Reading Recommendations

We know many of you like coming to the desk to ask our librarians what you or your child should read next. Good news! We're still more than happy to do that for you! Just fill out the information in the form and one of our librarians will respond to you with a few title suggestions. If you have questions, feel free to email winonapl@selco.info.

Ask a Librarian for Help (form)

We also have compiled several lists of recommended reads below:

Picture Books

Beginner Chapter Books

Intermediate Chapter Books

Middle School Reads

High School Reads

Books to Lead a Conversation About Racism

Books Written by Indigenous Authors

Celebrating Black Stories: More than a Month

LGBTQ History Month Booklist

Read with PRIDE

Remembering Congressman John Lewis

Women's Suffrage

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

A Special Announcement from the Friends of the Winona Public Library

We are excited to announce that Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is now available in Winona County!

If you have a child, age 0 to 5, click the link below to register them to receive a hand-selected, age-appropriate, high-quality book each month, free of cost!

https://imaginationlibrary.com/usa/affiliate/MNWINONA/

A special thank you to the Winona Community Foundation and the Donna Helble Fund for partnering with us!

Simply S.T.E.A.M. (May 2020 episodes)

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Simply STEAM

Join us each Tuesday morning through May for a short lesson on all things S.T.E.A.M. Our Youth staff will walk you through instructions on how to complete a new craft or experiment each week using materials you already have in your home. This program series is great for ages 5 through 12.

Tuesday, June 2nd: Oobleck and More!

In this week's episode of S.T.E.A.M. with Winona Public Library, explore non-Newtonian fluids with Ms. Marcie. We'll make oobleck and some fun clay with corn starch along the way!

S.T.E.A.M. with Winona Public Library: Oobleck and More!

In this week's episode of S.T.E.A.M. with Winona Public Library, explore non-Newtonian fluids with Ms. Marcie. We'll make oobleck and some fun clay with corn starch along the way!

Posted by Winona Public Library on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

 

Tuesday, May 26th: Cloud in a Jar!

S.T.E.A.M. with Winona Public Library: Cloud in a Jar!

This week on S.T.E.A.M., Miss Tricia makes a cloud in a jar! For a brief lesson on clouds and other weather activities to try at home, visit https://winona.lib.mn.us/kids-projects/wacky-weather/.

Posted by Winona Public Library on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

This week on S.T.E.A.M., Miss Tricia makes a cloud in a jar! For a brief lesson on clouds and other weather activities to try at home, visit https://winona.lib.mn.us/kids-projects/wacky-weather/.


Tuesday, May 19th: Tomato Salad with Bluff Country Coop!

Tuesday, May 12th: Crafting with Cardboard Tubes!

Tuesday, May 5th: Paper Bag Wings! 

Tuesday, April 28th: Parachutes! 

Tuesday, April 21st: Chromatography Flowers!

 

Pretend Play

Pretend play
Pretend play

Pretend play has lots of benefits for young children as they develop early literacy skills. For one thing, pretend play gives kids a chance to learn new words. Using those new words while you play helps kids understand and remember them, as they are hearing and using the new words in action!

Pretend Play (PDF)

Free Online Teen Resources

*Please note that some of these resources have been provided free of charge for a limited time only during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Teens sitting around computer

12 World-Class Museums You Can Visit Online

Authors Everywhere: This YouTube channel features workshops, readings, and activities from a variety of middle grade authors.

Bon Appetit YouTube Channel: For cooking lessons, inspiration, and more.

DC Kids Free Comics

Draw Every Day with JJK:  Graphic novel drawing tutorials from Jarrett J. Krosoczka, illustrator of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series.

Epic Reads Quizzes: Fans of YA fiction, these quizzes are for you!

GoComics.com: Free webcomics for kids and teens. No idea what webcomics are? Here's a quick-start guide.

Google Arts and Culture: Virtual tours, art, food, and more.

Harry Potter at Home

Host a “Reel Bad Movie” night at home with these movies streaming on YouTube: Teen Wolf. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Jack and the Beanstalk, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Dino King.

Hour of Code: Coding challenges and activities for all grade levels, from Minecraft to sports to Harry Potter.

Jason Reynolds Grab the Mic: Tell Your Story

Junior Library Guild Streaming Titles: You can access lots of great eBooks for both middle school and high school readers.

NASA STEM at Home for Grades 5-8

San Diego Zoo Kids: Live webcams of animals, activities, and more for animal lovers.

*Scholastic Learn at Home for Grades 6-9: Go on learning journeys with videos, articles, activities, and more for each day of the week.

Science Buddies STEM activities: You can search for STEM activities and informational videos for a variety of ages, including elementary, middle, and high school.

Smithsonian Distance Learning: Free video webinars about birds, coral reefs, fossils, and more.

YMCA 360: Free workout videos, with some geared toward kids and youth, and others for all ages.

Yoga with Adriene: Free yoga videos you can try at home.

Free Online Resources for Kids

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