Summer Reading Lists

Summer is here—or almost here. That means school is out and fun is in, sleep overs, staying up late, pool parties, long days at the park or mall, vacations with the family, or just plain, old lazying around. But wait, there’s another summer activity that you shouldn’t forget about, summer reading. Many schools give students summer reading assignments to prepare them for the next grade level. Another important aspect of summer reading is to combat the “summer slide.” In addition to school summer reading assignments, many parents enroll their children in their local library’s summer reading program. If your list isn’t complete, or even if it is (there’s always room for one more book) BCBA has lots of fun and awesome board (parents, you have to read to the babies), picture, chapter, teen and young adult books all written by black authors. Happy reading. Enjoy your summer!

Board Books

Boy of Mine – Jabari Asim
Girl of Mine – Jabari Asim
Please Baby Please – Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee
Pretty Brown Face – Andrea Davis Pinkney
Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children – Sandra Pinkney

Good Night, Baby – Cheryl Willis Hudson
Joshua’s Night Whispers – Angela Johnson


Firebird – Misty Copeland
Giant Steps to Change the World – Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee
I'm a Pretty Little Black Girl! – Betty K. Bynum
Imani’s Moon - JaNay Brown-Wood
Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, a Young Artist in Harlem
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone - Katheryn Russell-Brown
My Pen – Christopher Myers
The Grasshopper & the Ants- -Jerry Pinkney
Quilt Alphabet - Lesa Cline-Ransome
Quilt Counting - Lesa Cline-Ransome
You Can Do It! – Tony Dungy

Easy Readers

Messy Bessey – Patricia McKissack & Fredrick McKissack
Go, Jade, Go! – Tony Dungy & Lauren Dungy


28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World – Charles R. Smith
Little Rhino #1: My New Team - Ryan Howard and Krystle Howard
Miami Jackson Makes the Play – Patricia & Fredrick McKissack
Ruby and the Booker Boys #1: Brand New School, Brave New Ruby – Derrick Barnes
Sugar Plum Ballerinas #1: Plum Fantastic – Whoopi Goldberg
The Buried Bones Mystery – Sharon M. Draper
Twintuition: Double Vision - Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry
Willimena Rules!: How to Lose Your Class Pet - Book #1 – Valerie Wilson Wesley

Middle Grade

Bayou Magic – Jewell Parker Rhodes
Gone Crazy in Alabama – Rita Williams-Garcia
Kinda Like Brothers - Coe Booth
Mo'ne: Remember My Name: My Story from First Pitch to Game Changer – Mo’ne Davis
Stella by Starlight – Sharon Draper
The Madman of Piney Woods - Christopher Paul Curtis
The Perfect Place - Teresa E. Harris
The Zero Degree Zombie Zone - Patrik Henry Bass
Unstoppable Octobia May - Sharon G. Flake
Capital Days: Michael Shiner’s Journal and the Growth of Our Nation’s Capital – Tonya Bolden

Teen & Young Adult

brown girl dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson
Endangered - Lamar Giles
How It Went Down - Kekla Magoon
This Side of Home - Renée Watson
The Summer Prince - Alaya Dawn Johnson
When I Was the Greatest– Jason Reynolds
Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present– Deborah Willis
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
X: A Novel - Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon
I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives - Martin Ganda & Caitlin Alifirenka w/Liz Welch

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