March 11 - April 28, 2019

tournament of books 2019 400wIt's time for March Madness!  What? No, not basketball. Books!

Each week we will have two popular kids' books face off against each other. At the end of the each week, one book will move to the next round.

How does a book win? With your vote! Each week come vote for your favorite of the two books. The book with the most votes wins and advances to the next round. (see tournament bracket below)

How do you vote? Each round, stop by the Kids & Teens Desk to tell a librarian your name and which book you want to vote for (please only one vote per round). Then at the end of each week we will announce that round's winner.

After seven rounds we will announce the FINAL winning book. We will also randomly select two lucky voting participants to receive a copy of the winning book.

Want to read the books ahead of time? Stop by the Kids & Teens desk to pick up a copy. Or place a hold by clicking on the titles below.

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Round 1 MatchesRound 2 MatchesRound 3 MatchTournament Winner
Amulet #1: The Stonekeeper    
     vs.  (Vote March 11-17) Amulet #1: The Stonekeeper    
HiLo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth      
       vs.  (Vote March 25-31) Wonder  
The One & Only Ivan      
      vs.  (Vote March 18-24) Wonder    
         vs.  (Vote April 21-28) Wonder
     vs.  (Vote April 1-7) Wishtree    
       vs.  (Vote April 15-20) Awkward  
     vs.  (Vote April 8-14) Awkward    
Real Friends      



1000 books horizontal 400wAbout the Program

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years while providing children essential early literacy skills.

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter Kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading. It is also a great way for children and their caregivers to bond!

To help encourage you to participate in this important activity, the Library has an incentive program to help you keep track of your books. Registration is ongoing at the Kids & Teens desk, and children may finish the program anytime before beginning Kindergarten. 


1bbk fox read 200wHow-To

Read or listen to books, magazines, or audiobooks. Read the same title as many times as you like. Any books you read count. You do not have to read books JUST from the Library. Books read for summer and winter reading programs and in library-led programs like Story Time count, too!

Track the number of titles you read on your chart by coloring in a circle for each book you read!

Return to the library after every 100 books to pick a small prize from the treasure chest. At 500 books, you’ll receive a special gift. Finish 1000 books before your child enters Kindergarten to receive a certificate and an extra special gift pack! 


1bbk fox love 200wQuestions?

Please contact us at the Kids & Teen Services Department (708-395-1236) and we will be happy to answer them! 


Happy Reading!

reading programs winter2019 225w2018-2019 Winter Reading Challenge: December 1 - January 31

Cozy up with a good book this winter and earn yourself a treat through our Winter Reading Program! (Because why should summer have all the fun?)

Kids & Teens (Age 0 thru Grade 12)
Kids & Teens who sign up will get a reading log/bingo card to track their progress. Finish the reading goal for your age group and receive a small packet of prizes for all your hard work. Keep reading to be entered to win awesome raffle baskets!

Reading logs:  Babies (0-36 months)    |    Kids (ages 3 - grade 6)    |    Teens (grades 6-12)

Pick up a reading log and get a prize when you finish your first entry. For each additional entry you will be entered to win a $50 Visa Gift card!

Registration Fun on December 1
Stop by the Ferrentino Room on Saturday, December 1 to enjoy cookies, take pictures in our holiday photo booth, and of course sign up for our Winter Reading Program!  Don't worry, if you can't make it December 1, just stop at either the Adult or Kids & Teens desks before January 31 to sign up.


Just remember that January 31 is the last day to turn in your logs and collect your prizes!


Thanks to our sponsors!

  • The Friends of the Elmwood Park Public Librarywinter reading 2018 sponsors1
  • Chicago Wolves Hockey
  • Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  • Chicago Dogs Baseball Club
  • Park District of Oak Park

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 book award logosKids and Teens book awards represent the best of children's literature.  Below you will find all the different awards with brief descriptions, current winners and honor books, as well as past lists. More to be added soon!


Alex Award

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.

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Batchelder Award

This award, established in Mildred L. Batchelder's honor in 1966, is a citation awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.

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Coretta Scott King Book Awards

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.  The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.  

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John Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.


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Michael L. Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

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Morris Award

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first awarded in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.  The award is administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.

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Odyssey Award

The Odyssey Award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

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Pura Belpre Awards

The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

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Randolph Caldecott Medal

The Randolph Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

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Robert Sibert Medal

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.

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Schneider Family Book Award

Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.

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Stonewall Book Awards

Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award is given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.

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Theodor Seuss Geisel Awards

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

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YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 publishing year.

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ereader kindle paperwhite 250w Kids & Teens has several eReaders available for checkout. We have two Kindle Paperwhites for Kids, two Kindle Paperwhites for Teens, and a Kindle Fire HD for Teens

These eReaders are a great way to try out reading eBooks if you do not have a device of your own. Devices can be checked out by Elmwood Park residents for three weeks. Just ask for them at the Kids & Teens Desk.

Parents, don't forget that we have Kindles and other devices available for you to checkout, too! Click to learn more.


Kids - Kindle Paperwhites x2

What eBooks are available on our Kindle Paperwhites for Kids? Below is a sampling of the titles on the device, or check the record in SWAN for a complete list, as well as availability.

  • Alcott, Louisa May - Little Womenereaders kids 800h
  • Andersen, Hans Christian
  • Babbitt, Natalie - Tuck Everlasting
  • Barrows, Annie - Ivy & Bean series
  • Baum, L. Frank - Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • Blume, Judy
  • Burnett, Frances Hodgson - Secret Garden
  • Cabot, Meg - Allie Finkle series
  • Carman, Patrick
  • Carroll, Lewis - Alice in Wonderland
  • Cleary, Beverly
  • Clements, Andrew
  • Collins, Suzanne
  • DiCamillo, Kate
  • Emerson, Marcus - Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja series
  • Flanagan, John - Brotherband Chronicles series
  • Funke, Cornelia - Inkspell series
  • Grahame, Kenneth - Wind in the Willows
  • Gutman, Dan - My Weirder School series
  • Hahn, Mary Downing
  • Hale, Shannon - Ever After High series
  • Holub, Joan - Goddess Girls and Grimmtastic Girls series
  • Kessler, Liz - Emily Windsnap series
  • Kinney, Jeff - Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
  • Lowry, Lois - Giver series
  • Lubar, David
  • Lupica, Mike
  • McDonald, Megan - Judy Moody series
  • McMann, Lisa - Unwanteds series
  • Mull, Brandon - Fablehaven and Spirit Animal series
  • Osborne, Mary Pope - Magic Tree House series
  • Peirce, Lincoln - Big Nate series
  • Riordan, Rick - Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, and Kane Chronicles series
  • Russell, Rachel - Dork Diaries series
  • Sachar, Louis - Holes
  • Sewell, Anna - Black Beauty
  • Stevenson, Robert Louis - Treasure Island
  • Stine, R. L. - Goosebumps: Hall of Horrors
  • Sutherland, Tui - Wings of Fire series
  • Thorpe, Kiki - Never Girls series
  • Van Draanen, Wendelin - Sammy Keyes and Shredderman series

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Teens - Kindle Paperwhites x2

What eBooks are available on our Kindle Paperwhites for Teens? Below is a sampling of the titles on the device, or check the record in SWAN for a complete list, as well as availability.

  • Anderson, Laurie Halseereaders teen 1200h
  • Anderson, M. T.
  • Asher, Jay
  • Bracken, Alexandra - Darkest Minds series
  • Bray, Libba
  • Carey, Anna - Eve series
  • Carter, Ally - Heist Society series
  • Cline, Ernest - Ready Player One
  • Collins,Suzanne - Hunger Games series
  • Condie, Allyson Braithwaite - Matched series
  • Cummings, Priscilla
  • Dashner, James - Maze Runner and Mortality Doctrine series
  • Dessen, Sarah
  • Ee, Susan
  • Elkeles, Simone
  • Fitzpatrick, Becca
  • Flanagan, John - Brotherband Chronicles series
  • Flinn, Alex
  • Formman, Gayle
  • Goldman, William - Princess Bride
  • Green, John
  • Hahn, Mary Downing
  • Hale, Shannon
  • Han, Jenny
  • Higson, Charles - Enemy series
  • Hopkins, Ellen
  • Kate, Lauren
  • Kaufman, Amie
  • Krumwiede, Lana
  • Levithan, David
  • Lowry, Lois - Giver series
  • Lu, Marie
  • Maberry, Jonathan - Rot & Ruin series
  • Maas, Sarah J.
  • McGowan, Maureen - Dust Chronicles series
  • McMann, Lisa - Unwanteds series
  • Meyer, Marissa - Lunar Chronicles series
  • Meyer, Stephenie - Twilight series
  • Mlynowski, Sarah
  • Morrill, Lauren
  • Myers, Walter Dean
  • Nelson, Jandy
  • Oliver, Lauren
  • Paige, D. M.
  • Perkins, Stephanie
  • Pfeffer, Susan Beth - Life As We Knew It
  • Quintero, Isabel - A Girl in Pieces
  • Ransom, Riggs - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • Riordan, Rick - Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, and Kane Chronicles series
  • Rossi, Veronica - Under the Never Sky series
  • Roth, Veronica - Divergent series
  • Rowell, Rainbow
  • Schroeder, Lisa - I Heart You, You Haunt Me
  • Shepard, Sara - Lying Games and Pretty Little Liars series
  • Smith, Jennifer - Geography of You and Me
  • Spinelli, Jerry - Stargirl
  • Stiefvater, Maggie - Wolves of Mercy Falls sereis
  • Stroud, Jonathan - Lockwood & Co. series
  • Vande Velde, Vivian - Being Dead
  • Wein, Elizabeth - Code Name Verity series
  • Westerfeld, Scott - Leviathan, Uglies, and Midnighters series

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Teens - Kindle Fire HD x1

indestructible hulkWhat eBooks are available on our Kindle Fire HD for Teens? We have designated our Kindle HD specifically for comics.   We took codes from the books we purchased and added them to the Comix app.  Reading comics on the Kindle looks amazing.

Below is a sampling of the titles on the device, or check the record in SWAN for a complete list, as well as availability.

  • All New X-Men
  • Avengers
  • Captain America
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Iron Man
  • Indestructible Hulk
  • Thor
  • Uncanny X-Men

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