Summer Reading Programs

2016: Get in the Game
Girls in Sports


Program and Display Ideas:

2015: Unmask

Program ideas:

2014: Spark a Reaction
STEM books

Program ideas:

2013: Groundbreaking Reads

Program Ideas:

2012 Slogan: Own the Night
Book Ideas: The following book lists have been updated/created at the book list page.


You Are Here

The 2011 CSLP Teen Summer Reading Program

Slogans: You Are Here (official), Road Trip, Read Across the USA


Road Trip:

Far From You
How to Be Bad
Paper Towns
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
Surf Mules
Drive Me Crazy
Going Bovine
Crash Into Me
Stolen Car
Becoming Chloe
Abundance of Katherines
Lightning Thief
The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys
Rules of the Road
Two Way Street
Ostrich Boys
Car Trouble

Books By State

Alabama: The Splendor Falls , The Debutante, A Summer of Kings, Fake ID, and Looking For Alaska

Alaska: Snow in Love, Touching Spirit Bear, Amazing Grace, Winterdance, Dogsong, Jason’s Gold, Wildman Island, Hatchet,  and Far North

Arizona: My Father’s Son, Witch’s Canyon, Love, Stargirl, and Stargirl

Arkansas: You Are So Undead to Me, Undead Much, Homestretch, Fire From the Rock

California: California Dreaming, California Holiday, Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Kidnapped, Drama High series, Second Base Club, All Unquiet Things, Poser, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, DIVAS series, Tempo Change, Prism, Messed Up, We Were Here, Star Power, Dead is So Last Year, Twenty Boy Summer, Crash Into Me, Sophomore Switch, Gone, Shifty, Invisible Girl, Out of the Pocket, Suckerpunch, Accidentally Fabulous, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, Hot Sour Salty Sweet, The Day I Killed James, Bliss, Little Brother, Identical, Mexican Whiteboy, Playing with the Boys, Surf Ed, Honey Chica Blonde, Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond, The Black Sheep, Girl in Development, Fresh Off the Boat, Hollywood Hustle, Bad Kitty, Buried Onions, Laguna Cove, Dating Game, Queen of Second Place, Faking 19, Nannies, Seven Deadly Sins series, So Hard to Say, Alosha, A Boy No More, Earthquake at Dawn, Afterlife, Walk Across the Sea, The Counseling, Rush, Mermaid’s Mirror, and Girl to the Core

Colorado: Heartbreak River, School for Dangerous Girls, Meridian, Undone, Or Not, Goddess Games, Slalom, The Girls, Balancing Act, and Best Girl

Connecticut: Prom and Prejudice, Manifest, Aces Up, Alibi Junior High, Spy!, Swoon, Mixed Bags, Patron Saint of Butterflies, The Other Half of Me, Open Ice, Pemba’s song, Girls for Breakfast, The Beast, Merchant of Death, and The Clock

Delaware: Anyone but You and Contents Under Pressure

Florida: Beach Blondes, Hoot, Flush, Deathday Letter, Scat, Forget You, Riding the Universe, Little Miss Red, Kingdom Keepers, Kiss in Time, Zeta or Omega, Paper Towns, Anatomy of a Boyfriend, Angels in Pink, I was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader, Tangerine, High Heat, South Beach, South Beach Sizzle, and House on the Gulf

Georgia: Cinderella Society, Ghost Huntress – the Awakening, Leigh Ann’s Civil War, Peaches, Letting Go of Lisa, Demon Trapper’s Daughter, Sea Change, Fallen, Chasing Romeo, Numbering All the Bones, and 47

Hawaii: Death by Bikini, Under the Blood Red Sun, A Boy No More, and A Boy at War

Idaho: Sledding Hill, King of Slippery Falls, Princess for Hire, and Girlwood

Illinois: An Off Year, Firespell, Project Mulberry, River Between Us, Ten Cents a Dance, Vixen, and Comeback Season

Indiana: Viola in Reel Life, Everything You Want, 13, Right Behind You, Rose Queen, Learning the Game, Teen Idol, and Prep

Iowa Never So Green, Rotters, Shoeless Joe, Squashed, Stranded, and Vast Fields of Ordinary

Kansas: Far from Xanadu, In the Face of Danger, Last Dance at Frosty Queen, The Mark, and We Could be Brothers

Kentucky: Cobra Strike and Dream of Night

Louisiana: Labor of Love, Love Cajun Style, Shadow Mirror, Shadowed Summer, Sucks to be Me, and  Walk of the Spirits

Maine: Maine Squeeze, Need, Complete History of Why I Hate Her, Converting Kate, Dead Beautiful, Delirium, Dishes, Dragon’s Eye, Summer Boys, Summer Girls, Look for Me By Moonlight, Tips on having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend, Meanicures, The Mosts, Must Love Black, Rhymes with Cupid, Season of Ice, Siren, Slayed, and View from the Top

Maryland: Alice series, Blindsided, Dark Secrets, Hero-Type, The Vespertine, and The World is Mine

Massachusetts: Amandine, Blind Faith, Bounce, Bridesmaid, Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life, Salem Witch Tryouts, Gallow’s Hill, Cycler, For Keeps, Gamer Girl, Girl in the Arena, Hex Education, Immortal Beloved, Principles of Love, Love and Lies, Miracle on 49th Street, Million Dollar Throw, Mostly Good Girls, Poison Apples, Pop Princess, President’s Daughter, Rag and Bone Shop, Shadow Hills, Sisters of Misery, Trouble, Clarity, and Vampire High

Michigan: Chasing Tail Lights, Cheated, Exit Strategy, Going for the Record, I Now Pronounce You Someone Else, The Morgue and Me, Snowed In, and Vampire Crush

Minnesota: Chasing Alliecat, The Big Crunch, Playing Hurt, Dark Divine, Stork, Donut Days, Full Service, Twelve Months Long, Saturday Night Dirt, Defect, Farm Team, Winter Room, Jerk California, Absolutely Positively Not, Somebody’s Daughter, Abarat, and Soldier’s Heart

Mississippi: Mississippi Trial:1955, My Vicksburg, Drummer Boy of Vicksburg, Sources of Light, and Mississippi Jack

Missouri: Blood Magic, Almost Perfect, Deliver Us from Evie, A Family Apart, A Blue So Dark, Gateway, Cathy’s Ring, and Trail of Bones

Montana: Cryer’s Cross, Interrogation of Gabriel James, Last Exit to Normal,and Hattie Big-Sky

Nebraska: I am a genius of unspeakable evil and I want to be your class president, The Decoding of Lana Morris, and Blue Avenger and the Theory of Everything

Nevada: Burned, Raven’s Gate, Zach’s Lie, Compromised, My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters, Slide or Die, and Big City Cool

New Hampshire: Stained

New Jersey: Kick, Tell Us We’re Home, She’s So Dead to Us, Fire Will Fall, Center Field, Karma Bites, Jack, After Ever After, Accomplice, Rosie and Skate, Same Difference, So Punk Rock, Kaleidoscope Eyes, Everything Beautiful in the World, Streams of Babel, Absolute Brightness, Bullyville, The Girlfriend Project, Pinned, Shade of Simon Gray, Jess Darling series, Dunk, Jersey Tomatoes are the Best, Bumped, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Last Little Blue Envelopes, Minder, Things I know about Love, Over the End Line, Scones and Sensibility, Anything But Ordinary, The Witch the Wizard and Two Girls from Jersey, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Keep Smiling Through, How Far Would You Have Gone If I Hadn’t Called You Back?, Ride into the MorningShadow People, Screen Test, and Time Enough for Drums

New Mexico: Last Summer of the Death Warriors, Muchacho, Brothers Torres, Z. Rex, Blood Secret, Desert Crossing, Surprising Cecilia, Kokopelli’s Flute, Summer of Fear, Shock Point, Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood, The Green Glass Sea, Disappearing Act, and We Were Here

New York: 10 Thing to Do Before I Die, Airhead, All Q, No A: More tales of a 10th Grade Social Climber, Another Way to Dance, Ask Me No Questions, Back Talk, Beastly, Behind You, Blue Bloods SeriesBras & Broomsticks, Breakfast at Bloomingdale’s, Can’t Get There From Here, Chill Wind, City of Ashes, Confessions of a Teen NannyCup Cake, Cures for Heartbreak, Enchanted, Inc., Every Time a Rainbow Dies, Fashion Frenzy, Fat Kid Rules the World Gossip Girl, If I Have a Wicked Stepmother Where’s My Prince?, If You Came Softly, Insiders, It Chicks, Jinx, Magic or Madness, Missing Angel Juan, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Ripped at the Seams, So Yesterday, Speeding Bullet, Suite Scarlett, Summer Intern, The Celebutantes: On the Avenue, The Dead and Gone, The Earth My Butt and Other Big Round Things, The Poker Diaries, The Princess Diaries, Things Hoped For, Vamps, Venomous, Violet on the Runway, When we were Saints, Bright Young Things, and Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares

North Carolina: Ten Miles Past Normal, What Comes After, Shine, Cate of the Lost Colony, Keeping the Moon, The Baptism, Yellow FlagDovey Coe, Letters from a Slave Boy, Scrambled Eggs at Midnight, Prophet on Yonwood, Accidents of Nature, The Moves that Make the Man, and The Unspoken

North Dakota: Out of the Blue and Blizzard’s Wake

Ohio: End of the Line, I am Number Four, Panama, Say the Word, Struts & Frets, Speed Demon, A Little Friendly Advice, Before After and Somebody in Between, Twisted, Every Crooked Pot, Maggie’s Story, Soccer Chick Rules, Double Dutch, The Second Bend in the River, Sometimes Love isn’t Enough, and Lena

Oklahoma: Unraveled, So Not Happening, Divine By Blood, The Spectacular Now, Knights of the Hill Country, When the Bough Breaks, Paper Trail, Out of the Dust, The Secret HourTaming the Star Runner, and Golden

Oregon: It’s Raining Cupcakes, The Six Rules of Maybe, If I Stay, Monster High, Tiger’s Curse, The River, The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys, Paranoid Park, New Rules of High School, and Restoring Harmony

Pennsylvania: Sean Griswold’s Head, Woods Runner, Jekel Loves Hyde, God is in the Pancakes, Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, The Last Full Measure, The Fortune of Carmen Navarro, Things are Going to Get Ugly, M+O 4evrGoing Nowhere Faster, Love Stargirl, Quaking, Zen and the Art of Faking It, Sleeping Freshman Never Lie, Live and Let Shop, Prom, Losing is Not an Option, Playing without the Ball, The Dark Days of Hamburg Halpin, The Heart is Not a Size, Three Rivers Rising, Forge, Tutored, Pretty Little Liars, Slept Away, Lipstick Apology, Sweetgrass Basket, Sister Slam and the Poetic Motormouth Roadtrip, Fever 1793, Slap Your Sides, and Finishing Becca

Rhode Island: Tighter, Spotting for Nellie, The Possibilities of Sainthood, Devilish, Where I Want to Be, Faithful, Black Duck, and The Art of Keeping Cool

South Dakota:

South Carolina: Beautiful Creatures, Prime Choice, The Glory Field, The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove, Copper Sun, Brooklyn Rose, Just Jane, Cast Two Shadows, and Virals

TennesseeSomebody Everyone Listens to, Something Rotten, How to Build a House, Artichoke’s Heart, Punkzilla, and Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers

Texas: Lovestruck Summer, Slice of Cherry, Where I Belong, Through Her EyesIllegal, Bleeding Violet, Lifted, Take me There, The One, Highway to Hell, Glass Houses, Deep in the Heart of High School, Friday Night Lights, Goodbye Season, Whip It, The Sweetheart of Prosper County, How not to be Popular, Isabel’s Texas Two-Step, Picture Perfect, Come Juneteenth, Boyfriend League, Whole Sky Full of Stars, Throwing Like a Girl, Tequila Worm, Room on Lorelei Street, Rules of the Road, Laugh Until You Cry, The Window, The Trap, Shadowmaker, Canyons, Love INC, Playing for Keeps, The Debs, Tantalize, Getting It, She’s got the Beat, and Going Going

Utah: Missing in Action, Sweethearts, Back When You Were Easier to Love, Trickster’s Girl, and The Maze

Vermont: Snow Queen, Game of Sunken Places, Fixing Delilah, Zombie Blondes, Kissing Snowflakes, Falling, Revealers,  and The Education of Hailey Kendrick

Virginia: Close to Famous, Nothing Pink, Or Give Me Death, Angels in PinkForget-Her-Nots, The Letter Writer, In the Serpent’s Coils, Annie Between the States, Sarah’s Ground, Page by Paige, Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Girl in Blue,  and With Every Drop of Blood

Washington: Shadow Walkers, Body Finder, Vesper, But I Love Him, Stay, Twilight, The Clearing, Five Flavors of Dumb, You Wish, Stringz, Harmonic Feedback, A Mighty Wall, Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Wild Roses, The Fortunes of Indigo Skye, Gym Candy, No Right Turn, and Skate

West Virginia: My Double Life, Funny How Things Change, Project Princess,  and Close to Famous

Wisconsin: Dairy Queen, Rocky Road Trip, The Island, Seventeenth Summer, Drive Me Crazy, The Summer I got a Life, Where People Like Us Live, Teashop Girls, and Hope was Here

WyomingUnearthly, Like Mandarin,  and Little Blog on the Prairie

Make Waves @ Your Library

The 2010 CSLP Teen Summer Reading Program






After Summer: Nick Earls

Along for the Ride: Sarah Dessen

Au Pairs series: Melissa de la Cruz

Beach Blondes, Tan Lines, and Spring Break: Katherine Applegate

Boys Next Door: Jennifer Echols

Caribbean Cruising: Rachel Hawthorne

Convicts: Ian Lawrence

Cruel Summer: Alyson Noel

Daughters of the Sea – Hannah: Kathryn Lasky

Death By Bikini: Linda Gerber

Dr. Franklin’s Island: Ann Halam

Drive Me Crazy: Erin Downing

Fireworks: four summer stories

Forgive My Fins: Tera Lynn Childs (out June 1, 2010) Girl at Sea: Maureen Johnson

Girlfriend Material: Melissa Kantor

Great Wide Sea: M.H. Herlong

Hailey Abbott

How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls: Zoey Dean

Island Girls (and Boys): Rachel Hawthorne

Island Summer: Jeanine Ly Nye

Killer Cruise: Jennifer Shaw

Kingdom By the Sea: Robert Westall

Laguna Cove: Alyson Noel

Life of Pi: Yenn Martel

Local Girls: Jenny O’Connell

Lost City of Faar: D.J. Machale

Maine Squeeze: Catherine Clark

Necklace of Water: Cate Tiernan

The Night My Sister Went Missing: Carol Plum-Ucci

Pool Boys: Erin Haft

Rich Boys: Jenny O’Connell

Scones and Sensibility: Lindsay Eland

Sea Change: Aimee Friedman

Sea of Love: Jamie Ponti

Sea of Trolls: Nancy Farmer

So Inn Love: Catherine Clark

South Beach: Aimee Friedman

Spanish Holiday: Kate Cann

Spring Fling: Sabrina James

Summer Share: Shirt and Shoes not Required:Todd Strasser and Partiers Preferred: Randi Reisfeld

Switch: Carol Snow

Twenty Boy Summer: Sarah Ockler

Tropical Kiss: Jan Coffey

Vampire Beach series: Alex Duval

Walk Across Sea: Susan Fetcher

Water Mirror: Kai Meyer

Water Song: Suzanne Weyn


As Simple As Snow: Gregory Galloway

Best Girl: Emma Harrison

Brian’s Winter: Gary Paulsen

Call of the Wild: Jack London

Do-Over: Niki Burnham

Double Twist: Donna King

East: Edith Pattou

Far from You: Lisa Schroeder

Frozen Rodeo: Catherine Clark

Golden Compass: Philip Pullman

Ice: Sarah Beth Durst

Iceman: Chris Lynch

Icing on the Lake: Catherine Clark

Kissing Snowflakes: Abby Sher

Kit’s Wilderness: David Almond

Let is Snow: John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe: C. S. Lewis

Love on the Lifts: Rachel Hawthorne

Mistletoe: four holiday stories

Peak: Roland Smith

Prince and the Snowgirl: Simon Cheshire

Rash: Pete Hautman

Secret Santa: Sabrina James

Singer in the Snow: Louise Marley

Snow-Walker: Catherine Fisher

Snow Fire Sword: Sophie Masson

Snow in Love: Claire Ray

Snow Queen: Emma Harrison

Snowed In: Rachel Hawthorne

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow: Jessica Day George

Twelve Dates of Christmas: Catherine Hapka

White as Snow: Tanith Lee

Winter: Witch Season: Jeff Mariotte

Wintersmith: Terry Prachett


Ann Rinaldi

Anastasia’s Secret: Susanne Emily Dunlap

Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: M.T. Anderson

Bad Queen: Carolyn Meyer

Before We Were Free: Julia Alvarez

Chains: Laurie Halse Anderson

Just Jane: William Lavender

Pale Assassin: Patricia Elliott

Red Necklace: Sally Gardner

Revolution is Not a Dinner Party: Ying Chang Compestine

Soldier’s Secret: Sheila Solomon Klass

Spy!: Anna Myers

Sold: Patricia McCormick

Ties that Bind, Ties that Break: Lensey Namioka

Make Waves (Figuratively!) Booklist



Spa day: make your own beauty treatments or invite someone who does hair and makeup to show off summer trends

Watercolor painting

Tie Dye

Sharpie Science

Peeps in the Summer

DIY: summer collages

DIY: Decorate Flip-flops or Make Duct Tape Flip Flops

DIY: Shell Photo Frames

DIY Beach Bags

Sea Glass Jewelry

DIY: Anklets

DIY: Sand Art in bottles

Bubble Recipes


DIY: Popsicle, Snow Cones, Ice Cream, Mocktails, or Smoothies

Cooking Contest: use these ingredients to make something cool

Candy sushi



Water Balloon Fight – water gun fight

Photo Contest with water shots


Go with the Flow

Summertime is finally here

Express Yourself @ Your Library

The 2009 CSLP Teen Summer Reading Program


Performers contracted by Connecticut Libraries: Mystic Paper Beasts


I stumbled across this blog, from Craft magazine which might be helpful for planning of summer programs.


I’m gearing my programs – artsy – towards a cumulative art exhibit. In Norwich, there are First Friday programs in Norwich. I’m going to host the exhibit in August in hopes that it will bring more people in than just teens.

I’m going to try:

Michelangelo Painting Night (from the manual)

Espresso Art (from the manual)


Mosaics for the Wall

Green Art (also from the Manual)

Plastic Bags: recycled fusing project


Paper Bag Scrapbooks

Ideas from the ECYA group:

Candy Sushi – how-to pages: Fancy Candy Sushi, Family Fun, Recipe from the Food Network, Step by Step from, a video how-to, Candy Sushi you can buy, 6

Ideas from the Capitol Region group:

Altered BooksDetailed description of how to do an altered books program from the Texas Teens Read! Program Manual, History of Altered Books, How-Tos 1, 2, 3, Lesson PlanExamples 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, “Book Autopsies,” Book Resources 1, 2, 3,

Peep PortraitsPeeps Website, Big list of Peeps linksBook, Peeps Contest 2009, Showcase of Peeps Dioramas.

Some interesting finds: Flip Flop Collages, Shaving Cream Paper Marbling, Tesselation ProjectsHow to create a tesselation, Create a Jackson Pollock Online (fun!!), Mandala Maker Online, The Case of Grandpa’s Painting: An Art History Adventure.

Teen Bookmark Contest in Vancouver. How-to LOL-cat Purse. How-to Recycled Magazine Earrings.


TV Take Offs – American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, etc.


Teen Library Program Ideas, A blog by Librarians with ideas for programs on summer reading ideas – to get you started, An idea wiki, The Texas State Library Teen Summer Reading Program Manual – Time Twistin’ Texas Teens Read 2009

Other Express Yourself @ Your Library Links: CSLP Manual Pages, Bookmark from Gale, How 1 library is dividing it up, An idea, The Madonna book by the subtitle “Express Yourself”, Bookmark contest, a slide show,

Wordle (mentioned at roundtables)

Library Express Yourself @ Your Library Webpages: Baltimore County Library,

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