Kids Bookshelf: Reading Recommendations

There are many things out of our control in this COVID-19 world. One thing we can control is promoting reading at home for children, even 20 minutes per day. You've heard it on KidsBlog, opens a new window before: reading has a tremendous effect on a child's academic performance as well as achievement outside of the classroom that will last a lifetime.

Reading for pleasure can extend learning, especially when reading for school may have declined in the current educational setting. Students can explore new people, places, and events beyond their community, and cultivate imagination and empathy for others. Escaping between the pages of an enjoyable book may also help to relax the body, calm the mind, and ease feelings of anxiety fueled by the pandemic.

Browse a sampling of booklists in the online catalog curated by MCFL children's librarians.


If You Liked...The Babysitter's Club Graphic Novels









If You Liked...Land of Stories









If You Liked...Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library









If You Liked...The 13th Story Treehouse








If You Liked...Smile








If You Liked...Diary of a Wimpy Kid








If You Liked...Wings of Fire

If You Liked...Wonder








Rick Riordan Presents








Grades K-3

Also, check out Hoopla, opens a new window, the streaming service to instantly borrow eBooks, eAudio, and Music: Easy Readers for grades K-2, opens a new window and eBooks for 3rd graders, opens a new window.


Looking for more suggestions? BookConnections, opens a new window is a fantastic student resource available to libraries from the California K-12 Online Content Project, opens a new window. One of the many features offered by BookConnections, opens a new window is video book trailers. As an example, watch the entertaining trailer for Jerry Craft's newest graphic novel Class Act, opens a new window.


If you're interested in personalized children's reading suggestions, call our Talk to a Librarian Help Line at 415-473-2272, Monday – Friday, 9am-6pm.

Stay tuned for more bookshelf recommendations on KidsBlog!

Kamleiter, Kaitlyn. (2020, May 13). How to help your kids keep reading during stay-at-home order and distance learning, opens a new window. Children's Minnesota [website blog]

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