Inspiring a love of reading

Great Books For Year-Round Giving

Annual Book List for Children & Teens – 2020

The W-TCPL Youth Services staff has chosen the titles in this annual gift guide from books published over the past year. Each book has been selected for its timeless quality and lasting kid appeal. Each listing includes a summary of the book, the writer and/or illustrator, and the age range for which the book is most appropriate. The gift guide is available as a printable PDF or pick up a free copy at any W-TCPL location.

The guide is a wonderful tool to help you select books that will be read, re-read, and treasured by the children who receive them. While we put the list out each year in time for holiday shopping, we hope you will refer to it year-round to help you decide which books to buy for birthdays, baby showers, and other occasions.

FREE Programs & Events

In-library programs and events have been temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the library’s social media pages for regularly scheduled video storytimes, craft and cooking activities, and more fun and educational videos specially for children.

Check the library’s online calendar.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Warren-Trumbull County Public Library participates in the nationwide 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading initiative to encourage parents and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their child before he or she starts kindergarten.

Reading aloud helps strengthen early literacy skills, which helps prepare children to be ready to learn to read when they enter kindergarten. Studies have also shown that children who are read to at an early age are more successful in school. Stop by any W-TCPL location for a starter folder to participate in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, or find out more here.

Reading Practice

W-TCPL offers programs that support developing readers. Book Buddies provides one-on-one reading practice with a trained volunteer. Children can also improve their skills by reading aloud to a registered therapy dog at Pups & Pages or Pet Partners or a certified therapy rabbit at Read to SomeBunny.

Sensory Storytime

The Warren Library offers a storytime specially designed for children with autism and other sensory-integration challenges. This program features age-appropriate stories and sensory-rich activities that promote literacy and positive associations with reading and the library. For children ages 3 to 8, parents and caregivers, and families. Click here for an introduction story for this program.

Books, Movies, Music & More!

The Youth Services Department maintains a broad collection of classic and new materials for children from birth on up!


Board books
Picture books
Beginning Reader books
Books with CDs
Chapter books

Movies & Music:

Children’s DVDs
Children’s music CDs

Digital Content

Children’s eBooks, comic books, movies, music, and TV episodes are available for mobile and online access through the library’s partnerships with Overdrive, Freading, TumbleBooks, BookFlix, and hoopla digital.

eBooks and Digital Content

Devices and Learning Kits

Playaway Launchpads (tablets pre-loaded with learning applications) are available for checkout
Read and Play kits (backpacks with pre-selected books and learning activities) are available for checkout

Public Computers for Kids & Teens

Each library location has specially designated children’s computers that provide educational applications for kids up to age 12. Early literacy computers are pre-loaded with fun and educational games and software and are available for toddlers through age 8. Computers with filtered Internet access are available for children 12 & under.

Teens ages 13-18 can use the library’s designated teen computers.

Computers for Public Use


Upcoming Events for Kids

New Children’s Books

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