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Lists of recommended books for various occasions and audiences —
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  1. The Undefeated
    More information about the people featured in The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson.
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  2. Fandom and Geek Culture
    Titles featuring fanfic, hacking, video games, fan art, comics, TV fandom and more.
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  3. Mental Health in Young Adult Literature
    Books with characters who experience anxiety, depression, self-harm, OCD, ADHD, eating disorders, and more.
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  4. African American Authors
    A sample of YA books by African American authors
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  5. African American Poetry for Adults
    A sample of poems by African Americans in the JMRL catalog.
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  6. In the Kingdom of Ice Read Alikes
    Real-life adventures in cold climates and the ice that sustains them. Books on Tap January 2021
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  7. Goals, Motivation, and Habits
    Books that will help you build new habits and break down old ones in pursuit of your goals.
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  8. Winter Wonder
    Snowy stories to snuggle and share.
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  9. A-Z : A Picture Book for Every Letter
    26 Picture Books that start with each letter of the alphabet! A fun way to find new-to-you books.
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  10. Plays Written by Women
    From classic to contemporary, browse a sampling of JMRL's collection of plays written by women.
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  11. Read Local: Virginia Authors For Teens
    This list is a compilation of authors who live in the state of Virginia and write for teens.
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  12. Cozy Reads for Teens
    A mug of cocoa for your heart!
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  13. YA Pacific Asian American Heritage
    Books with Pacific-Asian American characters or themes.
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  14. Contemporary Native American & Indigenous Voices
    Recent books for adults by Native American own voices.
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  15. Christian Fiction by Black Authors
    Black authors writing novels with contemporary Christian themes. These books range from sweet to sizzling. Thank you to Meredith Dickens, our collection development manager, for selecting these titles.
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  16. Feelings: Shelf-Help for Littles
    Books about feelings for young children.
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  17. Books on Tap
    Upcoming titles for Books on Tap book club, which meets on the first Thursday of the month.
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  18. Historical Fiction - African Americans
    This list contains older classic historical fiction titles and some newer titles. In all of them the main characters and the themes of the book focus on African Americans and their history and culture.
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  19. Humorous Teen Fiction
    It feels great to sink into a good book—and even better when that book can elicit some laughs. These books feature different kinds of humor including dark humor, hyperbole/exaggeration, sarcasm, satire, surprise, irony and pun.
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  20. Mystery/Thriller Books for Teens
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  21. Philosophy Book Club List
    Books covering works written by philosophers, as well as books about philosophy, or philosophical concerns such as happiness, meaning and freedom.
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  22. Indigenous Own Voices Stories
    A list of stories written by indigenous people in honor of Native American History Month
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  23. Virginia Genealogical Resources
    Resources for genealogical researchers available for viewing at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society Reading Room.
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  24. NaNoWriMo-Born Books
    Books that were written during NaNoWriMo
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  25. NaNoWriMo Resources
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  26. Breathing for Health
    A Find It list of materials related to breathing and meditation for health and wellbeing
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  27. Star Wars Picks for Teens
    Lovers of all things Star Wars Reads in the teen section of the library. We combined a selection of graphic novels and fiction for your enjoyment.
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  28. Royal Reads: Picture Books
    Picture books of Princes, Princesses, Queens, and Kings
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  29. Quick Reads for Teens
    Sometimes you just need a quick read - a short book that you can pick up and polish off fast.
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  30. Challenged + Banned Books 2015-2019
    According to the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom, these were the most challenged books between 2015-2019.
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  31. LatinX Experience Adult Fiction
    During Latinx Heritage Month, JMRL is proud to highlight the cultures, contributions and resilience of Latinx, Hispanic and Latino-identified communities around the world.
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  32. 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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  33. Chapter Books for Slytherins
    Slytherins may enjoy these tales of darkness, pride, cunning, and ambition.
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  34. Chapter Books for Hufflepuffs
    Hufflepuffs may enjoy these tales of hard work, loyalty, and fairplay.
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  35. Chapter Books for Ravenclaws
    Ravenclaws may enjoy these tales of wit, wisdom, and learning.
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  36. Chapter Books for Gryffindors
    Gryffindors may enjoy these stories of adventure, bravery, and determination.
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  37. Chillers
    Spooky chapter books.
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  38. Mysteries Grades 2-3
    Chapter mysteries for younger readers.
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  39. Mysteries Grades 4-6
    Chapter mysteries for older readers.
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  40. Dystopian Fiction for Teens
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  41. Black American Chapter Books
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  42. Immigrants & Refugees (Younger Readers)
    Picture Books starring immigrant and refugee travelers around the world.
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  43. Immigrants & Refugees (Older Readers)
    Books starring immigrants and refugees in their travels across the world.
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  44. Picture books about People with Disabilities
    Picture Books starring characters with disabilities.
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  45. Chapter Stories About People with Disabilities
    Chapter books starring characters with disabilities.
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  46. Indigenous Heroes and Heroines
    Books starring indigenous characters.
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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. Funny Picture Books to make you LOL
    Favorite funny picture books chosen by Central Children's Staff
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  50. Staff Suggestions for Grades 3 and 4
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  51. Staff Suggestions for Grades K-2
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  52. Staff Suggestions for Ages 3-5
    Recommendations for Ages 3-5.
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  53. Celebrating Pride (Older Readers)
    LGBTQ+ themed books for older readers
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  54. Step-Up Books (Ages 6-8)
    Easier chapter books that feature larger fonts and more pictures.
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  55. Step-Up Books (Series)
    These unique series books are designed for growing readers who are between leveled readers and traditional chapter books.
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  56. Teen Services Staff Picks
    Favorites by JMRL Teen Services Staff
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  57. Celebrating Pride (Younger Readers)
    LGBTQ+ themed books for younger readers
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  58. Black American Picture Books
    Picture books featuring Black American characters and stories
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  59. Books for Babies & Toddlers
    Board and picture books for babies and toddlers
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  60. Grief Picture Books
    Picture Books about grief that can be used to start conversations.
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  61. Black History Month - 2020 Theme: African Americans and the Vote
    Selected books to celebrate Black History Month, February 2020.
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  62. 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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