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Focus on the First Years and promote early literacy in children.You can learn about Baby Boosters' kits, get a list of good night stories, and find sing-along CDs for those long car trips on BCPL's Birth to Five pages. We also provide developmental tips and links to local county resources that are perfect for this age group. 

Children's Booklists


Handpicked by BCPL's librarians...




Children's Book Awards


  • American Library Association Book and Media Awards
    Includes links to the NewberyCaldecott, Coretta Scott King and other award winners and nominees.

  • Américas Book Award
    Given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.

  • Black-Eyed Susan Award
    Honors outstanding books for K-12, chosen annually by Maryland students, working with the Maryland Association of School Librarians. The award serves to promote literacy and lifelong reading habits by encouraging students to read quality, contemporary literature.

  • Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award
    The best fiction and nonfiction books published at the K-2nd grade reading level and at the 2nd-4th grade reading level, both for children reading at grade level and for reluctant older readers.

  • Scott O'Dell Award
    Honors authors of historical fiction for children or young adults.

  • Sydney Taylor Book Awards [PDF]
    Recognizes the best in Jewish children's literature each year. Gold medals are awarded for outstanding books that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Silver seals are awarded to Honor Books in each category.


Stories Online


  • Want to hear a good story? StorylineChildren's Storybooks Online
    For young children, older children and young adults.

  • Internet Story Hour
    Stories you can either listen to or read yourself.

  • Storyline
    BCPL's Storyline features pre-recorded stories read to you over the phone by librarians from the Baltimore County Public Library.

  • Storyplace
    From the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library. (in English or Spanish)

  • StoryTymes: Aesop's Fables
    Listen to these famous fables read aloud online.


Revised: September 18, 2017