Summer Reading 2021

Reading can be one of the many fun activities children choose to fill their summer time. And research has shown it is also much more!

Children who participate in public library summer reading programs make achievement leaps during the summer.

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)  reading lists below are created by children’s librarians as a resource to share with patrons, and may also be available in ebook, audio book, braille, and large print formats. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to explore this list to find resources that may match or spark their child’s interest. Connect with your local library to find out what’s happening this summer.

The 2021 Summer Reading Book List was created by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Titles on this list were selected by members of ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee. For more booklists, please visit

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. From creative programming and best practices to continuing education and professional connections—ALSC members are innovators in the field of children’s library service.

Summer Reading Programs for All Ages


Blackstone Memorial Library
A Universe of Stories

Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library
A Universe of Stories

Cheshire Public Library
Summer Adventure

East Haven
Hagman Memorial Library

Hamden Public Library
A Universe of Stories

New Haven
New Haven Free Public Library
A Universe of Stories

North Haven
North Haven Memorial Library
“Laugh Out Loud Library!”

Wallingford Public Library
Summer Reading

Summer Reading!

The Association for Library Service to Children has announced its Summer Reading Lists for 2015.

The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer. Three Summer Reading book lists are available in PDF form for K-2nd, 3rd- 5th, and 6th-8th grade students. Titles were compiled and annotated by members of ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee.

Happy Reading!

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade List

3rd through 5th Grade List

• 6th through 8th Grade List

Summer Reading Challenge


The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online program designed to motivate and excite your kids around reading books this summer. Kids can log the minutes they spend reading, earn virtual rewards and prizes, and enter sweepstakes, all in an effort to set a new reading world record for summer 2014!

This year’s Reading Challenge theme is “Reading Under the Stars.” Children ages 4 to 14 are encouraged to join in the fun, and you can sign them up on the Scholastic website. For more about the program,
read “Summer Challenge 101 for Parents.”

Then visit the Scholastic website, where you’ll find recommended reading, tips for getting your kids to read more, book reviews, videos, printable teaching materials and more!

Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long!



According to the Scholastic organization, 99% of parents think children should read over the summer. Do you?

I remember the summer reading program at my local library when I was growing up — it was one of my favorite things about summer vacation!

But with so many other things to keep kids busy — warm sunny days, family activities, technologies — how do you get your kids interested in reading? Scholastic makes the following suggestions:

  • Give your kids the power of choice. A recent survey found that 92% of kids say they are more likely to finish a book they have picked out themselves. Make a point to help your child find books that appeal to his or her interests.

  • Read every day. Whether kids read print books or ebooks, the more they read, the better readers they become, and the better readers they become, the more they enjoy reading. Map out at least 20 minutes each day when you and your child plan to read together.

  • Make books accessible. Having books available is key to helping kids love to read. The Kids & Family Reading Report found that having reading role-model parents or a large book collection at home has a greater impact on kids’ reading frequency than does household income.

For motivation, Scholastic offers a free, online Summer Reading Challenge that allows kids to log the minutes they spend reading as they earn rewards. They can participate in weekly challenges, earn digital rewards, enter sweepstakes, and find great books to read.

For more information and to sign up, visit You’ll find free reading tips, booklists, printable reading logs and more. Plus, download the FREE Scholastic Reading Timer mobile app (available for iPhones, iPad, Droid devices) so kids can log minutes on the go.