Looking for a quick read or read-alike?  You've come to the right place. Here you’ll find recommended reading lists we've created for you based on popular trends, current events, and general interests.

Want more? Skip to the bottom for more websites with recommend reads.

Science Fiction




Mystery & Suspense Fiction


Strong Women in Fiction


Horror Fiction


Romance Fiction


Fantasy Fiction


LGBTQ Fiction


Dystopian Fiction


Apocalyptic Fiction


Teen Issues in Fiction


Multicultural Fiction



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Websites with Recommended Reads

  • TeenReads - A site dedicated to book lovers providing a forum to discover and share commentary about the books and authors they enjoy. Author interviews, book reviews, and more.
  • Seventeen - 17 Books Every Girl Should Read Before She's 17
  • YALSA's Teen's Top 10 - The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country.
  • Printz Award - The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year.

Welcome! This is the place for all of our friends in elementary school. Here you will find information on upcoming programs and events for your age group, resources to help with your school work and all kinds of other fun things. Feel free to explore. We are happy you're here!

Grade School Links


School District 401

This is the main website for all the public schools of Elmwood Park, IL. Any information you may need about your school will be found on this site.  

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Looking for something good to read? Well, you've come to the right place. Kids & Teens Staff love to read and we can keep you updated on new books, authors and all the award winning titles! Our booklists are updated often and listed below by category/subject or you can visit one of the websites that we recommend below. Visit often to find a good summer read or even your next favorite book. Do you want a booklist on a special subject? Just let us know and we can create a list of books just for you.


Children's & Teens Book Awards

The 2018 ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) and ALA (American Library Association) Media Awards were announced this week 2/13/18).  Visit our Awards page to learn more about the winners and honor books.

newberry hello universe 125     caldecott wolf in the snow 125     coretta piecing me 125     coretta out of wonder 125



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 At Elmwood Park Public Library we believe a love for reading starts as a baby. Reading to your child is very important - it opens up the imagination & stimulates the brain. Check out our Moms and Tots and Toddler story times along with our other programs for all ages. Several times a year we also host special performances, such as animals, magicians, puppeteers and musical guests, including Dave Rudolf, Nelson Sosa & his Latin Band.

Our goal is to help children of all ages find that special book and in turn develop a life long reader. Together we can make that happen and we look forward to working with you.

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Moms & Tots Story Time

This class introduces children ages 0- 2 to story time and helps develop a love of reading, which provides a strong foundation for learning.  It’s a proven fact that children who read a variety of books have an easier time in school. The Mom & Tots program consists of songs, a few books, a puppet show, and lots of  movement.  This class is 30 minutes in length.

Toddler Story Time

This class is for children ages 3 - 5.  This story time is the next step from our Moms and Tots and offers more books and an age appropriate craft. It also includes a puppet show & music/dancing. After the books are read, we ask a few questions to see if the children understood the message from the book.  It’s great to see the children learn facts without even realizing they are learning. This class is 45 minutes in length.

Welcome to our resources for parents and teachers!  The Youth Services Department knows that children learn so much on a daily basis - from parents, teachers, friends, family, and at the Library. We know how challenging being a parent and or teacher can be and we want to make that challenge a little less daunting by providing you with websites and materials that can help you on your journey.

In addition to finding and providing helpful materials we also provide a variety of services for teachers and schools. Such services include library tours, book club requests, book talks and working with our local Boy and Girl Scouts troops on badges. We pride ourselves in working with our local schools and teachers and want you to know that we are willing to help wherever needed. Feel free to contact us if you need any of the above mentioned services or have ideas for new partnerships. Visit this page often for updates on relevant topics to parents and teachers. Click on any of the links below for interesting sites and activities that you can begin sharing with your child or class now. 



From local schools to helpful, educational sites:

Common Core
Learn the purpose and standards of this program.

Illinois Common Core
Common Core Standards and resources for Illinois.


Mango Languages
Learn a new language with this helpful site that offers interactive lessons and the ability to chart your progress.  


Elmwood Park Public Library is proud to serve the following schools:

St. Celestine : Pre-School – 8th grade

ECC/Early Childhood Center : Kinder Pre-School and Kindergarten

Elmwood Elementary : 1st  – 6th grade

John Mills Elementary : 1st  – 6th grade

St. Vincent : Pre-School – 8th grade

St. Cyprian : Kindergarten – 8th grade

Grace Lutheran : Pre-School – 8th grade

Elm Middle : 6th – 8th grade

Elmwood Park High School : 9th  – 12th grade

Trinity : 9th  – 12th grade

Guerin Prep : 9th  – 12th grade

Homeschool Resources

Homeschool World
Calendar and contact information of local homeschools in Illinois.

Web Safety

Net Smartz Kids
Play interactive games that teach both safety online as well as offline.

Growth & Development

Children grow in the blink of an eye. Take a look at any of the links below to gather a little more insight into your child’s development:

Baby and Toddler

Preschool and Kindergarten

Grade School

Pre-teen and Teen




Digital Public Library of America
A one stop shop search engine unlike any other. This site is a special project that uses the digitization and resources from a variety of sources, including libraries, universities and government, all in this one location and accessible for free.

KDL What's Next
The Kent District Library has a phenomenal site that will help you navigate the order of any series. Use this site to figure out the title of that next book in the series or to find out what others series the popular author of the moment has also written.

This site has lesson plans and activities starting at Kindergarten all the way through high school.

Colorín Colorado
Colorín Colorado is a free web-based service that provides information, activities and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners (ELLs).

Read Write Think
A collection of resources designed for Spanish-speaking parents to help support children and teens with literacy learning at home. Links are available in both English and Spanish.

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