Books and Readers Resources

Premium Resources

20th Century American Poetry

Includes the full-text of American poetry from the 20th century. *

20th Century English Poetry

Includes the full-text of British poetry from the 20th century. 

ABCMouse (In Library Use Only) helps kids learn to read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music, and much more. Over 5,000 learning activities (fun games, puzzles, art, etc.) for kids ages 2-7+.


Axis360 is an e-book service that emphasizes the app experience. Apps are available for iOS and Android devices as well as Windows PCs. After downloading the app and setting up your account, you can check out and read a title with just 3 clicks.*

Biblioteca Tumble (TumbleBooks)

Libros ilustrados, rompecabezas, juegos y concursos de preguntas y respuestas para niños en línea.

Book Review Digest Plus

This database brings together book reviews on a wide range of topics from a variety of sources. Titles include a variety of fiction genres and nonfiction subjects.*


Digital comics, graphic novels, and manga from top publishers and creators.*



Digital editions of popular magazines, to read on your computer, laptop, or portable device.  Includes current and back issues. Sign in with your library card number then select your favorite titles or browse. *


Hoopla provides streaming and downloadable movies, TV shows, music, e-books, e-audiobooks, and graphic novels. Use your library card to sign up and create an account, then edit account settings to add library name (Houston Public Library), library card number, and PIN before browsing or checking out. You are allowed 2 checkouts per month and can check out videos for 72 hours, music for 7 days, and e-books, e-audiobooks, graphic novels check out for 21 days.*

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids is a kid friendly version of the iconic magazine. This searchable database contains full issues of National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009 to present (with a 3 month embargo). It also contains hundreds of National Geographic Kids books, videos, and images.*

NoveList K-8 Plus

Online resource for helping teachers, school media specialists and kids find that next great fiction or nonfiction book to read. Includes Lexile scores.*

NoveList Plus

A complete readers resource with information on well over 200,000 fiction and narrative nonfiction titles.*


**Effective June 1, 2020, MyLink cardholders have a brand new HPL OverDrive website.  Visit FAQs here.  **

Download e-books, audiobooks, magazines and videos.*

ProQuest Ebook Central (For Remote Users)

A collection of e-books covering K-12, career, arts, leisure and life skills.* 


A multimedia online database including thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment. includes a wide variety of tools for both teachers and students including lists of award winners and diverse books, new books, series lists, meet-the-author videos, Lexile levels, reader's advisory tools, and lesson plans. *


Online picture books, chapter books, puzzles, games and quizzes for children.*


OCLC FirstSearch provides a catalog of library materials owned by libraries around the world. Includes ability to search for books in Spanish, French, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese (traditional and simplified).*

Recommended Websites

Accelerated Reader Bookfinder

Locate approved titles for use in school Accelerated Reader programs. Check with your student's teacher or school for specific details and approved AR lists.

Book Riot

Fun site for bibliophiles.  Includes reading lists, podcast recommendations and a store containing awesome bookish accessories.

Book Spot

An easy access point to some of the top book-related sites, including information on awards and recommended reading.

Fantastic Fiction

Detailed information about series fiction as well as new fiction titles.


Discover thousands of free public domain e-books including original books from new authors that you can read on any mobile device.

Fiction DB

A one-stop source for most of the information you might want about fiction books and authors. Includes titles in series, author pseudonyms, and similar titles and authors listings.

Flashlight Worthy

Discover hundreds of book lists of recommended reading. Over 50 categories include fiction lists, nonfiction and biography lists, and graphic novels.


Goodreads is a social network for readers where members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, form book clubs and much more.

HathiTrust Digital Library

HathiTrust Digital Library is a digital preservation repository and access platform. HathiTrust provides long-term preservation and access services to digitized content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house member institution initiatives. Items in the public domain are in full-view for everyone and items held in copyright are searchable. The HathiTrust U.S. Federal Government Documents Program aims to expand and enhance digital access to U.S. federal publications, including those issued by GPO and other federal agencies.

HPL Paperback Classics

Local school reading list titles includes fiction and nonfiction.

HPL Readers' Link

All about books, authors, book clubs, and sharing your love of reading.

Lexile: Find A Book

Allows users to find book Lexile levels with a title search or to find titles with a specific Lexile level.

Library of Congress Catalog

Holdings of our national library and the research arm of Congress.

Library Thing

Catalog your books online.

Mayor's Office for Adult Literacy

Resources for instructors and adults with literacy needs.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks, many of which are downloadable. All books are in the public domain, that is, the copyright on these titles has expired.

Read Across America

Motivate your child to read year-round with help from HPL and this National Education Association program.  Find free tools and resources, reading calendars and information about events near you.

Reading Group Choices

Book lists and discussion guides for reading groups.

Texas Talking Book Program

The Talking Book Program povides free library services for qualifying Texans with blindness or visual, physical, or reading disabilities. Registered TBP users may borrow books and magazines in digital audio, Braille, and large print. Materials and playback machines are mailed to your door, completely free of charge. Complete an application and you will be contacted to create an account. The TBP is a program of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, provided in conjuction with the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) in Washington, DC, a program administered by the Library of Congress.

What Should I Read Next?

Simple search by title or author.  Gives you a lengthy list of read-a-likes.


Use "sliders" for different criteria to get suggestions that closely match your needs. Explore book lists.