Reading Lists & Research

Textbooks and Reading Lists

We have the District 181 and St. Isaac Jogues elementary and middle school textbooks on our Homework Shelf, available for you to use in the Library or to photocopy.

We also have the books on Hinsdale schools’ reading lists on display in the Youth Services Department for easy access and check out.


District 181 Middle School Battle of the Books List, 2015

Battle books can be found on a special shelf next to the video games. Click on the title below to see if it is available for checkout.  In many cases, an audio book, Playaway, or eBook is also available.

City of Orphans by Avi. Also on Playaway.

Stand Tall by Joan Bauer. Also on CD.

A String in the Harp by Nancy Bond

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. Also on CD, eBook, eAudio and Nook.

Becoming Ben Franklin by Russell Freedman

Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff. Also on eAudio.

December Stillness by Mary Downing Hahn

I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly by Joyce Hansen

Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes. Also on CD.

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse. Also on CD and eAudio.

Jason’s Gold by Will Hobbs

I am David by Anne Holm

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm. Also on CD, eBook, eAudio and Nook.

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. Also on CD and eBook.

Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Watsasuki Houston

Kennedy’s Last Days by Bill O’Reilly

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. Also on eAudio.

Jip: His Story by Katherine Paterson

Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan. Also on CD and eAudio.

Death Mountain by Sherry Shahan

Elephant Run by Roland Smith

The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary Soto

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. Also on eBook.


Here are links to available Illinois Children’s Choice Book Award nominee lists for 2015-2016:


Grades K-2


Grades 3-5


Grades 4-8




Research Help

Looking for information online? Don’t just use an Internet search. Our online databases offer quality articles, primary sources, and websites that are reviewed and updated regularly. Use from a computer in the library, or enter your card number for access from home.

Here is a link to our full list of resources.  You’ll need your library card to use them: STUDENT RESOURCES

Some of our favorites are:



SWAN Catalog



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