Books Lists and Recommendations

Find Your New Favorite Book!

Whether you love reading or just need a book for a school assignment, you'll find lots of recommendations in our booklists created by Library staff (guess what? we love to read kid's books too!). Is the book you want checked out? Click the place hold button to reserve the next available copy! Looking for personalized recommendations for your kiddos? Fill out a book recommendations for kids form.

March Highlights: Women's History Month


girl power picture books black historical fiction black history biography and non fiction

  Picture Books

Best JPs of 2019 Fractured Fairy Tales Alphabet Books
Counting and Numbers Colors Shapes
Community Helpers Sharing Books to Make You Laugh

New Sibling

Spanish Picture Books

books for parents on difficult topics

latinx picture books netflix show bookmarks halloween picture books

nursery rhymes

black joy picture books


Moving Up Chapter Books 

Featuring Boys Featuring Girls Early Fiction We Love
Featuring Boys Featuring Girls Early Fiction We Love


Chapter Books

Best Chapter Books of 2019 Science Fiction Sports
Fairytale Chapter Books Read Alouds Mysteries
Percy Jackson Read Alikes Wimpy Kid Read Alikes Harry Potter Read Alikes
Superheroes and Supervillains Thrillers Fantasy
homesteading and prairie stories Historical Fiction Featuring Boys Historical Fiction Featuring Girls
Animal Stories Must Love Dogs Cat and Mouse
Wimpy Kid ReadAlikes Spooky Stories Laugh Out Loud
Summertime Reads Spanish books for fans of the babysitters club
princess read alikes latinx dork diaries
dear diary native american chapter books dogman read alikes
for fans of smile by reina telgemeire chapter books for comic lovers black historical fiction


All Ages Book Lists

social justice books for kids cookbooks for kids womens suffrage
resilience and overcoming adversity filipino american history day of the dead books
DIY crafts


Don't Miss Inspiring Non-Fiction

Best NonFiction of 2019 African American Non Fiction Womens History young readers
Womens History older readers black history biography and non fiction


Award Winning Children's Books

Newberry Winners Caldecott Winners Coretta Scott King Winners
Pura Belpre Award Winners California Young Readers Winners Ala Notable Books
Other Awards

Links to Reading Recommendations

If you see a book mentioned on one of these lists that the San Leandro Public Library doesn't have, ask us to order it! Use the suggest a purchase link to request books the Library doesn't yet own.

Book Lists for Kids New York Public Library's 100 Children's Books
Best Children's Books Books in a Series
James Patterson's Read Kiddo Read Kid's Read
Juvenile Series & Sequels Novelist
(Requires a San Leandro Library card)
A Book and a Hug Reading Rockets

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