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.

2021 Children’s Summer Reading

We invite you to read on the wild side this summer and join the 2021 Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program! To complete the reading program you need to read for 12 hours (720 minutes) from June 21 to August 13. There are two ways to keep track of your reading minutes.

  • Sign up for the Beanstack app and you will receive a virtual badge for every 20 minutes of reading.
  • Or pick up a paper reading log with stickers to keep track of your minutes. Each sticker represents 20 minutes of reading, You will need 36 stickers on your log to reach the 720-minute goal to complete the program. The reading log and stickers will be available at the library starting June 21.

Everyone who completes 12 hours of reading will receive a small squirting dragon and be entered into a raffle with the chance to win a $20.00 gift certificate to the Copper Dog Books or the Book Shop of Beverly Farms, T-shirt, or Tails and Tales browsing reading bag

Beanstack users will be automatically entered into the raffle when you complete the program. If using the paper reading log, you will need to return the completed log to the library or take a picture of it and send it to Margie at by August 13.

Whether you use the Beanstack app or use the paper log don’t forget to visit the Children’s Room to pick up your squirting dragon when you complete the program!

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Summer Reading List

Looking for great books to read this summer? We have awesome book suggestions on our Elementary School Summer Reading List. If the book you are looking for is not available, we can always request it for you from another library. The list will also tell you whether the books are available on OverDrive/Libby or hoopla. 

Children’s City Wide Scavenger Hunt

We have hidden some animal friends around the city. Can you find them? Everyone who participates will receive a packet of Tails and Tales stickers. You can print a scavenger hunt form or pick one up in the Children’s Room.

Kids Events

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 Fairies PLAY! Kit that includes books and fairy toys.
Image of PLAY! Kit backpacks piled below a bulletin board with Big Bird from Sesame Street
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!