AGE:                       8 – 15
             LOCATION:               Nationwide

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.

Inspired by its literary roots and the borderless appeal of the name, Camp Broadway is excited to introduce Rialto Readers, a FREE online book club for young readers, ages 8-15, who are interested in the performing arts, entertainment, and culture.


Working with Librarian, Stacey Rattner, Camp Broadway will publish a quarterly reading list of 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


BOOK SELECTIONS - Fall/Winter 2020
Stacey Rattner

Stacey Rattner

Rialto Readers 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 theatregoer 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 Readers. 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

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

“I chose these books with the performer in mind. This inaugural list features music, mystery, and activism filled novels to put young theatre lovers on the edge of their seats!”

Middle Grade
From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

Young Adult
Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi