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Building a Home Library

Building a Home Library

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

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.

BRAND NEW: Free supplemental content from authors and illustrators to support their books on the Reading Beyond lists. Explore videos, written interviews, educator guides, and more that you can share with your young readers, fostering a deeper connection with this amazing books.

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


Find the Reading Beyond List and More ALA-CBC collaborations.


  • Reading Beyond

    Reading Beyond

  • ALA-CBC Joint Committee

    ALA-CBC Joint Committee

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