Books for Summer Reading

It’s that time of year. School is almost out, and parents everywhere are scrambling to make sure their children have enough inside and outside activities to stay engaged—and sometimes—out of trouble but most importantly, to stave off the dreaded summer slide. Reading is just one activity that will keep brains and imaginations captivated. The good thing about books is you can take them everywhere—to camp, daycare, grandma’s house, on road trips, or simply outside under a shady tree. Our book list include selections for all school-aged children, for reading aloud (many older children still enjoy being read to), or for enjoying alone.

Most of the selections are fiction; however if you don’t like our choices, go to our category page, Genres, Themes, and…, to find many more fiction and nonfiction books such as poetry, STEM, biographies, history, and even board books for the little, little ones. For highly reviewed books, go to our Award-Winning Books page. BCBA’s mission is to serve as a resource to introduce and reintroduce the world to Black writers of fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults. If you enjoy a particular author, visit our Author Directory to discover their other books. The summer slide greatly affects low-income families, and hopefully, you can borrow many of the books from your local library. But, a few of the books are from self-published authors; so if you can, buy their books. Whether you’re buying or borrowing, the most important thing is to support Black authors. Our stories matter. Happy Reading!




Picture Books

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton – Don Tate

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton – Don Tate

Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu (Princess Cupcake Jones Series) – Ylleya Fields

Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu (Princess Cupcake Jones Series) – Ylleya Fields

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal – Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal – Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County – Janice N. Harrington

The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County – Janice N. Harrington

Easy/Early Readers

Messy Bessey (Messy Bessey Series) – Patricia & Fredrick McKissack

Messy Bessey (Messy Bessey Series) – Patricia & Fredrick McKissack

Backyard Camp-Out (Bradford Street Buddies Series) – Jerdine Nolen

Backyard Camp-Out (Bradford Street Buddies Series) – Jerdine Nolen

Chapter Books

Middle Grade Books

The Lost Tribes – Christine Taylor-Butler

The Lost Tribes – Christine Taylor-Butler

Zora and Me - Victoria Bond & T. R. Simon

Zora and Me - Victoria Bond & T. R. Simon

Out of My Mind – Sharon M. Draper

Out of My Mind – Sharon M. Draper

How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy – Crystal Allen

How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy – Crystal Allen

CEO: Cleo Edison Oliver, Playground Millionaire - Sundee T. Frazier

CEO: Cleo Edison Oliver, Playground Millionaire - Sundee T. Frazier

Eighth-Grade Super Zero - Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Eighth-Grade Super Zero - Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Young Adult

All American Boys – Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

All American Boys – Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

Tiny Pretty Things – Dhonielle Clayton & Sona Charaipotra

Tiny Pretty Things – Dhonielle Clayton & Sona Charaipotra

Mama’s Girl – Veronica Chambers

Mama’s Girl – Veronica Chambers

Dirt – Teffanie Thompson

Dirt – Teffanie Thompson

The House You Pass On the Way – Jacqueline Woodson

The House You Pass On the Way – Jacqueline Woodson

Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History – Joel Christian Gill

Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History – Joel Christian Gill

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