Reading lists for all age groups


LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- Are you having a difficult time figuring out what book your child should read next? Don’t know which one is age appropriate? How about a book recommendation for teens or adults? We’ve made it easy for you. Thanks to the Central Arkansas Library System, CALS, it’s provided several lists of recommended books based on age groups.



Pre-K to 2nd Grade:

3rd and 5th Grade:



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