Public Lists:

Lists of recommended books for various occasions and audiences —
You can also request a personalized list prepared by JMRL Children's staff.
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  1. Back to School Picture Books
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  2. Ready for YA? Staff Picks for Younger Readers
    Books for those transitioning from the Children's to the Young Adult collection.
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  3. Chapter Books for Slytherins
    Slytherins may enjoy these tales of darkness, pride, cunning, and ambition.
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  4. Chapter Books for Hufflepuffs
    Hufflepuffs may enjoy these tales of hard work, loyalty, and fairplay.
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  5. Chapter Books for Ravenclaws
    Ravenclaws may enjoy these tales of wit, wisdom, and learning.
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  6. Chapter Books for Gryffindors
    Gryffindors may enjoy these stories of adventure, bravery, and determination.
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  7. Chillers
    Spooky chapter books.
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  8. Mysteries Grades 2-3
    Chapter mysteries for younger readers.
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  9. Mysteries Grades 4-6
    Chapter mysteries for older readers.
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  10. Black American Chapter Books
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  11. Immigrants & Refugees (Younger Readers)
    Picture Books starring immigrant and refugee travelers around the world.
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  12. Immigrants & Refugees (Older Readers)
    Books starring immigrants and refugees in their travels across the world.
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  13. Picture books about People with Disabilities
    Picture Books starring characters with disabilities.
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  14. Chapter Stories About People with Disabilities
    Chapter books starring characters with disabilities.
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  15. Indigenous Heroes and Heroines
    Books starring indigenous characters.
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  16. The Story of US Immigration (Adult Non-Fiction )
    Welcoming Week (September 12-20,2020) is a time for us to “affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in achieving collective prosperity.” Find related JMRL programs at jmrl.org/calendar. Check out this selection of titles to learn more about the story of immigration in the United States.
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  17. The Story of US Immigration (Adult Fiction)
    Welcoming Week (September 12-20,2020) is a time for us to “affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in achieving collective prosperity.” Find related JMRL programs at jmrl.org/calendar. Check out this selection of titles to learn more about the story of immigration in the United States.
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  18. Funny Picture Books to make you LOL
    Favorite funny picture books chosen by Central Children's Staff
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  19. Staff Suggestions for Grades 3 and 4
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  20. Staff Suggestions for Grades K-2
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  21. Staff Suggestions for Ages 3-5
    Recommendations for Ages 3-5.
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  22. Celebrating Pride (Older Readers)
    LGBTQ+ themed books for older readers
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  23. Step-Up Books (Ages 6-8)
    Easier chapter books that feature larger fonts and more pictures.
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  24. Step-Up Books (Series)
    Easier chapter books that feature larger fonts and more pictures.
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  25. Teen Services Staff Picks
    Favorites by JMRL Teen Services Staff
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  26. Celebrating Pride (Younger Readers)
    LGBTQ+ themed books for younger readers
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  27. Black American Picture Books
    Picture books featuring Black American characters and stories
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  28. Books for Babies & Toddlers
    Board and picture books for babies and toddlers
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  29. Grief Picture Books
    Picture Books about grief that can be used to start conversations.
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  30. Black History Month - 2020 Theme: African Americans and the Vote
    Selected books to celebrate Black History Month, February 2020.
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  31. Staff Picks
    JMRL staff reads widely and is happy to share many 'good reads' with you. Here are some recommendations for this month's reading.
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