Your kids are special to us.

We want them to learn to love stories that will stretch their imaginations. And build the reading skills they‘ll need for success in school and life. Let us show you the best books, share reading tips, and fill your library visits with free events including stories, music, and hands-on learning.

Songs & Rhymes from Our Storytimes


Use these videos to learn songs and rhymes from our storytimes.

Ready, Set, Read! Literacy Initiative


We distribute literacy kits at Head Start and the Early Childhood Center.



See reading tips, fun learning activities, and our favorite books for wee ones.

Preschool Tot Spot


Learn about our reading clubs, free activities, and books we recommend.



When homework hits, we can help. We’ll also help you pick great books.



We’ll support your homeschooling and connect you with helpful resources.

Homework Links, Reading Games & Book Recommendations

It’s all in our Just Kids section (for parents, too).

Reviews of Books
for Kids & Teens

Find them in the Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database.
At-home Use
In-library Use

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NoveList Plus:
Reading Suggestions

Find books that children may like, based on books or authors that already appeal to them. Includes fiction and nonfiction, for all ages; also shows Lexile reading level. For home use, log in with your Champaign library card.

At-home use
In-library use

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Tumblebooks are animated, talking books to use online anytime. They’re free, and there’s no special software to download. Learn more about how they work.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

This nationwide program sets an inspiring goal for parents and promotes bonding through books. Sign up and get a reading log at the library. For infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Read more.

Songs & Rhymes from Our Storytimes

Use Our Videos to Learn Library Storytime Favorites

Parents love the songs and rhymes we use at our free weekly storytime events. To learn those same songs and rhymes to use at home, watch our videos.