Kids Read — And Write
SUMMER READING PROGRAM 2021
2021 Summer Reading Lists from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee has updated their Summer Reading Lists with new and exciting titles! The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer. Four Summer Reading lists are available for birth-preschool and grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Each list is available here to download for free. Titles on the 2021 Summer Reading Lists were compiled and annotated by members of ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee. ALSC reading lists are created as a resource for children’s librarians to share with patrons. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to explore these titles to find resources that may match or spark their child’s interest. Note: The designed lists have been modified to conserve space.
Birth-Preschool Reading List (389 KB, PDF)
Kindergarten to Grade 2 Reading List (323 KB, PDF)
Grades 3-5 Reading List (360 KB, PDF)
Grades 6-8 Reading List (360 KB, PDF)
ALSC Día Booklists! Birth through 8 grade
El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
Embracing Gender Identities
The Association for Library Service to Children promotes reading and books through recommendations, compilations of lists, and related services. ALSC booklists are created as a resource for children’s librarians to share with patrons. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to explore these titles to find resources that may match or spark their child’s interest. Embracing Gender Identities is an ALSC booklist created to help support conversations about gender identity and expression. This list, which is divided into books for 0-5 year-olds, elementary school students and middle schoolers, includes recommended informational picture books, as well as works of fiction and non-fiction that challenge gender norms and explore the wide spectrum of gender identity. It includes additional resources for parents.
Booklists and Activities
Find award winning books current and past
Suggestions and reviews
The National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) has published their
2021 Outstanding Science Trade Books for students K-12
and their Best STEM Books K–12
Accepting writing and illustrations from kids 8-13 years old
Young Writers Program
Prepare for National Novel Writing Month with other programs during the year (including Spring Camp in April); then take the challenge and write a novel in November!