reads for anyone interested in fashion, fun, ...
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Action, Adventure Fiction Grades 3-7

If you're looking for thrills, survival skills, espionage or something fantastic, throw yourself into these exhilarating stories. Many of these titles are also avail ...
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Greta Thunberg

If we could recommend any books to Greta Thunberg, the amazing climate activist, these would be the ones! Check out this list of recommended reads for anyone interes ...
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Investigate Everything

We often see only what we want to see or what others tell us to see. It's time to ask the hard questions and see the world from a new view. Investigate the world around you and Dig Deeper!



Animal Lovers Chapter Books

Whether it's wildlife or pets, these elementary and middle grade chapter books bring us closer to our animal friends.



Lil Nas X

If we could recommend any books to Lil Nas X, the infinitely memeable musician, these would be the ones! Check out this list of recommended reads for anyone interest ...
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Lilly Singh

If we could recommend any books to Lilly Singh, the youtuber and late night host, these would be the ones! Check out this list of recommended reads for anyone intere ...
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Lizzo

If we could recommend any books to Lizzo, the incredible, multi-talented performer, these would be the ones! Check out this list of recommended reads for anyone inte ...
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Books for 2’s and 3’s

These books are recommended for 2's and 3's but older readers may very well enjoy them.



Lin-Manuel Miranda

If we could recommend any books to Lin-Manuel Miranda, the broadway performer/songwriter, these would be the ones! Check out this list of recommended reads for anyon ...
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Books for 4's and 5's

These books are recommended for 4's and 5's but both younger and older readers may very well enjoy them.



Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to ...
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Classic Picture Books Old and New

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Colors, Counting and Shapes

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Community Helpers

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Dinosaur Picture Books

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Early Chapter Books

Here is a list of some of our favorite books for early readers.



Empathy Picture Books

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Funny, Funny Chapter Books

Sure to make you giggle, snort and laugh out loud.  Many of these books are also available as ebooks through Libby and Cloud LIbrary.



Germs

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Great Graphic Novels

Did you know a graphic novel won the prestigious children's book award - the Newbery Medal- this past year? Go beyond Big Nate and the Baby Sitter's Club to explore ...
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Humorous Books for Young Readers

(who have read all the Elephant and Piggie books)



Interactive Picture Books

If you want to get your child away from the tablets for awhile pick up one of these interactive picture books.Books that address the listener and pretend that the listener’s actions affect the book.



Laugh - Out - Loud (Picture Books)

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Lost in a Good Book

Whether you're visiting your favorite bookstore or the Land of Stories, lose yourself in these magical tributes to storytelling. Many of these titles are available a ...
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Magic Tree House Research Guides

Nonfiction companion books to pair with some of the Magic Tree House adventures.



New Chapter Books - June

Fiction and graphic novels for elementary and middle school grades



New Chapter Books - July

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New Chapter Books - August

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Picture Book Authors You Should Know

A very unscientific list of picture book authors we love and hope you will too! (listed in alphabetical order)



Picture Book Biographies

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Purrfect Cat Books

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Puzzling Questions

“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.” —Lewis Carroll. Dig Deeper with your little ones and expand their view of the world around them.



Rainbow Reads for Middle Grades

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Science - Older Readers

Books for older children who are interested in scientific topics and experiments.



Science - Younger Readers

Books for younger children who are interested in non-fiction topics.



Sports - Baseball

Non-fiction books for middle school readers who love baseball.



Sports - Basketball

Non-fiction books for middle-readers who love basketball.



Sports - Soccer

Books for children who want to learn more about soccer.



Summer Camp

Chapter books about that staple of summer - sleep away camp. Many of these titles are also available as ebooks through Libby and Cloud Library.



Transportation

Cars and trucks and things that go! For younger children to read together.



Unmentionables

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Wonderbooks

Wonderbooks are pre-loaded audio books where kids read along with the audio.  You can find even more titles in our library catalog by searching for Wonderbook (drop the s).





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