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Keeping your child supplied with books they are interested in and motivated to read can be the greatest predictor of eventual reading success. Check out the resources below to get started!

Book Lists

Librarian created lists of books

Bag of Books

Not exactly sure what you want. Let librarians pick you out a selection - CSA-Style

Racial Equity Book Lists for Kids

Books to start your family’s conversation on race

Racial Equity Book Lists for Teens

Diverse titles for older kids and teens

We Read

join a Madison-wide community celebration of reading


Access online books and audiobooks on your smart device

Get a Library Card

Apply online for a library card

Other resources

EBooks - More information on accessing thousands of popular eBook and eAudiobook's

A Story Before Bed - listen to a story read by MPL librarians

MADreads for kids - Recommendations from the MPL Staff

Mae Mitchell Multicultural Collection - housed at the Goodman South Madison Library

Library Kids - Sign up for a newsletter about books for kids' birth - sixth grade.


Online Storytimes

Online stories and fun brought to you by the staff of the Madison Public Library

Online Storytimes - en Español

Online stories and fun brought to you by the staff of the Madison Public Library

Art of the Picture Book

Have fun with hands-on projects inspired by illustrations from high-quality picture books.

Cooking with Chef Lily

Have fun with food literacy with videos and recipes designed for little hands.

Art with Amy

Create art using easy-to-find art materials from home with local artist Amy Mietzel.

Family Music Time

Interactive music classes to give babies and toddlers a chance to learn new songs, sing, and dance.

Carissa’s App Picks

Explore High-quality apps. Search by age, topic and device to find the perfect app for your child.

Online Resources for Families

Quick ideas on how to stay active online educational and enrichment resources


Learn about how the library supports learning through self-determined play

Other resources

PlayLab at Pinney - MPL is building brains, supporting families and connecting community . . . through play!

Library Makers Blog - Hands-on learning and True Play for all ages.


Racial Equity Resources

Lists of books, videos, articles, websites, podcasts and more to help guide your family in learning about raci


Explore the many resources the library has to support Educators

Storytime Booklists

Create your own storytime with these thematic lists of books, songs, fingerplays, and play suggestions

Bubbler in your Bubble

Stellar resources from library-lovin’ artists, authors, & makers from near and far.

Bubbler Maker Videos

Dive into making something with these videos from some of the library’s favorite guest artists.

Madison Writing Assistance

Get free one-to-one writing help from experienced tutors

Other resources

Tutoring Resources - Need a little extra help or just looking to get ahead?