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Summer Reading 2017


Build a better world through reading! Grow your mind while discovering a great story. Share ideas and understand different perspectives. Books are the tools you need to learn new things, get inspired, and find ways to help our communities.lion in airplane

The Library is here to give you everything you need to lay the foundation for your reading journey this summer and beyond.

Summer Reading List

Start with this reading list (en español) for great book picks chosen by our librarians for all ages. Get tips on how to find books, or use the calendar and book log to keep you reading throughout the summer.

Babies, Toddlers & Pre-K | Grades K-5 | Teens | Adults | Braille and Talking Books for Kids & Teens

There’s more to help you keep going throughout the year! Visit your local branch for free programs and activities for all ages—from story times to workshops, games, and more.

Summer Reading Challenge

Want to challenge yourself? Read outside your comfort zone and choose one from each of three categories: books about immigrants or refugees, stories of unlikely friendships, and nonfiction about an issue that’s important to you. Check out our suggestions or find your own. 

Summer Reading Events

There are Summer Reading events happening all summer long at NYPL! Find one at a branch near you.

Win a Trip to a Yankees Game


How can reading help build a better world? Write an essay about how the book you’re reading—or about how books in general—can help make the world a better place. Then enter for a chance to see the Yankees, meet a player, and take a bow on the field. Visit your local library to submit your entry in person, or send entries by mail:

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

or email
Deadline:  August 1, 2017 
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