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Summer Reading Program 2023: All Together Now

North Dakota State Library and the Collaborative Summer Library Program

Important Dates

  • 05/5 - Library Registration for the BND College Save Program due 
  • 09/08 - Submissions of names to state library due 
  • 10/13 - Winners of the $529 scholarships announced
  • 12/31 Submissions of certificates from Parents to BND due

Upcoming Summer Reading Themes

2026: TBD – Dinosaurs (artist TBD)

2025: Color Our World : Colorea nuestro mundo – Art (artist Brian Floca)

2024: Adventure Begins at Your Library : La aventura comienza en tu biblioteca – Adventure (artist Juana Martinez-Neal)

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) website.  Here you can find Summer Reading Resources, the CSLP shop and a place to download the manual.  If you still need a manual please go to the form located to the right. ** Manual requests are only available to ND libraries.**

Contact Information

Any questions, concerns, or idea submissions can be sent to: Lexi Whitehorn, Literacy Specialist at

Summer Reading 2023

All Together Banner featuring two kids looking at a book together

Welcome to the Summer Reading Program page!

This year's slogan is... ALL TOGETHER NOW!

What a perfect slogan to bring us all together no matter the age, socio-economic status, political affiliation or location! We can all find a book to fit our interests and maybe make some friends in the process. Centered around Kindness, Friendship, and Unity,  this year's theme comes with endless opportunities to share your library with the community. 

Be sure to visit the Programming Ideas page to see CSLP's Pinterest boards, the Book Suggestions page for book recommendations by age group, and Beanstack for this year's summer challenge and more! 



ND Department of Public Instruction is awarding grants to libraries (or individual teachers, school librarians, or administrators if a public library is not available) just for hosting a summer reading challenge or event!  At the end of the challenge/ event (but no later than August 25, 2023), complete and submit the "Summary of Engagement" form to NDDPI. NDDPI will award grants as reimbursements that may be used specifically to cover the costs of public and school library activities as outlined in ESSER allowable uses. Funds must be expended (and request for reimbursement submitted) by December 31, 2023. Full guidance is below as well as on the DPI website. For questions please contact Jennifer Odell at 



Bank of North Dakota

North Dakota participates in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). CSLP is a nonprofit, charitable organization that supports literacy, education and science through summer reading events in public libraries across the United States. CSLP works to develop interest in reading and library use. This includes development and implementation of summer reading programs used nationwide, public service announcements, and other activities which promote reading and library use. Every year, CSLP publishes a themed summer reading manual, which contains valuable information for planning, promoting, and hosting a successful summer reading program.