Great Reads

Look here for lists of our favorite books, interactive stories and games on Tumblebooks, and ebooks and audiobooks to download. Follow the links below to award winners, resources on diversity in kids' books, and the great world of children's literature!

More Great Reads

With Beanstack, set up a free account and select your child's age, interests, background, and reading level. You’ll receive a weekly email with recommended books from the Oakland Public Library!

Looking for something great to read? Fill out this form and we'll pick some books for you!

There are more lists of recommended children’s books to explore on Novelist K-8.

Want to hear a story, or play a game? Try Tumblebooks! You'll need your library card.

Download kids' ebooks and audiobooks here.

Children's Book Awards

Connect with Kid Lit

  • We Need Diverse Books: Oakland Public Library is committed to diversity in our children's books. Join the national conversation!
  • School Library Journal has a blog for every stripe of children's books.
  • Teen Lists: Berkeley Public Library recommends books including fantasy, romance, graphic novels, multicultural books, and war stories.
  • Children's Booklists: San Francisco Public Library suggests scary stories, books with strong female characters, books for infants and toddlers, books like Harry Potter, multicultural books, and more.
  • Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: blogger Julie Danielson takes you inside the art studios of children's book illustrators.
  • The Brown Bookshelf: a showcase of children's books by African-American authors and artists.
  • Guys Read: Jon Scieszka, author of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and the Time Warp Trio books, lists his favorite books for guys.