Each summer Parkway circulates new summer reading lists in a brochure format for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and high school. The lists were adopted from ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children), ILA (International Literacy Association) MASL (Missouri Association of School Librarians), and/or YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association).The criteria for many of the books on these lists were based on overall appeal, exposure to authors, diversity, genre variety, and relevance. The brochure format creates a manageable list with adequate choice to encourage students to read for fun. Summer reading is a chance for students to learn to read for pleasure. The lists and additional resources can be found below. Also be sure to use the hashtag #parkwayreads to organize social media posts about reading in Parkway.
Special Summer Reading Opportunity
To better serve remote reading amid recent school closings, Sora has adjusted the dates for OverDrive’s Summer Read program. It will now run April 15 – July 31, 2020 with the theme Sora Sweet Reads. This annual program is designed for schools in the US and Canada to encourage students to keep reading all year long. They are offering thirty free and simultaneous use juvenile and young adult ebooks (and select audiobooks). These titles will be available to participating schools and prominently displayed in Sora so it’s easy for students to find their next sweet read. See the collection here.
St. Louis County Library's popular summer reading clubs kick-off on June 1 and run through August 8. The program offers great prizes for the whole family! Sign up online beginning June 1. Prizes can be redeemed when libraries reopen.St. Louis Public Library challenges readers to engage with fun activities over the summer. Log the books you read or activities you complete, earn points and get prizes!
The free Scholastic Read-a-Palooza program unites communities in a nationwide campaign that celebrates reading for fun while improving access to books during the summer. For 2020, Scholastic is excited to share a brand new kids experience in Scholastic Home Base, a free digital destination which offers full books, live events, and games in a safe community for readers! Download the 2020 info sheet.
Lists for Students
Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's books, recordings, and videos.
The Association for Library Service to Children promotes reading and books through recommendations, compilations of lists, and related services.
2020 ALSC Summer Reading Lists (May 2020)
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 book lists are available for Birth-Preschool, K-2nd, 3rd- 5th and 6th-8th grade students. The interactive lists can be customized to include your program information and call numbers.
2019 ALSC Graphic Novels Reading List (April 2019)
These three lists are offered in the ranges of kindergarten to 2nd grade, 3rd to 5th grade and 6th to 8th grade. Graphic novels on this list are defined as a full-length story told in paneled, sequential, graphic format. The list does not include book-length collections of comic strips, wordless picture books or hybrid books that are a mixture of traditional text and comics/graphics. The list includes classics as well as new titles that have been widely recommended and well-reviewed, and books that have popular appeal as well as critical acclaim.
2019 Building STEAM with Día (March 2019)
These lists identify promising resources to supplement (S)cience, (T)echnology, (E)ngineering, the (A)rts, and (M)ath programming and that reflect a variety of cultures and languages.
Building a Home Library (December 2018)
Four bibliographies created by the ALA-Children’s Book Council (CBC) Joint Committee, with cooperation from ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee to provide guidance to parents, grandparents, and others interested in assembling a high-quality library for their children at home.
Additonal Book Lists
- ALCSs Birth to Preschool Summer Reading List
- The Great American read...100 Books to Explore in the New Program from PBS
- Diverse Summer Reading List for Grades Pre-K- 8
- 14 Kid-Approved Books for Advanced Readers
- Links to Award Books by State
- School Library Journal Best Books- From books for kids, tweens, teens, and young adults to adult books for teens, graphic novels, audiobooks, DVDs, apps, and music, School Library Journal has covered the best of everything.
- International Literacy Association - Each year, thousands of children, young adults, and educators around the United States select their favorite recently published books for the Choices reading lists.
Summer Reading Program Resources for Libraries
- List of Summer Reading Program Promotions
- Pinterest Summer Reading Ideas & Resources
- 50 Sentence Stems to Help Studetns Talk About What They Read
- Read Along by Google is a free reading app for Android that helps children have fun while they learn to read. Inspire a love of reading in young & summer learners. Read Along has an in-app reading buddy that listens to your young learner read aloud, offers assistance when they struggle and rewards them with stars when they do well – guiding them along as they progress. It works best for children who already have some basic knowledge of the alphabet. After the initial download, the app works securely offline.