Recommended books from ALSC

The Association for Library Service to Children promotes reading and books through recommendations, compilations of lists, and related services. ALSC booklists 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.

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BCALA and ALSC Social Justice Reading List (July 2020)
Community, Connecting, Cultivating & Constructing Conversations Through Literacy is a list developed by members of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and ALSC's Quicklists Committee. This list is intended to support conversations about dismantling systems of racial injustice.

Embracing Gender Identities (July 2020)
Embracing Gender Identities is an ALSC booklist created to help support conversations about gender identity and expression. This list, which is divided into books for 0-5 year-olds, elementary school students and middle schoolers, includes recommended informational picture books, as well as works of fiction and non-fiction that challenge gender norms and explore the wide spectrum of gender identity. It includes additional resources for parents.

2020 ALSC Summer Reading Lists (May 2020) 
ALSC's Quicklists Consulting Committee has compiled lists 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.

2020 Día Reading Lists (May 2020)
The 2020 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.

2019 ALSC Summer Reading Lists (May 2019) 
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.

Strolling Thunder Reading List (April 2019)
Titles on this list were compiled by ALSC's Quicklists Committee for the Zero to Three organization to support their Strolling Thunder event in Washington, D.C.. The aim of Strolling Thunder is to encourage legislators to take action on policy issues related to young children.

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.

Stories of Immigration: Perspectives from Pura Belpré Medal and Honor Books (September 2017)
As our nation grapples with the uncertain future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, REFORMA and ALSC’s 2018 Pura Belpré Award Committee has compiled a list of past Belpré medal and honor books that address the Latino/a immigration experience and provide young readers with insight into the very real struggles and choices faced by families every day. This list is presented in solidarity with Dreamers, immigrants, and undocumented people everywhere. 

Evergreen Audiobooks (July 2017)
The Quicklists Consulting Committee has developed this list to remind book-lovers that listening to a book can be a great way to enjoy the story and explore new vocabulary.

Comforting Reads for Difficult Times (May 2017)
This booklist was created to help children going through challenging situations like the death of a loved one, an unexpected move, natural disasters and more.This list was compiled by ALSC's Quicklists Consulting Committee and includes links to other resources for adults to support children. 

Working Together for Justice (January 2017)
The Quicklists Consulting Committee created this list to affirm the rights of children and families, while encouraging discussions about social justice and equity.

Mismatched Pairs: Paired Nonfiction and Fiction for Tweens (January 2017)
This booklist was created by members of ALSC's 2016-2017 School-Age Programs and Services Committee to encourage tweens to explore their interests across genres.

Great Gifts to Give (December 2016)
Librarians are often asked for suggestions of titles to give as gifts. Check out this list for great gift-giving ideas for baby showers, holidays, graduation and more! 

Unity. Kindness. Peace. (November 2016)
The Quicklists Consulting Committee developed this list for librarians, parents, caregivers, teachers, and other caring adults faced with children asking tough questions about the recent election and looking at positive ways to take action. 

Share the Gift of Reading: 20 Years of Día (April 2016)
A special list to encourage everyone to participate in the celebration of Día's 20th anniversary!

Get Ready Get Safe Book List (June 2015)
The ALSC Quicklists Consulting Committee developed a book list for Save the Children to be included in their Family Kit intended to assist communities in preparing families for natural disasters and helping children cope after a natural disaster has affected them.
ALSC's Quicklists Consulting Committee compiled and annotated this list for the 2015 International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) at the request of the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). The theme for the 2015 ICBD was “Many Cultures, One Story.”

Notable Children's Books- Current list
Each year the Notable Children's Books Committee selects the best of the best in children's books. These books are of commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children's interests in exemplary ways.