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. Voting Books for Children
    Books about voting and elections for Children in Grades 1-5
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  2. Mystery/Thriller Books for Teens
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  3. 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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  4. Indigenous Own Voices Stories
    A list of stories written by indigenous people in honor of Native American History Month
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  5. Virginia Genealogical Resources
    Resources for genealogical researchers available for viewing at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society Reading Room.
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  6. NaNoWriMo-Born Books
    Books that were written during NaNoWriMo
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  7. NaNoWriMo Resources
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Back to School Picture Books
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  13. 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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  14. Chapter Books for Slytherins
    Slytherins may enjoy these tales of darkness, pride, cunning, and ambition.
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  15. Chapter Books for Hufflepuffs
    Hufflepuffs may enjoy these tales of hard work, loyalty, and fairplay.
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  16. Chapter Books for Ravenclaws
    Ravenclaws may enjoy these tales of wit, wisdom, and learning.
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  17. Chapter Books for Gryffindors
    Gryffindors may enjoy these stories of adventure, bravery, and determination.
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  18. Chillers
    Spooky chapter books.
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  19. Mysteries Grades 2-3
    Chapter mysteries for younger readers.
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  20. Mysteries Grades 4-6
    Chapter mysteries for older readers.
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  21. Black American Chapter Books
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  22. Immigrants & Refugees (Younger Readers)
    Picture Books starring immigrant and refugee travelers around the world.
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  23. Immigrants & Refugees (Older Readers)
    Books starring immigrants and refugees in their travels across the world.
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  24. Picture books about People with Disabilities
    Picture Books starring characters with disabilities.
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  25. Chapter Stories About People with Disabilities
    Chapter books starring characters with disabilities.
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  26. Indigenous Heroes and Heroines
    Books starring indigenous characters.
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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. Funny Picture Books to make you LOL
    Favorite funny picture books chosen by Central Children's Staff
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  30. Staff Suggestions for Grades 3 and 4
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  31. Staff Suggestions for Grades K-2
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  32. Staff Suggestions for Ages 3-5
    Recommendations for Ages 3-5.
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  33. Celebrating Pride (Older Readers)
    LGBTQ+ themed books for older readers
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  34. Step-Up Books (Ages 6-8)
    Easier chapter books that feature larger fonts and more pictures.
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  35. Step-Up Books (Series)
    Easier chapter books that feature larger fonts and more pictures.
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  36. Teen Services Staff Picks
    Favorites by JMRL Teen Services Staff
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  37. Celebrating Pride (Younger Readers)
    LGBTQ+ themed books for younger readers
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  38. Black American Picture Books
    Picture books featuring Black American characters and stories
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  39. Books for Babies & Toddlers
    Board and picture books for babies and toddlers
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  40. Grief Picture Books
    Picture Books about grief that can be used to start conversations.
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  41. Black History Month - 2020 Theme: African Americans and the Vote
    Selected books to celebrate Black History Month, February 2020.
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  42. 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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