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            AGE:                       7 – 17
             LOCATION:               Nationwide

Rialto BookClub is a FREE online book club for young readers, ages 7 -17, who are interested in the performing arts, entertainment, and culture.

You may be asking, “What is Rialto?” in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Salanio asks “What news on the Rialto?” at the opening of Act III, Scene I. For over a century, Broadway has been referred to as The Rialto, another word for “a theatre district”. Today, there are many Rialto Theatres located in cities across the country that present the best of Broadway performances.

Inspired by its literary roots and the borderless appeal of the name, Camp Broadway is excited to offer membership in the Rialto BookClub online book club free of cost to young readers nationwide.


Each quarter, a new book list is released. Members will receive a monthly newsletter with information and activities about the books we are currently featuring. Register today to join our book club and get started reading!

Our Rialto BookClub librarian, Stacey Rattner, reviews the best new and classic “must read” young novels, picture books, autobiographies, biographies, plays, how-to guides, and more, to enable kids to expand their imaginations and broaden their world view.


Stacey Rattner

Stacey Rattner

Rialto BookClub Chief Bibliophile

Stacey Rattner is a distinguished K-6 school librarian at Castleton Elementary School in upstate New York and the author of the popular blog, Librarian Leaps. She has many passions. More than anything, Stacey loves getting kids excited about reading. A native of Queens, Stacey is equally enthusiastic about Broadway. To this day, she is proud of her stage debut starring role as Miss Hannigan in her 4th-grade production of Annie. Since then she has been a regular theatergoer and a committed supporter of talented authors and artists.

Camp Broadway is delighted to give Stacey our stage to promote great classic works and wonderful new books to young readers as the Chief Bibliophile of Rialto BookClub. A bibliophile is “a person who collects books or who has a great love of books.” Stacey embodies this description. We are thrilled that she will bring her expertise as a librarian and her love of the theatre to our national book club members.

Learn more about Camp Broadway

Write to us at info@campbroadway.com or call +1.212.575.6403

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Rialto Book Club Summer Reading Book List:

Give My Regards to Broadway

Summer 2021

Curated by Stacey Rattner


Broadway, summer stock, theatre camps…the reopening is happening! In all of these books, the backdrop is overtly a musical or a play.


Ages 7-10

A is for Audra: Broadway’s Leading Ladies from A to Z by John Robert Allman and illustrated by Peter Emmerich (Doubleday)

This ABC book was written for theatre kids young and old.


Lulu the Broadway Mouse by Jenna Gavigan (Running Press Kids)

Ever wonder what it would be like to live in the Shubert Theatre?  Lulu has first paw experience.  After being surrounded by leading ladies, she really wants to do is be on stage herself. Is it even possible for her dream to come true?


Where is Broadway? by Douglas Yacka and Francesco Sedita (Penguin Workshop)

First, we loved all the “Who was…?” books. Now, in the same series and format is a book all about Broadway. Perfect for fans of the Great White Way!


Ages 10-13

Fearless by Mandy Gonzalez (Aladdin)

Simply put, this book is about four friends conquering their fears and working together to solve a mystery and save their show.


George by Alex Gino (Scholastic)

4th grader, George knows she’s a girl even though when people look at her they think they see a boy.  So, of course, when her class finds out they are putting on “Charlotte’s Web” she wants to play Charlotte. Luckily, she has her best friend, Kelly, by her side to come up with a plan so everyone can see who the real George is.


Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga (Balzer and Bray)

This beautiful Newbery honor-winning book in verse is about Jude, a 7th grader who just moves to the United States from Syria with her mother, leaving her father and brother behind. Why Rialto Book Club? Because in spite of how challenging things are, Jude finds the courage to audition for the school musical!


Ages 14 and up

Camp* by L.C. Rosen (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Randy has had a crush on Hudson, for the past four years at camp. But this year to win Hudson’s heart, he comes back to camp as Del giving up his old style, haircut and even his involvement in the camp production of “Bye Bye Birdie.” Kids these days! Does it work? Can he really stay away from the theatre?


Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli (Balzer and Bray)

A rom-com with the backdrop of Once Upon a Mattress.  Every HS theatre kid is going to love it. Hats off to Dear Evan Hansen: One character even has a cast.


*For mature readers: It is a sex-positive book.