Children's Collections

The Children's Department has a wide selection for every reading level. Learn more about the collection!

To explore the Children's catalog from home, please click here: Children's Catalog

Collections in the Children's department include fiction and non-fiction books, graphic novels, fiction and non-fiction DVDs, audio cds, audiobooks, holiday books, toys, puppets, read-alongs, and more!

The Juvenile fiction books are divided into categories by reading level. Learn more about each category.

Juvenile Board Books: Designed for very young children, these books are printed on thick paperboard which makes turning pages easier for small hands. Very few words, simple pictures.

A Big Hug for Little Cub

Juvenile Picture Books: Target age is pre-school. These books use a lot of rhyming, minimal words, and large illustrations with lots of "white space". (Green dot)

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Juvenile Easy: Target age is elementary school students. These books use more advanced vocabulary and more detailed illustrations than the picture books. Short paragraphs are introduced.

Horton Hears a Who

Juvenile Easy Reader: For emergent readers; children who are starting to be able to read on their own, with or without assistance. These books have more complex plot, and longer sentences. (Red dot)



Juvenile Easy Chapter: Transitional chapter books. A bridge between emergent reader and full chapter books. (Blue dot)

Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy

Juvenile Fiction: Chapter books with elementary level vocabulary, very few pictures.


Nancy Drew Mysteries: The Secret of the Old Clock






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