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Santa Cruz Public Library

Preschool Storytime Mondays 10:00am Garfield Park
Tuesdays 10:30am La Selva Beach
Tuesdays 11:00am Scotts Valley
Wednesdays 11:00am Live Oak
Thursdays 10:00am  Downtown
Thursdays 10:00am  Branciforte
Fridays 11:00am Capitola
Toddler Time Mondays 10:00am Live Oak
Tuesdays 10:00am Aptos
Wednesdays 10:00am Boulder Creek
Thursdays 10:00am Scotts Valley
Fridays 10:00am Downtown
Spanish Storytime Mondays 5:30pm Live Oak


Watsonville Public Library

Bilingual Baby Laptime

Wednesdays 10:30 am
Freedom Branch Library

Bilingual Toddler Time

Wednesdays, 11:30am
Freedom Branch Library

Thursdays, 10:30am
Main Library Storytime Room



Caldecott Award awarded to "artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children."

2013 Caldecott Medal Winner This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen

In this darkly humorous tale, a tiny fish knows it’s wrong to steal a hat. It fits him just right. But the big fish wants his hat back. Klassen’s controlled palette, opposing narratives and subtle cues compel readers to follow the fish and imagine the consequence.

Newbery Award awarded for "distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

The One and Only Ivan

2013 Newbery Medal winner is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Ivan’s transformative emergence from the “Ape at Exit 8” to “The One and Only Ivan, Mighty Silverback,” comes to life through the gorilla’s own distinct narrative voice, which is filled with wry humor, deep emotion and thought-provoking insights into the nature of friendship, hope and humanity

 Pura Belpré Award 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.

2013 Pura Belpré Award Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

The tale of 15-year-old loner Aristotle Mendoza and his friendship with Dante Quintana. Sáenz exquisitely captures the story of two boys on the edge of manhood. By addressing issues of identity, friendship, family and love, Sáenz pushes beyond geography, sexuality and cultural identity to create a truly universal novel.

 Find more in the Database of Award-Winning Children’s Literature - search by age, historical period, ethnicity/nationality of protagonist, gender and more.


Websites for Parents & Children

Reading Rockets - Resources on reading and literacy

Colorín Colorado -  Resource for educators and Spanish-speaking families 

Kirkus Book Reviews - book reviews

Santa Cruz Public Library Kids

Watsonville Public Library Kids



Children’s Books about the Disability Experience (National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped)

Children's about Coping with Loss or Trauma (National Association  of School Psychologists)

Children's Books about Cancer (Children's Cancer Research Fund)

50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know (Cooperative Children's Book Center)

Anti-Bias Education Books (Children's Peace Library)

Children's Books about Nutrition (School Nutrition Association)

A Rainbow Celebration - Gays and Lesbians in books for Children (San Francisco Public Library)

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