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Instructional Media Center: Celebration Weeks & NYS Summer Reading


Additional Summer Reading Resources

Capstone Inspirations for young bookworms.

Lerner Vacation picks include series for reluctant readers.

Mackin Summer Reading Packages The distributor offers individualized books and backpacks for K-8.

Penguin Summer Reading Resources and links include readers' guides.

Random House Summer Reading Brochure These titles complement the 2014 CSLP science theme.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge This initiative invites kids to set a new summer reading world record. Materials supporting the CSLP include videos, books, and lesson plans.

From "Occupy Summer" by Karen Springen, School Library Journal March 2014   p. 32-36

Kwame Alexander , 2017 National Summer Reading Champion

Author and poet Kwame Alexander has been named the

2017 Collaborative Summer Library Program National

Summer Reading Champion for the “Build a Better World” theme.

Check out these books!


Summer Reading @ NY Libraries

  Image used with the express written permission of the New York State Library

"Summertime is fun time for readers of all ages! Browse through our site for summer reading-related materials. “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!” this summer at your local library. To join in the fun of Summer Reading today, just find your local library website using our link, and register!" -- New York State Library

Explore New York Reading Lists PDF icon

  • Reading List Introduction PDF PDF icon;
  • On Your Mark, Get Set...Read -- Picture Books .PDF PDF icon
  • On Your Mark, Get Set...Read-- Elementary Level .PDF PDF icon
  • On Your Mark, Get Set...Read-- Tween .PDF PDF icon
  • On Your Mark, Get Set...Read -- Teen and up .PDF

Downloadable Materials -- Logos, Labels, Reading Lists and Bookmarks, Flyers, Brochures ...

10 Easy Ways to Get Children to Read This Summer/Help your kids succeed in school! (in .PDF: two-sidedPDF icon); also available only in .PDF format PDF icon

– A flyer with a list of ways to get children to read this summer, as well as information about Summer Reading at New York Libraries.

Easy Ways to Grow a Great Reader (early literacy tips for parents) (in .PDF PDF icon); also available only in .PDF format PDF icon – This flyer promoting early literacy is available in ten languages, including English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Help your students improve skills through reading during the summer months (in .PDF PDF icon) – A flyer to share with teachers and educators.

TeenNY Facebook page flyer (.PDF only PDF icon)

A flyer promoting the Teen NY Facebook page, intended for teens and those who work with teens.

Summer Reading at New York Libraries and the Common Core; also in .PDF .pdf fileA flyer detailing how reading over the summer relates to the Common Core Learning Standards.

Summer Reading at New York Libraries Fact Sheet – This fact sheet is updated every year and includes information about the summer reading theme, participation numbers, yearly partnerships, and some helpful summer reading websites.

Celebration Weeks ... In Calendar Order

Teen Tech Week - March 4-10, 2018:

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, and videogames. Teen Tech Week began in 2007 and has a general theme of Get Connected @ your library.

School Library Month - April

"School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs. First celebrated in 1985 (as School Library Media Month; the name was changed to School Library Month in 2010), every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career. Shares the theme of National Library Week." -- American Library Association

National D.E.A.R Day - National Drop Everything and Read Day - April

"D.E.A.R. stands for Drop Everything and Read. National D.E.A.R. Day is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority. The official event date, April 12th, is the birthday of author Beverly Cleary." -- American Library Association

National Library Week -- April 8-14, 2018 : - The 2018 theme is "Libraries Lead"

Children's Day/Book Day - El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día) - April 30th

"Children's Day/Book Day, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), is a celebration of children, families, and reading and held annually on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for every child regardless of linguistic and cultural background." -- American Library Association

Children's Book Week -- April 30 - May 6, 2018 "Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books connect! Children's Book Week is administered by Every Child A Reader, a 501(c)(3) literacy organization dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children. The Children's Book Council, the national non-profit trade association for children's book publishers, is an anchor sponsor."

National Readathon Day - ? 2018 :

Banned Books Week -Sept. 24- Sept. 30, 2017 :

"Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read since 1982, is observed the last week of September. Each year, librarians, booksellers, teachers and countless others take this opportunity to highlight the importance of intellectual freedom and remind us not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted." -- American Libraries Association

Teen Read Week - October 8-14, 2017:

"A national literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association that is aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults. Teen Read Week was started in 1998. The continuing message of the Teen Read Week initiative is to encourage 12-18 year olds to "Read For The Fun Of It". Each year an annual theme allows YALSA to focus on timely topics and teen interests. Teen Read Week is celebrated the third full week in October every year." -- American Libraries Association

Picture Book Month - November

"The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will celebrate the picture book during the month of November as a partner of the second annual Picture Book Month. Founded by author and storyteller Dianne de Las Casas, Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book in an increasingly digital age." -- American Library Association