Kids

Award-Winning Books

The 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.

 

BookFlix

 

 

BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic fictional video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning in all children. Scholastic BookFlix delivers high-interest, interactive content to engage early readers.

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
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. (toddler book) - 200L
  • 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
  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell (toddler book) -150L
  • 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 for more detailed description of various storytime offerings.

Storytime Schedule

Mondays

  • 9:30 a.m. Baby Storytime at Springboro Library
  • 10:30 a.m. Toddler Storytime at Springboro Library
  • 11:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime at Springboro Library

Tuesdays

  • 6:30 p.m. Family Storytime at Franklin Library

Wednesdays

  • 9:30 a.m. Baby Storytime at Franklin Library
  • 10:30 a.m. Toddler Storytime at Franklin Library
  • 11:30 am. Preschool Storytime at Franklin Library
  • 1:30 p.m. Preschool Storytime at Franklin Library

Thursdays

  • 9:30 a.m. Toddler Storytime at Springboro Library
  • 10:30 a.m. Toddler Storytime at Springboro Library
  • 11:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime at Springboro Library
  • 6:30 p.m. Family Storytime at Springboro Library

Library storytimes are currently on break. The fall 2019 storytime session will begin September 9.

Baby Storytime

Both Franklin and Springboro Libraries offer a special storytime for babies ages 6 to 18 months.

Baby storytimes typically include several songs and rhymes, one or two books, and time to play with age-appropriate toys.

The experience gives babies an opportunity to socialize and gives parents a time to chat.

Library storytimes are currently on break. The fall 2019 storytime session will begin September 9.

Baby Storytime Schedule

Mondays

  • 9:30 a.m. at Springboro Library

Wednesdays

  • 9:30 a.m. at Franklin Library

Registration is not required.

Please only attend one storytime session per week.

Toddler Storytime

The Library provides storytime opportunities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years old

Toddler storytimes typically include several songs that incorporate a lot of movement, two or three stories, and other activities that help develop pre-reading skills.

Each session is a approximately 30 minutes.

Library storytimes are currently on break. The fall 2019 storytime session will begin September 9.

Toddler Storytime Schedule

Mondays

  • 10:30 a.m. at Springboro Library

Wednesdays

  • 10:30 a.m. at Franklin Library

Thursdays

  • 9:30 a.m. at Springboro Library
  • 10:30 a.m. at Springboro Library

Registration is not required. Please only attend
one storytime session per week.

Preschooler Storytime

The library provides storytime opportunities for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 years old.

Preschool storytime typically includes several interactive songs, three stories, and other activities that help develop early reading skills. We end each session with a craft.

Each session is approximately 45 minutes.

Library storytimes are currently on break. The fall 2019 storytime session will begin September 9.

Preschool Storytime Schedule

Mondays

  • 11:30 a.m. at Springboro Library

Wedensdays

  • 11:30 a.m. at Franklin Library
  • 1:30 p.m. at Franklin Library

Thursdays

  • 11:30 a.m. at Springboro Library

Registration is not required.  Please only attend one storytime session per week.

Family Storytime

The library provides two weekly family storytimes. Children of all ages are invited to these storytime sessions that will include stories, songs, and activities.

One session per month also will include special LEGO activities such as free play or construction challenges. Those special dates for Fall 2019 are Tuesday, Sept. 17 and Thursday, Sept. 19; Tuesday, Oct. 15 and Thursday, Oct. 17; and Tuesday, Nov. 5 and Thursday, Nov. 7.

Library storytimes are currently on break. The fall 2019 storytime session will begin September 9.

Family Storytime Schedule

Tuesdays

  • 6:30 p.m. at Franklin Library

Thursdays

  • 6:30 p.m. at Springboro Library

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

All ages are welcome, and registration is not required.

The final farmer's market storytimes will be held Saturday, September 14 at both 10 and 11 a.m

Homeschool Project Zone

Homeschool families are invited to join us at the Franklin Library for a monthly activity called Homeschool Project Zone.

The library will provide materials for specific projects. Attendees (ages 5-12) may make the projects provided or use the supplies to make their own unique creations.

Caregivers should remain with children.

Fall dates for Homeschool Project Zone are the following Tuesdays from 2 - 3:30 p.m.:

  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 19

Registration is required. Please call the Franklin Library at (937) 746-2665 to sign up.

Sensory Storytime

The library will host a Sensory Storytime at 11 a.m. Wednesday September 18 at the Springboro Library.

This unique storytime, for children ages 2-5, will feature songs, stories, and activities that will encourage children to use all five senses.

The program is open to all children, but is especially geared toward those with special needs.

The theme of this sensory storytime will be "A Day at the Beach," so join us for sand and sun!

Registration is required. Please call the Springboro Libary at (937) 748-3200 to sign up.

Tea Time at the Library

The library will host a Tea Party for children ages 5-10 from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, September 21 at the Springboro Libary.

This fun and fancy program will include tea, lemonade, light snacks, a story, and crafts.

Boys and girls are encouraged, but not required, to dress up for tea time at the library.

Registration is required. Please call the Springboro Libary at (937) 748-3200 to sign up.

Marvelous Metals Chemistry Show

 

 

 

 

Celebrate National Chemistry Week with us at the library. A chemistry demonstration will be presented at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 19 at the Franklin Library.

Chemist Bill Crawford will present Marvelous Metals! This program will be enjoyed most by children ages 7-12.

Registration is required for this fun, educational, hands-on event. Call the Franklin Library at (937) 746-2665 to sign up.

Santa Visits the Library

Santa will visit the Franklin and Springboro libraries Saturday, December 14.

He will be at the Franklin Library from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and the Springboro Libray from 1 to 3 p.m.

Bring your camera and snap some pictures with St. Nick.

Stories, songs, and coloring pages will be provided while families wait to meet with Santa.

Registration is not required.