At the West Des Moines Library, we try to anticipate the needs of our patrons by creating lists of books on popular themes. All of our children’s book lists are included here, starting with the Elementary Book Lists and followed by the Picture Book Lists. We update these frequently, but occasionally there will be books listed that have left the collection for one reason or another (lost, damaged, etc.). For each book list, there is a printable PDF file available and most lists include title links directly to our catalog. If you see something interesting, you can put it on hold right away!


Juvenile Books On Order in the Catalog

West Des Moines Challenge of the Books 2019-2020 List – PDF

Books for Beginning Readers – PDF

First Grade Book List – PDF

Second Grade Book List – PDF

Third Grade Book List – PDF

Fourth Grade Book List – PDF

Fifth and Sixth Grade Book List – PDF

Tween Book List – PDF

Adventure Books – PDF

Books to Movies – PDF

Chapter Books to Read Aloud – PDF

Ghost Stories – PDF

Graphic Novels – PDF

Historical Fiction – PDF

If You Liked Captain Underpants – PDF

If You Liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid – PDF

If You Liked Harry Potter – PDF

If You Liked Hunger Games – PDF

If You Liked Percy Jackson and the Olympians – PDF

Iowa Children’s Choice Awards 2019-2020 – PDF

Magic Tree House Fact Trackers – PDF

Mystery Books – PDF

Newbery Award Books – PDF

Science Fiction / Fantasy – PDF

Sports Fiction – PDF

Who Was series – PDF

Where Is / What Is series – PDF