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NYC Reads 365: About NYC Reads 365

NYC Reads 365 is a citywide reading initiative sponsored by the NYC Department of Education, recommending books hand-picked by NYC school librarians.

About NYC Reads 365

The purpose of NYC Reads 365 is to help our kids read for fun.

We know that every book a child reads is one stepping stone on a lifelong journey of learning and growth.

But sometimes getting kids to read for fun can seem like an insurmountable challenge. There are so many obstacles in the way: After-school activities and homework. The lure of digital devices. Assigned reading and preparing for tests. And all of this is compounded when the child is a struggling reader.


How do we move kids from aversion and reluctance to enthusiasm and self-motivation?


The first step is helping kids find a book they truly enjoy, whether it be a graphic novel or a book about animals, giddy romance fiction or a heart-stopping zombie adventure, or just a great story about characters they recognize, perhaps even from their own neighborhood.


The second step is giving kids the space and time and encouragement to read that book -- no strings attached. As education researcher Bernice Cullinan writes, “No one assigns it; no one requires a report; no one checks on comprehension.”


Who Created NYC Reads 365?

NYC Reads 365 is an initiative from the NYC Department of Education's School Library System.

A team of passionate school librarians read hundreds of books published within the last few years and selected a set of titles for each grade that appeal to as diverse a range of readers as possible. We invite you to share these lists with young readers and help them pinpoint the books that might captivate them.


Happy reading!

Thank you to our outstanding Reviewers!

  • Alison Lehner-Quam, Lehman College
  • Andrea Swenson, East Side Community HS
  • Cheryl Wolf, The Neighborhood School
  • Donna Gray, NYPL
  • Elizabeth Dejean, PS 360X
  • Esther Keller, JHS 278K
  • Jamie Battaglia, PS 28Q
  • Jennifer Abounader-Ciesla, PS 149
  • Laura Schneid, MS 137Q
  • Lisa Egan, Humanities Campus
  • Margie Ho, Hunters Point Campus Schools
  • Michele Kirschenbaum, PS 452M
  • Taisha Gyles, PS 72M
  • Teresa Tartaglione, MLK Educational Campus

Project Manager: Janna Morishima

Coordinator: Lynne Kresta Smith

Director of Library Services: Melissa Jacobs

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