2022 Summer Reading List
Author: Brianna Harmon
Illustrator: Claudio Espinosa
Share the experience of a big sister getting ready to welcome a new baby into the family.
This is a great book to show the transition, the new responsibility and the support that a big sister can bring.
Author: Monique Gray Smith
Illustrator: Julie Flett
Sun on your face. Something baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This gorgeous picture book reminds us to cherish joyful moments.
Author: Cedella Marley
Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton
One love, one heart, let’s get together and feel all right: Adapted from one of Bob Marley’s most beloved songs, One Love brings the joyful spirit and unforgettable lyrics to life for a new generation. Readers will delight in dancing to the beat and feeling the positive groove of change when one girl enlists her community to help transform her neighborhood for the better. It’s a testament to the amazing things that can happen when we all get together with one love in our hearts..
Author: Latonya Yvette
Illustrator: Amanda Jane Jones
Hair comes in all shapes, sizes, colors and textures. This book is a tribute to every kind of hair and teaching kids that no matter what kind of hair they have…they are special!
Illustrator: Angela Brooksbank
When mama and baby shop in a very crowded West African food market, curious baby captures the attention of various food sellers and is able to collect items along the way. With each treat he receives, he eats one and puts the rest in mama’s basket, unbeknownst to her. Watch what happens!
This is a great counting and early subtraction book!
Author: Celina Kalluk
Illustator: Alexandria Neonakis
Dream a little, Kulu, this world now sings a most beautiful song of you.
This beautiful poem takes readers on a lyrical tale of the birth of a baby and the gifts given by the animals of the arctic to welcome it. This book infuses all of the values of the Inuit people showing the precious gift of a newborn baby.
Author/illustrator: Vashti Harrison
“Follow your dreams, little one/There’s so much good you can do” The companion book to Dream Big, Little One, Vashti Harrison tells little readers about Black Americans who used their gifts and talents to change the world. From Langston Hughes to Thurgood Marshall, this board book features 18 legends that inspire us all.
Author: Jabari Asim
illustrator: Leuyen Pham
“I’ve searched the world and seven seas. Never have I seen such charming knees.”
This delightful book celebrates a baby’s sweet knees. Enjoy the search to find out whose knees are these. Pair this with Whose Toes Are Those? for double the fun.
Author: Ibram X. Kendi
illustrator: Ashley Lukashevsky
Take your first steps with Antiracist Baby! Or rather, follow Antiracist Baby‘s nine easy steps for building a more equitable world.
Author: Patty Rodriguez & Ariana Stein
illustrator: Citali Reyes
Text in English and Spanish brings our youngest bookworms on a trip through outer space with Ellen Ochoa, the first Latina astronaut.
Author: Julie Flett
This book shows the interconnectedness between kids and nature. Watch animals play throughout the woods and gently be reminded of the actions of kids-kimêtawânaw mîna (We play too). The back features Cree words for each animal.