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Summer Reading Challenge 2016


Get in the Game: Read!

Team up with the Library this summer and challenge yourself to read 20 minutes a day, learn new skills and ideas, and have fun with great books. We also offer an array of free programs and activities for all ages—from story times to workshops and more. Visit your local branch today! 

View Summer Reading in Español, 中文, and বাংলা. Check out our Braille and Talking Book List.

Attend a Program#Read20

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Get Creative

Read a Book

Find time to read with friends and family. Talk to each other about what everyone is reading. Download a calendar and book log to keep track of your books and mark all your days of reading this summer.



Check out our book lists below (or download the full list) for great summer reading suggestions for all ages. The letters and numbers you see in the book list match the spines of books on the shelves. Ask your local librarian for help finding your book, or check out online! Don't have a library card? We can help.

Looking for more resources? View helpful articles, videos, and more in this Summer Brain Drain Guide, created in partnership with Mommy Poppins.


Libros en Espanol

Download the full book list to print at home!

Win a Trip to a Yankees Game

Write a book review to see the Yankees, meet a player, and take a bow on the field at Yankee Stadium! If you are between 6 and 18 years old and live in New York City, write a book review on any book about baseball or baseball player and send it to:
Youth Programming Department
The New York Public Library
445 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Deadline:  August 1, 2016 
Winners will be chosen for ages 6–9, 10–12, and 13–18. Read the full rules and regulations here. Don't know where to start?  Check out some great baseball books included in the lists above!

The New York Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is generously funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York; HSBC Bank USA; New York Yankees Foundation; The Rona Jaffe Foundation; HBO®; New York State Library's Family Literacy Library Services grant program; 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 Audiences.


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