Library Book Recommendations and Check-Out Tool for Kids

Help children and teens read what they love!

January’s Theme: Calm & Quiet
Each month features a new topic. Go to:

» This month’s recommendations
» More recommendations
» A message from the Dallas Public Library

KERA and the Dallas Public Library have teamed up to recommend books on interesting, relevant topics to help kids and teens build a lifelong passion for reading.

On the carousels below, kids of all ages can:

• Browse themed, librarian-picked book suggestions
• Click the titles to learn more about each book
• Reserve books*

* Dallas residents with a free library card — get one here — can reserve books using the carousels, then pick them up at their chosen branch location. Or if your family lives in another area, these carousels can serve as an introduction to good books on trending topics to explore in your own city’s library system. (Note: During the COVID-19 outbreak, physical branches might be closed or participating in modified practices like curbside pickup. See your library’s options for checking out e-books and other digital content until branches fully reopen.)

The book themes and recommendations on this page will change each month.

January: Calm & Quiet

Inner stillness is often where great ideas are born. Browse recommendations for books that help kids cultivate calm and wonder to in the new year:


By topic:

A message from the Dallas Public Library

Dear readers,

These lists are meant to encourage you to find the right book for you — not the book you’re told you should like.

Make time to read for enrichment or fun, just 20 minutes a day. Listen to an audiobook in the car, let an adult read to you, or swipe through an ebook while you eat lunch. Reading for pleasure is the easiest path to lifelong learning.

Our libraries offers many services to the Dallas community, including millions of materials available to checkout or download. Whether you like fiction or nonfiction, graphic novels or magazines, reading leads to greater understanding of the world around us and the experiences of others.

The system operates the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library and 28 branch locations. A library card is free for any Dallas resident. For information on the many free programs and services available at the Dallas Public Library visit


The Dallas Public Library


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