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Summer Reading 2021

Summer reading lists submitted by RILINK members and other reading list that are of interest.

Association of Library Service to Children


ALSC's Quicklists Consulting Committee has updated our 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 2020 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.

Visit the Book & Media Awards Shelf  for links to lists of award winning books from ALSC, awards from other organizations, and children's notable lists.

Native Americans Children's Literature

 Debbie Reese, Ph.D., is an enrolled member of Nambé Pueblo and the curator of the Native American Children’s Literature Recommended Reading list. Dr. Reese is an expert in the field of Native children’s literature, an educator, and has served on many national literacy boards. 

Children's Book Awards From Other Organizations

This list of awards  was originally published in Children and Libraries (Vol. 13, no. 3/Fall 2015) and has been updated since. The issue's theme was diversity. The list contains a sampling of book awards and recommended reading lists that highlight high-quality literature for young people about diverse peoples and triumphs of the human spirit.  Lists included are from ALA, ALA  Affiliates, and other organizations.


We are Kid Lit Collective

A curated summer reading list that celebrates diversity, inclusivity and intersecting identities? The We Are Kid Lit Collective selects books by and about IPOC (Indigenous and People of Color), with attention to their intersecting.