Reading Lists
Animal Tales

Some memorable books from your childhood often feature special relationships between humans and animals, which taught some very important lessons about love, friends ...
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Suggested memoirs for incoming Deerpath Middle School 6th grade, put together by Mrs. Shiyer

Tall Tales

These stories mix fact and fiction together to create an exaggerated story of an actual event. Can you see the truth in these tall tales?

Teen - Alex Awards

Are you looking for something new? These titles are winners of the Alex Award, books written for adults, but have appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 1 ...
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Teen - Two Thumbs Up

Over time there have been many outstanding contributions to teen literature, but it can be difficult to find a book as a teen that contains both quality ma ...
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Anti-Racist Books

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

Graphic Novels

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Pride Month

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

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

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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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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Audiobooks for Family Listening

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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!

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.

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.


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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.


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


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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).