May 26, 2022

New Resource: ALA-CBC (Children’s Book Council) Release “READING BEYOND” Book Lists For Students in Grades K-5

From the Children’s Book Council:

Here are 75 books chosen by the ALA-CBC (American Library Association & Children’s Book Council) Joint Committee to provide guidance to parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and anyone interested in discovering books for children who read at an advanced level and are seeking more challenging, but still age-appropriate, books.

Reading Beyond downloadable handout with full annotations

“The READING BEYOND lists celebrate the power of books to lift and expand children’s minds, providing reading experiences beyond levels and limits.” —Susan Polos and Janet Wong, co-chairs of the ALA-CBC Joint Committee

The READING BEYOND book lists are comprised of 25 titles in each of three age categories. These books were chosen from over 600 submitted for evaluation by the ALA member librarians of the committee and were chosen for their content, quality, and variety of genre and format. All the book annotations in the handouts available below are original descriptions written by librarians.

The full list of the 75 books are available two ways: as a downloadable handout with full annotations and a title and author listing by category.



Direct to Lists

1. Direct to Annotated Version (10 pages; PDF)

2. Direct to Title, Author and Publisher Info Only

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