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Reading Beyond: Advanced Reader List

Reading Beyond: Advanced Reader List

A list designed to help adults recommend age appropriate titles that will challenge advanced readers.

For anyone interested in discovering books for children reading at an advanced level, here are 75 books chosen every two years by the ALA-CBC (American Library Association & Children’s Book Council) Joint Committee to provide guidance.

The READING BEYOND lists celebrate the power of books to lift and expand children’s minds, providing reading experiences beyond levels and limits.
—Susan Polos and Janet Wong, 2017/2018 co-chairs of the ALA-CBC Joint Committee

The READING BEYOND book lists are comprised of 25 titles in three age categories. 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. All the book annotations in the handouts available below are original descriptions written by librarians.

The 2020-2021 list of the 75 books is available to download as a fully annotated list, a pamphlet, and individual handouts (one per category below).

Full List
Reading Beyond Lists (annotated)
Pamphlet (titles only)

The 2017-2019 Reading Beyond Lists


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