• Elementary Summer Reading Lists

    The best predictor of school success is the amount of time spent reading and enjoying books. Experts note that most young readers suffer a backslide in reading skills during summer downtime. But that needn't be the case. Families can make reading a priority during the summer months, and children will learn that people never take a vacation from learning. Here are some great resources that may help your child enjoy a summer that makes time for learning!

  • Recommended Reading Lists Created by NA Elementary Librarians

    Primary Grades

    Picture Books

    Early Readers

    Early Chapter Books

    Intermediate Grades

    Adventure Fiction

    Animal Fiction

    Fantasy Fiction

    Graphic Novels

    Historical Fiction

    Humorous Fiction

    Mystery Fiction


    Poetry & Books in Verse

    Realistic Fiction

    Science Fiction

    Sports Fiction

    The Association for Library Service to Children promotes reading and books through recommendations, compilations of lists, and related services. ALSC booklists are created as a resource for children's librarians to share with patrons. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to explore these titles to find resources that may match or spark their child's interest.


    Follett Destiny Discover
    Some of these ebooks allow access to multiple students at the same time.

    Sora - Overdrive/Libby for Schools
    eBooks purchased through North Allegheny, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, and Northland Library & Allegheny County Libraries

    You can use Destiny Discover and Sora all summer! Links to Destiny Discover and Sora can be found in TigerID.

    eBooks with access only during school hours:

    EPIC School - available from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    EPIC Basic (formally called EPIC Free) - available for home use for 2 hours/week 

    Attention Fifth Grade!

    Join your middle school classmates and read some terrific books this summer. When school starts in the fall, you can enter to win cool prizes!

    Middle School Summer Reading Lists

    All books are available either through Sora or Destiny Discover.

  • Summer Reading Programs

    Northland Public Library Summer Reading Program

    Read beyond the beaten path this summer - June 6 through July 31!

    Summer reading is back with an outdoorsy new theme and virtual and in-person activities! Beginning June 6 through July 31 those 0-18 can register on Beanstack. Log the minutes you spend reading or log your results of completing the self-directed activity challenges. Twelve badges is all it takes to complete the program!

    While you are hiking in the library, you will see some wonders of nature, such as: find the “Moose on the Loose,” guess how many items are in the jar, guess which book has been shredded, and the Eye Spy tank!

    Campers ages 3-12 and Counselors-in-training ages 13-18 can take part in in-person programming! Please note that some of these activities will require registration, but not sleeping bags.

    Log every book you read on the Beanstack app.  Beginning June 6, click here to sign up and log your books at home.  You can also download the Beanstack Tracker App to easily log your books: Google Play or Apple App Store.

    Need Help? Check out our videos on How to Sign Up for Summer Reading and How to Log Books and Activities

    Check out Northland Children and Teens on Facebook for information, programs, and lots of engaging content!

    CLICK HERE for a printable schedule of current Summer Reading Programs. 

    Barnes and Noble Summer Reading

    Students in grades 1-6 can earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:

    Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (English or Español). Tell us which part of the book is your favorite!

    Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between July 1 and August 31, 2022. 

    Choose your FREE book from the book list featured in the journal. 

    Millie's Sweet Reads

    What is Sweet Reads?

    Sweet Reads is an all-ages summer reading program that began in 2021 as a partnership between Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream, the Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA), and White Whale Bookstore. At Millie’s, we are big believers in fostering local community and we want to see foot traffic return to our beloved bookstores and libraries. Plus, who doesn’t love ice cream as a sweet reward for achieving a summer reading goal?!

    How does it work? It's quite easy! Follow these 4 steps:

    1. Obtain a physical bookmark at any Millie’s location, White Whale Bookstore in Bloomfield, or select libraries across the county (including Northland Library!) OR print a digital copy from the Millie’s website.
    2. Read 5 books or have someone read 5 books to you. Any book or periodical will do.
    3. Validate the bookmark at your local library (note: the library does not have to be a participating Sweet Reads library). Just ask your favorite librarian to sign the dotted line.
    4. Bring your validated bookmark to one of 6 eligible Millie’s locations (see list below) for a free scoop of your choice.

    Scholastic's Summer Reading Home Base!

    The Scholastic Summer Reading program offers kids an exciting, free, and safe summer reading experience, while helping to provide books to kids with limited or no access over the summer, keeping every child reading.

    From May 9 through August 19, kids can visit the summer zone in Scholastic Home Base, a completely free digital destination which offers stories, characters, games, and a community of readers. Home Base is moderated for safety 24/7.

    By creating an account on Home Basekids 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; join dance parties; and more!

    Sign up for Home Base and visit the Summer Reading zone to start your reading streak today!