Pick Five

Illustration of people of various ages surrounding large books with text reading "Summer Reading" and "Staff Picks"

This year’s Summer Reading at the Library is simple. We want everyone—especially kids and teens—to read five books.

Reading can be a fun way to pass the time. It’s also a great way to learn new things. And reading (at least) five books over the summer helps students to build and maintain their skills.

Once you’ve committed to reading five, the next question is, what five? Some folks like to read facts (like history, biography and how-to books), others prefer fiction (mystery, fantasy, sci-fi anyone?).

Some readers love to read books with pictures, like graphic novels and other illustrated books. (Did you know there are even wordless books? And yes, reading them counts too.) Others don’t want to be distracted by images.

Here’s one kind of silly way to pick your five books: find books with “five” in the title, like the books below. Or look up books that feature your favorite number and see what you find.

Happy Summer Reading!

You can sign up for a free library card here. If you are new to our eResources, check out these tutorial videos on how to get started.

Looking for a good book, album, movie or TV show? We’re happy to recommend them to you! Use this Personalized Recommendations form to send us some information about what you like and we’ll curate a list just for you.

If you have any additional questions, you can contact a librarian through FacebookInstagram or Twitter. You can also call us at 412.622.3114 or email us at info@carnegielibrary.org.

Five Little Ducks: Sing Along With Me!

With chunky sliders to push and pull, readers can join in this children’s song about a family of ducks – and even hearing the song being performed by using a QR Code!

High Five

Animals present hand slapping skills to readers, just in time for the annual high five contest.

A High Five for Glenn Burke

After researching Glenn Burke, the first major league baseball player to come out as gay, sixth-grader Silas Wade slowly comes out to his best friend Zoey, then his coach, with unexpected consequences. You can also check out this title as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby.


High Five, Mallory!

Mallory starts fifth grade and has to adjust to a new teacher, a tough school project, and trouble with her best friend that involves her brother Max. You can also check out this title as an eBook on Hoopla.

I'm Brave! I'm Strong! I'm Five!

A five-year-old girl who is brave and strong faces night noises, too much light, and spooky shadows– all without calling her parents– before finally feeling sleepy.

The Ugly Five

Who’s that singing on the savanna? It’s the top-five ugly animals in Africa! The wildebeest, warthog, vulture, hyena and marabou stork swagger proudly across the savanna, rejoicing in their ugliness and delighting their babies, who think they’re perfect just the way they are.