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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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Note from Rialto Reader’s Chief Bibliophile, Stacey Rattner:

This list is full of fun books that will have you laughing out loud while tackling some serious themes.

Ages 7-10

Babymouse: The Musical by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (RandomHouse)

Babymouse never ages. Even though this graphic novel was published over 10 years ago, it is timeless.  Babymouse really wants the lead in the school musical. Will she get it?

I am Lucille Ball by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Chris Eliopoulos (Dial Books)

Don’t know much about Lucille Ball, one of the leading ladies of comedy? You will after reading this book!

Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Miam Illustrated by Nasaya Mafaridik (G.P. Putnam’s Sons for Young Readers)

There were parts of this book when I couldn’t stop laughing and others which made me so angry. It’s great in audio, too (although you do miss out on the illustrations that way).

Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson (Bloomsbury)

You are going to love Ryan.  She is a fun, quirky kid who is like the modern Ramona Quimby.  You’ll probably especially enjoy the chapters about her preparing for the school talent show.

Ages 9-13

Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle (Simon and Schuster)

A “classic” book for theatre kids. If you have never joined Nate on his adventure to Broadway then you must now and if you have, take advantage of this opportunity to read it again. I guarantee you will still laugh out loud.

The Chance to Fly by Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz (Amulet Books)

Meet thirteen-year-old Nat Beacon. She loves a lot of things: her dog Warbucks, her best friend Chloe, and competing on her wheelchair racing team, the Zoomers, to name a few. But there’s one thing she’s absolutely OBSESSED with: MUSICALS! Follow her adventure as she auditions for her first show. One of the authors, Ali Stroker, is a Tony Award-winning actress and Camp Broadway alum!

Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. EVER Edited by Betsy Bird (Puffin Books)

Funny story after funny comic after funny story after…you get it. Read it all at once or take your time and savor each chapter. This anthology is sure to make you smile well after you finish it.

Not Your All-American Girl by Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang (Scholastic)

Join sixth-graders Tara and Lauren as they navigate their friendship in the backdrop of the school play.

Stand Up, Yumi Chung by Jessica Kim (Kokila)

Yumi will inspire you to do stand up even if you never dreamed of it before.