YR Program

Chautauqua Institution is a community that values and celebrates reading, and since 1994, the CLSC Young Readers program has engaged young Chautauquans and community members in the enjoyment of good reading. Each summer, a selection of books are chosen for their quality, the variety of their styles and subjects, and their appeal to young readers.  While aimed at 9- to 14-year-olds, these books will also delight younger and older readers.

The Program

In addition to reading the summer's selections, youth are invited to attend the related weekly program, usually held at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesdays throughout the CHQ season. The program includes a brief book discussion followed by a presentation or activity led by community leaders, local organizations, and sometimes even the authors themselves.

While the most important feature of the Young Readers program is reading, all levels of participation are important and are encouraged — from reading only one of the selections to reading them all.  The weekly programs are open to all youth, and reading the week's selection is encouraged but not required for attendance.

Medallion Award

CLSC young readers logo 2The Young Readers medallion rewards young Chautauquans who read 16 books from the program's historic book list, including Jeffrey Simpson's Chautauqua: An American Utopia. The medallion is made possible by the John H. Bliss Memorial Fund and the support of the CLSC Class of 2002. 

Young Readers Historic Book List

2017 CLSC Young Readers Selections

WildRobot YR

BigIdeaBenFranklin YR

 Week One

The Wild Robot 
by Peter Brown

What's the big idea, Ben Franklin?
by Jean Fritz

Program: June 28 at 4:15 p.m.
Location TBA

OutofWonder YR  

Week Two

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth

Program: July 5 at 4:15 p.m.
Location TBA

InquisitorsTale YR


Week Three

The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
by Adam Gidwitz

Program: July 12 at 4:15 p.m.
Location TBA

HouseonMangoStreet YR

FlyingLessons YR

Week Four

The House on Mango Street
by Sandra Cisneros

Flying Lessons & Other Stories
edited by Ellen Oh

Program: July 19 at 4:15 p.m.
Location TBA

AllRiseHonorablePerryCook YR


Week Five

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
by Leslie Connor

Program: July 26 at 4:15 p.m.
Location TBA

short sloan YR


Week Six

by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Program: Aug. 2 at 4:15 p.m.
Location TBA

Sachiko YR


Week Seven

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story
by Caren Stelson

Program: Aug. 9 at 4:15 p.m.
Location TBA

nellie bly mahoney YR


Week Eight

Nellie Bly and Investigative Journalism for Kids: Mighty Muckrakers from the Golden Age to Today
by Ellen Mahoney

Program: Aug. 16 at 4:15 p.m.
Location TBA

UnusualChickens YR


Week Nine

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
by Kelly Jones

Program: Aug. 23 at 4:15 p.m.
Location TBA