Join us from October 1-31 to celebrate the freedom to read with books that have been challenged or banned throughout the years. This year’s Banned Books Challenge can be found on the Beanstack website or app.
Simply choose a banned or challenged book or spend some time researching censorship. We’ve put together some lists of recommended titles, but you can pick something else entirely! Log at least 2 hours of reading to be entered into a drawing for a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card and a spiffy tote bag.
Here is a video from the Children’s Department explaining how to use Beanstack from this past summer’s reading challenge!
Get ready to read! 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an initiative to prepare every child with as many literacy skills as possible before they start school.
Sign up at the Children’s Services desk to get your reading log and suggestions, and track all the books your child reads! Check in with us every 100 books, and receive an extra special gift when you reach 500 books and 1,000 books.
Sharing is caring, especially during this challenging time. If you love to write or draw this is the perfect opportunity for you! Sign up to send cards that show you care to our neighborhood seniors at Bethlehem Woods and to the kids at Cards for Hospitalized Kids. Pre-addressed and stamped postcards can be picked up at the library. All you have to do is decorate them and drop them in the mail.
Grades PreK-6 contact firstname.lastname@example.org to participate.
Grades 7-12 contact email@example.com to partcipate.
Fill out this form and we’ll pick out books and more for you!
Check out these great webcomics for kids! You can read them online for free!
This comic by gigi d.g. is about bunny kids going on adventures and having fun.
This comic for older readers by Daniel Lieske is about a boy who finds a painting that transports him to another world. It’s also translated into several different languages on Lieske’s site.
And much, much more…
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.
The Pura Belpré Award is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.
The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.
The Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Stonewall Book Award honors books for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience.View »
CLASP (Consortium of Latin American Studies Program) founded the Américas Award in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States, and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use.
The goal of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature is to honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.
The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries since 1968, the award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature.
The American Indian Youth Literature Awards are presented every two years. The awards were established as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Books selected to receive the award will present American Indians in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts.
We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry. Our aim is to help produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.
The Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature, also known as “The Walter,” celebrates the legacy of author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014). naugurated in 2016, the annual Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children’s Literature recognize diverse authors (or co-authors) whose works feature diverse main characters and address diversity in a meaningful way.
In recent years an increasing number of high-quality children’s and young adult books are published that portray South Asia or South Asians living abroad. To encourage and commend authors and publishers who produce such books, and to provide librarians and teachers with recommendations for educational use, the South Asia National Outreach Consortium (SANOC) will offer a yearly book award to call attention to outstanding works on South Asia.
Rose has spent a good amount of her life in libraries. Her grandmother was a librarian and in high school, Rose’s first job was as a page at her local library. She strayed briefly to receive a degree in Theater at Columbia College Chicago and work in children’s theater, but she always came back to the library. Some of Rose’s favorite books are Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B Alston, When I Reach You by Rebecca Stead, Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein, and Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler & R. Gregory Christie.Email Rose
Before coming to The La Grange Park Library, Ms. Margaret worked in a bookstore and taught first grade for several years. She believes being a children’s librarian is the perfect mix of her two favorite things: books and children! Working in the library has been a great opportunity to use her teaching experience for planning story times, after school programs and reader’s advisory skills. She really enjoys connecting young readers to new books and developing their passion for reading. Some of her favorite childhood stories include: Millions of Cats, The Little House, The Secret Garden, James and the Giant Peach and Mouse Tales.Email Margaret
Miss Christina has spent most of her life with a book in her hand. As a child, she would walk to the library almost every day, searching for a new story to read. Not much has changed since then, except that now she gets to help children find new stories that they will love! Her favorite children’s books are Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz and Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea. When she’s not reading a book, Miss Christina enjoys playing guitar and relaxing with her cat, Olive.Email Christina
Cat Gemkow has lived and worked in the western suburbs her whole life, with her very first job being a page at the Hinsdale Public Library in 2006. Cat loves storytelling, laughing, and spends too much time and money on crafts. She has made it her life’s goal to get everyone to read and love graphic novels and has recommendations for every age. When not at the library, Cat is usually at home playing Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing or watching Star Trek with her cat.Email Cat