Crack the Code

As the weather turns colder, it is the perfect time for puzzles and games. Puzzles help children build necessary skills, like problem solving, concentration, and reasoning. Filled with secret codes and puzzling mysteries, these titles will keep aspiring spies and coders busy for days. 

Folktales & Legends

As the days become shorter, the nights grow longer. Autumn evenings are perfect for sharing folktales and ghost stories.

Not-So-Scary Ghost Stories

These picture books are great for young kids who are interested in scary books. Books are an excellent way to deal with things that might scare us. They have the power to expose children to powerful emotions and allow them to grapple with their own fears in safety. 


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. 

Best Books for Babies 2022

  The Best Books for Babies Committee has been meeting for over 20 years and some members have participated since the beginning. Our goal is to identify books that are … Continued

Best Books for Babies 2021

The Best Books for Babies selection process looked a lot different this year. No surprise, right? But we’re happy to report that we still came up with a list of … Continued

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.

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.