At the West Des Moines Library, we try to anticipate the needs of our patrons by creating lists of books on popular themes. 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 2020-2021 List – PDF

Books for Beginning Readers – PDF

*Newly Updated* First and Second Grade Book List – PDF

*Newly Updated* Third and Fourth Grade Book List – PDF

*Newly Updated* Fifth and Sixth Grade Book List – PDF

*Newly Updated* Chapter Books to Read Aloud – PDF

*Newly Updated* Graphic Novels – PDF

Historical Fiction

If You Liked Captain Underpants 

If You Liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid

If You Liked Harry Potter

If You Liked Hunger Games

If You Liked Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Iowa Children’s Choice Awards 2019-2020 – PDF

Magic Tree House Fact Trackers

Mystery Books

Newbery Award Books – WEBSITE

Science Fiction / Fantasy

Sports Fiction

Who Was series – PDF

Where Is / What Is series – PDF