Spring Into Reading!

Sara Rebman, Librarian, Children's Literature Department,
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Looking for some motivation to read? Need a way to keep track of your favorite reads? Sign up for our online reading challenge Spring into Reading!

The challenge runs through May 31 and is open to all ages. The goal is to read 10 books and complete fun activities at home. You can read any books you like and the activities include a variety of easy options like writing prompts, listening to an audio book, or building a reading fort!

Keep track of books that you read and activities that you complete at home using the Beanstack platform. If you’ve signed up for a Summer Reading Challenge in the past, you can use the same log-in. A library card is not required.

You have access to your Beanstack account year round, so even when we aren’t having a challenge you can still use it to log what books you have been reading and time spent reading. If you prefer logging in from a smartphone or tablet, download the easy-to-use Beanstack app.

Now that you are all signed up and ready to start the next question is...what to read? Below are some recommendations for children, teens and adults.

Spring Book List for Everyone


Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems
Francisco X. Alarcón, Maya Christina Gonzalez

This bilingual poetry collection celebrates springtime in Southern California.

The Penderwicks in Spring
Jeanne Birdsall

Join the Penderwick siblings for all the new family drama that spring brings.

The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring
Gilbert Ford

Learn all about the serendipitous discovery and creation of the Slinky.

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
Kate Messner

A lyrical picture book about a backyard garden throughout the seasons.


Jason Reynolds

Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his middle school track team, but can he keep his traumatic past from getting in the way?

I Love You So Mochi
Sarah Kuhn

Kimi travels to Japan to meet her estranged grandparents and finds love while she is there.

Hot Dog Girl
Jennifer Dugan

Lou Parker just broke up with her girlfriend and is trying to get Nick, her crush, to notice her while working her summer job at the local amusement park.


Playing House
Lang, Ruby

Bonding over a love of architecture and touring pricey real estate, Fay and Oliver get a fresh start at life and love.

Quarter-Acre Farm
Warren, Spring

A novice gardener turns her front yard into a farm in this candid account of what went right and wrong.

Spring Chicken
Gifford, Bill

Discover the science of aging and the dos and don’ts of trying to stay young.