NPR logo NPR Books Stocks The 'Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf'

NPR Books Stocks The 'Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf'

NPR Books & Backseat Book Club Stock The 'Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf'

Annual 'Top-100 List' Finds Must-Reads For Kids; Available at

Right up there with blockbusters and baseball, here's one more beloved summer pastime: NPR's themed collections of summer must-reads. With just a few weeks left before school starts, NPR's annual Summer Books series spotlights a collection of 100 timeless reads for kids age 9-14. The Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf, selected from nominations by more than 2,000 listeners, is available online now at

NPR's Backseat Book Club assembled this comprehensive guide for young bookworms – a summer extra from the monthly reading series for the public radio audience held "captive" in the backseat – and the parents, teachers and friends who read along with them. Curated by a panel of six leading children's book authors, bloggers and librarians from across the literary community, the Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf is a wide-ranging list with a story for every kid: a journey to Birmingham in 1963; inspiring world-explorations rooted in both history and fantasy; a thoughtful series based on classical mythology.

Browse the entire list of existing and soon-to-be classics online at NPR Books, or download a printable version of the Backseat Bookshelf here. Lit-loving kids can tackle another title on their reading lists on Thursday, August 8, when Backseat Book Club announces its September read at @NPRBackseat and on All Things Considered.

Readers are also invited to check out annual Critics' Lists for other themed selections compiled by acclaimed literary names and NPR mainstays. This year, author Eloisa James gives readers a peek under the beach umbrella at her list of juiciest romance reads; NPR librarian Nancy Pearl highlights the latest secret-gems in her list of "under the radar" books; and NPR editor Franklyn Cater provides city-slickers with a forward-thinking list of titles that explore the modern urban experience. Listeners can also find exclusive text and audio excerpts from some of this year's best reads at

NPR Books is specifically designed to help a busy audience find great reads. The site combines the best of NPR's on-air interviews and news with original web reviews, recommendations and lists. It includes popular recurring series such as "You Must Read This," in which well-known authors make one, passionate recommendation; the "NPR Bestseller Lists," based on weekly surveys of 500 independent bookstores nationwide; "My Guilty Pleasure," which reveals the books notable writers love but are embarrassed to be seen reading; and "Three Books," in which authors recommend three books on a theme. Summer Books adds to the expanding library of outstanding books coverage at NPR Books - - which generates more than 4.5 million page views per month.


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