Staff Picks for Kids

Discover the best books for kids of all ages–from new readers to tweens–selected by our staff. Find new featured book lists every month, or explore our picks by reading level or genre.
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Featured Booklists Early ChildhoodFor New Readers Elementary GradesGenres & Topics Local Interest
Featured Booklists

Deaf Awareness Month
Check out these titles for all ages selected by our library staff for Deaf Awareness Month. (Created September 2021)
DEAF AWARENESS MONTH

Adventure Books For Kids
Handpicked adventure stories ranging from picture books to chapter books. (Created Aug, 2021)
ADVENTURE BOOKS FOR KIDS

Share Your Story: Kids Picture Books
Share your story during The Library's Summer of Learning with this selection of picture books for kids. (Created July 2021)
SHARE YOUR STORY: KIDS PICTURE BOOKS

Summer of Learning 2021 Books for All Ages
Explore your story during the Summer of Learning with this selection of fiction and nonfiction books for all ages. (Created July 2021.)
SUMMER OF LEARNING 2021 BOOKS FOR ALL AGES

Pride 2021: LGBTQ Books for Kids
Staff picks for LGBTQ Books for Kids.
PRIDE 2021: LGBTQ BOOKS FOR KIDS

Recent Poetry Books for Kids
In celebration of National Poetry Month 2021, here are some wonderful recent books of poetry for kids. (Created March 2021)
RECENT POETRY BOOKS FOR KIDS

Women's History Month Recent Books for Kids
In celebration of Women's History Month, read about women scientists, athletes, activists, artists, and more! (Created March 2021)
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH RECENT BOOKS FOR KIDS

Black Joy in Picture Books
In honor of Black History Month, here are some recent picture books celebrating Black joy!
BLACK JOY IN PICTURE BOOKS

Staff Faves 2020: Kids
Every year we poll our staff across the system for their favorite books published in a given year. (Created Nov. 2020)
STAFF FAVES 2020: KIDS

Spooky Chapter Books for Kids
Some silly scary stories, and some REALLY scary (beware!) stories for grades K - 5th. (Updated Sept. 2020)
SPOOKY CHAPTER BOOKS FOR KIDS

Spotlight on Las Musas
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we're spotlighting Las Musas, "a collective of women and non-binary (identifying on the female spectrum) Latinx Picture Book, Middle Grade, and Young Adult debut authors." (Created Sept. 2020)
SPOTLIGHT ON LAS MUSAS

Talking with Kids About Race and Racism
This list was created by staff of the Seattle Public Library. (Created June 2020)
TALKING WITH KIDS ABOUT RACE AND RACISM

Nature Books for School Age Kids
Every Day is Earth Day! Summer of Learning 2020: Books & eBooks for School-Age Kids (Created June 2020)
NATURE BOOKS FOR SCHOOL AGE KIDS
Early Childhood

Books for Toddlers
A staff selection of books for toddlers.
BOOKS FOR TODDLERS

Books for Preschoolers
A staff selection of books for preschoolers.
BOOKS FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Potty Training
A staff selection of books for potty training.
POTTY TRAINING
For New Readers

New Readers - Just Beginning
A staff selection of books for new readers who are just beginning.
NEW READERS - JUST BEGINNING

New Readers - Off to a Good Start
A staff selection of books for new readers who are off to a good start.
NEW READERS - OFF TO A GOOD START

New Readers - Reading Independently
A staff selection of books for new readers who are reading independently.
NEW READERS - READING INDEPENDENTLY

New Readers - Comics
A staff selection of comics for new readers.
NEW READERS - COMICS
Elementary Grades

Books for Kindergarteners & First Graders
A staff selection of books for kindergarteners and first graders.
BOOKS FOR KINDERGARTENERS & FIRST GRADERS
Books for Second & Third Graders
A staff selection of books for second and third graders.
BOOKS FOR SECOND & THIRD GRADERS
Books for Fourth & Fifth Graders
A staff selection of books for fourth and fifth graders.
BOOKS FOR FOURTH & FIFTH GRADERS
Genres & Topics
Advanced Reading Level for Younger Readers
A staff selection of advanced reading level books for young readers.
ADVANCED READING LEVEL FOR YOUNGER READERS

Adventure for Kids
A staff selection of adventure fiction titles for kids.
ADVENTURE FOR KIDS

Asian Pacific American Heritage Books for Kids
A staff selection of Asian Pacific American titles for kids.
ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE BOOKS FOR KIDS
Comics for Kids
A staff selection of comics for kids.
COMICS FOR KIDS

Family Read Alouds
A staff selection of family read aloud titles for kids and families.
FAMILY READ ALOUDS
Fantasy Fiction for Kids
A staff selection of fantasy fiction titles for kids.
FANTASY FICTION FOR KIDS
Funny Reads for Kids
A staff selection of funny fiction titles for kids.
FUNNY READS FOR KIDS
Historical Fiction for Kids
A staff selection of historical fiction titles for kids.
HISTORICAL FICTION FOR KIDS
The Immigrant and Refugee Experience in Childrens Books
A staff selection of titles that explore the immigrant and refugee experience for kids.
THE IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE EXPERIENCE IN CHILDRENS BOOKS
LGBTQ Picture Books for Kids
A staff selection of LGBTQ picture books for kids.
LGBTQ PICTURE BOOKS FOR KIDS
Mysteries for Kids
A staff selection of mystery fiction titles for kids.
MYSTERIES FOR KIDS

Native American Books for Kids
A staff selection of Native American titles for kids.
NATIVE AMERICAN BOOKS FOR KIDS
Race and Social Justice Books for Kids K-5
A staff selection of race and social justice titles for kids.
RACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE BOOKS FOR KIDS K-5

Resources for Kids and Families Impacted by Incarceration
A staff selection of resources for kids and familes impacted by incarceration.
RESOURCES FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES IMPACTED BY INCARCERATION

Scary Fiction for Kids
A staff selection of scary fiction titles for kids.
SCARY FICTION FOR KIDS
Science Fiction for Kids
A staff selection of science fiction titles for kids.
SCIENCE FICTION FOR KIDS
Local Interest

Seattle Fiction for Kids
A staff selection of books set in Seattle or Washington State for kids.
SEATTLE FICTION FOR KIDS
Washington Kids Authors
A staff selection of books by authors from Washington State for kids.
WASHINGTON KIDS AUTHORS
Washington Picture Book Authors
A staff selection of picture books by authors from Washington State for kids.
WASHINGTON PICTURE BOOK AUTHORS
Washington Picture Book Illustrators
A staff selection of picture books by illustrators from Washington State for kids.
WASHINGTON PICTURE BOOK ILLUSTRATORS
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