Just for Kids

Great Reads for Kids

Recommendations from our librarians and the Association for Library Service to Children. Updated frequently!

100 Books Before Kindergarten

We know you can read 1,000, but here are our favorite 100 to get you started!

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Interactive Books for Wiggly Readers

Does your child like to bounce around when you sit down to read? No problem! Try these fun books with chances to sing and play along to let them shake their sillies out while having a great reading experience.

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Resources for Kids

Explora

Ebsco search interface for grades K-5. Get topic overviews, browse by category and more.

Ebsco Nonfiction Grades 1-4

Search high interest abstracts and full text for more than 1,290 popular elementary nonfiction books.

OverDrive Kids

Electronic picture books and chapter books for kids.

Tumblebooks

An online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love.

ABC Mouse (In-Library Only)

ABCmouse is designed to help young children with 5,000+ learning activities (books, puzzles, educational games, art activities, songs, etc.).

ABCYa!

Educational website with some free and some paid options for online learning.

Beanstack

A reading tracker website and mobile app for the whole family. Join reading challenges from the library or just keep track of your reading.

Common Sense Media

Website with ratings for children's media, including apps, websites, and video games.

FunBrain

Website with educational games for kids of all ages including math, grammar, science, spelling, and history.

hoopla

Website and mobile app with thousands of wait-free ebooks, audiobooks, comics, music and movies. Kids mode available.

NatGeo Kids

National Geographic site for children with interactive activites, videos, and fact sheets.

PBS Learning Media

Free teaching resources including videos, lesson plans, and games aligned to state and national standards.

PBS Kids

Educational website with games and videos from the Public Broadcasting Service.

Missouri Readers Awards 

The Missouri Association of School Librarians sponsors voting and awards for youth books for grades 1-12, including Show Me Readers Award (Grades 1-3), Mark Twain Readers Award (Grades 4-6), Truman Readers Award (Grades 6-8), and Gateway Readers Award (Grades 9-12).

2020-2021 Nominees

2018-2019 Winners

2018-2019 Nominees

2017-2018 Winners

2016-2017 Winners

Early Literacy Tips