1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (birth to 5 years)
Young readers earn milestone badges and prizes as they work towards reading 1000 books! Log progress in Beanstack or on a printable log. We encourage reading a favorite book several times because each reading counts! Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails one free high-quality, age appropriate book each month to children from birth to age 5.
Tales Birthday Club
Children up to 5 years old are eligible to register for the Tales Birthday Club. During the month of their birthday, children will receive a card in the mail! Bring your Tales Birthday Card to any BCPL location to get the card stamped and receive a birthday gift.
Access Video - Just for Kids!
Stream many favorite children's programs and PBS favorites, such as Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Arthur, Reading Rainbow, and much, much more!
New Picture Books
Growing and harvesting an herb garden can be fun and oh so satisfying—even in the dead of winter.
Winter outside the window,
Garden on the sill.
With a little bit of love and care, a few seeds nestled in pots, and a good windowsill, there’s no better time to make an herb garden with mom than in the dead of winter. Together, a young girl and her mother can grow everything you find in a spring herb garden, from oregano to parsley and baby greens, carefully tending their plants to watch them thrive, all while frigid snow falls just outside the window. The multiple harvests of fresh greens are just what they need to stay warm through the coldest and darkest season. When Spring finally arrives, there’s one thing on the girl’s mind: more seeds!
In Wintergarden, author Janet Fox’s poetic text is accompanied by the dreamy watercolor artwork of acclaimed illustrator Jasu Hu. Additional material at the back of the book includes information on how to grow your own wintergarden, to make sure you and your family can share fresh greens year-round.
This heartwarming, lullaby-like nonfiction picture book combines animal facts with a comforting message of love and belonging. Back matter about ways specific animals show love is included. Perfect for homes, schools, and libraries!
Belly to belly
Cheek to cheek
Elbow to elbow
Beak to beak.
In a hot desert,
Nose to nose.
On a cold snow drift,
Toes to toes.
Squash, the Cat
A captivating story about a friendship lost and found between a cat named Squash and her constant companion Maggie.
Squash, who looks a lot like the vegetable, is an early-breakfast, lots-of-naps kind of cat. Maggie is a wake-up-late, wild-playdate kind of girl. Despite their differences, they are the best of friends. That is until one day Squash confuses Maggie’s new toy for a dangerous beast and makes a terrible mistake. An unbelievably BIG MISTAKE. Now Squash is a can’t-face-Maggie kind of cat, and Maggie is a wishes-she-had-her-toy kind of girl. But the thing about best friends is, one way or another, they always find a way back to each other.
In this story of accountability and forgiveness, these cute characters help kids learn the important lesson of owning up to your actions and being able to accept an apology. Best friends fight and teaching young readers how to deal with it when it happens, is an invaluable social emotional learning skill. Squash and Maggie show kids how easy it can be.
I Am Stuck
A tender (and humorous!) look at the way tough emotions can make us feel stuck and how the presence of a good friend and a deep belly laugh can make it easier to get through stormy feelings. Complete with back matter to help stuck readers feel better through noticing, smelling, talking, and taking a deep breath, this is a perfect pick for those who loved Grumpy Monkey and The Rabbit Listened.
"Stuck" asks Duck. Yep, Turtle is flipped over on his shell and can't seem to get un-stuck. Duck suggests wiggling his feet, Kangaroo wants him to wag his tail, and Armadillo says rolling into a ball always does the trick. But Turtle is STILL. STUCK.
Is there anyone who can help
This wise and humorous story reminds us that when we're feeling down, sometimes what we need most is a friend by our side--and a deep belly laugh--to help us get back on our feet again.
- A social-emotional learning story about how to navigate frustrating emotions.
- Features a sweet and funny friendship.
- Charming artwork depicts adorable, instantly lovable characters.
- Includes tips for practicing mindfulness.
Kitty and Cat: Bent Out of Shape
Bathtime has Cat quite literally bent out of shape in this fresh, funny concept book that's purr-fect for the preschool set.
It's bathtime for Cat, but Cat is nowhere to be found. That is, until you look closely. Young readers will delight in following housemates Kitty and Puppy (and a few buzzing flies) on an excitable pursuit--with hilarious results! Author-illustrator Mirka Hokkanen brings her original talent for sight gags to this stylish tale of trapezoids and triangles, circles and squares (and several more shapes besides), all hidden in plain sight. Readers of all ages will be given over to giggles as they discover Cat's many contortions.
I Don't Want to Read This Book Aloud
Another hilarious picture book from actor Max Greenfield, author of I Don't Want To Read This Book and This Book Is Not a Present, dedicated to introverts of all ages, about the horrors of reading aloud.
Nobody in the world actually enjoys reading aloud, do they? Impossible! After all, any number of terrible things could happen: you might come across a word you don't know how to pronounce. Or get distracted by a volcano eruption and lose your place. Even worse, you might accidentally hear the sound of your own voice! Actor Max Greenfield (New Girl, The Neighborhood) and New York Times bestselling illustrator Mike Lowery, the duo behind I Don't Want To Read This Book and This Book Is Not a Present, are back with another side-splitting picture book that's sure to have kids shouting for repeat read-alouds.
There's a Bear in Your Book
A new interactive adventure from the bestselling author of There's a Monster in Your Book—perfect for bedtime!
YAAAWN! A sleepy little bear is in YOUR book! Can you help Bear get ready for bed?
This warm, gentle adventure combines interactive fun with a night-time routine to help little ones wind down before they go to bed. Kids can help give Bear a bubble bath, rock Bear like a baby, and help Bear count sheep—all while being lulled to sleep alongside their new friend.
Tom Fletcher is one of Britain's bestselling children's authors (in addition to being a rock star!), and his YouTube videos have been viewed tens of millions of times.
*" This amusing picture book is fun for reading aloud." --Booklist (starred review)
From Pete Oswald, New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Bad Seed series, and Tara Lazar, critically acclaimed author of 7 Ate 9, comes Flat Cat, the story of a cool cat who learns that sometimes life is about finding the best of both worlds.
"Whimsy, wonder, and wacky humor in just the right proportions." --GeekMom
Flat Cat was born flat. He wasn't squashed by an out-of-control ice cream truck, or smushed in a waffle iron. He was just flat. This slick, sly cat could stray and roam anywhere he pleased, keen and unseen. And wouldn't you know it, Flat Cat liked it just like that.
That is until one day, when Flat Cat accidentally fell splish splosh right in the wash. And when he emerged from the dryer, Flat Cat wasn't flat at all. He was adorably puffy and downright fluffy! And Flat Cat wasn’t sure how he felt about that.
From acclaimed author Tara Lazar and brought to life by #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Pete Oswald, this is a hilariously quirky and irreverent story that is sure to appeal to fans of Pete the Cat!
Praise for Flat Cat:
"Lazar’s wryly humorous tale won’t leave young audiences flat, while Oswald’s purple-tinged cartoon depictions of this Flat Stanley–style feline add their share of giggles (as usual). A hilarious reminder that versatility will have you feline fine." --Kirkus reviews
"Featuring groovy text, it’s a Flat Stanley-flavored take on rolling with the punches and fluidly embracing newfound facets and friends." --Publishers Weekly
"Perfect for cat lovers who wonder how their feline escape artists seemingly walk through doors." --BCCB
Out Cold-A Little Bruce Book
#1 New York Times best-selling author Ryan T. Higgins celebrates the joys of winter in this bite-sized Little Bruce Book perfect for fans of the Mother Bruce board books.
It's wintertime in Soggy Hollow and the mice are doing all their favorite outdoor things, like ski jumping, building a snow family, and ice skating. But not Bruce. He's inside with a cold. So the mice decide to bring the winter fun indoors! Lucky Bruce!
Read the other Little Bruce Books!
- Spring Stinks
- Thanks for Nothing!
Noodle Conquers Comfy Mountain
Noodle the pug embarks on a quest to climb comfy mountain in this sweet and entertaining sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling picture book Noodle and the No Bones Day by the creator of the viral “Bones or No Bones” TikTok videos!
Noodle the pug loves his cozy donut bed, tucked away in his human, Jonathan’s, bedroom. But as he’s settling in for a lazy day (a no bones day), he decides he needs someplace extra special. A place where he can rest but with a good view of everything in his apartment. On a quest to find this comfiest place, Noodle spots the holy grail: the soft, squishy top of the couch. It’s Comfy Mountain.
But Comfy Mountain is high up out of Noodle’s reach. When he realizes that he won’t be able to conquer it on his own, Noodle must decide whether to forgo his independence for the comfiest, coziest spot he’s ever seen. Readers will delight in this new adventure from Noodle the pug and learn that, while it’s great to try things on your own, it’s also okay to ask for help when you need it.
New Graphic Novels for Kids
Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior Graphic Novel
Grab your pickaxes and jump back into the action in this fourth installment of the Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior graphic novel series.
Runt and his crew are back for the fourth installment of the Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior Graphic Novel series. As they prepare for the epic battle against the evil incarnate of Minecraftia: Herobrine, they know they'll be stronger together, but first they have to get Sweetpea on their side. Unfortunately, the baby dragon does what he pleases. As they contemplate their best strategy, Runt and Blurp have the same nightmare: Herobrine won't let anyone get out alive ... unless they give him back Sweetpea. What should they do? Do they stand a chance of defeating Herobrine without losing all their friends? They will need to find courage to face this formidable adversary.
The zany fun continues as Runt embarks on his latest pixelated adventures with his friends. Grab your pickaxe and shovel and get ready for more fun!
Keeper of the Lost Cities The Graphic Novel Part 1
The first book in the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series is being reimagined as a graphic novel with the first half of the epic novel adapted to this new format with beautiful artwork!
Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either. The reason? Sophie’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret—at least, that’s what she thinks…
But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she’s not alone. He’s a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well…she isn’t. Fitz opens Sophie’s eyes to a shocking truth, and she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.
This stunning graphic novel retelling of the first half of the thrilling first novel comes to life with all the adventure and epic worldbuilding the Keeper of the Lost Cities series is known for.
Ariel and the Curse of the Sea Witches (Disney Princess)
This new graphic novel stars Princess Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid! It's perfect for kids ages 8 to 12 who love graphic novels and the Disney Princesses!
Princess Ariel joins Prince Eric on his trip to the Arctic to oversee the construction of a new port. But when Ariel discovers that the project is endangering the coral reefs below–and the merfolk who live there–can she convince the team to stop work before the merfolk take matters into their own hands?
This hardcover graphic novel contains exciting full-color comic panels, as well as pages taken from the princess’s very own journals from their adventures.
Night of the Ninjas Graphic Novel
The #1 bestselling chapter book series is now available as graphic novels! Magic. Mystery. Time-travel. Get whisked away to ancient Japan and the time of ninjas with Jack and Annie!
There's a whisper in the shadows, a silent warrior. It's a ninja! The magic tree house has whisked Jack and Annie to ancient Japan. They need to learn the secrets of the ninja in order to help their friend Morgan! But how do you find a warrior that hides in the shadows? You don't find a ninja . . . the ninja finds YOU!
For the first time in graphic novel--live the adventure again with new full-color vibrant art that brings the magic to life!
Mystery at Mermaid Lagoon (Disney The Never Girls: Graphic Novel #1)
The Never Girls’ adventures with the fairies in Never Land continue in this all-new series of hardcover graphic novels perfect for fans of the bestselling chapter book series!
Kate, Mia, Lainey, and Gabby are back—along with Tinker Bell and their fairy friends from Pixie Hollow—for more magical adventures together. In this first Disney: The Never Girls graphic novel, the girls find themselves in the middle of a mermaid-pirate feud that has all of Never Land taking sides! With old friends and new, an engaging mystery to solve, and fun full-color illustrations and comic panels, this book is sure to delight readers ages 6 to 9 and Never Girls fans of all ages.
Kate craves adventure and excitement.
Mia loves dresses, roses, and anything beautiful.
Lainey dreams of talking to animals.
Gabby believes in fairies more than anyone.
Together, they are the Never Girls—four real girls in a fairy's world!
Spy Camp the Graphic Novel
The second book in the New York Times bestselling Spy School series continues in graphic novel form as aspiring spy Ben Ripley must spend his summer in top-secret training—and is thrown back into danger.
Ben Ripley is a middle schooler whose school is not exactly average—he’s spent the last year training to be a top-level spy and dodging all sorts of associated danger. So now that summer’s finally here, Ben would like to have some fun and relax. But that’s not going to happen during required spy survival training at a rustic wilderness camp, where SPYDER, an enemy spy organization, has infiltrated the spies’ ranks. Can Ben root out the enemy before it takes him out—for good?
Venture into the perilous wilderness with Ben in action-packed, full-color panels.
Gnome and Rat
Readers will get a kick out of the whimsical and hilarious everyday shenanigans of best friends, Gnome and Rat, in the first book of this new early graphic novel series.
Gnome and Rat are best friends who live together in a charming forest. Rat enjoys drinking tea and finishing crossword puzzles. And Gnome... well, Gnome likes to polish his pointy red hat and eat delicious sausages.
Join these funny friends on their various adventures, whether it's celebrating Hat Day, perfecting magic tricks, or tracking down a new signature hat for Gnome. Whatever their antic, these two know exactly how to have a good time: with each other.
Disney Strange World: The Graphic Novel
This hardcover full-color graphic novel retells the exciting story of the Disney film Strange World—arriving in theaters November 23, 2022!
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Strange World journeys deep into an uncharted and treacherous land where fantastical creatures await. Directed by Don Hall, co-directed and written by Qui Nguyen, and produced by Roy Conli, Strange World arrives in theaters November 23, 2022. The film is retold in this full-color hardcover graphic novel that's perfect for girls and boys ages 6 to 9.
A small bat blown off course makes the perilous journey home with new friends in the adventurous middle grade odyssey from award-winning author Kenneth Oppel—this bestselling story is now available in graphic novel format!
Shade the young silverwing bat may be the runt of his colony, but he’s determined to prove himself on the long, dangerous winter migration to Hibernaculum—millions of wingbeats to the south. Too soon, his hopes are dashed when a fierce storm catches Shade in its grasp. Driven far from the others by the unforgiving winds, Shade is left alone.
On his journey back to his family, Shade meets other winged loners. Marina is a Brightwing bat with a strange metal band on her leg, Zephyr the mystical albino bat has an unusual gift, and Goth the carnivorous vampire bat is the largest bat Shade has ever seen. Shade will need all the help he can get if he hopes to reunite with his colony, but with a long and perilous flight ahead, how will he know who to trust?
Squished: a Graphic Novel
From the Eisner-nominated duo behind the instant bestseller Allergic comes a fun new graphic novel about finding your own space... especially when you're in a family of nine!
Eleven-year-old Avery Lee loves living in Hickory Valley, Maryland. She loves her neighborhood, school, and the end-of-summer fair she always goes to with her two best friends. But she's tired of feeling squished by her six siblings! They're noisy and chaotic and the younger kids love her a little too much. All Avery wants is her own room -- her own space to be alone and make art. So she's furious when Theo, her grumpy older brother, gets his own room instead, and her wild baby brother, Max, moves into the room she already shares with her clinging sister Pearl! Avery hatches a plan to finally get her own room, all while trying to get Max to sleep at night, navigating changes in her friendships, and working on an art entry for the fair. And when Avery finds out that her family might move across the country, things get even more complicated.
Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter have once again teamed up to tell a funny, heartfelt, and charming story of family, friendship, and growing up.