Reading Resources

Book Lists for Kids of All Ages and Tastes

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Our Kids' World librarians have created many book lists for young readers. A sample of our lists is shown below. Our Youth Book Lists page will help you find just the right book for your child to read next.


#OwnVoices is a hashtag movement, started on Twitter, used to recommend books about diverse characters that have been written by authors from that same diverse group.
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Leveled Reading Systems

Leveled reading is a method used for children with books that best match their reading abilities. Use the links below to find books matching your preferred leveled reading system:

We've compiled a chart to help you compare reading levels for these systems and more. Please contact Kids' World staff at for any additional assistance and information.

Reading Level Conversion Table

Read 500

Read 500

New year round reading program for grades K-3!

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library challenges you to read 500 minutes a month. That's only 20 minutes a day for 25 days of the month. We know you can do it!  

Every time you read 500 minutes, you will get a badge that will count toward an annual giveaway prize. For every six badges you earn, you will get to pick out a free book to keep!

For more details, log in or register online at 

Learn more about all our year round reading programs at

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Shared reading is the best way to help babies, toddlers and preschoolers develop the important early literacy skills they need to learn how to read independently later on. The more books children ages 0-5 hear, the more prepared they will be to learn how to read.

Our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is for children from birth up to the start of kindergarten. It’s never too early to join!

Get started today by registering or at the Kids' World Desk.

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Youth Book Me

Do you want to receive a curated list of recommended books? Complete our Youth Book Me form with your reading preferences and we will send you a list of books you might like. We can even put items on hold for you. We can't wait to help you find your next favorite book!

Fill out a Book Me Form today!

Parents, caregivers and adults, learn more about our Book Me service for adults here.

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What Do Those Letters Mean?

Spine labels can help you figure out which items are right for your child.

  • - infants–grade 2
  • - grades 3–5
  • - grades 6–8