2021 Summer Reading List
Author: Debbi Michiko Florence
Illustrator: Elizabet Vukovic
Follow Jasmine on her mission to convince her parents that she’s the responsible type. And what better pet than …a flamingo?
Author: Meg Medina & Chelsea Clinton
Illustrator: Alexandra Boiger
Through this early chapter book, readers learn about the life of Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor.
Author: Lenore Look
Illustrator: Leuyen Pham
Alvin is a middle child and is afraid of many things; elevators, airplanes, tunnels, substitute teachers, wasabi, and school, especially SCHOOL! This year is different though, it’s 2nd grade. He HAS to make friends. But making friends is difficult when you’ve never spoken a single word at school.
Author: Saadia Faruqui
Illustrator: Hatem Aly
4 great Yasmin stories packed into this one book. Readers will find Yasmin coming up with creative solutions for any problem she encounters.
Author: Angela Dominguez
Stella is President of the Sea Musketeers conservation club and is no longer dealing with fitting in. Now she has almost the opposite problem. She’s overextended herself with clubs, lessons, and projects feeling completely overwhelmed. How will she learn to balance her time?
Author: Siman Nuurali
Illustrator: Anjan Sarkar
Inspired by a family trip to a nearby park, Sadiq decides to start an Explorers Club. He and his group are tasked with creating a scavenger hunt for the annual Fourth of July celebration. Readers get to explore along with Sadiq and his friends.
Author: Christine Platt
illustrator: Sharon Sordo
It’s summertime and Ana and Andrew are headed to visit their grandparents in Savannah, Georgia. They are looking forward to cooking breakfast with grandma, walking to the library with grandpa, and helping in the garden. They learn an expected lesson about Savannah’s history.
Author: Nikki Grimes
illustrator: R. Gregory Christie
Dyamonde is brilliant, outspoken, curious, and empathetic. When Dyamonde enters a new school, she longs to find a friend. Dyamonde is curious about another new kid, Free, that seems to be a moody, grouchy bully. She’s determined to figure out what’s his problem. Readers learn an important lesson about judging a book by its cover.
Author: Andres Miedoso
In Kersville, it’s common for spooky things to happen. So when kids get stuck with a haunt, they call Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol. Desmond is brave and unafraid of spooky things lurking in the night. But, Andres Medioso, that’s a different story. He’s Desmond’s sidekick, but he’s afraid of EVERYTHING.
Author: Nikki Shannon Smith
Illustrator: Gloria Felix
When Azaleah’s older sister Nia gets cast in the school production of Willy Wonka, weird things keep happening. Leave it to Azaleah to get to the bottom of what’s going on.
Author: Andrea Yang
Illustrator: Abigail Halpin
All Anna knows is that friendship is complicated. Now that Allison is spending more time with Lucy, than her, she doesn’t feel like she fits in. She turns to books to escape loneliness and finds more than she is expecting.
Author: J. Dillard
Illustrator: Akeem S. Roberts
How can J.D. bear the laughs and snickers that he gets in school? His mom just gave him the worst haircut in the history of haircuts. He knows that he has to take matters into his own hands. The surprising results thrust him into the barber battle of the ages.
Author: Ylleya Fields
Illustrator: Michael Laduca
Bored with her regular playtime activities, Cupcake goes on her own adventure to ride her pony, Lacey. But before she can begin her ride, she needs to saddle up her pony. Unfortunately, this becomes a greater challenge than expected, and she gets stuck in the process.
Author: Juana Medina
When Mami starts spending time with her new amigo, Luis, Juana worries that things will soon change. But when she announces that they are getting married, what will Juana do?
Author: Zanib Mian
Illustrator: Nasaya Mafaridik
Omar is an imaginative kid that always seems to find himself in a mess. When his mom finds her dream job in England, Omar and his family are moved into a totally new environment. Omar has to deal with the challenges of starting a new school, making friends, and Daniel, the bully.
Author: Renée Watson
Illustrator: Nina Mata
Ryan is ready for summer vacation, but her mother’s pregnancy is causing a lot of change in her family. So, church camp is her chance to get away from her troubles and spend time with her friend Amanda. But Amanda invites another friend. Ryan worries whether anything will stay the same.
Author: Monica Brown
Illustrator: Angela Dominguez
In this first book of the series, readers meet Lola Levine, a creative girl with a loving family trying to navigate her way through second grade.
Author: Theanne Griffith
Illustrator: Reggie Brown
Perfect for STEM lovers. When Violet and Pablo discover the Maker Maze, it opens up the door to so many scientific adventures. Comes complete with activities kids can do at home.