2023 Summer Reading List (3-5)

2023 Summer Reading List

The Amazing Adventures of Aya and Pete in Mexico!

Author: Asha Gore & Serena Minott

Illustrator: Caroline Búzio

Aya and Pete are going to visit Mexico! Aya travels with her best friend Esme to meet her family and explore all of the magic and wonder that Mexico has to offer. From the excitement of Mexico City to the historic center of Oaxaca, Aya and Pete explore the foods, languages, arts, landmarks, and historical architecture of one of the most mythical countries in the world. The newest book in the Aya and Pete collection, The Amazing Adventures of Aya & Pete in Mexico is a must-have book for little explorers.  

Ages: 4-8

Price: $17.99

Adventures of Qai Qai

Author: Serena Williams

From superstar athlete, record breaker, entrepreneur, philanthropist (and mama) Serena Williams, comes a magical picture book in which a little girl learns to believe in herself with the help of her doll and best friend, Qai Qai.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $17.99

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: $15.99

Girls Like Me

Author: Valerie Thompkins

Illustrator: Abira Das

Girls can be so many amazing things.  Follow this curly-haired girl as she imagines all of the wonderful jobs she can grow to be.  There is no limit to what she can achieve.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $14.99

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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

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

Eyes That Speak to The Stars

Author: Joanna Ho

illustrator: Dung Ho

After seeing his eyes represented in a friend’s drawing, a little boy realizes they are different from his peers.  Through a conversation with his dad, the boy understands the power and strength his eyes hold.

Ages: 3-7

Price: $15.99

Mango, Abuela and Me

Author: Meg Medina

Illustrator: Angela Dominguez

This is a heartwarming story about a grandmother and granddaughter’s bond that takes a little extra help to overcome the language and generational divides.  Nothing a little love and a parrot won’t fix. 

Ages: 4-8

Price: $15.99

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

Parker Shines On: Another Extraordinary Moment

Author: Parker & Jessica Curry

Illustrator: Brittany Jackson

Parker Curry loves being a big sister. She gets to play dress-up with her little sister, Ava, and piano with her baby brother, Cash.  But when a new dancer joins her ballet class, she is learning whether she can also be a great friend.

Check out Parker’s first extraordinary moment with Parker Looks Up.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $15.99

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

Nia's Summer Vacation in the Caribbean

Author: Danielle Fairbairn-Bland

Nothing beats summer vacation.  Every year, Nia boards a plane and heads to the beautiful island of St. Vincent to spend it with her Gran-Gran.    Travel with Nia and learn about the rich culture and heritage of her Caribbean family.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $16.00

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Girls with Curls: The True Tales of Girls with Curls

Author: Krista Coyne

illustrator: Thu Vu

Oh...to be a girl with curls.  Although living with curls isn’t always easy, these girls learn to embrace what they have and prove that there is never a dull moment.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $17.99

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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Author: Van G. Garrett

Illustrator: Reggie Brown

There is nothing like a fresh pair of new sneakers.  This is a love letter for sneakerheads and the passive wearers alike.  

Ages: 4-8

Price: $15.99

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

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

One Whole Me

Author: Dia Mixon

Illustrator: Natalia Jiménez Osorio

Follow along as a Colombian-American child embraces both cultures that make him unique.  

Ages: 4-8

Price: $12.99

Marley and the Family Band

Author: Cedella Marley

Illustrator: Tiffany Rose

When Marley and her family move from Jamaica to Delaware, she knows life is about to change in big ways. And she’s got the perfect plan to help her and her siblings make friends.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $15.99

The Me I Choose To Be

Author: Natasha Tarpley

Illustrator: Regis and Kahran Bethencourt

The Me I Choose To Be is an immersive call for self-love that highlights the inherent beauty of all Black and brown children. 

Ages: 4-8

Price: $15.99

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: $15.99

Milo Imagines the World

Author: Matt de la Peña

Illustrator: Christian Robinson

Milo is on a long subway ride with his older sister. To pass the time, he studies the faces around him and makes pictures of their lives. Milo soon realizes that you can’t really know anyone just by looking at them.

Ages: 4-7

Price: $15.99

Juno Valentine and the Fantastic Fashion Adventure

Author: Eva Chen

Illustrator: Derek Desierto

In an epic chase through time, Juno gets some help from female icons like Simone Biles, Audrey Hepburn, Annie Oakley, and Michelle Obama. Along the way, she discovers the self-confidence she needs to express herself in her own magical way.

Ages: 4-8

Price: $17.99

Little Mr. Fix-It Assists with the To-Do List

Author: Micaela Benn

Illustrator: Erica N. Ramsey Bowen

It’s Saturday Morning in the Jefferson household, and Josiah, better known as Little Mr. Fix It, is eager to spend the day with his dad checking off items on their to-do list!

Ages: 4-8

Price: $18.99

Cocoa, Tea and Honey

Author: Kimberly Davis-Peters

Cocoa, Tea & Honey celebrates all shades of beautiful brown complexions with inspirational encouragement of friendship, good character and acceptance.

Ages: 2-5

Price: $12.99

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Jayden's Impossible Garden

Author: Mélina Mangal

Illustrator: Ken Daley

Who says nature doesn’t live in the city? For a nature-loving boy like Jayden, he sees nature everywhere.  Watch as he and a new friend bring it to life. 

Ages: 4-8

Price: $15.99

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The Many Colors of Harpreet

Author: Supriya Kelkar

Illustrator: Alea Marley

Harpreet Singh loves his colors–but when his family moves to a new city, everything just feels gray. Can he find a way to make life bright again?

Ages: 3-7

Price: $15.99

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