New York City Summer Reading Booklists
Created by librarians from Brooklyn Public Library, New York Pubic Library, and Queens Library and the Department of Education’s School Library Services.
Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Pre-K
Books for Kindergarten & Grade 1
Books for Grades 2 & 3
Books for Grades 4 & 5
Books for Middle School
Books for High School
Books in Spanish /Libros en Español
NYC Booklist for Babies, Toddlers, and Pre-K in Chinese
Still stuck on what to read next? Your librarians can recommend a few good books for summertime reading…
Check out the librarian’s favorite best of 2017:
- The Airport Book by Lisa Brown
- The Journey by Francesca Sanna
- Thunder Boy, Jr. by Sherman Alexie
- Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
- Somos Como las Numbes / We Are Like the Clouds by Jorge Argueta, illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, translated by Elisa Amado
- At Night by Helga Bansch, illustrated by Helga Bansch
- Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow, illustrated by David Barrow
- King Baby by Kate Beaton, illustrated by Kate Beaton
- Everyone Is Yawning by Anita Bijsterbosch, illustrated by Anita Bijsterbosch
- We Found A Hat by Jon Klassen
- The Thank You Book by Mo Willems
- This Is Not a Picture Book! Written and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
- Mom, There’s a Bear at the Door by Sabine Lipan, illustrated by Manuela Olten
- Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca E. Hirsch, illustrated by Mia Posada
- Billions of Bricks by Kurt Cyrus
- Wolf Camp by Andrea Zuill
- Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems
- School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex. Illustrated by Christian Robinson
- They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
- Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton
- Leave Me Alone! written and illustrated by Vera Brosgol
- Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
- Best Frints in the Whole Universe written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis
- Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino and Isabelle Malenfant
- Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood
by F. Isabel Campoy, Theresa Howell, illustrated by Rafael López
Looking for a gorgeous picture book…?
Chris Van Allsburg: Most known for being the author/illustrator of The Polar Express, Van Allsburg’s other books are equally captivating. The stories are beautifully illustrated (always with a white dog hidden somewhere in the book!), often with trick or surprise endings. His books are generally appreciated by children of all ages, though Grades 1-3 might be the sweet spot.
Looking for a good graphic novel?
So many students grades 2-5 have become hooked on the hilarious graphic novels by Raina Telgemeier. If you don’t know her, definitely check out Sisters, a wildly funny graphic memoir very much following her own childhood, or Drama, a great graphic novel about the very dramatic things that happen when working on set design for a middle school theatre production.
Another great graphic memoir that will have you laughing is Cece Bell‘s El Deafo. Inspired by her own childhood where her life shifted after she lost most of her hearing, this looks at Bell’s childhood and the struggles she has with making friends, her family, and fitting in.
And of course, 3-5 graders will love Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes’s Secret Coder series – there are three books to keep you going, and there will be a fourth coming out in autumn!
Get hooked on a series!
The best thing about series is that once you start, it’s hard to finish! Check out these great series, and dare yourself to finish every book in the series. You won’t need to think of what to read next – it’s just the next book in the series!
Calendar Mysteries: These mysteries are written especially for 1st and 2nd graders.
Chronicles of Narnia: An amazing fantastic series of chapter books that have movies to watch once you read the books!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: A hilarious look at a weakling named Jeff and his life.
Dork Diaries: This bestselling series is the fictional diary of Nikki Maxwell.
Elephant and Piggie: Mo Willem’s hilarious books about an elephant and a pig who are best friends, despite their differences. Great for N up to 2!
Fly Guy: Ted Arnold’s hilarious series about the one and only fly guy.
Goosebumps: Do you scary books? You’ll love Goosebumps then!
Ivy and Bean: The adventures and disasters of two very different and unlikely friends.
Magic Tree House: Perfect for those beginning to read chapter books, this is one series that can keep children captivated for a while.
Nanny Piggins: The adventures of a flying pig who runs away from the circus to be a nanny for a family; fans of Roald Dahl will love these books!
Puppy Place: This Ellen Miles series is a must for any dog-lover.
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