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2021 Summer Reading List

You Matter

Author: Christian Robinson

An uplifting and inspiring book encourages readers to explore the many different people we encounter in our world and our connection to them, highlighting the important mantra of the title, “You matter.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $17.99

Sing With Me/Canta Conmigo: Six Classic Songs In English And Spanish

Author: José-Luis Orozco

Illustrator: Sara Palacios

Enjoy six classic children’s songs in both English and Spanish, with charming illustrations.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $16.55

Paletero Man

Author: Lucky Diaz

Illustrator: Micah Player

On a hot day, there is nothing better than a cool treat.  Race through the streets with a boy, as he searches for Paletero José.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $16.55

Me & Mama

Author: Cozbi A. Cabrera

A young child enjoys a day with her mama, splashing in the rain and being cozy at home.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $16.55

My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood

Author: Tameka Fryer Brown

Illustrator: Shane W. Evans

Most of us are familiar with days and moods that seem to be blue.  But there are so many moods that we might experience on any given day.  This book takes us on a journey through the changing moods of a boy named Jamie.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $15.99

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The Day You Begin

Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Illustrator: Rafael López

This book beautifully illustrates the many reasons there are to feel different in the world. Maybe it’s the way you look or talk or the clothes you wear. This book validates each reader’s individuality and makes room to teach kids about making connections, respecting differences and showing kindness.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $17.99

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I Am Every Good Thing

Author: Derrick Barnes

illustrator: Gordon C. James

This empowering book is a love letter to Black boys.  It celebrates how dynamic they are and what they have the potential to become. 

Ages: 3-7

Price: $15.99

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Mae Among the Stars

Author: Roda Ahmed

Illustrator: Stasia Burrington

Before Mae Jemison famously became the first Black woman in space on the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992, she was a little girl who dreamed of dancing in space. Her mother told her, “If you believe it, and work hard for it, anything is possible.” 

Ages: 4-8

Price: $17.47

Niño Wrestles the World

Author: Yuyi Morales

“Senoras y Senores put your hands together for the fantastic, spectacular, one of a kind…Niño!”  With an opening like that, you know you’re in for an amazing time. Follow a little boy (niño) whose extraordinary wrestling skills help defeat the many monstrous folklore natives to Mexico.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $11.99

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Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment

Author: Parker & Jessica Curry

Illustrator: Brittany Jackson

Follow Parker as she walks the halls of a museum, seeing paintings of everyone and everything from George Washington Carver to Frida Kahlo, exotic flowers to graceful ballerinas. Then, Parker walks by Sherald’s portrait of Michelle Obama…and almost passes it. But she stops…and looks up!

Ages: 4-8

Price: $16.55

Saturday

Author: Oge Mora

Sometimes things don’t always work out as expected, but this mother and daughter learn that the best thing about Saturdays is spending time together.  

Ages: 4-8

Price: $17.47

Please, Puppy, Please!

Author: Tonya & Spike Lee

illustrator: Kadir Nelson

Get ready to take a look at what happens when a brother and sister meet their match against a rambunctious pup.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $17.47

The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop

Author: Carole Boston Weatherford

illustrator: Frank Morrison

This fascinating and artful trip through musical history will fascinate kids (and adults too). Learn about how artists from so many domains—storytelling, poetry, funk, street art, breakdancing, deejaying, and more—helped rap and hip-hop become what they are today.

Ages: 4+

Price: $17.99

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The Afro-Latino Alphabet: El Alfabeto de Afro-Latino

Author: Keaira & José Faña-Ruiz

Illustrator: TK Paigee

Dual language alphabet book celebrating Afro-Latino culture.  

Ages: 3-5

Price: $11.99

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Eyes that Kiss in the Corners

Author: Joanna Ho

Illustrator: Dung Ho

This is a poetic and powerful book about self-love.  The girl notices that “Some people’s eyes like sapphire lagoons / with lashes like lace trim on ballgowns.”  But her eyes are different: they “kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea.” They carry the tradition of the women that came before her.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $16.55

I Am Smart, I Am Blessed, I Can Do Anything

Author: Alissa Holder & Zulekha Holder-Young

Illustrator: Nneka Myers

We can’t forget little Aayan, who went viral, reciting his daily affirmations on the way to school.  This book is a perfect reminder to kids that they can do ANYTHING they set their minds to.

Ages: 3-7

Price: $15.99

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Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family

Author: Ibtihaj Muhammad

Illustrator: Hatem Ali

Faizah is excited about the first day of school but she is most excited about her older sister, Asiya’s first day of hijab. Not everyone sees the hijab as beautiful but luckily Faizah is a fierce little sister. 

Ages: 4-8

Price: $17.99

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Black Boys Are

Author: Keaira Faña-Ruiz

Illustrator: TK Paigee

Black boys are…highly intelligent, gentle giants, innovators, full of personality, and so much more.  This book celebrates boys and all of their positive attributes.  

Ages: 4-8

Price: $11.99

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A Big Mooncake for Little Star

Author: Grace Lin

Little Star loves the delicious Mooncake that she bakes with her mama. But she’s not supposed to eat any yet. What happens when she can’t resist a nibble?

Ages: 4-8

Price: $17.47

I Am the Midnight Robber

Author: Daniel J. O’Brien

Meet the spirited and fierce Little Miss Sugarcane.  She is determined to show that she’s the best Midnight Robber masquerading at Carnival. 

Ages: 4-8

Price: $13.79

Thunder Boy Jr.

Author: Sherman Alexie

Illustrator: Yuyi Morales

Thunder Boy Smith Jr. HATES his name.  He just wants a normal name, not one like his dad.  As much as he hates his name, he doesn’t want to disappoint his dad.  Would his dad feel hurt that he doesn’t want to share his name?  He just wants to celebrate his own uniqueness.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $17.47

Hair Twins

Author: Raahkee Mirchandani

Illustrator: Holly Hatem

In the spirit of Hair Love by Matthew Cherry, a girl and her father have a special bond around their hair.  Papa spends each morning combing through his daughter’s hair, but her favorite style is when Papa makes her his “hair twin.”

Ages: 4-8

Price: $16.55

Federico and the Wolf

Author: Rebecca G. Gomez

Illustrator: Elisa Chavarri

In this adapted Little Red Riding Hood tale, Federico is headed to his Abuelo’s house for lunch when el Lobo stops him.  Let’s see if the wolf is a match for chili powder and habanero peppers. 

Ages: 4-7

Price: $16.55

The Amazing Adventures of Aya and Pete in New York!

Author: Asha Gore & Serena Minott

Illustrator: Caroline Búzio

Follow Aya and Pete as they travel to New York City. They journey to some of NYC’s most iconic sites.   You can also check out their adventure to London.  

Ages: 4-8

Price: $15.99

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Rocket Cleans Up!

Author: Nathan Bryon

Illustrator: Dapo Adeola

When this budding environmentalist goes to the islands to visit her grandparents, she is concerned about all of the pollution in the water.  She decides to bring the community together to do something about it.  

Ages: 3-7

Price: $16.54

Sumo Joe

Author: Mia Wenjen

Illustrator: Nat Iwata

Sumo Joe is good at two things-being a sumo wrestler and a big brother.  But, what happens when his two worlds collide?  Can he be both?

Ages: 5-6

Price: $17.43

Girls Can Dream

Author: Jasmine R. Owens

Illustrator: Morenike Olusanya

This ABC book features 26 careers that every bold, brave, and beautiful girl can dream of being.  From aviator to zookeeper, there are so many possibilities.

Ages: 2-8

Price: $11.99

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