At the Pike Library, we encourage students to read widely, whether it be a new genre or series, a book set in another country, or about a character different from themselves. By opening the pages of a novel or a picture book, we can travel to the Harlem Renaissance, to Hong Kong, or to Hogwarts, all courtesy of an author’s imagination.
This year, all of our lists are just a click away. The multicolored links for 2020 highlight books that were published during the past year. We've also kept access to our 2019 lists that include extensive recommendations. Happy reading!
SummerReads are compiled by Pike Librarians Francesca Mellin and Linda Spence. They are updated annually with a commitment to representing multicultural and diverse perspectives.
Reading Without Walls
Join our annual challenge to broaden your reading horizons.
Watch this screencast to learn how to get the most from the Sora app. You'll learn how to connect your public library to your account, and find readability settings.
Leverage your public library!
Most area public libraries have subscriptions to these e-reading and digital audio platforms:
Some libraries are also offering curbside pickup of physical books. Don't have a library card? Check with your library to apply online.
Tumble Biblioteca is a collection of online eBooks in Spanish for kids in grades K-6. No downloads - just read online. Available through the Boston Public Library until August 2020.
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TumbleBook Library is a collection of online eBooks for kids in grades K-6. No downloads - just read online. Available through the Boston Public Library until August 2020.
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TeenBookCloud is an online database of eBooks for kids in 7th to 12th grade. Includes graphic novels. No downloads - just read online. Available through the Boston Public Library until August 2020.
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International Children's Digital Library
This online collection has more than 4,000 books from all over the world, in more than 50 languages. Browse, click, read, and enjoy!
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books.
Mo Willems From the Kennedy Center
Mo Willems' Lunch Doodles are archived so you can learn to draw your favorite character. Is it Piggy? Gerald? or maybe the Pigeon?
Kids Ask Authors
Kids Ask Authors is a podcast hosted by Grace Lin. Each podcast features an author who answers question asked by students.
Sponsored by Candlewick Press, this is a virtual camp for readers in first grade to 12th grade. Readers can participate in shared reads, activities, and streaming events with prominent creators. Be sure to check out Camp Candlewick.