Countless studies have shown that reading from a young age is a vital part of not only success in school but throughout a child’s life. Teaching kids to enjoy reading can and does help, both within the classroom and outside of it, along with helping kids understand the importance of literacy and education. In addition to this, reading aids a child’s development in imagination, creativity, and stimulates an understanding of social issues within a manageable context. So what are librarians and library workers reading to their children? What books and stories inspired them and sparked their love of reading as children? We asked our staff about some of their favorite Youth and Young Adult books and what they would recommend! 

Children’s Books


Young Adult

  • “My Name is Memory” by Ann Brashares
    Chosen By: Portia Montoy, Programs Coordinator
    “This novel deals with the idea of reincarnation but in a really unique way. It’s one of my favorite love stories that I come back to time and time again!” 
  • “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros
    Chosen By: Amy Adams, Head of Community Engagement
  • “Dumplin’” by Julie Murphy
    Chosen By: Heather Mettlen, Youth Services Programs Coordinator
  • “Little Women” by Louis May Alcott
    Chosen By: Lori Berezovsky, Outreach Librarian
  • “American Born Chinese” by Gene Luen Yang
    Chosen By: Amy Adams, Head of Community Engagement 

For additional recommendations or to place holds, chat with library staff on our website or visit Information Services. Stay connected by following us on Facebook and Instagram. #splreads #humansofspl