What We’re Reading Kids – September

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.

Recommendations from Our Staff – September 2023

Folktales from Around the World for Preschoolers

These tales and illustrations will feed your imagination! Folktales from around the world help us to answer the many questions that preschoolers ask, and usually teach a lesson at the end. Come join us online for Reading Ready Time: Latin American Folktales with Marian University Theatre.

Title - CuckooTitle - Party Croc!Title - How Raven Got His Crooked NoseTitle - Two of Everything

Latin American Comics: lighter reading

A list of comics made by people from or have some connection to South America. Some are educational, some are entertaining. A couple of them are both. When it came to more light hearted comics I was surprised at how few countries were represented. With the exception of one creator, almost all the other artists and writers are from Argentina.

Title - Adventures of Fede and TomatoTitle - 10 años con MafaldaTitle - Macanudo No. 1Title - Macanudo

Spanish Bilingual Preschool Books

Enjoy these colorful stories, rhymes, and poems in English and Spanish. Disfrute de estas coloridas historias, rimas y poemas en inglés y español.

Title - The hummingbird sings and dancesTitle - ITitle - Maria Had A Little LlamaTitle - Animal talk

Archaeology Month

History is all around us – though sometimes you must look closely for the clues. Archaeologists work in the field and in the lab to do just that. Learn what a professional archaeologist does – and why it’s important to preserve the past – with this list in recognition of Archaeology Month.

Title - SharukoTitle - Digging DeepTitle - What Is An Archaeologist?Title - Dig Deep

Getting to Know You

With the start of the new school year, a great way to build a rapport with the kids is to show a vested interest in them, who they are, and what they think. From preschool to grade school, having a “getting to know you” session makes for a great interactive storytime to engage the kids and make storytime that much smoother for the rest of the year. Here are some of the books I (will have) used in my storytimes this month.

Title - I Like Myself!Title - ItTitle - The Family BookTitle - From Head to Toe

Weird Science

Join us for one of our upcoming programs about Carnivorous Plants, and enjoy this list that looks at other weird science! First, of course, there are books on carnivorous plants. There are also books about little known facts about dinosaurs, books on slime, descriptions of dangerous animals, and many more. Several of these books are books of facts, so the blurb has a sample fact. Enjoy!

Title - How Does Soap Clean your Hands?Title - Weird, Wild, Amazing! WaterTitle - Weird but True!Title - Gross and Ghastly Animals


Enjoy these great books about people who have made a difference in their worlds!

Title - Lola Out LoudTitle - Annette Feels FreeTitle - Hank on FirstTitle - On the Corner of Chocolate Avenue

The Game is AFoot: Middle Grade Mysteries

Enjoy these middle grade mysteries that will delight readers of all ages!

Title - The Body Under the PianoTitle - Book ScavengerTitle - Escape From Mr. LemoncelloTitle - Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring

The Lightning Thief

All the books on the list are first of a series fast- paced middle grade fantasies just like The Lightening Thief. Many of them are chosen one stories and all are different mythologies than Greek. Enjoy myths, legends, and fantastic creatures from around the globe in these attention-grabbing and often award-winning tales.

Title - Amari and the Night BrothersTitle - Aru Shah and the End of TimeTitle - Charlie Hernández & the League of ShadowsTitle - Loki

Monkey’n Around!

Looking for fun stories about monkeys? We have a list for you of silly monkeys doing what monkeys do!!

Title - Monkey BedtimeTitle - The Little Monkey Who WouldnTitle - Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the BedTitle - Grumpy Monkey

Strike! Labor Activism Books for Kids

With strikes and labor unions in the news, help your young reader lean about labor rights and activism as we prepare to celebrate Labor Day. Labor Day honors and recognizes the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers.

Title - VivaTitle - Lola Out LoudTitle - Please Please the BeesTitle - Who Was the Voice of the People?

Sharing Stories of 9/11 with Kids

Historical fiction and non-fiction books that share the story of 9/11 with children.

Title - Messages to Ground ZeroTitle - Big Apple DiariesTitle - The Red BandannaTitle - This Very Tree

Time for a Rest!

As Fall arrives, many creatures will move to their warm and safe homes to rest through the winter. Here are some books about animals who hibernate!

Title - Winter LullabyTitle - Hush up and Hibernate!Title - I DonTitle - The Snowy Nap

Veggietales and Beyond: Christian Movies for Kids

Veggietales is a lot of fun, but it is not the only Christian movie series out there. Check out these faith based movies available at your library.

Title - VeggieTalesTitle - The BibleTitle - The StarTitle - Family Camp

Wordless Wonders

Wordless Picture books are fun to “read” and the art work is amazing. Here is a list of wordless picture books published in the last two years.

Title - Field Trip to Volcano IslandTitle - BlanketTitle - I WishTitle - The Tree and the River

Back to School Lunch Ideas

Looking for ways to make lunchtime enjoyable for yourself or your kids? Try these 10 resources that will have lunch prep be fun, easy, and yummy!

Title - Dictator Lunches : Inspired Meals That Will Compel Even the Toughest of (tyrants) ChildrenTitle - LunchboxTitle - Fresh BentoTitle - Lunchbox