For immediate release | December 27, 2011

Updated Great Early Elementary Reads bibliography released

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has revised the popular bibliography “Great Early Elementary Reads,” which features recommended book titles for beginning readers.

PDFs of the book list are available online in full color and black and white and are free to download, copy and distribute.

The updated bibliography is organized into two categories: “Starting to Read” and “Reading on My Own.” It includes books published between 2009 and 2011. However, many of the titles are part of a larger series that young readers also will enjoy. The titles were selected, compiled and annotated by members of the 2011-2012 ALSC School-Age Programs and Services Committee.

"This book list is a great readers advisory tool for librarians connecting young readers with exactly the right book," said Mary Fellows, ALSC president. “Librarians can also share it with parents and caregivers. This list will be truly useful in helping young readers connect with the books just right for their interests.”

The original “Great Early Elementary Reads” bibliography was conceived in 2008 by the School-Age Programs and Services Committee, which applied for and received ALSC Children's Library Services Endowment (CLSE) funds for its design and printing. The 2011 edition is a result of the popularity and demand of the 2008 edition.

ALSC, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit ALSC’s website at


Laura Schulte-Cooper