For immediate release | April 16, 2013

ALSC announces Summer Reading book lists for K-8th grade

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has created three Summer Reading book lists, which feature recommended book titles for Kindergarten through 8th grade students.

These Summer Reading lists are available for students Kindergarten to 2nd grade, 3rd to 5th grade and 6th to 8th grade. PDFs of the book lists are available online in full color and black and white and are free to download, copy and distribute. Libraries are able to customize the booklist with their own information, summer hours and summer programs for children before printing and distributing to patrons and schools.

“These book lists are full of fun titles that will engage children throughout the summer,” said Carolyn Brodie, ALSC president. “We encourage librarians to print out copies of these lists to pass out during their school visits at the end of the school year.”

Research shows that increased summer reading reduces summer learning loss. Also, the amount and quality of students’ access to reading materials correlates to the amount of reading they do, which in turn is a determinant of reading achievement. These booklists include a diverse group of fun and enjoyable books, both classic and contemporary, to keep children interested in reading throughout the summer.

The titles were selected, compiled and annotated by members of the ALSC Quicklists Consulting Committee and School-Age Programs and Services Committee. These lists were created through a Carnegie Whitney Grant funded by the American Library Association Publishing Committee.

About ALSC

ALSC, a division of the 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


Joanna Ison

Program Officer

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

800-545-2433 ext.1398