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Summer Reading 2018

Tune into books and reading this summer! Books inspire our creativity, whether that means playing music, imagining new worlds, or solving problems.

Check out all the information below to learn about all the ways the Library can help you take your reading to the next level throughout the summer—and all year long.

Summer Reading List

Explore our lists of books for every age group, handpicked by New York City librarians.

Early Literacy: Babies, Toddlers & Pre-K | Grades K—5 | Teens: Middle and High School | Adults

There’s more to help you keep going throughout the year!  Check out the Summer Reading guidebook for programs and resources for all ages, available all year round. Visit your local branch for more information about their Summer Reading programming. 

Download a PDF of the full Summer Reading 2018 guidebook here.

Find translated introductions to Summer Reading 2018 in nine languages below.

Arabic | BengaliChinese | French | Haitian CreoleKoreanRussianSpanish | Urdu

Play the Reading Rhythm Game

Set a goal to read for 20 minutes every day--that’s all it takes to keep your reading skills sharp! Keep track of your progress with our Reading Rhythm game, and visit your library to complete bonus rounds. Finish the game and you’ll be a reading rock star!

Chinese | Spanish

You can also log the books you read this summer with our book log. Write down the titles, rate them, and then write a review of what you thought of each book.

Download extra 2018 book log pages here.

Summer Reading Events

There are Summer Reading events happening all summer long at the Library. Check out the lists below for your local branch’s kick-off parties and closing celebrations, and other programs running all summer long!

Win a Trip to a Yankees Game


The Library is holding an essay contest for kids and teens to win a trip to a New York Yankees game. 

Write an essay about a favorite book you've read recently and what it means to you. 

Send entries by mail:

Youth Programming Department
The New York Public Library
445 Fifth Ave., 6th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Send entries by email:

Make sure to include your first and last name, age, phone number, and home NYPL branch.

Deadline:  July 31, 2018 
Winners will be chosen for ages 6–9, 10–12, and 13–18. Read the full rules and regulations.

The New York Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is generously funded by HSBC Bank USA; New York Yankees Foundation; The Rona Jaffe Foundation; HBO®; Richmond County Savings Foundation; Pine Tree Foundation of New York, Inc.; May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.; anonymous donors, and the continuing major support of the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Family Endowment for Young Audience.