eBooks for Kids

This list of eBooks for Kids features award-winning titles, as well as titles that appear on our Too-Good-to-Miss Booklists compiled by Children’s Services Staff. Read more about how our eBooks work


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Tangle of Knots

Lisa Graff

Destiny leads 11-year-old Cady to a peanut butter factory, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


Younger Elementary

The Absent Author

Ron Roy
Series: A to Z Mysteries

Dink Duncan and his two friends investigate the apparent kidnapping of famous mystery author Wallis Wallace. Available on Overdrive.


Dinosaurs Before Dark

Mary Pope Osborne
Series: Magic Tree House

Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic treehouse, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs. Available on Overdrive.


Duck! Rabbit!

Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Two unseen characters argue about whether the creature they are looking at is a rabbit or a duck. Available on Overdrive.


Go, Dog, Go!

P. D. Eastman

A vocabulary-building story about dogs engaged in every imaginable type of activity. Available at Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


Going Overboard!

Nancy Krulik
Series: Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo

Katie's vacation aboard a cruise ship with on-deck miniature golf, a chance to swim with dolphins, and her best friend Suzanne along, sounds wonderful, but the magic wind throws everything off-course when it turns her first into a dolphin and then into a renowned chocolate chef. Available on Overdrive.


Gooney Bird Greene

Lois Lowry

From the moment Gooney Bird Greene arrives at Watertower Elementary School, her fellow second-graders are intrigued by her unique sense of style and her unusual lunches. Available at 3M Cloud Library.


Horrid Henry

Francesca Simon
Series: Horrid Henry books

Horrid Henry causes his brother Perfect Peter all sorts of problems when he behaves properly for a change, upstages Peter at a dance recital, plays pirates, and goes on a camping trip. Available on Overdrive.


Knights of the Kitchen Table

Jon Scieszka

Joe receives a magic book for his birthday present from his uncle. Joe, Fred and Sam are transported to a time when evil knights, fire-breathing dragons and vile-smelling giants roamed the land. Available on 3M Cloud Library.


Marvin Redpost:  Super Fast, Out of Control!

Louis Sachar
Series: Marvin Redpost

Afraid of his new mountain bike, third-grader Marvin finds himself in a desperate situation when he accepts a challenge to ride down Suicide Hill. Available on Overdrive.


Miss Daisy Is Crazy!

Dan Gutman
Series: My Weird School

Miss Daisy's unusual teaching methods surprise her second grade students, especially reluctant learner A.J. Available on Overdrive.


The Mount Rushmore Calamity

Sara Pennypacker
Series: Flat Stanley's worldwide adventures

Hoping to escape the attention brought on by the accident that flattened Stanley, the Lambchop family drives to South Dakota, where they become involved in a wild west adventure at Mount Rushmore. Available on Overdrive.


The New Kid at School

Kate McMullan
Series: Dragon Slayers' Academy ; 1

Wiglaf is off to Dragon Slayers' Academy and in for a first day of school he will never forget. Available on Overdrive.


Sarah, Plain and Tall

Patricia MacLachlan

When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay. Available on Overdrive.


Scaredy Squirrel

Mélanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel is afraid to leave his nut tree because of all the dangers, but one day a bee invades Scaredy's nest and he leaps into the unknown. Available on Overdrive.


A Splash of Red:  The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

Jen Bryant

Presents an illustrated introduction to the life and work of artist Horace Pippin, describing his childhood love for drawing and the World War I injury that challenged his career. This Nonfiction title is available on 3M Cloud Library.


Stink and the Ultimate Thumb-Wrestling Smackdown

Megan McDonald
Series: McDonald, Megan. Stink Moody

After second-grader Stink gets an unsatisfactory grade in physical education, his parents tell him he must play a sport and so he masters thumb wrestling, as seen on a sports channel. Available on Overdrive.


The Stories Julian Tells

Ann Cameron

Julian, that quick fibber and wishful thinker, is great at telling stories. He can make people--especially his younger brother, Huey--believe just about anything. Like the one about the catalog cats that come in the mail. Or the fig leaves that make you grow tall if you eat them off the tree. But some stories can lead to a heap of trouble, and that's exactly where Julian and Huey end up all too often! Available on Overdrive.


Older Elementary

Airman

Eoin Colfer

In the late nineteenth century, when Conor Broekhart discovers a conspiracy to overthrow the king, he is branded a traitor, imprisoned, and forced to mine for diamonds under brutal conditions while he plans a daring escape from Little Saltee prison by way of a flying machine that he must design, build, and, hardest of all, trust to carry him to safety. Available on Overdrive.


Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer
Series: Colfer, Eoin. Artemis fowl

When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll. Available on Overdrive.


Because of Winn-Dixie

Kate DiCamillo

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


A Black Hole is Not a Hole

Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano

Get ready to S-T-R-E-T-C-H your mind! What is a black hole? Where do they come from? How were they discovered? Can we visit one? Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano takes readers on a ride through the galaxies (ours, and others), answering these questions and many more about the phenomenon known as a black hole. Available on 3M Cloud Library.


Breaking Stalin’s Nose

Eugene Yelchin

In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs. Available on 3M Cloud Library.


Catherine Called Birdy

Karen Cushman

Catherine, a spirited and inquisitive young woman of good family, narrates in diary form the story of her fourteenth year--the year 1290. A Newbery Honor Book. Available on 3M Cloud Library.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl

Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way. Available on 3M Cloud Library.


Chomp

Carl Hiaasen

When the difficult star of the reality television show "Expedition Survival" disappears while filming an episode in the Florida Everglades using animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane's family, Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him while avoiding Tuna's gun-happy father. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


The City of Ember

Jeanne DuPrau

The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


A Diamond in the Desert

Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Twelve-year-old Tetsu eats, sleeps and breathes baseball. It’s all he ever thinks about. But after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Tetsu and his family are forced from their home into an internment camp in the Arizona desert with other Japanese Americans, and baseball becomes the last thing on his mind. Available on 3M Cloud Library.


Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

Donald J. Sobol

Leroy Brown, aka Encyclopedia Brown, is Idaville neighborhood’s ten-year-old star detective. With an uncanny knack for trivia, he solves mysteries for the neighborhood kids through his own detective agency. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Chris Grabenstein

Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape. Available on Overdrive.


First Test

Tamora Pierce
Series: Protector of the Small

Ten-year-old Keladry of Mindalen, daughter of nobles, serves as a page but must prove herself to the males around her if she is ever to fulfill her dream of becoming a knight. Available on Overdrive.


Fortunately, the Milk

Neil Gaiman

While picking up milk for his children's cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

Sheila Turnage

When Miss Lana accidentally buys a haunted inn at the Tupelo Landing town auction, Desperado Detectives--aka Mo LoBeau and her best friend Dale--opens up a paranormal division to solve the ghost's identity before the town's big 250th anniversary bash. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


The Giver

Lois Lowry

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


The Golden Compass

Philip Pullman
Series: His Dark Materials

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman

Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


Half Moon Investigations

Eoin Colfer

Twelve-year-old private investigator Fletcher Moon, nicknamed "Half Moon" because of his shortness, must track down a conspiracy or be framed for a crime he did not commit. Available on Overdrive.


Hoot

Carl Hiaasen

Unfortunately, Roy’s first acquaintance in Florida is Dana Matherson, a well-known bully. Then again, if Dana hadn’t been sinking his thumbs into Roy’s temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is intriguing: he was running away from the school bus, carried no books, and–here’s the odd part–wore no shoes. Available on 3M Cloud Library.


Ice Island

Sherry Shahan

Thirteen-year-old Tatum's dream of competing in the grueling 1,049-mile Iditerod Trail Sled Dog Race may be at an end when she becomes lost in a freak snowstorm during a training run on Alaska's remote Santa Ysabel Island. Available on 3M Cloud Library.


The Incredible Journey

Sheila Burnford

Instinct told them that the way home lay to the west. And so the doughty young Labrador retriever, the roguish bull terrier and the indomitable Siamese set out through the Canadian wilderness. Separately, they would soon have died. But, together, the three house pets faced starvation, exposure, and wild forest animals to make their way home to the family they love. Available on 3M Cloud Library.


Inkheart

Cornelia Funke
Series: Funke, Cornelia Caroline. Inkheart Trilogy

Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service. Avaible on 3M Cloud Library.


Inside Out and Back Again

Thanhha Lai

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


Interworld

Neil Gaiman

At nearly fifteen years of age, Joey Harker learns that he is a Walker, able to travel between dimensions, and soon joins a team of different versions of himself, each from another dimension, to fight the evil forces striving to conquer all the worlds. Available on Overdrive.


Julie of the Wolves

Jean Craighead George

While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack. Available on Overdrive.


The Land of Stories : The Wishing Spell

Chris Colfer

Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.


The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson & the Olympians

After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


The Lions of Little Rock

Kristin Levine

Two girls separated by race form an unbreakable bond during the tumultuous integration of Little Rock schools in 1958 Twelve-year-old Marlee doesn't have many friends until she meets Liz, the new girl at school. Available on 3M Cloud Library.


A Living Nightmare

Darren Shan
Series: Cirque Du Freak ; bk.#1

Two boys who are best friends visit an illegal freak show, where an encounter with a vampire and a deadly spider forces them to make life-changing choices. Available on Overdrive.


Masters of Disaster

Gary Paulsen

Twelve-year-old Henry's grand adventures spell disaster for best chums Riley and Reed, who always seems to land in a pile of "smelly goo." Available on Overdrive.


Maze of Bones

Rick Riordan

When their beloved aunt--matriarch of the world's most powerful family--dies, orphaned siblings Amy and Dan Cahill compete with less honorable Cahill descendants in a race around the world to find cryptic clues to a mysterious fortune. Includes game cards which the reader may use to play an online version of the treasure hunt. Available on Overdrive.


The Mighty Miss Malone

Christopher Paul Curtis

With love and determination befitting the "world's greatest family," twelve-year-old Deza Malone, her older brother Jimmie, and their parents endure tough times in Gary, Indiana, and later Flint, Michigan during the Great Depression. Available on Overdrive.


Mission Unstoppable

Dan Gutman
Series: Genius Files

On a cross-country vacation with their parents, twins Coke and Pepsi, soon to be thirteen, fend off strange assassins as they try to come to terms with their being part of a top-secret government organization known as The Genius Files. Available on Overdrive.


Moon Over Manifest

Clare Vanderpool

Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Beverly Cleary

A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling. Available on Overdrive.


The Mysterious Benedict Society

Trenton Lee Stewart
Series: Mysterious Benedict Society

After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


Navigating Early

Clare Vanderpool

Odyssey-like adventure of two boys' incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters. Available on 3M Cloud Library.


Number the Stars

Lois Lowry

As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family. Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


One Came Home

Amy Timberlake

In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in, and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters. Available on 3M Cloud Library.


One Crazy Summer

Rita Williams-Garcia

In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


The One and Only Ivan

Katherine Applegate

When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


Ramona the Pest

Beverly Cleary
Series: Cleary, Beverly. Ramona Quimby

Ramona works hard at being noticed in kindergarten. Available on Overdrive.


The Resisters

Eric Nylund

When twelve-year-olds Madison and Felix kidnap him, Ethan learns that the Earth has been taken over by aliens and that all the adults in the world are under mind control. Available on Overdrive.


Savvy

Ingrid Law

Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy"--a magical power unique to each member of her family--just as her father is injured in a terrible accident. Available on 3M Cloud Library.


The Secret of the Old Clock

Carolyn Keene
Series: Keene, Carolyn. Nancy Drew mystery stories

Nancy is called in to help find a missing will. True to her reputation as a good detective, Nancy tracks down every possible lead in her quest. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


The Shadows

Jacqueline West
Series: Books of Elsewhere

When eleven-year-old Olive moves into a crumbling Victorian mansion with her parents, she knows there's something strange about the house - especially the odd antique paintings covering the walls. And when she puts on a pair of old spectacles, she discovers the strangest thing yet: She can travel inside the paintings, to a spooky world that's full of dark shadows. Available on 3M Cloud Library.


The Sign of the Beaver

Elizabeth George Spear

Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills. Available on Overdrive.


The Silver Bowl

Diane Stanley

From the age of seven when she became scullery maid in a castle, Molly has seen visions of the future which, years later, lead her and friend Tobias on an adventure to keep Alaric, the heir to the throne, safe from a curse. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


Smith: The Story of a Pickpocket

Leon Garfield

A Carnegie Medal Honor Book Twelve-year-old Smith is a denizen of the mean streets of eighteenth-century London, living hand to mouth by virtue of wit and pluck. One day he trails an old gentleman with a bulging pocket, deftly picks it, and as footsteps ring out from the alley by which he had planned to make his escape, finds himself in a tough spot. Available on 3M Cloud Library.


The Tale of Despereaux

Kate DiCamillo

The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


The Templeton Twins Have an Idea

Ellis Weiner

Abigail and John, the Templeton twins, and their dog Cassie, foil a pair of inept kidnappers intent on stealing one of their father's newest inventions. Available on 3M Cloud Library.


Three Times Lucky

Sheila Turnage

A hilarious Southern debut with the kind of characters you meet once in a lifetime. Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's been making waves ever since. Available on 3M Cloud Library.


The Time Hackers

Gary Paulsen

When someone uses futuristic technology to play pranks on twelve-year-old Dorso Clayman, he and his best friend set off on a supposedly impossible journey through space and time trying to stop the gamesters who are endangering the universe. Available on Overdrive.


Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson

While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, Jim Hawkins and his innkeeper mother find a treasure map that leads them to a pirate's fortune. Available on Overdrive.


The Trouble With Chickens:  A J.J. Tully Mystery

Doreen Cronin
Series: J.J. Tully mysteries

A hard-bitten former search-and-rescue dog helps solve a complicated missing chicken case. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


Turtle in Paradise

Jennifer L. Holm

In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


The Wednesday Wars

Gary D Schmidt

During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in. Available on Overdrive.


Wee Free Men

Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld

A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland. Available on Overdrive.


The Westing Game

Ellen Raskin

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Grace Lin

In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


The Willoughbys

Lois Lowry

In this tongue-in-cheek take on classic themes in children's literature, the four Willoughby children set about to become "deserving orphans" after their neglectful parents embark on a treacherous around-the-world adventure, leaving them in the care of an odious nanny. Available on Overdrive.


The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Elizabeth George Spear

In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft. Available on Overdrive.


A Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula K. Le Guin
Series: Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929- Earthsea cycle

Ged was the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, but once he was called Sparrowhawk, a reckless youth, hungry for power and knowledge, who tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. Available on 3M Cloud Library.


Wonder

R.J. Palacio

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his clasassmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. Available on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.


Yes She Can!  Women’s Sports Pioneers

Glenn Stout

Profiles five female athletes through history that overcame adversity and discrimination to become prominent players in their sports, including historic swimmer Trudy Ederle and NASCAR's Danica Patrick. Available on Overdrive.