Summer Reading! See the annual summer reading lists provided by ALSC (Association of Library Services to Children):
As a community that embraces the responsibility connecting young readers with books, librarians are seeking out and sharing books about the Black experience. Below are some lists to start with:
- Black Experiences: Affirmation and Resilience, Activism and Resistance in 45 Books for PreK-Grade 12
- Black Joy Booklist
- We Are Kidlit Collective Summer Reading Lists (focusing on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)
- Race and Racism: Selected Books for PreK-Grade 12
Our Staff Recommends: Picture Books and Easy Readers
- Award Winning Picture Books
- Boo! Monsterously Good Picture Books
- Books on Faith
- Celebrations (Spring 2020)
- Characters that Grow with You
- Counting 1-10
- Free to Be (books about gender identity and expression)
- Free to Be (books about having two moms or two dads)
- Interactive Picture Books (touch, press shake!)
- Just Sweet Books
- Learning Compassion
- New Baby! (Becoming a Sibling)
- Using the Potty
- Princess and Anti-Princess
- Sing Along
- Things that Go
- Too Funny!
- We Both Read (Easy Readers)
Our Staff Recommends: Chapter Books
- Beginning Chapter Book Series
- Book Series for Animal Lovers
- Booklist Magazine’s Best Middle Grade Novels of the 21st Century
- Budding Activists
- Classic Reads
- Fractured Fairy Tales
- Free to Be (books featuring LGBTQA+ characters)
- Funny Fusions (hybrids between chapter books and graphic novels!)
- Graphic Novels for Kindergarten-3rd Grade
- Great Chapter Read Alouds
- Historical Fiction prior to 1930
- Historical Fiction 1940-2000’s
- Magical Books for Those Not Ready for Harry Potter
- Read Your Book and Watch it too (books turned into movies)
- Realistic Fiction for Boys
- Realistic Fiction for Girls
- Realistic Fiction Series for Girls
- Rick Riordan Presents (books, created with help from Rick Riordan, by other authors about their own culture’s mythology and folklore)
- Scary Stories
- Sports Fiction
- Wanderlust (books set around the globe)
- What to Read if You Loved Harry Potter
- What to Read if You Loved Wonder
Tired of the children’s books in your house? Check out our new subscription to TumbleBooks! Available on your computer or as an app, TumbleBooks has picture books, non-fiction, chapter books, and even graphic novels. TumbleBooks even offers Spanish and French titles. With read-along and video book options there is something for everyone on TumbleBooks.
Login to the library account for free access to all TumbleBooks has to offer!
TumbleBooks will be available through August 31,2020.
Kids’ Choice Award
Every school year, kids in grades 4, 5, and 6 throughout Waukesha and Jefferson counties are encouraged to read 15 titles, all nominated by their peers during the previous years Kids’ Choice. The books range in reading level, subject and target audience. The books are available all school year at Pauline Haass Public Library and at the school libraries. Voting for favorites of the year happens in the Spring. Every three books read earns one vote for top book of the year AND a chance to recommend new books that could make it into Kids’ Choice next year!
- See this year’s nominee’s here!
Award Winning Books
Even More Great Ideas: Reading Lists from the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC).
The Association of Library Services to Children offers more book lists that can be accessed on their website. These include book lists such as Graphic Novel Reading Lists, Summer Reading Lists for different grade ranges featuring new and exciting titles and Tough Topics Lists for different age ranges featuring books that deal with various tough topics, along with parent guides for each age group featuring books, websites and more for how to help your children through tough times.