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Book Bundles for Kids

Missing the ability to browse our shelves with your children? Let us select books for you! 

You can request a maximum of one (1) bundle per child at a time. Please fill out a separate form for each book bundle.

Customized bundles will be available within 7 business days. 

You will be contacted by staff when your order is ready for pickup. Your book bundle will be pre-packaged and pre-checked out to your account. Sorry, we cannot substitute individual titles in your book bundles.

We are currently only offering book bundles at the Downtown Santa Cruz Branch.

Book Bundles are available in the following categories (description below): 
       beginning readers
       beginning chapter books
       juvenile fiction

If you're looking for picture books, we already have a collection of kits! Please use a keyword search in our catalog for "read to me kit" to see a list of our ready-made picture-book kits which can be requested just like a regular book.

English Book Bundle Request Form

Spanish Book Bundle Request Form

For questions about the Book Bundles service, please:

call TelInfo at 831-427-7713 
or 
Email K12@santacruzpl.org

 

Book Bundle Descriptions

Readers

Readers contain familiar words that are easy to sound out. Level 1 are the easiest, with no more than 1 sentence per page, usually with short repeated words. Levels 2 and 3 offer increasingly complex words and longer sentences. There can be some overlap between the levels.  Reader Book Bundles include 8 books.

3 Choices:

  • Random Grab Bag
  • Animals
  • Favorite Characters

Beginning Chapter Books

Beginning Chapter Books are typically between 60 and 100 pages long. They have shorter sentences and paragraphs, fewer chapters, larger font and more illustrations than “regular” chapter books. Beginning Chapter Book Bundles include 5 books.

3 Choices:

  • Adventure
  • Fantasy
  • Humor

Juvenile Fiction Books

Juvenile Fiction Books are meant for young readers (roughly between 8 and 13 years old) who are comfortable with longer works, more complex topics and grammar, and have many chapters.  Juvenile Fiction Book Bundles include 3 books.

4 Choices:

  • Great Reads
  • Fantasy
  • Graphic Novels

OverDrive

OverDrive

The OverDrive/Northern California Digital Library collection has ebooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines for beginning readers, kids, teens, and adults.

OverDrive titles are compatible with most devices, including smartphones, tablets, computers, and Kindles.

Choose from two apps: The OverDrive app and Libby

In addition to the many adult titles, there are dedicated reading rooms for kids and teens.

Go to OverDrive View Tutorial
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hoopla

hoopla is a digital media service where you can check out movies, television, ebooks, audiobooks, and music. Thousands of titles are available for streaming or temporary download to your computer, smart phone or tablet. Check out movies for 3 days, music albums for 7 days and ebooks and audiobooks for 21 days.  5 titles per user per month.

Go to hoopla View Tutorial
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Kanopy

Kanopy

Kanopy Streaming Video. Kanopy provides access to one of the most unique collections of films in the world – including award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases – on every topic imaginable. Users can view 8 films per month with their account. Mobile apps and a Roku channel are available.

Go to Kanopy View Tutorial
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TumbleBook Library

TumbleBook Library LogoTumbleBook Library is an online collection of TumbleBooks--animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. Also included are games and puzzles. TumbleBooks are created in flash animation. You will need the Flash plug-in for your browser and a computer set up for sound.

Go to TumbleBook Library View Tutorial

Novelist K-8

Novelist K-8 Logo Children's book resource, providing read alikes for both fiction and nonfiction. Find the order of titles in a series, find book recommendations by grade level, and that meet curricular standards.

Go to Novelist K-8

 

Best Books Lists of 2020


Even though 2020 was a tumultuous year, authors and publishers continued to publish wonderful books for children and young adults. Here are a few lists you may want to check out:


School Library Journal Best Books of 2020
Publishers Weekly Best Books 2020
The Best Books of 2020 by Kirkus Reviews
Horn Book Fanfare - 2020 Booklist
Best Picture Books for 2020 (Available at SCPL)

Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature Best Books of 2020

 
The library may not have all these titles in our collection, but we are accepting requests so you will be able to suggest that we purchase titles that are of most interest to you.

 

A Collection of Anti-Racist Reading Lists and Resources

Links to lists of books and resources that deal with anti-racism

Santa Cruz Public Libraries Booklist:  Black Lives Matter: resources for kids, tweens, and families

Today's Parent: 27 books to help you talk to your kids about racism

EmbraceRace31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

Charis Books & More: Books to teach white children and teens ho to undo racism and white supremacy

School Library Journal: Social Justice: Fifteen titles to address inequity, equality, and organizing for young readers | Great Books

Oakland Public Library: Listen, Learn, Participate: A #BlackLivesMatter Resource Series

Common Sense Media: Books about racism and social justice

Social Justice Books: The best selection of multicultural and social justice books for children, YA, and educators.

Children's Book CouncilA Collection of Juneteenth Reading Lists

Hoopla Titles (ebooks) you can borrow from SCPL:

  • A is for Activist, Innosanto Nagara (ebook)
  • Something Happened In Our Town, Marianne Celano (eaudio)
  • Separate is Never Equal, Duncan Tonatiuh (ebook)
  • Ruth and the Green Book, Calvin Alexander Ramsey (ebook)
  • Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged, Jody Nyasha Warner (ebook)
  • We Are Different and Alike, Cynthia Geisen (ebook)
  • What’s Racism?, Amy B. Rogers (ebook)
  • American Civil Rights Movement, Emily Mahoney (ebook)
  • Rise Up! The Art of Protest, Jo Rippon and Mari Copeny (ebook)
  • Estadounidenses Asombrosos: Thurgood Marshall, Kristin Kemp (ebook)  

 

 
The library may not have all these titles in our collection, but we are accepting requests so you will be able to suggest that we purchase titles that are of most interest to you.

LGBTQ+ Book Lists

Book lists to celebrate Gay Pride all year round

Santa Cruz Public Libraries: LGBTQ Books 

Social Justice BooksLGBTQ+

American Library Association: The 2020 Rainbow Book List

Common Sense Media: LGBTQ Books

We Are Teachers: 30 Children’s Books with LGBT Characters

Somos Familia: Entre Nos (Between Us) is an animated novela about family acceptance. 

 

Book Bundles for Kids

Missing the ability to browse our shelves with your children? Let us select books for you! 

You can request a maximum of one (1) bundle per child at a time. Please fill out a separate form for each book bundle.

Customized bundles will be available within 7 business days. 

You will be contacted by staff when your order is ready for pickup. Your book bundle will be pre-packaged and pre-checked out to your account. Sorry, we cannot substitute individual titles in your book bundles.

We are currently only offering book bundles at the Downtown Santa Cruz Branch.

Book Bundles are available in the following categories (description below): 
       beginning readers
       beginning chapter books
       juvenile fiction

If you're looking for picture books, we already have a collection of kits! Please use a keyword search in our catalog for "read to me kit" to see a list of our ready-made picture-book kits which can be requested just like a regular book.

English Book Bundle Request Form

Spanish Book Bundle Request Form

For questions about the Book Bundles service, please:

call TelInfo at 831-427-7713 
or 
Email K12@santacruzpl.org

 

Book Bundle Descriptions

Readers

Readers contain familiar words that are easy to sound out. Level 1 are the easiest, with no more than 1 sentence per page, usually with short repeated words. Levels 2 and 3 offer increasingly complex words and longer sentences. There can be some overlap between the levels.  Reader Book Bundles include 8 books.

3 Choices:

  • Random Grab Bag
  • Animals
  • Favorite Characters

Beginning Chapter Books

Beginning Chapter Books are typically between 60 and 100 pages long. They have shorter sentences and paragraphs, fewer chapters, larger font and more illustrations than “regular” chapter books. Beginning Chapter Book Bundles include 5 books.

3 Choices:

  • Adventure
  • Fantasy
  • Humor

Juvenile Fiction Books

Juvenile Fiction Books are meant for young readers (roughly between 8 and 13 years old) who are comfortable with longer works, more complex topics and grammar, and have many chapters.  Juvenile Fiction Book Bundles include 3 books.

4 Choices:

  • Great Reads
  • Fantasy
  • Graphic Novels

OverDrive

OverDrive

The OverDrive/Northern California Digital Library collection has ebooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines for beginning readers, kids, teens, and adults.

OverDrive titles are compatible with most devices, including smartphones, tablets, computers, and Kindles.

Choose from two apps: The OverDrive app and Libby

In addition to the many adult titles, there are dedicated reading rooms for kids and teens.

Go to OverDrive View Tutorial
Desktop
Microsoft Windows title=
Mobile
Apple title=
Google Play title=

 

hoopla

hoopla is a digital media service where you can check out movies, television, ebooks, audiobooks, and music. Thousands of titles are available for streaming or temporary download to your computer, smart phone or tablet. Check out movies for 3 days, music albums for 7 days and ebooks and audiobooks for 21 days.  5 titles per user per month.

Go to hoopla View Tutorial
Mobile
Amazon title=
Apple title=
Google Play title=
TV
AndroidTV title=
AppleTV title=
Chromecast title=
FireTV title=
Roku title=

 

Kanopy

Kanopy

Kanopy Streaming Video. Kanopy provides access to one of the most unique collections of films in the world – including award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases – on every topic imaginable. Users can view 8 films per month with their account. Mobile apps and a Roku channel are available.

Go to Kanopy View Tutorial
Mobile
Amazon title=
Apple title=
Google Play title=
TV
AppleTV title=
Chromecast title=
Roku title=

 

TumbleBook Library

TumbleBook Library LogoTumbleBook Library is an online collection of TumbleBooks--animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. Also included are games and puzzles. TumbleBooks are created in flash animation. You will need the Flash plug-in for your browser and a computer set up for sound.

Go to TumbleBook Library View Tutorial

Novelist K-8

Novelist K-8 Logo Children's book resource, providing read alikes for both fiction and nonfiction. Find the order of titles in a series, find book recommendations by grade level, and that meet curricular standards.

Go to Novelist K-8

 

Best Books Lists of 2020


Even though 2020 was a tumultuous year, authors and publishers continued to publish wonderful books for children and young adults. Here are a few lists you may want to check out:


School Library Journal Best Books of 2020
Publishers Weekly Best Books 2020
The Best Books of 2020 by Kirkus Reviews
Horn Book Fanfare - 2020 Booklist
Best Picture Books for 2020 (Available at SCPL)

Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature Best Books of 2020

 
The library may not have all these titles in our collection, but we are accepting requests so you will be able to suggest that we purchase titles that are of most interest to you.

 

A Collection of Anti-Racist Reading Lists and Resources

Links to lists of books and resources that deal with anti-racism

Santa Cruz Public Libraries Booklist:  Black Lives Matter: resources for kids, tweens, and families

Today's Parent: 27 books to help you talk to your kids about racism

EmbraceRace31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

Charis Books & More: Books to teach white children and teens ho to undo racism and white supremacy

School Library Journal: Social Justice: Fifteen titles to address inequity, equality, and organizing for young readers | Great Books

Oakland Public Library: Listen, Learn, Participate: A #BlackLivesMatter Resource Series

Common Sense Media: Books about racism and social justice

Social Justice Books: The best selection of multicultural and social justice books for children, YA, and educators.

Children's Book CouncilA Collection of Juneteenth Reading Lists

Hoopla Titles (ebooks) you can borrow from SCPL:

  • A is for Activist, Innosanto Nagara (ebook)
  • Something Happened In Our Town, Marianne Celano (eaudio)
  • Separate is Never Equal, Duncan Tonatiuh (ebook)
  • Ruth and the Green Book, Calvin Alexander Ramsey (ebook)
  • Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged, Jody Nyasha Warner (ebook)
  • We Are Different and Alike, Cynthia Geisen (ebook)
  • What’s Racism?, Amy B. Rogers (ebook)
  • American Civil Rights Movement, Emily Mahoney (ebook)
  • Rise Up! The Art of Protest, Jo Rippon and Mari Copeny (ebook)
  • Estadounidenses Asombrosos: Thurgood Marshall, Kristin Kemp (ebook)  

 

 
The library may not have all these titles in our collection, but we are accepting requests so you will be able to suggest that we purchase titles that are of most interest to you.

LGBTQ+ Book Lists

Book lists to celebrate Gay Pride all year round

Santa Cruz Public Libraries: LGBTQ Books 

Social Justice BooksLGBTQ+

American Library Association: The 2020 Rainbow Book List

Common Sense Media: LGBTQ Books

We Are Teachers: 30 Children’s Books with LGBT Characters

Somos Familia: Entre Nos (Between Us) is an animated novela about family acceptance.