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.
Download printable versions in various formats and with annotations written by librarians on the ALA-CBC Committee.
- All 2020/2021 titles with annotations
- All 2017-2019 titles with annotations
- All 2020/2021 titles (list only)
- All 2017-2019 titles (list only)
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.
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
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