Reading Lists

Professionally curated reading lists developed by topic and/or age level. Some Reading Lists include titles from multiple age groups and will appear under more than one category


   It is hard to imagine Halloween without activities like trick-or-treating or carving pumpkins but did you know Jack-o’-lanterns originated in Ireland and Scotland and were made out of turnips? Doesn’t sound quite as fun. Today for young children, Halloween typically means costumes, parades, class parties, and walking around their neighborhoods trick-or-treating. But Halloween-or All Hallows […]

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Teen Read Week

   Look out! YALSA is daring teens to read for the fun of it! October 14th – 20th is Teen Read Week. We hope the list below helps you plan your Teen Read Week celebrations. The books highlighted below feature strong characters, thrilling adventures, humor, plenty of heart, and several perfect for the spooky “it came […]

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Back to School

     Heading back to school, or going for the first time, can bring a range of emotions in children and teens. We have broken up the titles in this feature into three age groups: 4 to 8, for the littlest students; 8 to 12, for late elementary and middle school; and older students, ages […]

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     The Muslim period of prayer, fasting, and charity, known as Ramadan, began on July 20th, 2012 and continues until the evening of August 19th. The Islamic Holy Month, this holiday is celebrated around the world by an estimated 1 billion Muslims. The Islamic Lunar calendar decides what dates on which the month-long Ramadan […]

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   Over 200 million years ago, Dinosaurs dominated our planet. Beginning in the early 1800s, scientists began studying bones and fossils of these now famous creatures. It was Sir Richard Owen, a British paleontologist, who created the term “dinosaur” in 1842. Today, paleontologists have identified over 700 different species of dinosaurs. This diverse group of prehistoric […]

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Summer Olympics

   The Games of the XXX Olympiad-the 2012 Summer Olympic games-are being held in London, England. From the July 27th Opening Ceremony to the August 12th Closing Ceremony, athletes from 197 countries around the world will compete in 26 different sports representing their home countries. This is a time when country residents stand together to support […]

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The Beach

   A beach is found along the shoreline of a body of water. Most often, we think of beaches along an ocean or lake. The land material is often composed of tiny loose rocks known as sand, or larger pebbles and rocks. The waves and currents deposit and transform the sand and sediment, shaping the beach. […]

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Summer Fun

   When I think of summer my mind immediately thinks of long, hot, sunny days. I hear cicadas chirping, I picture barbeques, swimming pools, fireflies, and ice cream, and I imagine being outside as much as possible. For many students, summer is also the promise of more freedom. Having more free time than during the school […]

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