The Children’s Department in the Beverly Public Library offers an extensive collection of materials for children from birth to fifth grade including: books, magazines, audiobooks, music CDs, and DVDs. We also have a section of materials for parents, provide support to local teachers, and offer a number of programs and special events for children of all ages.

Kids Events

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Rev Up With Robots Grades 4-8

Wednesday May 18, from 4-5:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
Registration Recommended
Meet and try out the library’s robots!

Children’s Book Bundles

Are you looking for a convenient way to pick up a selection of children’s books? Our children’s librarians are happy to put together a book bundle based on your child’s preferences! Just fill out our Children’s Book Bundle Form. We will gather a maximum of 20 picture books, beginning readers, and non-fiction books and a maximum of 10 middle fiction, fiction, and graphic novels from books that are available on shelf. The books will be placed on hold and we will notify you when the book bundle is ready for you to pick up. Book bundles may take up to 3 business days to fulfill.

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Check out ebooks for kids at TumbleBooks! Choose from picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, non-fiction, read alongs, and more!

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PLAY! Kits

PLAY! Kits are here – a new way to explore, learn, and have fun with your young readers. Our 25 themed PLAY! Kits are designed to encourage and support the development of five early literacy skills: reading, talking, singing, playing, and writing. These bundles of fun, each ready to go in a durable backpack, are built around popular preschool topics such as dinosaurs, space, ocean, kindness, and more. Inside each kit you will find seven books, a fun hands-on manipulative, and a PLAY! Kit guide with suggestions on ways to extend the fun – and the learning!

PLAY! Kits are available in the Children’s Room or can be placed on hold. You can also call the Children’s Room at 978-921-6062, ext. 2174 for assistance.

PLAY! Kits were developed with federal funding from a Mind In the Making Grant awarded to the Beverly Public Library from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. 

Check them out!

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Image of a PLAY! Kit with books and dinosaur toys.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Join our new early literacy initiative, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! Reading with your child every day is one of the best ways to prepare your child for kindergarten. Together you can read 1000 books and we are here to help and cheer you on! For more information please visit our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten page.

Personalized Reading List for Kids

Looking for a new series like Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Are you a parent trying to find pirate picture books for your preschooler? Try our Personalized Reading List for Kids! All you need to do is answer a few questions such as who your favorite authors are and what types of books you like to read. Based on your responses one of our children’s librarians will create a list just for you!