Kids

Award-Winning Books

Association for Library Serivice to ChildrenThe Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Book Awards honor not only authors and illustrators, but also producers, publishers, critics, historians, and librarians of children's literature. New award winners are announced each January and added to the lists. 

Visit the links below to see the most recent award recipients and honor books, as well as past award winners.

Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award
The Arbuthnot award honors an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children's literature, of any country, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site.

Carnegie Medal
The Carnegie Medal honors the producer of the most outstanding video production for children released during the preceding year.

Batchelder Award
The Batchelder Award is given to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.

Belpré Medal
The Belpré Medal honors a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose works best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Caldecott Medal
The Caldecott Medal honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Geisel Medal
The Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished contribution to the body of American children’s literature known as beginning reader books published in the United States during the preceding year.

Newbery Medal
The Newbery Medal honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Odyssey Award
The Odyssey Award will be awarded annually to the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

Sibert Informational Book Medal
The Sibert Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year.

Wilder Award
The Wilder Medal honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

TumbleBookLibrary

The TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books) with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, Read-Alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation), TumbleTV which consists of pre-set playlists of a sequence of books, Tumble Puzzles & Games, and TumbleResources for teachers and students.

Juvenile Series Books

The Franklin-Springboro Public Library shelves a number of popular juvenile series books in a special section to allow young readers to have easy access to popular titles and to browse and discover new favorites. Below is a list of the series we have. Please check out the library catalog to see which books are available in each series.

39 Clues Kylie Jean
A to Z Mysteries Lego
American Girl Lotus Lane
Animal Ark Magic Bunny
Animal Rescue Team Magic Kitten
ASPCA Kids Magic Ponies
Barbie Magic Puppy
Battle Bugs Magic Tree House
Calendar Mysteries Mermaid Tales
Cam Jansen Minecraft
Candy Fairies My Little Pony
Capital Mysteries My Weird School
Choose Your Own Adventure/Nightmare Nickelodeon
Cold Whispers Perfectly Princess
Cupcake Diaries Princess Posey
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Puppy Place
Flat Stanley Rainbow Magic
Geronimo Stilton Ready, Freddy
Goosebumps Scooby Doo
How I Survived Middle School Shark Wars
Jasper John Dooley Spirit Animals
Judy Moody / Stink Star Wars
Junie B. Jones Superheroes
Just Grace Thomas the Tank Engine
Kitty Corner Vet Volunteers
Kyla May Walt Disney
   

 

Children's Class Sets

Class sets are made available on a first come, first served basis. Before you begin your unit or topic, check out the entire class set (7 - 15 books) on your library card. Teachers are permitted to keep the sets for four weeks, one week longer than the normal loan period. Currently, the library has class sets/book club kits of the following titles:

Children's Class Sets:

  • Alpha Tales (no author)
  • Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days by Stephen Manes - 720L
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo - 610L
  • Big Cats by Seymour Simon - 1050L
  • Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu - 720L
  • Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis - 950L
  • Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones by David A. Adler - 490L
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl - 810L
  • A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin - 750L
  • Danger Along the Ohio by Patricia Willis - 840L
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary - 910L
  • Dewey the Library Cat by Vicki Myron - 730L
  • Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath - 950L
  • Fighting Ground by Avi - 580L
  • Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury by Arnold Lobel - 330-480L
  • Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan - 800L
  • The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - 940L
  • Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo - 730L
  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli - 820L
  • My Teacher is an Alien by Bruce Coville  - 650L
  • The Name of This Book Is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch - 810L
  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson - 910L
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate - 570L
  • The Problem Child by Michael Buckley - 790L
  • Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary - 850L
  • Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare - 770L
  • Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner - 550L
  • The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting - 580L
  • Superfudge by Judy Blume - 560L
  • Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges - 860L
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit - 770L
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham - Christopher Paul Curtis - 1000L
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin - 750L
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio - 790L

*each title is labeled for its lexile measure

Storytimes

Storytime at the Library

Storytimes are programs for children ages 6 months through 5 years. They are held at both the Franklin and Springboro libraries. Storytimes provide opportunities for children to engage with picture books, sing songs, and participate in activities that encourage a love of reading. Caregivers are required to stay with the children throughout the storytimes. Registration is not required. Click links below to find times and locations of storytimes for various ages of children. 

Storytimes are currently on a break. The summer session of storytimes will begin June 3.

 

Baby Storytime

Baby TimeBoth Franklin and Springboro Libraries offer a special storytime for babies ages 6 to 18 months. This fun, interactive storytime includes songs, stories, and play. The experience gives babies an opportunity to socialize and gives parents a time to share.

 

Storytimes are currently on a break. The summer session of storytimes will begin June 3.

Franklin Public Library Springboro Public Library
Wednesday 9:30 a.m. Monday 9:30 a.m.

Come join Miss Ally for fun stories and songs. Registration is not required.
Please only attend one storytime session per week.

Toddler Storytime

Toddler TimeThe Library provides weekly storytime opportunities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years old. Each session is a 30 minute segment of fun, interactive songs, and stories.

 

 

Storytimes are currently on a break. The summer session of storytimes will begin June 3.

Franklin Public Library Springboro Public Library
Wednesday 10:30 a.m. Monday 10:30 a.m.
  Thursday 9:30 a.m.
  Thursday 10:30 a.m.

Come join Miss Laura and Miss Sandra for fun stories and songs.
Registration is not required. Please only attend
one storytime session per week.

Preschooler Storytime

Preschool TimeThe Library provides weekly storytime opportunities for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 years old. Each session is a 45 minute segment of fun, interactive songs and stories as well as a craft or activity.

Storytimes are currently on a break. The summer session of storytimes will begin June 3.

Please note: evening storytimes are not held during the summer.

Franklin Public Library Springboro Public Library
Wednesday 11:30 a.m. Monday 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday 1:30 p.m. Thursday 11:30 a.m.
   

Come join Miss Ally, Miss Laura, and Miss Sandra for fun stories and songs.
Registration is not required.  Please only attend
one storytime session per week.

Farmer's Market Storytime

The library hosts a storytime at the Franklin Farmer's Market the second Saturday of the month June - September.

Visit the vendors a the Downtown Franklin Farmer's Market and join us for songs, stories, and crafts.

All ages are welcome, and registration is not required.

The dates and times of the storytimes are listed below:

  • Saturday, June 8 -- 10 and 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 13 -- 10 and 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 10 -- 10 and 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, September 14 -- 10 and 11 a.m.

Paint Anything (Franklin Library)

Registration for this program is currently full, but we are still taking names for the waiting list.

The library will host an art program for children called Paint Anything from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday April 26 at the Franklin Library.

Children, ages 5-12, will have an opportunity to express themselves creatively with paint. They will have fun painting everything from canvases and paper to flower pots and themselves!

Registration is required. Please call the Franklin Library at (937) 746-2665 to add your name to the waiting list.

Summer Reading Program

 

 

 

 

 

All children are invited to participate in the 2019 summer reading program, A Universe of Stories. Summer is a great time for kids to discover new stories, re-read their favorites, explore new genres, and win prizes along the way!

Here is how the program works:

Beginning Tuesday May 28, you may stop by the Franklin and Springboro libraries and pick up a reading log and stickers.

Younger Readers (little experience) *

  • For every 10 minutes that you read (or someone reads to you), add one sticker to your log sheet.
  • Once you have added 12 stickers (completed two hours of reading), you have completed level one and are eligible for your first prize. Bring your reading log to the library to collect your prize.
  • There are four levels total, and you receive prizes for each level you complete. It will take eight hours of reading to complete all four levels.
  • Once you have finished all four levels, you also receive an entry slip for our grand prize drawing!

Older Readers (more experience) *

  • For every 20 minutes that you read (or someone reads to you), add one sticker to your log sheet.
  • Once you have added 12 stickers (completed four hours of reading), you have completed level one and are eligible for your first prize. Bring your reading log to the library to collect your prize.
  • There are four levels total, and you receive prizes for each level you complete. It will take 16 hours of reading to complete all four levels.
  • Once you have finished all four levels, you also receive an entry slip for our grand prize drawing!

*Parents decide whether to consider their child a younger or older reader.

The summer reading program runs from May 28 – July 21.

Summer Program Schedule

The Franklin-Springboro Public Library has an awesome lineup of five entertaining, educational, and fun experiences planned for the summer. Our calendar is packed with programs that will get everyone up and moving, laughing and learning all summer long.

Registration is not required for any of these programs. All ages are welcome, but children between the ages of 3 and 12 are the suggested audience.

Summer Reading Kick-Off: A Universe of Stories Space Party
Friday May 31
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Franklin Library
Start the summer reading program with a bang by joining us for games, experiments, crafts, and other space-themed activities.

Mike Hemmelgarn
Tuesday June 11
9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at the Franklin Library
1:30 and 3:30 p.m. at the Springboro Library
Mike Hemmelgarn's performance will include comedy, juggling, and puppetry.

Animal Tales
Tuesday June 25
9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at the Franklin Library
1:30 and 3:30 p.m. at the Springboro Library
Children will get to meet several live animals at Animal Tale's Creatures of the Galaxy show.

Joanie Calem
Tuesday July 9
9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at the Franklin Library
1:30 and 3:30 p.m. at the Springboro Library
Joanie Calem's show includes stories and songs that get children laughing, learning, moving, and singing along.

Fitness Fun
Friday July 19
6 - 7:30 p.m.
at Ohio Sports Academy, 270 Hiawatha Trail in Springboro.
Children will run, jump, tumble, and play on the equipment at the gymnastics facility. Children should wear soft clothing, and parents will be asked to sign a waiver at the event.