Resources for Children

BCL connects kids and their adults with select booklists, websites for reading recommendations, e-books, databases and other print and digital resources for learning and fun. 

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Kids’ Booklists & Reading Recommendations

BCL Booklists for Kids & Teens (ages 0-18, and parents/educators)
Booklists prepared by BCL staff for various interests and reading levels. Click the titles within each list to connect to the BCL catalog for the book’s details, availability, and to place holds.

 

ALSC Children’s Notable Lists (ages 0-14)
The best of the best in children’s books, recordings, and digital media (interactive apps, websites, games), compiled each year by the Association for Library Service to Children.

 

CCBC Recommended Books (ages 0-18)
The acclaimed Cooperative Children’s Book Center (UW-Madison School of Education) provides booklists, its annual CCBC Choices, and a Recommended Books Search tool.

 

Lexile.com
Use “Find a Book” to identify titles that fit your Lexile reading level and interest area, or to find the Lexile level of a particular book.

Digital Children’s Books, Videos, More...

Tumblebook Library (grades K-6)
On-demand streaming site known for its animated talking picture books that help kids learn to “decode” words. Plus, read-along chapter books, nonfiction, graphic novels, National Geographic videos, and some titles in Spanish and French. Free access at BCL or at home by logging in with your library card.

 

Axis360
Search for the subject “juvenile fiction” to find high-demand eBook and audiobook titles you can download for free with your library card. Go here for help getting started.

 

Overdrive
Thousands of children’s eBooks, audiobooks and magazines, free to download to your computer or with the Libby App. Log in with your library card. Go here for help getting started.

 

Hoopla
Instantly stream or download free e-books, audiobooks, comics, songs, movies and television shows, up to six per month, with your library card. Try Hoopla Kids Mode for kid-friendly searching. Go here for help getting started.

 

TeachingBooks (preK-high school)
Watch videos of favorite authors being interviewed or reading their books; hear how to pronounce their names; enjoy read-along audiobook performances; find the right book for you; and more.

More Resources for Kids

Creative Bug
Professionally-produced online video arts and crafts classes. Log in with your library card and search for “kids classes.”

 

Explora for Elementary Students
Kids can learn about topics that interest them from trusted age-appropriate sources. Search by keyword or click on pictures to browse. You can even search for children’s magazine articles in Lexile reading level ranges. 

 

Brown County 4-H Youth Development YouTube channel Videos of a wide variety of STEM challenges, “do at home” family activities and more, with a local twist. Open to all.

 

Early Literacy 
BCL programs, services and resources targeting pre-reading skills, kindergarden readiness and child development.