• New Award Books Are Out!

    The 2025 Illinois Reader's Choice Books are here and available for checkout!

    There are 60 titles across the three lists and we have plenty of copies of each. Check out the lists below:

    Find Monarch Books in the Catalog. 

    Find Bluestem Books in the Catalog. 

    Find Caudill Books in the Catalog. 

    Also coming soon, is a year long Beanstack reading challenge for grades K-8! Depending on your grade, you can sign up for the Monarch, Bluestem, or Caudill challenge and read your way to some prizes! Check Beanstack on April 1st for more information!

       Youth Services Librarian Claire 

  • Early Chapter Books!

    There is a new section in our collection! At the start of Juvenile Fiction, we now have an Early Chapter Book section! Early Chapter Books are books that have a low page count, shorter chapters, and lots of illustrations. They make perfect books for readers who have mastered Beginning Readers and are ready to move on to longer chapter books. You may recognize some popular books here - Mercy Watson, Princess in Black, and Heidi and Henry Heckelbeck. There are plenty of new titles to discover here, so take a look and find your new favorite book!

    Looking for some personalized selections? Fill out a Browsing Bundle Request Form and get a bag full of books picked just for you! 

       Youth Services Librarian Claire 

  • Top Circulating Titles of 2023

    Happy New Year! We read a ton of great books in 2023 - most of these titles are on the Illinois Readers' Choice Award Lists (Monarchs, Bluestems, and Caudills). Here are the top titles that were read at the Barrington Area Library!


    Picture Book: 

    Chez Bob by Bob Shea

    Beginning Reader: 

    Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems

    Juvenile Fiction: 

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney


    Juvenile Graphic Novel: 

    Katie the Catsitter by Colleen A. F. Venable

    Teen Fiction: 

    Alone by Megan E. Freeman 

    Teen Graphic Novel: 

    City of Dragons. The Awakening Storm by Jaimal Yogis


    Fallout: spies, superbombs, and the ultimate Cold War showdown by Steve Sheinkin


    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

    What books are you going to read in 2024? You can sign up for Winter Reading here! Read 250 minutes and earn a free book!

       Youth Services Librarian Claire 

  • New Award Books Have Arrived!

    Did somebody say new books? The new 2024 Illinois Reader's Choice Book Awards are here! Find the newly awarded books in the Youth Services Department. We have multiple copies of the Monarch, Bluestem, and Caudill Award Winners. These are all great options for summer reading!

    Find Monarch Books in the catalog.

    Find Bluestem Books in the catalog.

    Find Caudill books in the catalog.

    Happy Reading!

        Youth Services Librarian Claire 

  • Wellness Wonders: Mental Health Awareness Month

    Mental health is important all year round, but May is the month where we bring awareness to this important topic! Mental health is just like physical health – you need to do things to take care of your mind so that it works at its best. This will help you do all the things you want to do like coming to the library to play and read!

    To learn more about mental health, check out our Wellness Wonders: Mental Health Awareness Month Books mobile display. The display includes Board Books, Picture Books, Juvenile Non-Fiction, Juvenile Fiction, and Teen Fiction books. The mobile display will be up all month long located in the YS department near the beginning of the non-fiction shelves.

    Want to participate in mental health focused programming? Check out Little Kids, Big Feelings and Meditation Story Time or check out our Early Learning Mindfulness Kits.

       Youth Services Assistant Librarian Jessica


  • Grow Your Mindset

    Grow Your Mindset

    Putting yourself out there or trying something new can be a scary process.  The What-If’s creep in and may even prevent you from trying something new.  However, if more focus is placed on the journey and learning rather than the outcome, it can open the door to so many possibilities. 

    Here are some wonderful books that emphasize the saying; “Progress Over Perfection.”


     Looking for more recommendations?  Fill out our form to get an individualized list of reads sent to your email! 

       Youth Services Assistant Librarian Erin 


  • Summer Reads for Teens

    Need a book to read during summer vacation? Here are some filled with summer adventures!

     Have you signed up for the Summer Reading Program yet? Do so here!

       Youth Services Assistant Librarian Claire 

  • Read About the Women Who Changed the World

    Celebrate Women’s History Month by reading about the women who made their mark on the world!

    Need a library card? No worries - you can apply online and get your card number without leaving your house.

       Youth Services Assistant Librarian Claire 

  • 14 Books to Read With Those You Love on Valentines Day

    This Valentine's Day, check out some books that show your little ones how much you love them!

    Looking for something fun to do with your young one? Here’sa list of upcoming events at the library.


       Youth Services Assistant Librarian Claire 


  • The Great Backyard Bird Count

    TheGreat Backyard Bird Count is an annual event where bird enthusiasts around the world come together to watch/listen for and count as many birds as they can. The event lasts for four days, and anyone can participate! According to the Great Backyard Bird Count website, all you have to do to participate is:

    1. Decide where you’d like to watch birds. 
    2. Watch birds for at least 15 minutes, over the four days of the bird count, between February 18 and February 21, 2022.
    3. Count all the birds you see or hear within the time you’ve planned your bird watch. 

    For more information on how to participate, check outthe Great Backyard Bird Count’s website. 

    Here at the Barrington Area Library, we have a plentiful amount of books to help guide you on your birdwatching journey, but here are a few that we think might be especially helpful.


    We’d love to hear about your experience with the Great Backyard Bird Count! Email us at youthservices@balibrary.org with any photos or tales from your birding adventures!







        Youth Services Specialist Stefanie 

  • Time Loop Books for Teens and Tweens

    Ever wondered what reliving the same day over and over again would be like? In celebration of Groundhog Day, here are some books where the characters are stuck in a time loop!

    Tired of reading the same books again and again? Fill outthis form to get some new suggestions from our librarians!



       Youth Services Assistant Librarian Claire 

  • 3 Books for Fans of The One and Only Ivan

    If you lovedThe One and Only Ivanby Katherine Applegate,try one of these unique animal stories next.


    Audrey (Cow): An Oral Account of a Most Daring Escape, Based More or Less on a True Story

    by Dan Bar-el

    “Audrey is a cow with poetry in her blood, who yearns for the greener pastures beyond Bittersweet Farms. But when Roy the horse tells her that she is headed for the slaughter house, Audrey knows that she must leave her home and friends sooner than she ever imagined. With the help of animals and humans alike, Audrey attempts to escape the farm - and certain death. Cleverly written as an oral account, this unique illustrated tale of an animal on the run, uses over 30 narrative voices, including six humans, four cows, three sheep, two sheep dogs, one pig and a very silly rooster.” 

    Audrey is sweet, the cast of characters is hilarious, and overall this makes a perfectly delightful read for an animal lover.



    The Simple Art of Flying

    by Cory Leonardo

    “Born in a dismal room in a pet store, Alastair the African grey parrot dreams of escape to bluer skies. He'd like nothing more than to fly away to a palm tree with his beloved sister, Aggie. But when Aggie is purchased by twelve-year-old Fritz, and Alastair is adopted by elderly dance-enthusiast and pie-baker Albertina Plopky, the future looks ready to crash-land. In-between anxiously plucking his feathers, eating a few books, and finding his own poetic voice, Alastair plots his way to a family reunion. But soon he's forced to choose between the life he's always dreamed of and admitting the truth: that sometimes, the bravest adventure is in letting go.” 

    I loved the attitude on this snarky parrot! The story itself is touching and surprising.




    Gorilla Dawn 

    by Gill Lewis

    “Deep in the heart of the Congo, a baby gorilla is captured by a group of rebel soldiers. Imara and Bobo are also prisoners in the rebels' camp. When they learn that the gorilla will be sold into captivity, they swear to return it to the wild before it's too late. But the consequences of getting caught are too terrible to think about. Will the bond between the gorilla and the children give them the courage they need to escape?” 

    This chapter book is intense, gripping, and eye-opening. A moving read for young conservationists.


    Let us shop the shelves for you! Fill out a Browsing Bundle request, and a Librarian will bag up a small collection books or movies we think you'll love. 

    Youth Services Librarian Allison 

  • Top Circulating Titles of 2021

    Lots of great books were checked out to our community in 2021. The top checkouts tended to be titles from the Illinois Readers Choice Awards (Caudills, Bluestems, and Monarchs). We also saw some serious circulation from the always popular Mo Willems and Jeff Kinney. Here are the most frequently checked-out books from the Youth Services department in 2021:

    Picture Book:


    SumoKittyby David Biedrzycki



    Beginning Reader:


    Happy Pig Day!By Mo Willems


    Juvenile Chapter Book: it was a tie!


    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdownby Jeff Kinney 


    Inklingby Kenneth Oppel


    Teen Fiction:

    Other Words for Homeby Jasmine Warga


    Graphic Novel:


    Be Preparedby Vera Brosgol




     Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of “The Children’s Ship”by Deborah Heiligman




    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stoneby J. K. Rowling




    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep Endby Jeff Kinney


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    Youth Services Librarian Allison 

  • Wintry Books for Your Break

    Winter break is here-HURRAY! Celebrate by cuddling up with one of these excellent winter reads, a nice cup of hot cocoa, and a cozy blanket.


    Looking for more recommendations? Fill out our form to get a custom list of reads or a Book Bundle for pickup.



        Youth Services Specialist Stefanie 

  • Our Favorite Books from 2021

    Here are a handful of our favorite books published in 2021 for young readers. Check out the full list for more great recommendations!

    MaryJo recommends...

    Kingston and the Magician's Lost and Found by Rucker Moses and Theo Gangi 

    Alyssa recommends...

    The Smashed Man of Dread End by J. W. Ocker

    Noe Wiley is excited to move to a new house after a sleepwalking incident that ended in her accidentally hurting her friend. But soon she’s confronted with a group of hostile girls that live on her new street and a note that says only, “Don’t go into the basement of your house at night.” Curious, she does exactly what the girls told her not to do and ventures into her basement after dark to find a flat, grinning man oozing out of a crack in the wall. Now she’ll need the girls’ help if she wants to rid her house—and the world—of this monster, but can they figure out who he is and where he comes from in time to save their families and each other? This book was so wonderfully creepy and fast-paced that I read it in a single day. You may want to read this tale of friendship and monsters with the light on. And don’t go into the basement at night!

    Allison recommends...

    Just Like That! by Gary D. Schmidt


    Stefanie recommends...

    Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest by Phoebe Wahl

    Travel through the four seasons with Little Witch Hazel, a little witch who is all about helping the inhabitants of her forest community. Her adventures include rescuing an orphaned egg, rafting with her friends, encountering a haunted tree stump, and tending to her many patients in the midst of a blizzard. Heartwarming and cozy, Little Witch Hazel is the perfect choice for fans of books like Frog and Toad and Mister Putter and Tabby.

     See even more of our 2021 favorites!


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  • Delicious Reads - Books for Foodies

    These books have all the ingredients to be one of your next great reads.

    Hungry for a personalized buffet of books? Try aBrowsing Bundle! 

      Youth Services Librarian Demitra 

  • 5 Spine-Chilling Books to Share Around the Campfire

    Looking for the perfect creepy stories to share around the campfire (or by candlelight) this weekend? We've got you covered! This selection of stories ranges from very light scares to truly terrifying tales, and everything in between.


    The Doll in the Hall and Other Scary Stories by Max Brallier, illustrated by Letizia Rubegni

    This third book in the Mister Shivers series is perfect for those ready to dip their toes into some scary content. These five standalone stories include a little something for everyone, including a creepy doll, an eerily itchy cast, a vengeful tooth fairy, and so much more. 

    Recommended for Grades K-2


    Scary Stories to Read When It's Dark

     Scary Stories to Read When It’s Dark is a classic collection of thrills and chills featuring your favorite amphibians, Frog and Toad, and along with a handful of other popular folktales and retellings. 

    Recommended for Grades K-3


    A World Full of Spooky Stories: 50 Tales to Make Your Spine Tingle by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Madalina Andronic

    An anthology of tales from around the world, divided into themes such as strangers at the door, home of the spirits, enchanted places, and frozen lands. 

    Recommended for Grades K-4


    Hide and Don't Seek: And Other Very Scary Stories by Anica Mrose Rissi

     In this contemporary collection of 20 hair-raising stories, you’ll be sure to find the right fit for your campfire storytelling. From a murder of murderous crows, to an unconventional summer camp, and an even more unconventional teacher, and so much more, these stories are guaranteed to have you peeking over your shoulders for days.

    Recommended for Grades 4-6


    Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

     This graphic novel is truly terrifying and not for the faint of heart, perfect for fans of the classic book,Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

    Recommended for Grades 6+


    Looking for more recommendations? Fill out our form to get a custom list of reads or a Book Bundle for pickup.



        Youth Services Specialist Stefanie 

  • Books About the Refugee Experience

    Thousands of refugees have entered America in the wake of the Afghanistan takeover by Taliban forces, with500 people likely to settle in Illinois. These big numbers and far-off places and situations are hard to understand (often, for adults as well as children!) without the empathy-building stories behind the statistics and news headlines. These books for children of all ages help bring refugee experiences - from all over the world - to light and life.

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    Youth Services Librarian Allison 


  • The Top 5 Buzzworthy Books This Fall

    Autumn is such a stellar season here in the Barrington area. The days get cooler and crisper, creatively decorated scarecrows abound, and pumpkin suddenly is flavoring EVERYTHING. But the best thing about fall? The books! Here are five chapter books for kids we know you can’t wait to get your hands on.



    by Katherine Applegate

    From the oh-so-good creative voice behind Newbery Medal winning The One and Only Ivan as well as the Endling trilogy and our 2019 Book of the Summer Wishtree comes this brand new fantasy adventure about one girl and her quest to help the most unlovable creatures in her world. Yes please!





    The Beatryce Prophecy

    by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Sophie Blackall 

    A story set in medieval times about Beatryce, who just may be the girl prophesied to end the rule of the king, so must hide herself in the dangerous woods, away from those in power who want her dead. With sure-to-be stellar writing from the author of Newbery winnerThe Tale of Despereauxand artwork from the creator of Caldecott winnerHello Lighthouse,everybody is going to want to see this book.



    Daughter of the Deep

    by Rick Riordan

    A modern reimagining of10,000 Leagues Under the Sea? Hmm, I’m not sure about that… Wait, it’s by Rick Riordan, ofPercy Jacksonfame? Sign me up! 




    by Brian Selznick

    Selznick’s books are absolutely dazzling, combining stunning pencil artwork with amazing and ambitious stories. This newest book is a collection of stories and images that touch on themes of discovery and loss. Sounds like it will be a great book for grown-ups and kids alike.



    Amos McGee Misses the Bus

    by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

    Ten years ago, the Stead duo won the Caldecott Medal for their oh-so-charming story ofA Sick Day for Amos McGee.Now, the beloved zookeeper and his animal friends are finally getting a sequel.



    What books are you excited to see this fall?


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    Youth Services Librarian Allison

  • Unconventional School Stories

    During the COVID pandemic, the start of a school year has felt a little different. Whether your kids are going to class wearing masks and unable to hug friends, or moved completely to homeschooling, school time has required adaptations from all of us. Find some inspiration in these stories of different school situations, across time and around the world. 


    This Is My Home, This Is My School 

    by Jonathan Bean

    For young Jonathan and his sisters, Mom is the teacher and a whole lot more, and Dad is the best substitute any kid could want. From math, science, and field trips to recess, show-and-tell, and art, a school day with this intrepid, inventive family will seem both completely familiar and totally unique.



    Nile Crossing

    by Katy Beebe & Sally Wern Comport

    A boy growing up in Ancient Egypt begins his first day of scribe training by traveling the Nile to his school. A twist on the first-day-of-school story that shows readers that feeling nervous is universal, even for kids growing up in an ancient civilization.



    Steamboat School: Inspired By a True Story

    by Deborah Hopkinson & Ron Husband 

    In 1847 St. Louis, Missouri, when a new law against educating African Americans forces Reverend John to close his school, he finds an ingenious solution to the new state law by moving his school to a steamboat in the Mississippi River.



    The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

    by Rita Lorraine Hubbard & Oge Mora

    In 1848, Mary Walker was born into slavery. At age 15, she was freed, and by age 20, she was married and had her first child. By age 68, she had worked numerous jobs, including cooking, cleaning, babysitting, and selling sandwiches to raise money for her church. And at 116, she learned to read. An inspirational story of a woman whose long life and determination proved that you're never too old to learn.




    Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World

    by Susan Hughes 

    Education is not readily available for kids everywhere, and many communities are strapped for the resources that would make it easier for kids to go to school. In short, it's not always easy getting kids off to class -- but people around the world are finding creative ways to do it. In this book, travel to India, Burkina Faso, Brazil, Uganda, and a dozen other countries, to visit some of these incredible schools, and, through personal interviews conducted by author Susan Hughes, meet the students who attend them too. 



    Grandmother School

    by Rina Singh & Ellen Rooney

    Every morning, a young girl walks her grandmother to the Aajibaichi Shala, the school that was built for the grandmothers in her village to have a place to learn to read and write. A moving story about the power of education.



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    Youth Services Librarian Allison