Books and Authors

Books & Authors

Early Literacy Skills

Print motivation, or the enjoyment of and interest in books, is an early literacy skill children develop before learning to read. After all, if children don’t learn to like books, they won’t enjoy the reading process. Truly fun picture books don’t usually have a message, but Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer helps children learn to cope with their fleeting emotions. Preschoolers will giggle as Penguin tries to shed his grumpiness along with his clothes.

School Reading Level Links

AR BookFinder™
Search for Accelerated Reader books easily with this free online tool. You can search for books based on authors, topics, or titles of books.
Recognized as the standard for matching readers with texts, Lexile® measures connect learners of all ages with resources at the right level of challenge.
NoveList K-8
Recommended and award winning books for ages 0 - 8 and 9 -12 with book descriptions, a fun and easy search and find, and a simple check out process through your local Douglas County Libraries.
Scholastic Book Wizard
Find books with Book Wizard. Search and find by grade level, guided reading, DRA and Lexile® measure. Plus, get booktalks, lesson plans, author studies, videos, and discussion guides.


An online collection of animated, talking picture books.