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Browse Books for Kids

You can browse some of our most popular collections online.

On this page, you'll find links to jump into pre-defined category searches in LINKcat for graphic novels, picture books, and books in Spanish, as well as links to our Racial Equity Resources. 

If you have questions, please call your local library. Or ask a question via email.

Graphic Novels

Choose an age group to jump directly to our catalog where you can virtually browse our shelves and place holds. Remember to limit your choices to those "Available on the shelf" at your Madison Public Library.

Picture Books

Read the descriptions to find a picture book category that interests you. The live links will give you a list of all books in our catalog, so you can place holds. Remember to limit your choices to those "Available on the shelf" at your Madison Public Library.

NEW PICTURE BOOKS - All of the most recently published books in our collection.

BOARD BOOKS - Books for the littlest hands.

ANIMALS - Stories with animals as main characters

CELEBRATIONS - Holiday and celebration books including 4th of July, weddings, Groundhog Day, as well as various other holidays

CHARACTERS - Picture book series such as Dora the Explorer, Froggy, Sesame Street, Disney Princess

CONCEPTS - Including numbers, letters, seasons, shapes, sizes, patterns, and more

FAVORITES - Classics, including favorite authors (Mo Willems) and award winners (Caldecott, CSK, Pura Belpre)

FOLK - Folk tales, fractured fairy tales, new takes on folk tales

GO - Cars, trains, trucks, also robots

GROW - Milestones like potty training, big kid bed, relationships, friendships, emotions and emotional control books

NATURE - Realistic stories about nature, wild and domestic animals, particular seasons, being outdoors

RHYMES - Nursery rhyme books, songs turned picture book

STORIES - Realistic and fantastical books with people or objects as main characters

ADVANCED - Picture books written for kids ages 6 - 9 years old, lots of these books have more text or more complex concepts involved.

Racial Equity

Anna Mae Mitchell

The library has created a Racial Equity resource which lists books, videos, articles, websites, music, and podcasts that aligning with other racial equity and social justice efforts throughout the city of Madison. Check out the sections for Kids and Teens.

You can also search the Mae Mitchell Multicultural Collection for Children that is housed at the Goodman South Madison Branch. 

Search the Mae Mitchell Collection in LINKcat and remember to choose items available at Madison PL-So. Madison

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