Graded Lists: This list of titles has been compiled by librarians at member schools of the Houston Area Independent School Library Network (HAISLN). ? It includes both fiction and nonfiction books by some of the best authors for children and young adults. Books on this list are evaluated annually by grade level committees.

Read Brightly: At Brightly, we believe reading has the power to illuminate kids’ lives. But we also know how hard it can be to connect kids with the right books at the right time and keep them engaged with reading as they grow. We want to make it a little easier, and a lot more fun, for parents to raise children who love to read.

Caldecott Winners: The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Newbery Winners: The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

ALA Award Winners: The American Library Association’s lists of best of and award winners.

Recommended websites for connecting with books: The Internet might be seen as the enemy of old-fashioned books, but the two entities can actually compliment each other nicely. Websites devoted to reading and literacy help readersconnect with other readers, delve deeper into what they are reading, and discover new books of interest. Here are ten of the best free, reading-related websites to inspire readers.

Recommended Books from ALSC: The Association for Library Service to Children promotes reading and books through recommendations, compilations of lists, and related services.

ReadSquared: Join in the fun this summer as “Reading Colors Your World!” Summer reading starts June 1, and we have lots of fun planned for you. Visit our ReadSquared Page to find out more.

The Arrowhead Library System is also offering a Reading Colors Your World Summer Activity Postcard Program this year.  Kids who sign up will receive four activity postcards throughout the summer months encouraging them to be creative, to explore, and to learn new things.  Everyone in a household may sign up to participate as we know it’s always fun to get mail!  Program is geared towards kids of all ages and their family members, however anyone can participate!   To sign up, visit and complete the form for each participant.