Labor Day and Admission Day holiday closures: All library locations will be closed on Monday, September 7 and Wednesday, September 9. The Main Library and the Brookfield and Eastmont branches will be open on Tuesday, September 8; all other locations will be closed that day.
Look here for lists of our favorite books, interactive stories and games on Tumblebooks, and ebooks and audiobooks to download. Follow the links below to award winners, resources on diversity in kids' books, and the great world of children's literature!
Books with Characters Who Are
Other Fun Reads
More Great Reads
With Beanstack, set up a free account and select your child's age, interests, background, and reading level. You’ll receive a weekly email with recommended books from the Oakland Public Library!
Looking for something great to read? Fill out this form and we'll pick some books for you!
There are more lists of recommended children’s books to explore on Novelist K-8.
Want to hear a story, or play a game? Try Tumblebooks! You'll need your library card.
Children's Book Awards
- Newbery Medal: Awarded for the most distinguished American literature for children
- Caldecott Medal: Awarded for the most distinuished American picture books for children
- Coretta Scott King Award: Awarded for outstanding African American children's books
- Pura Belpre Award: Awarded for outstanding Latino children's books
- Schneider Family Book Award: Awarded for artistic expression of the disability experience for children
- Stonewall Book Awards: Awarded for children’s books on the LGBT experience
- California Young Readers' Medal: vote for your favorites!
Connect with Kid Lit
- We Need Diverse Books: Oakland Public Library is committed to diversity in our children's books. Join the national conversation!
- School Library Journal has a blog for every stripe of children's books.
- Teen Lists: Berkeley Public Library recommends books including fantasy, romance, graphic novels, multicultural books, and war stories.
- Children's Booklists: San Francisco Public Library suggests scary stories, books with strong female characters, books for infants and toddlers, books like Harry Potter, multicultural books, and more.
- Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: blogger Julie Danielson takes you inside the art studios of children's book illustrators.
- The Brown Bookshelf: a showcase of children's books by African-American authors and artists.
- Guys Read: Jon Scieszka, author of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and the Time Warp Trio books, lists his favorite books for guys.