2021 Summer Reading List
Author: Kevin Hart & Geoff Rodkey
Illustrator: David Cooper
From the comedian and actor Kevin Hart, meet Marcus. All he wants to do is get away from Tyrell. the local bully and draw his comics. Journey with him as he brings his comics to life.
Author: David Barclay Moore
Lolly is trying to find ways to cope with the death of his brother. When his mom’s girlfriend brings him a garbage bag filled with legos, he finds a world that helps him heal in unexpected ways.
Author: Jessica Kim
Yumi Chung is a shy girl that has the heart of a stand-up comedian. When she stumbles on a comedy camp led by her idol Jasmine Jasper, she is mistaken for another camper. Will she be able to live this double life?
Author: Sonja Cherry-Paul, Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi
First adapted for YA and now for younger readers. This book unpacks racist ideas and helps explain racism’s long history in America and how we can actively stamp it out.
Author: Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama’s inspiring story has been adapted for young readers. They’ll learn about her life growing up on the Southside of Chicago through becoming the First Lady of the United States.
Author: Kekla Magoon
When Caleb and his brother Gene trade their baby sister for fireworks, what could possibly go wrong? Everything. Their baby sister is returned but they are left stuck with the fireworks. But of course, mysterious, slick-talking Styxx Malone steps in to work it all out. Again, what could possibly go wrong?
Author: Nic Stone
Everyone fell in love with Princess Shuri. In this graphic novel, readers follow Shuri as she tries to uncover the mystery of missing girls.
Author: Kelly J. Baptiste
Ten-year-old Isaiah Dunn is trying to be the hero that his dad writes about in his journals, but he struggles. As his family struggles with the loss of his dad, he clings to his dad’s journals for hope and to escape his current reality
Author: B.B. Alston
When Amari’s brother unexpectedly goes missing, it seems as though everyone has given up looking for him. She decides to take matters into her own hands. Her only hope is getting into the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Will she be able to secure a spot against kids that have known magic their entire lives?
Author: Kwame Alexander
Meet soccer phenom, Nick Hall. While dealing with a school bully and finding the confidence to approach his crush, Nick is also grappling with his feelings around his parent’s impending divorce. With the help of an ex-rapper/librarian, Mr. Mac, he is inspired and challenged to turn to books for the words to express how he truly feels.
Author: Celia Pérez
When María Luisa’s mom gets a job in Chicago, she has to leave her father and everything familiar for two years. Not only that, her mom just doesn’t get her dislike for cilantro, Zines, and especially not her love for punk. If she can only remember the first rule of punk.
Author: Jerry Craft
When Jordan’s parents enroll him into a mostly white prep school, he has to figure out how to remain true to himself, while navigating between two worlds.
Author: Hilda Eunice Burgos
11-year old, Ana Maria (Anamay), lives in a crowded apartment with her parents and siblings. She thinks there’s barely any time or space for her and now her mom is having another baby. A trip to the Dominican Republic to see relatives helps her learn to appreciate her family and culture.
Author: Pablo Cartaya
Most kids clear out of the way when Marcus Vega walks down the hall. As a six-foot, 180-pound 8th grader, it’s not possible to blend into the crowd. He’s often misunderstood. When a chance encounter with a bully leaves him suspended, his mom decides a family trip to his father’s homeland of Puerto Rico is in order. His trip allows him to leave with something much more valuable than he could have imagined.
Author: Hena Khan
It’s the last few days of her vacation in Pakistan, and Amina loved every minute of it. With school starting soon, she can’t wait to share all she’s learned with her friends. She only hopes that she can keep her promise to her uncle and bring the beauty of Pakistan back to America.