Book lists and Recommendations

Check these pages for staff recommendations on various topics of interest to parents, children, and teachers:

Picture books — Preschool Concepts and Popular Topics

Winners and Award Nominees — Best Children’s Books in various categories


New Parent Teacher Collection

  • How do I get my two-year old to nap?
  • What can I expect when they reach the teen years?
  • How can I help my child get started reading?
  • How much screen time should I allow, and how do I regulate it?
  • What are the challenges of raising a gifted child?

If you’ve asked any of these or similar questions, take a look at our new Parent/Teacher Collection in the Children’s Department of the Decatur Public Library. We’ve gathered together a variety of titles that address concerns of parents of kids from birth through adolescence, from creative play and education to behavior and family challenges.

The beautiful wooden cart housing the collection was donated by friends and family in memory of Emma Lou Earls.

You can see all the titles in our catalog:


New Books and Audio-Visual Materials in Children’s

Do you want to see just the newest items in the DPL Children’s Department?  Click the links below to go to the online catalog, listing new items added recently.

New Juvenile Fiction and Juvenile Graphic Novels (J, J-GN)

New Juvenile Non-Fiction

New Juvenile Audio-Visual (DVDs, CDs, audiobooks on CD) 


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