Independence Day Reads for Kids and Teens

What’s blue and white and read all over? Books, of course! Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has a wide selection of print and digital titles to commemorate the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776.

The Witch Boy

“The Witch Boy” is a wonderful middle grade graphic novel about being true to yourself. In thirteen-year-old Aster’s family, all the girls are raised to be witches while boys grow up to be shapeshifters, and anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. The trouble is, Aster is a boy and he would rather be a witch.

Cooking With Your Family

For great ideas on how to get started in cooking, check out these awesome books for kids and teens from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh! 

Queer Allyship for Middle Grade Readers

Oozing with empathy and the rewarding process of building community, Operatic serves as story, biography and resource about embracing the truest parts of one’s self and others.


Minecraft can give kids the chance to be creative and develop useful skills such as spatial reasoning, math skills and an interest in coding that can be used in the real world. Here are some Minecraft-related materials to spark your interest—or help you further develop your skills.

Awesome Books for Middle Schoolers 2020

The 2020 Awesome Books for Middle Schoolers booklist includes diverse books in a variety of formats and genres selected by CLP Teen Specialists. These books are great for middle schoolers.

The Iron Trial

What if Harry Potter didn’t want to go to Hogwarts? You might end up with something like the wonderfully dark middle grade series, “Magisterium,” by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. Check out the first book in the series.