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!


Books for Toddlers – PDF

100 Books to Read Before Kindergarten – PDF

Alphabet Books – PDF

Books on Bullying – PDF

Caldecott Medal Winners – PDF

Books on Cancer / Illness – PDF

Character Counts Books – PDF

Books on Colors – PDF

Construction Books – PDF

Counting – PDF

Death / Loss / Grief – PDF

Dinosaur Books – PDF

Books About Divorce – PDF

Overcoming Fears – PDF

New Baby Books – PDF

Princess Stories – PDF

First Day of School – PDF

Toilet Training – PDF

Trains – PDF