Now, I know what you are thinking. What does a school librarian know about summer reading? My years in the public library taught me a thing or two, and I have an enormous amount of respect for children’s and YA librarians especially in the summertime.
As a school librarian, my thoughts of summer reading jump into gear the same day that the YMAs are announced. I know that many of the books announced will end up on my summer reading lists. Our families deserve fresh reading lists every summer, and the ALA awards are just one thing that inform these lists.
We try to balance our lists according to several factors which include curricular connections, titles that highlight diverse family make-ups, books across genres and formats, books that have a diversity in characters and setting. We are looking for books that are both windows and mirrors for our students. Unlike many schools, there is not an assignment that comes along with the list that me and my early childhood librarian curate each year. We are simply looking for the best balanced list we can make.
I am interested in finding out how other schools and public libraries make their lists each year.