Are you looking for reading recommendations for kids? We can help! Use these book lists created by our staff to find new and favorite books for kids of all ages covering a variety of topics and interests. Would you like to see more? Browse all of our staff recommendations for kids. Would you prefer one-on-one help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text, or email ask-a- librarian. For next step reading suggestions you can also browse What We’re Reading Teens.
Poetry Books for Kids by Black Authors
This list is Inspired by Black Poetry Day which is October 17. The day celebrates Black Poets, as well as Black heritage and literacy. With that in mind, Dear Readers, I’m glad you are here. There are no grades here, no need to feel intimidated! Just a small sample of books that “read like poetry” as well as books that contain poetry. May you find a new favorite by a Black poet/author! If you are a grown-up and want to know more, I encourage you to explore the call number 811+, as well as www.africanamericanpoetry.org.
Continuing the Legacy of Madam C.J. Walker
In honor of Madam C.J. Walker’s birthday, the collection below highlights historical black businesses, black business owners, and black organizations that have changed the world. Her legacy continues to shine throughout history and the present moment, inspiring creativity and innovation. Experience a live performance from two historic ladies: Madam C.J. Walker & a Sales Associate, Madam C.J. Walker & Ida B. Wells, or Ida B. Wells & Harriet Tubman. After a 45 minute presentation they will answer your questions. See the History on Stage schedule.
Books about Black Artists for Kids
These books will teach you about the life, art, and style of many influential Black artists, including painters, sculptors, quilters, collagists, and photographers.
Learn about Black Activists and Activism
Remembering Malcolm X and the impact he made. Read about people and movements inspired by Malcolm X and other civil rights leaders.
Did you know that these cute little furry rodents can predict the weather? On February 2nd, if the groundhog sees his shadow, it means six more weeks of winter. In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, crowds gather around Punxsutawney Phil to see if he sees his shadow. Check out these books and movies about our favorite little weather forecaster!
Celebrating Black Hair
From fresh hair cuts, big and small curly afros, locs, and braids. This list is a celebration of Black hair for children of all ages.
Maple Syrup Season
Right now it feels like the bleakest midwinter, but soon the weather will begin to thaw. As the temperatures get warmer, forests will begin to come back to life. With that comes the gift of maple sugar and maple syrup! Anticipate the sweetness of what will come with this collection of stories about sugaring time.
Joy! Joy! Joy!
Little ones burst with joy! Here are a handful of books to celebrate the many ways that joy arises in life.
Paper Art: Stories & Craft Ideas for Kids
Paper collage and paper-cut art are classic media for children’s books. Find inspiring stories and craft ideas in this list. This spring, join Junonia Arts for a special class on how to make paper art yourself! Register online at indypl.org/calendar.
Winter is full of wonders! Celebrate the season with this selection of children’s books – both new and old.
It’s Cold, But It’s Snow Much Fun! Winter Favorites for Kids
It’s true, there’s no day like a snow day! Go out and play, and then cuddle up with some hot chocolate and a stack of these favorite winter tales.
Winter Stories for Winter Days
Snuggle up on a cold winter day with these winter-themed picture books! You can find both fiction and nonfiction titles here. These are a great addition to any winter story time or display!
Foxes in Winter
Stories of foxes in wintertime abound. Perhaps this is because foxes are such elusive and mysterious creatures. Or perhaps their experiences evoke something we can all relate to. These stories touch on themes of loneliness, change, and the enduring power of friendship.
Spooky Middle Grade Reads for Any Time of The Year
Who doesn’t love a good spooky story? Winter (or any season) is an excellent time to cozy up with a spooky book. These books will appeal to kids, teens, and adults who love all things creepy!