Great Books for Young Readers

Browse our recommendations by clicking on the category headings to find books just right for you and the young readers in your life.  Although we've suggested age groups, many of the titles are appropriate for a wider audience. For adult books, please visit: Holiday Gift Guide: Adult Books

Pittsburgh Authors and Illustrators Who Write for Young People (Ages 0-Adult)

Pittsburgh is fortunate to have many talented authors and picture book illustrators. Check out this list to find books written by writers from our region.

Board Books (Ages 0-5)

The littlest ones can explore the colorful pages and hear the lovely language. These titles reflect a wide range of topics.

Picture Books (Ages 0-5)

A picture is worth a thousand words. Explore our lists of picture books that offer enticing illustrations and engaging stories. 

Early Chapter Books (Ages 5-9)

Check out these sturdy books for new readers!

Non-Fiction for Young Readers (Ages 5-12)

Looking for the facts? Our list covers everything from Anti-racism to Zebra with tons of topics in between.

Middle Grade: Own Voices Novels (Ages 8-12)

Celebrate diversity by reading titles from under-represented voices.

Middle Grade: Fiction Favorites (Ages 8-12)

Our children's book buyer highly recommends these recently published books.

Middle Grade: Graphic Novels (Ages 8-12)

Comic books have grown up! Graphic novel content has exploded and now covers a wide range of fiction and non-fiction stories.

Young Adult: Own Voices Novels (Ages 12-Adult)

Authors give teen readers windows, mirrors, and sliding doors to their lives.

Young  Adult Favorites (Ages 12 - Adult)

Recommended YA books, loved by well-read teens. 

Young Adult: Fantasy (Ages 12- Adult)

Intricately crafted books to take you to another world.

Antiracist Literature for Young Readers (all ages)