Scholastic Greatest Books

The 100 "Greatest Books for Kids," ranked by Scholastic Parent & Child magazine.

ALA Notable Children's Books

Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's books.

Goodreads Kids Books

List of member voted books in a variety of children’s genre.

Rebecca Caudill

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools.

Bluestem Book Award

The Bluestem Program is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades three through five in participating Illinois schools

Here are a few websites that we think you’ll like and that we find very helpful.

Cartoon Network

Special videos of your favorite shows, and games galore!

Disney Games

All of your Disney friends from movies and tv are featured in videos, games and puzzles.

Fun Brain

Fun and educational game site that entertains while teaching. Games

All your favorite Nickelodeon characters are featured in fun, engaging games, videos and puzzles!

PBS Kids

All your favorite PBS characters are featured in fun, engaging games, videos and puzzles!


An online library of books, videos, graphic novels, and games that can be read, played, and viewed from the comfort of your home.

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 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.

 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.

Peter N. Silvestri Cultural and Learning Center | Serving Elmwood Park Since 1936