2022 Staff Picks for Kids
Explore our staff's favorite Children's titles read this year for an array of books to share with your little one! The
Kids page on our website is another great resource and includes reading lists by age and grade, a link to our My Next Read service, information about our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge, and more. Of course, should ever need assistance or recommendations, you can always call or visit!
Be sure to check out our Staff Picks lists for
and Adults as well to find new reads for the whole family! Teens
by Sharon Langley — recommended by Ame B. at Library Administration
A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story
This is the story of the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Maryland becoming desegregated and how Sharon Langley became the first African-American child to ride the carousel!
written by Carlie Sorosiak and illustrated by Devon Holzwarth — recommended by Gina F. at Gayton Everywhere With You
by Rachel Ip — recommended by Marie R. at Gayton Forgettery
by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu — recommended by Kareemah H. at Varina Kapaemahu
by Christopher Denise — recommended by Rachel S. at Fairfield Knight Owl
by Joshua David Stein, Jing Li, Niki Russ Federman — recommended by Alicia A. at Library Administration Lunch from Home
by Cheryl Yau Chepusova — recommended by Cammy K. at Varina
This is a super cute board book that includes the ABC's of different noodle dishes from around the world. Bound to leave you hungry!
by Maryann Jacob Macias — recommended by Elizabeth P. at Libbie Mill Téo's Tutu
by Emily Winfield Martin — recommended by Drew C. at Gayton
This is a Gift for You
This picture book captures and celebrates small, warm moments.
by Julie Flett — recommended by Barbra S. at North Park
We All Play
This book is a fun, beautifully illustrated romp that teaches so much in an understated way. Children love trying to say the Cree names for animals in the back of the book.
by Mac Barnett — recommended by Courtney M. at North Park What Is Love?
by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Leo Espinosa — recommended by Kelsey C. at Varina & Kathryn K. at Tuckahoe
The World Belonged to Us
This book reminds me of the ways I had to create fun for myself when I was a kid. – Kathryn K.
EARLY READER + MIDDLE GRADE:
by Elle McNicoll — recommended by Barbra S. at North Park
A Kind of Spark
If you're looking for a sweet and thoughtful story from the point of view of a neurodivergent child, this is a wonderful choice. It's enjoyable for adults and children alike.
by Ivy Noelle Weir — recommended by Cammy K. at Varina
Anne of West Philly
I loved the modernization of Anne of Green Gables. The artwork was lovely and the story was interesting.
by John Patrick Green — recommended by Lisa K. at Glen Allen
This pun-filled, action-packed detective story stars Brash and Mango, two alligators who are detectives for an agency called S.U.I.T.
by Kelly Fernandez — recommended by Barbie B. at Tuckahoe Manu!!
by A.S. King — recommended by Tracey at Tuckahoe
Me and Marvin Gardens
This is the sweet story of a boy who finds a creature that has the ability to help clean up the earth. The boy must protect his new friend and the habitat that supports them both.
by Reimena Yee — recommended by Drew C. at Gayton
Séance Tea Party
This is a beautiful graphic novel (both in art and message) that tells a moving story about friendship and growing up with colorful, whimsical illustrations and a fun, ghostly vibe.
by Lisa Fipps — recommended by Beth H. at Fairfield Starfish
by Johnnie Christmas — recommended by Nideria B. at Sandston Swim Team
by Varian Johnson — recommended by Marie R. at Gayton Twins
by Marjorie M. Liu — recommended by Naila P. at Tuckahoe and Ashby C. at Gayton Wingbearer
by Ally Carter — recommended by Sophia G. at Varina
Winterbourne Home for Vengeance and Valor
April is an orphan, left with only a necklace with a strange seal on it that was her mother's. After a big accident, she is sent to the Winterbourne Home where there is a group of unique kids, and they quickly uncover a mystery about the heir to the home. With a found family and fun hijinks, April finds a home at Winterbourne that she wasn't anticipating.
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