2024 Summer Reading

The Baker & Taylor CATS team have got you covered for Summer Reading 2024!

Latest CATS Videos

Coffee Break: Curating Community Collections

Join Baker & Taylor CATS Deanna Gerard, MLS in conversation with Mary Schreiber and Wendy Bartlett, authors of the new book Curating Community Collections: A Holistic Approach to Diverse Collection Development, published by Bloomsbury Libraries Unlimited, and learn how you too can create a more diverse collection using Kirkus Collections (available only through TS360), and Paw Prints Publishing titles. 

First Chapter Fridays: No Cats in the Library

We're excited to share a video from Lauren Emmons introducing her new picture book, No Cats in the Library.

Looking for more videos? Check out our YouTube Channel.

Author Interview

John Schu is an children’s librarian for Bookelicious, a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, and shares his love of reading with countless educators and students around the world. He served as the Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs.We are excited to feature him as our May interview! Read the full interview here!

In the Spotlight

To coincide with the publication of Paw Prints Publishing's Look Up!, CATS recently met with Claudia Erickson, Co-Founder/Director of Partnerships with the Unplug Collaborative. In 2009, the Unplug Collaborative began the (then National and now Global) Day of Unplugging, held annually each March. We sat down to talk with her about community, connection, fun ways to unplug, and the importance of libraries on all these fronts. Read the full interview here!


Summer Reading

Summer Reading 2024

Summer Reading 

It's here! The 2024 Summer Reading Prize Program is officially live. We are thrilled to offer more than 1,000 titles at discounted pricing for your summer reading challenges (and other giveaway programs throughout the year)!


We want to invite you to browse our Summer Reading 2024 catalog here. If you are a TS 360 user, and ready to build your cart before sending it to our CATS team so special pricing can be applied and the order submitted, you can browse all TS 360 Summer Lists.


Summer Reading Playlist

We know you have all been busy with all your Summer Reading events, so we made sure to archive all of our storytimes and author panels on the 2024 Summer Reading Playlist for you to watch at your leisure!


Here’s a brief highlight from the Kickoff Event with Mychal Threets, Hena Khan and Chris Grabenstein that aired earlier in June:


 ”I think summer has always meant reading what you want to read. I think it's in the summers where I first read Agatha Christie and my first Stephen King thrillers, and all those comic books and those mad books, it was just like reading for fun.  I think of summer reading as getting to read whatever I want.” Chris Grabentstein


 “Summers are for reading.  It was play outside until you couldn't stand it, and then come inside and cool off with a book and disappear into, you know, a story for a little bit. And the library was a home away from home for me. A place where I just felt so free to explore and try something new. Try new things, try different types of books and go on different reading adventures.” Hena Khan


 “I love what you both just said about summer reading. To me, that's what's always meant as well. Just if it's time to take a break. Educators, librarians, even library kids who may be  watching this or just struggling…Go to the library to be who you are. You don't have to leave your anxiety. You don't have to leave your bad days outside library. You could just come in and you can, just you could just be. You can read Hena Khan books. You could read Chris Grabenstein books, you can just be who you are.“ Mychal Threets


Special thanks to our colleagues and partners at Candlewick Press, HarperCollins, Neal Porter Books, Paw Prints Publishing and Penguin Random House for taking part this year!

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Featured Titles

Juneteenth Is

Natasha Tripplett and Daniel J. O'Brien | Chronicle Books | 04/09/2024 | Hardcover| 9781797216805 | $17.99

An intimate look at Juneteenth, this picture book is a warm exploration of a family and a community. Order Now 

The Last Boyfriends Rules for Revenge

Matthew Hubbard | Delacorte Press | 04/30/2024 | Hardcover | 9780593707173 | $19.99

A queer coming-of-age about three teenage boys in small town Alabama who set out to get revenge on their ex-boyfriends and end up starting a student rebellion. Order Now

Safiyyah's War

Hiba Noor Khan | Allida | 05/07/2024| Hardcover | 9780063351868 | $19.99

Inspired by a true story, a breathtaking tale of suspense, compassion, and courage, starring an extraordinary young heroine readers will never forget. Order Now

The Secret Library

Kekla Magoon | Candlewick Press | 05/07/2024 | Hardcover | 9781536230888 | $18.99

Travel through time with Kekla Magoon in a page-turning fantasy adventure about family secrets and finding the courage to plot your own life story. Order Now

Wings to Soar

Tina Athaide | Charlesbridge Moves | 07/23/2024 | Hardcover | 9781623544317 | $17.99

A historically relevant middle-grade novel-in-verse about a girl's resiliency when faced with hatred towards refugees.  Order Now

The Wolf Pup

Etua Snowball | Inhabit Media | 05/07/2024 | Hardcover| 9781772274837 | $17.95

Etua Snowball shares his childhood experience with the unlikeliest of friend—an Arctic wolf pup that he meets at a remote camp where the boy spends his summers.  Order Now

Phonics Prebinds


Available in sturdy bound single volumes, we are thrilled to provide your favorite phonics set titles in our Guaranteed Library Binding! An excellent trim size for the little hands of emerging readers that will withstand multiple circulations

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