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.
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
- 2021 Handout (12-14)
- 2018 Handout (12-14)
- 2016 Handout (12-14)
- 2014 Handout (12-14)
- 2012 Handout (12-14)
Find the Reading Beyond List and More ALA-CBC collaborations.