Summer is right around the corner! For some of us, like my family, summer vacation has already begun– which officially kicks off the summer reading season. Each year, we here at ETM publish the recommended reading lists of the year’s Notable Children’s Books compiled by the Association of Library Service to Children. Each list is broken out by age groups. The books on this list come highly recommended by kid readers from all over the country and may also be available in ebook, audio book, braille, and large print formats. There is something for everyone on these lists! But, if you still haven’t found that special summer read, scroll down further, because this year we’ve included links to Brightly‘s lists, Teaching for Change‘s lists, We Are Kid Lit Collective’s recommended reads and Understood.org‘s lists for reluctant readers. So no excuses this summer!
NOTE: ***According to ALSC policy, the current year’s Newbery, Caldecott, Belpré, Sibert, Geisel, and Batchelder Award and Honor books automatically are added to the Notable Children’s Books list.***
Once you’ve got your books picked out, join a book club or reading program! There are many summer reading programs to join. Your local library most likely has one, but if not, check out Scholastic‘s Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge. The Read-a-Palooza is a free online program designed to be both educational and fun to help prevent the effects of the summer slide (the learning losses that can occur during the summer months). Over the course of 18 weeks, kids can enter their summer reading minutes online, unlocking digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges; and access book excerpts, videos, and other summer-exclusive content. To learn more about it, click here.
And- if your kiddos are still in school, check out Brightly’s May-themed reading challenge, broken out into three different reading levels!
Here are the lists of Notable Children’s Books compiled by the Association of Library Service to Children:
Books For Birth to Pre-School Age Children
For more summer reading lists, check out Brightly’s Summer Reading Lists For All Ages! And for those who are looking for themed summer reading, Teaching for Change launched SocialJusticeBooks.org to identify and promote the best multicultural and social justice children’s books. They partnered with the See What We See (SWWS) coalition to create a database of hundreds of critical children’s book reviews and more than 60 booklists. The We Are Kid Lit Collective selects books by and about IPOC (Indigenous and People of Color), people with disabilities, and people from the LGBTQIA+ communities and have curated a summer reading list that celebrates diversity, inclusivity and intersecting identities. YES PLEASE!
Lastly, for the reluctant readers or kids with reading challenges, Understood.org just published several lists for summer reading including one for struggling readers. Local libraries also often have audio version of popular books that can make reading less stressful and easier on kids with difficulties like Dyslexia. Additionally, Understood.org has links to downloadable reading logs and planners to help organize summer reading. Here are the links:
Happy reading and have a safe and wonderful summer!