K-12 Education Newsletter: Recommended reading

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Hennepin County Library K-12 Education Newsletter

November 2021

As Hennepin County Library continues to adapt its services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please see our Current service information page for details.

Recommended reading

As the Thanksgiving and winter breaks approach, use Hennepin County Library's book lists to find recommended reading for your students.

Giving Thanks: Indigenous History, Food, and Gratitude

Covers of two titles from the Giving Thanks book list

Check out this book list of library staff-recommended titles for all ages to celebrate gratitude, enjoy good food, and learn from Indigenous perspectives around Thanksgiving. 

Picture books we're loving

Cover images of Fry Bread and The Girl and the Wolf

We asked library staff for their favorite picture books published within the past five years. Here are some of their recommendations.

Manga for teens

Teens reading manga

Manga has been one of our most popular formats for teens this year. Check out our two teen manga lists:

  • Essential manga for teens - If you're new to manga, or just catching up on the classics, this list is for you: discover shojo, shonen, and so much more!
  • New manga for teens - Ready for a deeper dive into manga? Check out these new series!

For all of our teen book lists, see the Books for teens page.

Favorites by grade level

Library staff have selected some of their favorite titles for grades K-6:

For all of our children's book lists, see the Books for children page.

Download eBooks through the Libby app

Libby image

To access eBooks and downloadable audiobooks, you can download the Libby app from your phone or tablet's app store. Enter your library card information and start checking out books through the app!

Online tutors through HelpNow

Students in grades 3-12 can receive free one-to-one live online tutoring assistance every day of the week from 1-11 p.m. (with their library card) in English or in Spanish. Students can also submit their essays on HelpNow and get feedback within one to two days. For details, see Tutors online

Screen capture of the HelpNow tutorial

Learn to use HelpNow

Library staff created a tutorial on how to start connecting with tutors through HelpNow. See the video for instructions on how to get to HelpNow through the library website. 

Get a library card

It’s free to get a Hennepin County Library card, and anyone who needs to replace a lost or stolen library card can do so without paying a fee. You can get a new or replacement card in-person at any open library location, or apply online for a library e-card to access the library's online resources, including eBooks and other downloads. Apply online for a library e-card.


Questions? Ask Us

You can Ask Us your questions via phone, email, text, or live chat with staff. Chat is available Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday noon-5 p.m. 

Please see our Current service information page for information on in-person services.

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