Each summer Parkway circulates new summer reading lists in a brochure or flyer 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), YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association), and The Best of Titlewave from Follett.The criteria for many of the books on these lists were based on overall appeal, exposure to authors, diversity, genre variety, and relevance. The current flyer 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.
Summer Reading Opportunities
St Louis County Summer Reading Club Starts June 1st
St. Louis County Library’s popular summer reading clubs kick-off on June 1 and run through August 7. The program offers great prizes for the whole family! Sign up online beginning June 1.
- Reading Log for Early Readers - Ages 0-5: English | Spanish (PDF)
- Reading Log for Kids, Teens & Adults - Ages 6-18+: English | Spanish (PDF)
- Earn points for reading, attending virtual library events and completing Community Activities.
- Need reading suggestions for kids and teens? Watch the Youth Services staff share some of their favorite titles for summer 2021.
St Louis (City) Public Library Summer Challenge
Join St. Louis Public Library’s summer reading challenge for kids & teens! Read books and complete activities to earn points. Earn 50 points to complete the challenge and get a prize at any SLPL location (while supplies last).
Head into any SLPL location to pick up a booklet, or download the Summer Challenge sheet here.
You can also participate online at stlouispubliclibrary.beanstack.org.
Sora Sweet Reads May 5 to August 20, 2021
Sora Sweet Reads is back! This year's summer reading program will run from May 5th until August 20th with a mix of juvenile and your adult ebooks and select audiobooks.
The titles are at no cost and will be prominently displayed in Sora for simultaneous use. View the Sora Sweet Reads Collection here.
OverDrive’s Sync Is Back for 2021
In addition to Sora Sweet Reads, OverDrive also offers Sync, free audiobooks for teens all summer in Sora. Now in its 12th year, SYNC - sponsored by AudioFile magazine and powered by Sora - is back, providing teens aged 13 and older free audiobooks all summer long. Read more here.
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.
2021 ALSC Summer Reading Lists (April 2021)
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.
25th Anniversary Día Reading Lists (April 2021)
The 2021 Día booklists provide great stories representing a variety of cultures and backgrounds to share with children from birth through 8th grade.
ALSC 2019 Tough Topics Resource Lists (May 2019)
The books on these lists are to help inspire conversations with children going through challenging situations like the death of a loved one, an unexpected move, natural disasters and more. They are available for grades K-2nd, 3rd-5th and 6th-8th. Resources for adults are also included.
Additonal Book Lists
- ALCSs Birth to Preschool Summer Reading List
- 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
- 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.