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Children's Library

The Children’s Library serves the children of Athenæum members from their earliest days through young  adulthood. Located on the first floor of the building, the Children’s Library contains classic and contemporary  literature and fills two adjoining spaces that are designed to appeal to novice and more sophisticated readers respectively.

For younger readers, the Chris Library Preschool Room houses board books, picture books, and easy  readers. It also features a listening center, an aquarium, and cozy windowseats.  The C. A. Coolidge Young  Readers Room has classics and contemporary fiction, as well as non-fiction.  In addition to books, the Children’s Library offers magazines and audio books as well.

Children's Library News

The Boston Athenæum Children's Library 2014 Summer Reading List is available. Click here to check it out or explore other suggested reading

Tumblebooks

An online collection of animated, talking picture books that can be listened to or read. The selection of books includes story books, chapter books, new books, non-fiction, and language learning. There are also puzzles and games to play. Tumblebooks can be accessed from the computer in the Children's Library, or from members' home computers. And it's easy to use! Click on "Tumblebooks" under the Electronic Resources page , or the Tumblebooks link from the Children's Library pages.

Fun & Games

Popular authors' websites with fun activities and games:

Other recommended kid friendly websites: