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Up for a challenge? Pick one of these summer reading challenges

Looking forward to getting some reading done this summer? Want to make your book choices a little more interesting? This list of different summer reading challenges from BookBub Blog has some creative ideas to get you started! Break out of your reading rut and enjoy your summer reading by following one (or more!) of their challenge ideas:

  • Banned Books Reading Challenge 2017: “The reading challenges below offer multitudes of possibility for expanded horizons” and include instructions like:
    • A children’s book from the most frequently challenged children’s book list
    • A non-fiction book that deals with First Amendment issues or intellectual freedom
    • A book whose main character is an adherent of a religion that is not your own
  • 2017 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge: “Reading well doesn’t necessarily mean reading more.” This challenge has two lists to choose from: “Reading for Fun” and “Reading for Growth.” Some of items from each list include:
    • A book set somewhere you’ve never been but would like to visit
    • A book of any genre that addresses current events
  • Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge: “We encourage you to push yourself, to take advantage of this challenge as a way to explore topics or formats or genres that you otherwise wouldn’t try.” This challenge includes:

Will you participate in a reading challenge this summer? We’d love to hear about it!

2017 ALSC Summer Reading Lists

Young boy reading manga
From ALA.org:

“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.

Each list is available here to download for free. Lists can be customized to include library information, summer hours and summer reading programs for children before making copies available to schools and patrons.

Titles on the 2017 Summer Reading Lists were compiled and annotated by members of ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee.

cover image birth to preschool summer reading listBirth – Preschool


cover image k -2 summer reading listKindergarten – 2nd grade







cover image grades 3 to 5 summer reading list3rd through 5th grade

cover image grade 6 to 8 summer reading list



6th through 8th grade

Summer reading time approaches!

Kids painting flowerpots during the Summer Reading Program
Everyone in the library world knows that summer is a time for kicking back with some new reading, trying out some new programming, and (hopefully!) bringing in more people to your library! It’s a lot of work, but the results are fun for your patrons.

Thinking up these fun things to do can be the hardest part!

Fortunately, many library people face the same issue; so we can all work together to share ideas. One librarian asked for help in making teen craft programs over the summer, and there were many suggestions from other library people. See if any of them would work in your library! Continue reading Summer reading time approaches!

Have some spare time this summer? Kansas wants you!

CMLE members, and other library fans:

  1. Do you have spare time on your hands this summer?
  2. Do you have good skills for summer reading planning??
  3. Would you like to hang around Kansas for a while???

I can’t imagine the answer to all of these questions would not be yes!

If your answers are yes, the State of Kansas is looking for someone to be their Summer Reading Regional Prsenter – and it might be  you! Check out all the details here: Continue reading Have some spare time this summer? Kansas wants you!

iREAD 2018: Deadline for entries is February 28, 2017!


CMLE libraries – are you using the iREAD summer resources?? There are all kinds of great links and information here – to help encourage summer reading, to offer summer meals, and more!

The 2017 material is all set up, and now they want you to help contribute information to make the 2018 program fantastic!

The theme for the 2018 iREAD Resource Guide is Reading Takes You Everywhere. We need all of your great ideas to share with librarians around the world who use the iREAD theme. Each idea submitted helps to strengthen the Resource Guide. Use the forms below to submit your theme-related ideas.  Please direct comments and questions to the Resource Guide Coordinator Alexandra Annen at ideas@ireadprogram.org.

Continue reading iREAD 2018: Deadline for entries is February 28, 2017!