Find the best books for tiny tots

See our pick of the picture books. Look here for the best books that teach tough topics. Need other recommendations? Our librarians love to talk about books. Just ask! Call us at 217/403–2030 or e-mail

Patchwork of Picture Books


We asked each of our librarians to choose some favorite picture books. The Urbana Free Library did the same thing. Here’s the list we pieced together…together.



These are some of the best books for parents and children on the subject of death and dying. A story can be a great tool to help children understand a tough issue and reassure them they‘re not alone.

New Baby


When a new baby brother or sister arrives, it can be both exciting and difficult. These stories can help older children understand their feelings.

About Tumblebooks


Learn more about using these free online books for kids.

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Tumblebooks are animated, talking books to use online anytime. They're free for Champaign library card holders, and there's no special software to download. learn more