Gardening Tales

Reading stories about gardening, talking about what to grow and progressing through the growing process can help to expand a child’s vocabulary. The following books are a great way for children to learn a bit about gardening and to start a conversation about what would be fun to grow in your own garden (real or imaginary).

Cool Autistic Characters

Autism is one type of neurodivergence. These titles, ranging from picture books to middle-grade novels, feature nuanced autistic characters solving mysteries, navigating school and family life, and just being kids.

Bunny Tales

Spring is the perfect time to cuddle with your little one near a sunny window to share books and stories–especially those featuring bunnies.

Preschool Booklist: The Pittsburgh Ready Project

The Pittsburgh Ready project links the Library with child care providers to share robust early literacy resources. If you are looking for a wonderful title to share with a preschooler, check out some of the titles on this list. 

Patience Is a Virtue—and a Very Useful Skill

In the best of times, it’s hard to wait. That’s especially true when you are waiting for something you want. Whether it’s a tasty treat or a longed-for experience (hugs, anyone?), it can be challenging to find ways to spend time productively until you finally get what you want. Sharing a book, or encouraging your child to page through a story on their own, is a great way to pass the time. Check out these stories featuring characters who learn the value of patience.

Black Joy

These books celebrate Black kids–from babies to middle schoolers–being kids.

Penguin Picture Books

Some penguins live in cold places, while others prefer warm beaches. Luckily for us, many of them can be found in books!