KERA and librarians at Dallas Public Library have teamed up to recommend books on interesting, relevant topics each month to help kids and teens build a lifelong passion for reading.
Dive into their recommendations below, or learn how to use the book carousels and check out books virtually.
April: Asians In History
April is Asian Pacific American Heritage History Month, is a celebration of the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders throughout history, culture and society. It’s also the perfect time for children and teens to become familiar with the contributions of these people groups throughout our country’s history.
In addition to this month’s book recommendations below, celebrate, reflect and learn with these resources:
Celebrating the Earth & nature. Picture & Chapter Books
Springtime for YA & Middle Grade Reads
About the book carousels on this page:
Kids of all ages can browse themed, librarian-picked book suggestions using the carousels. Just click or tap the titles to learn more about each book.
▸ 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.
Women's History Month
▸ Women in History
▸ Girls Making History
Black History Month
Picture books about Black inventors & civil rights
Books about Black inventors & civil rights for teens & young adults
Calm & quiet
Picture books about inner stillness & great ideas
▸ Halloween & ghost stories for middle grades
▸ Easy, not-so-scary Halloween books for elementary readers
Elections & voting
▸ Picture books & readers about voting
▸ Elections & Voting for teens
▸ Bonus for parents! — Elections & voting for adults
▸ Chapter books
▸ Picks for early readers
▸ Young adult / YA titles
▸ Bonus: Early STEM-themed reads
▸ Kindness, empathy & friendship for elementary ages
Museums, mystery & STEM
▸ Museum-themed books for kids
▸ Detective stories for middle school
▸ STEM-inspired reads for kids
Anti-racism & global adventures
▸ Police brutality & activism for teens
▸ Child-to-teen level anti-racism & race issues
▸ Adult anti-racism books & resources
▸ Anti-racism children’s books
▸ Children’s global adventure
▸ Teen global adventure
▸ Global adventures
Superhero — and everyday hero — picture e-books for young kids
Superhero — and everyday hero — e-books for middle grades
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.