Strong Female Leads

Looking for strong female lead characters in Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction? Check out this list compiled by our Youth & Teen librarians.

Posted by on March 28, 2022

Inventors and Scientific Pioneers

Be curious about the world around you! Celebrate Kid Inventors’ Day on January 17 with these books about inventors, inventions, and pioneering scientists – all great for reading aloud. Awesome Read more...

Posted by on January 13, 2022

YTS Staff Picks 2021 – Our Favorite Books of the year

Check out some of our Youth & Teen Services staff favorites, all published in 2021. These books represent a wide variety of formats and intended audiences. We hope you will find something of interest in these selections.

Posted by on November 22, 2021

Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh

Harper knows her family has moved because of her, and she knows she spent time in a hospital, but she still can’t put all the pieces together. Her mother won’t Read more...

Posted by on October 7, 2021

Back to School Favorites

It's time to head back to school, and that has the Youth Services librarians thinking about our favorite school stories. Try some of these staff picks!

Posted by on August 27, 2021

Slider by Pete Hautman

David Miller can eat a large pepperoni pizza in 4 minutes and 36 seconds. His parents are not impressed.

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

Small Spaces is a deliciously creepy tale of a school field trip gone wrong. Ollie is the only student that is nervous about the bus breaking down, and the teacher Read more...

Posted by on April 1, 2021

What’s Cooking? A Cookbook List for Kids

Check out these staff-tested cookbooks for kids, and find inspiration to create something wonderful in the kitchen!

Posted by on July 20, 2020

Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

An inspiring memoir for young readers by one of basketball’s greatest players, Becoming Kareem is not just for sports fans. This 2021 Rebecca Caudill award nominee and NY Times Bestseller Read more...

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

This glimpse into the mind and heart of a girl who doesn't fit the "norm" will make readers laugh, cry, and cheer for Lucy, while learning to celebrate what is Read more...

Posted by on April 30, 2020

Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert

Favorite picture book author / illustrator Lois Ehlert introduces 12 backyard birds to young children through their adventure with a sneaky cat.

Posted by on April 2, 2020

Hawks Kettle, Puffins Wheel by Susan Vande Griek

Readers are introduced to unusual avian behavior with free-verse poetry and informative prose in this picture book that begs to be read aloud.

Posted by on February 27, 2020

Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen

“3:47 a.m. That’s when they arrive for Wren Clemmens. She’s hustled out of her house and into a waiting car, then a plane, and then taken on a forced march Read more...

Posted by on January 9, 2020

Penny and Her Doll by Kevin Henkes

When Penny receives a surprise gift in the mail from Gram, she is thrilled! The doll she finds inside is absolutely perfect and she falls in love with her immediately. Read more...

Posted by on October 5, 2019

Beauty and the Beak by Deborah Lee Rose

A terrific family read-aloud, Beauty and the Beak is more than a true animal tale - it's a story of science, and what can happen when dedicated people work together Read more...

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