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Catalog Tutorial for Families

Recommended by your librarians!

Please use the lists below as a starting point for recommendations. Children in the same grade level often have different interests and reading skills, so please choose books that your child enjoys regardless of the grade level category we've placed them in.

Need help selecting books for your child? Book Bundles are for you! Fill out this form to have a Book Bundle selected for you by one of our staff members based on your child's likes and dislikes! An NHCPL staff member will select up to 5 Young Adult Items or up to 10 Children's Items for you to pick up at the location of your choice.

Recommended by your librarians!

Further Suggested Reading

North Carolina Public Schools' READ NC summer reading initiative is based on Lexile measures reported in a student's end-of-grade test results. 

To find books based on the Lexile system:

1. Go to North Carolina's Lexile Find-a-Book site
2. Enter the child’s Lexile measure.

  • A Lexile measure is included on the end-of-grade reading and English I end-of-course test score reports.

3. Have the child select interest categories
4. View and refine the search results

  • As you browse books that the child finds interesting, click the Find in a Library button next to the book title to check its availability at NHCPL.

5. Print the child’s custom reading list

A Note for Parents

A Note For Parents

  • Studies show that children who read four to six books during the summer maintain their reading skills.  Children who don't read during the summer lose skills and return to school at a disadvantage.
  • But studies also show that it doesn't matter what kids read -- and in fact kids who get to pick summer reading based purely on what they enjoy may do even better.
  • So don't stress about grade levels when you're helping your kids choose books for summer reading.  Let them choose books that get them excited -- and give yourself a pat on the back for reinforcing the message that reading is fun! 

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