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Great Books and Authors

Great Books and Authors

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Recommended Books

Camden County Summer Reading Lists
Summer reading lists from Camden County schools.

Kids Zone Monthly Book Recommendations
Past lists of books that were featured on the Kids Zone homepage.

100 Best Books for Children and Young Adults
Recommended by the National Education Association.

100 Kid Books that Have Shaped the 20th Century
From School Library Journal

Kids NewsletterLibrary Newsletters

The library sends out monthly newsletters with recommendations for Kids' Books and Picture Books.  Here are links for the last year of newsletters.


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Award Winners

TrophySee lists of Award Winning Books in our Kids' Catalog and check some out!
Includes books that have won awards through the years - including the John Newbery Medal, the Caldecott Medal and nine others!

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Favorite Series 

A to Z Mysteries

Find in the Kids' Catalog

Allie FinkleAllie Finkle's Rules for Girls

Find in the Kids' Catalog

American Girl

Find in the Kids' Catalog

Artemis Fowl

Find in the Kids' Catalog

Baby-Sitters’ Club

Find in the Kids' Catalog

Captain Underpants

Find in the Kids' Catalog

Diary of a Wimpy KidDiary of a Wimpy Kid

Find in the Kids' Catalog


Find in the Kids' Catalog

Harry Potter

Find in the Kids' Catalog

Lemony Snicket

Find in the Kids' Catalog

Magic School BusMagic School Bus

Find in the Kids' Catalog

Percy Jackson & the Olympians

Find in the Kids' Catalog

See All the Series in the Catalog

Looking for a new series?  You can find descriptions for more than 80 series at

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Favorite Authors 

The author of such stories as The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Nothing But the Truth, and The Fighting Ground, answers questions and talks about his books.

Ludwig Bemelmans.
Enjoy the fun of getting to know the creator and his books about Madeline.

Judy Blume
Author of the Fudge books, Freckle Juice and much more.

Jan Brett
You’ll find everything from trolls to armadillos on this author/illustrator’s page. She has created The Mitten, That Hat, Armadillo Rodeo, The Trouble with Trolls, and Berlioz the Bear.

Beverly Cleary
Learn all about this author and the many characters from her books. Then take a quiz to see how well you know them!

MatildaRoald Dahl website
The author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Jean Craighead George
Author of Julie of the Wolves and My Side of the Mountain.

Kevin Henkes 
The site includes descriptions of all his books, biographies of all his mouse characters, and biographical information.

Will Hobbs.
Hobbs, author of outdoor adventure stories, includes biographical information, a list of books, questions and answers, an online quiz and teaching suggestions for some of his books.

Katherine Paterson
Explores the work of the author of Bridge to Terabithia, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Lyddie, and Jacob Have I Loved.

Captain UnderpantsDav Pilkey.
Author and illustrator Dav Pilkey who wrote Captain Underpants, The Paperboy, Kat Kong, and Dogzilla.

Gary Paulsen.
Here is the author of Hatchet, Dogsong, The Crossing, The Winter Room, and other great reads.

Cynthia Leitich Smith
Includes biographical and bibliographical information plus recommended fantasy, horror, and multicultural books by other authors.

Megan Whalen Turner.
Includes reviews and analysis of this author’s Newbery Honor winning book The Thief and its sequels.

Rosemary Wells 
Author of the Max, Ruby and Yoko books, and more.

Laurence Yep.
He is the author of many novels set in both China and the United States such as Child of the Owl, Dragonwings, Sweetwater, and Dragon’s Gate.

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Preschoolers Favorites


ArthurArthur:  The World's Most Famous Aardvark
Visit Arthur and his family through stories, coloring pages and many other activities.

Between the Lions
Join Theo. Cleo, Lionel and Leona on their many adventures in reading.

Visit your favorite teletubbie.

Peter Rabbit Homepage
Meet the characters from Beatrix Potter's stories, play games and listen to the story of Peter Rabbit.

Dr. Seuss
Welcome to Seussville! Games, chat, books on Dr. Seuss books.

Berenstain BearsBerenstain Bears
Play games, learn about the Bear family and read a story.

Thomas the Tank
Take a ride with Thomas the Tank and his friends.

PBS Kids
Takes you to your favorite shows: Arthur, Barney, Clifford, and more.

Story Place Preschool Library -- also en Español

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eBooks and Online Classics

An online collection of animated, talking picture books.  Read along as the books are read aloud.   Includes storybooks, puzzles and games and full-length children's audiobooks.

Check out an eBook or Audiobook
The library shares an eBook and downloadable audiobook collection with other libraries in South Jersey at the South Jersey Digital Download Center, including electronic books for kids and teens.  Download an ebook with the free software Adobe Digital Editions and read on your computer, your mp3 player or phone.  Use the free Overdrive software to listen to audiobooks.  All you need is a library card -- and you don't need to worry about overdue fees.  eBooks expire at the end of the le period, so you don't need to return them! 

See the Kids' Collection (in epub, epdf, or Kindle format)

Read a classic book on the web.

The Online Literature Library has these titles for kids:

Alice in WonderlandThe Adventures of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
14 Stories about the Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
5 Stories by L. M. Montgomery, including Anne of Green Gables and sequels
7 Stories From E. Nesbit including Five Children and It.

And here are some more books available online:

The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Gift of the Magi by O'Henry
How the Leopard Got Its Spots by Rudyard Kipling
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams


We have a playlist on YouTube filled with great stories!


Peter RabbitListen to stories read aloud from Wired for Books.  Includes Beatrix Potter stories, Just So Stories from Rudyard Kipling, Grimm's Fairy Tales and Dickens' A Christmas Carol.  Requires RealPlayer (free download).

Listen to Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.  From the Wired for Books Players.

Check out a downloadable audiobook from the South Jersey Digital Download Center and listen to it on your computer, mp3 player or phone. 


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