Summer Reading

About the Summer Reading Game
Keep track of your summer reading. Get your passport stamped every time you come to the Trove. Receive a prize each day you report on your books. 3rd thru 6th graders have the opportunity to earn a pizza party at UNO Chicago Grill for reporting at least three books. Summer reading list books for all grades will be available in the Trove. Reading Buddies, our teen volunteers, will be scheduled to help you practice reading. There are many opportunities for fun, arts & crafts, play & learning throughout the summer.


  • ScienceTellers presents “Tall Ships & Pirate Tales,” a STEM-tastic show on Monday, June 26 at 11:00am
  • Take part in an interactive Peruvian dance performance on Wednesday, July 19 at 7:00pm with Ballet Folklórico Acuarelas del Perú
  • Turtle Dance Music will perform a sensory-friendly music, bubbles and comedy family show on Wednesday, August 9 at 7:00pm
  • STEM You Can Workshops – each Saturday in July at 2:00pm
  • Trove Summer Film Festival – a great family film every Monday at 7:00pm and Friday at 3:00pm starting Monday, June 26
  • Tech in the Trove – programs all summer long on topics such as robotics, 3D printing, Minecraft, video game design, and animation. Check the calendar for dates and times.

And much, much more! A full listing of programs can be found on our online calendar at:
The Trove Calendar

Reading Buddies
Reading Buddies
Practice reading with a teen Reading Buddy. Reading Buddies will be available to read one-on-one with children in grades 2 to 5 on Tuesday and Friday afternoons for 15 minute sessions. Sign-up will start 30 minutes before the program time.

Tuesdays 5-7 pm
July 11
July 18
July 25
August 1
August 8
August 15

Fridays 3-5 pm
July 14
July 21
July 28
August 4
August 11
August 18

Reading Buddies is made possible through support from The Allstate Foundation.
White Plains Schools Summer Reading Lists
Copies of school summer reading titles are available below and in the Trove/Edge and as e-books. In addition, Librarians can always point you to a great book you will enjoy over the summer!

Follow these links to the Library’s catalog to see availability for that grade’s required title. No titles on these lists are required reading over the summer, except the following:

Grades K-5


Grade 6


Grade 7


Grade 8


High School


High school students are required to choose and read ANY one​ book from this list:
The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander
Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi
Graceling, by Kristen Cashore
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina, by Michaela and Elaine DePrince
Once, by Morris Gleitzman
Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Liar, by Justine Larbalestier
Cinder, by Marissa Meyer
Boy21, by Matthew Quick
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saenz
When I Was Puerto Rican, by Esmerelda Santiago
Boot Camp, by Todd Strasser
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

My Brother’s Keeper Summer Reading List

Mayor Thomas Roach and the White Plains School District accepted the My Brother’s Keeper initiative August 10, 2016 to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. The MBK program was launched by President Barack Obama February 2014 to improve the lifelong outcomes of boys and young men of color. Since then, 250 communities across the nation have accepted this challenge.

Grade: 6-8

The Watson’s Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
Heat by Mike Lupica
Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs
As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds
We Beat the Street by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt and Sharon Draper

Grade: 9-10

Tyrell by Coe Booth
Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos
X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz
Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
The Afterlife by Gary Soto
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

Grade: 11-12

He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander
The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña
March, Books 1-3 by John Lewis
Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

My Brother’s Keeper
Summer Reading