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ES Summer Reading: Home

School is out for the summer! For some, that means traveling, visiting family, beach trips, or summer camp. For others, it means becoming immersed in a great book. It is well known that summer reading provides benefits well past the summer. One of the greatest benefits of summer reading is choice. Letting children pick their own books is essential. According to Scholastic, almost 90 percent of children ages 6–17 say they are most likely to complete books they choose themselves.

WAB has some great resources that children can access all summer long!

2024-2025 PANDA BOOKS

Get a jump start on reading the 2024-25 Panda Books! Elementary students have access to early, younger, middle (novels and graphic novels), and the older books. We have many of the eBooks and audiobooks on Sora.


Create an account with Home Base, and kids can join a community of readers and will be able to read books and stories, attend author events, interact with their favorite characters, play book-based games and activities; and more! Sign up for Home Base and visit the Summer Reading Zone.



The Association for Library Service to Children is the world's largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. Titles on the Summer Reading Lists were compiled and annotated by members of ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee. 

Early Years

JG1 - Grade 2

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

Award Winners

Melissa Taylor is an education blogger & writer, a children’s book expert, and a passionate advocate for literacy.Her blog, Imagination Soup is one of my favorites.


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

Bertha Mahony Miller founded The Horn Book in 1924 to herald the best in children’s literature. The Horn Book Magazine is one of the most distinguished resources in the field of children’s and young adult literature.

Picture Books

Beginning Readers


Middle Grade

We Are Teachers is a community of 3 million educators who share ideas, resources, and stories of the amazing things happening in classrooms around the country.

Picture Books

Easy Chapter Books

Middle Grade Books

Graphic Novels


Publishers Weekly, now celebrating its 150th anniversary, is familiarly known in the book world as PW and “the bible of the book business.”

Picture Books

Middle Grade Books


The We Are Kid Lit Collective works to create materials and opportunities to recognize the humanity of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in youth literature. The work is based upon the principles of social justice, equity, and inclusion. 

Reading Rockets Reading Guide is created by children’s literature expert, Maria Salvadore, who also writes our Page by Page blog. The lists highlights high-quality fiction and nonfiction, newly published books, diverse books, and exceptional audio books.

Sora Sweet Reads is designed to encourage students to keep reading all year long. They a collection of free, simultaneous-use ebooks and audiobooks for students. To access the books, log into Sora through Clever or on the app.


Story Time from Space has astronauts videotaping themselves reading these books to the children on Earth.

Storyline Online provides audio and video stories by celebrated actors reading aloud for kids.

Storyweaver is a digital library of thousands of richly illustrated, open-licensed children stories in mother tongue languages.

World Stories has a growing collection of bilingual folktales from around the world in MandarinEnglish, and many other languages.

International Children's Digital Library has a collection of almost 5,000 books in more than 60 languages. 

Global Storybooks Portal is a free multi-lingual resource for children worldwide. Read, download, and listen to a wide variety of stories.