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ALA-CBC Resources

Resources created by the American Library Association/Children’s Book Council Joint Committee for use by educators, librarians, and parents.

Reading Beyond List

For anyone interested in discovering books for children reading at an advanced level, the Reading Beyond lists are the resource for you! Created and periodically updated by the ALA-CBC (American Library Association & Children’s Book Council) Joint Committee, this resource “celebrates the power of books to lift and expand children’s minds, providing reading experiences beyond levels and limits.” – Susan Polos and Janet Wond, 2017/2018 Committee co-chairs

Featuring three categories with 25 titles each, these books were evaluated by the ALA member librarians of the committee and were chosen for their content, quality, and variety of genre and format. 

You can explore the searchable lists here.

Download printable versions in various formats and with annotations written by librarians on the ALA-CBC Committee.

Kindergarten-1st graders reading at a 3rd grade level

2nd-3rd graders reading at a 5th grade level

4th-5th graders reading at a 7th grade level


Building a Home Library List

Create a high-quality library for kids at home! Building a Home Library lists provide guidance to parents, grandparents, and others interested in assembling an at-home library for the kids in their care.

Every two years, the ALA-Children’s Book Council (CBC) Joint Committee, with cooperation from ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee, create Building a Home Library book lists. These lists — organized by age groups from 0 to 14 — include under-the-radar gems, multicultural books, and notable new reads. Newer lists focus on more contemporary titles across genres and formats, while lists from 2014 and 2012 also contain tried-and-true classics.

Use this infographic to help build your at-home library! And check out our article in the National PTA Magazine

You can explore the searchable lists here

Download printable lists, with annotations:

Building a Home Library for Ages 0-3

Building a Home Library for Ages 4-7

Building a Home Library for Ages 8-11

Building a Home Library for Ages 12-14


More Content

Each year, the ALA-CBC Committee creates quality programming for librarians. These programs connect librarians with book creators and offer specific programming suggestions for librarians to implement with their patrons. See all program handouts from these conferences below!

Library Program handouts from the 2018 YALSA Symposium program, Disability in YA: Representing All Teens

Library Program handouts from the 2018 ALSC National Institute program, Identity in Children’s Literature: Representing all kids through library programming

Library Program handouts from the 2017 YALSA Symposium program, Identity in YA: Representing all teens through library programming


  • Diversity Initiative

    Diversity Initiative

  • Every Child a Reader

    Every Child a Reader

  • Author/ Illustrator Columns

    Author/ Illustrator Columns

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