Build a Better World—Together

Shared projects, friendly greetings, and cheerful exploration are some of the ways that the characters in the books below embody the idea of creating community. So check out some of these stories then consider making a plan to connect with the folks in your neighborhood.  

The Power of Trees

Trees are such an important part of our outdoor world and taking the time to look closely at them truly brings out their power. These books look at the remarkable relationships that can happen between humans and trees. 


Change can be hard. Transitions require time and energy and there’s not always a straight line from start to finish. Take a peek at the titles below and spend some time talking about how to put your best foot forward—and how to make the best of things when they don’t turn out quite how you’d have liked.

Whimsical Picture Books

Fantasy books are known for their epic battles with dragons, daring heroes, and quests to save the world. But what if you want a more calming, gentle story that still … Continued

Best Books for Babies 2023

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s annual Best Books for Babies lists encourage parents and other caregivers to read to babies right from the start—because learning begins at birth.

Sharing Stories, Sharing Cultures

Research shows that children begin to develop an awareness of race at an early age. As they grow, they become familiar with—and participate in—family and cultural traditions.   Finding ways to … Continued


How do you feel? Learning to identify emotions is an essential skill for young children. When children can understand their own feelings, as well as the feelings of the people around them, they are able to thrive socially. Having well developed emotional awareness will eventually prepare children for success in a classroom setting, so here are some CLP “feelings favorites” to help support this important learning.