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Upcoming Preschool Programs
New Picture Book Recommendations
It’s never too early or too late to start sharing rhymes, songs, and books with your child. Talk with a youth librarian on your next visit for more information.
The Wise Owl reading program runs ALL year!
Attention, preschoolers, toddlers, babies, and parents! Become a Wise Owl today and try to read 1,000 books before kindergarten, logging them 100 at a time, earning prizes and owl decorations for the library as you go.
Does 1,000 books sound daunting? It’s not! If you read one book per day for three years, OR ten books per week for two years, OR three books per day for one year, you’ll have read OVER 1,000 books! Every book counts – whether it’s the first time you’re reading it, the hundredth, or the thousandth! If you come to a library storytime, you’ll definitely get to mark off a few books, too.
Stop by the Youth & Teen Department today to sign up to be a Wise Owl and complete the challenge of reading 1,000 books before kindergarten.
National Lekotek Center
The National Lekotek Center provides an array of services to improve the lives of children with special needs through toys and play.
International Children’s Digital Library
A collection of digitized books from a wide variety of countries in 59 different languages.
Visit our eReading Rooms for kids. Choose titles by reading level, age group, or interest.
TumbleBooks Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books.
IL Children’s Choice Awards
A K-3 children’s choice book award. Read the books on this year’s current list of nominees and than vote for your favorite book! (Talk to your school librarian about voting details.) Check out past nomination lists and winners.
American Library Association Awards
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published during the previous year. Check out a list of past winning and honored titles.
Coretta Scott King Awards
The Coretta Scott King Awards were named in honor of the life and work of Mrs. Coretta Scott King and her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They are awarded annually to the author and illustrator of the most outstanding books for young adults and children written or illustrated by African American authors that reflect the African American experience. Check out a list of past winning and honored titles.
The Geisel Award was named in honor of Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, a world-renowned author of books for children. It is awarded annually to the author and illustrator of the most distinguished book for beginning readers published during the previous year. Check out a list of past winning and honored titles.
The Newbery Medal was named in honor of eighteenth-century bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished American children’s book published the previous year. Check out a list of past winning and honored titles. This award may be a good source of family read-aloud books and in 2016 was given to a picture book for the first time.
Pura Belpré Award
The Pura Belpré Award was named in honor of Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. It is awarded annually to a Latinx writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latinx cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. Check out a list of past winning and honored titles.
Stonewall Book Awards
The Stonewall Book Awards are presented to works of exceptional merit honoring and relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience. Check out a list of past winning and honored titles.