Big List of Books for Summer Reading

The school year is coming to an end, and that means it’s time to start culling books for summer reading. Reading is an excellent pastime activity and can be just as engaging as bike riding, swimming, watching movies, or playing video games. Leisure reading also fosters learning. Education professionals stress the importance of reading over the summer break. Researchers have studied the effects of the “summer slide,” which concern educators and parents in low-income districts. Their students are affected the most by the lack of literacy engagement during the summer months as they tend to lose a significant amount of the achievement gains made during the school year. The lack of reading is one factor that contributes to the loss of learning. Therefore, reading is highly encouraged to increase comprehension, vocabulary, and other literacy skills. Reading for enjoyment and allowing children to choose some of their books are strategies that foster interest and success. Our summer reading list of 50 books (ten in five categories) offers a wide-range of choices for parents and students. Also, check out New ReleasesGenres, Themes, and…, and Award-Winning Books for more book choices.  Happy Reading!

Concept Books

One More Dino on the Floor – Kelly Starling Lyons, Illustrator – Luke Flowers

The Selfish Crocodile Book of Colours – Faustin Charles, Illustrator – Michael Terry

J is for Jamaica – Benjamin Zephaniah, Photographer – Prodeepta Das

Ten Black Dots – Donald Crews

Let’s Count, Baby – Cheryl Willis Hudson, Illustrator – George Ford

We Read: A to Z – Donald Crews

A Rainbow All Around Me – Sandra Pinkney, Photographer – Myles Pinkney

A Is for Africa – Ifeoma Onyefulu

A Starfish: A Shapes Book – Bernette Ford, Illustrator – Britta Teckentrup

A Big Dog: An Opposites Book – Bernette Ford, Illustrator – Cristiano Sorrentino

Picture Books

The Ring Bearer – Floyd Cooper

Mousetropolis – R Gregory Christie

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree – Daniel Bernstrom, Illustrator – Brendan Wenzel

Don’t Call Me Grandma – Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Illustrator – Elizabeth Zunon

The Girl Who Saved Yesterday – Julius Lester, Illustrator – Carl Angel

I Lost My Tooth in Africa – Penda Diakite, Illustrator – Baba Wague Diakite

Far Apart, Close in Heart: Being a Family When a Loved One is Incarcerated – Becky Birtha, Illustrator – Maja Kastelic

You Are Not a Cat! – Sharon G. Flake, Illustrator – Anna Raff

How to Find a Fox – Nilah Magruder

Birthday Suit – Olive Senior, Illustrator – Eugenie Fernandes

Chapter Books

Music Time – Gwendolyn Hooks, Illustrator – Shirley Ng-Benitez

Brand New School, Brave New Ruby (Ruby the Booker Boys) by Derrick Barnes, Illustrator – Vanessa Brantley Newton

Tamika and the Wisdom Rings – Camille Yarbrough

The No. 1 Car Spotter (Car Spotter Series) – Atinuke, Illustrator – Warwick Johnson Cadwell

Dog Days (The Carver Chronicles) – Karen English, Illustrator – Laura Freeman

Backyard Camp-Out (Bradford Street Buddies) – Jerdine Nolan, Illustrator – Michelle Henninger

The Buried Bones Mystery (Clubhouse Mysteries) – Sharon M. Draper, Illustrator – Jesse Joshua Watson

You Can Do It! – Tony Dungy, Illustrator – Amy June Bates

All Mixed Up! (Amy Hodgepodge Series) – Kim Wayans & Kevin Knotts, Illustrator – Soo Jeong

Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel (A Dyamonde Daniel Book) – Nikki Grimes, Illustrator – R. Gregory Gregory Christie

Middle-Grade Books

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground – Rita Williams-Garcia

Two Naomis – Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich & Audrey Vernick

The Sweetest Sound – Sherri Winston

To Catch a Cheat (A Jackson Greene Novel Series) – Varian Johnson

As Brave as You – Jason Reynolds

Spirit Week Showdown (The Magnificent Mya Tibbs Series) – Crystal Allen

The Perfect Place – Teresa E. Harris

Shadows of Sherwood (A Robyn Hoodlum Adventure Series) – Kekla Magoon

Riding Chance – Christine Kendall

Sugar – Jewel Parker Rhodes

Young Adult Books

Piecing Me Together – Renee Watson

The Hate You Give – Angie Thomas

Allegedly – Tiffany D. Jackson

Sparrow – Sherri L. Smith

The Boy in the Black Suit – Jason Reynolds

American Street – Ibi Zoboi

Binti – Nnedi Okorafor

Everyone We’ve Been – Sarah Everett

Rite of Passage – Richard Wright

Overturned – Lamar Giles




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