Summer Reading List
Reading can be one of the many fun activities children choose to fill their summer time. Research has shown it is also much more! Children who participate in public library summer reading programs make achievement leaps during the summer and score higher on fall reading achievement tests. The books on this list come highly recommended by kid readers from all over the country and may also be available in ebook, audio book, braille, and large print formats. This summer, take your child to participate in the summer programs happening at your library.
All Kinds of People
by Shelley Rotner, photographs by Sheila M. Kelly
HOLIDAY HOUSE, 2018
Vibrant photographs will inspire young readers to notice that people come in lots of shades in this introduction to racial and ethnic diversity.
Before & After
by Jean Jullien
PHAIDON PRESS, 2017
A series of clever and funny before-and-after scenarios that explore the concept of cause and effect.
by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Jen Hill
ROARING BROOK, 2018
This sweet story shows how acts of kindness, both big and small, can make a huge difference in someone’s life— and yours!
Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses
by Jen Arena, illustrated by Blanca Gómez
LITTLE, BROWN, 2014
This is a wonderful bilingual read-aloud with beautiful graphic illustrations. It’s a story that is bound to show that love is the same no matter the language!
Ciao, Baby! In the Park
by Carole Lexa Schaefer, illustrated by Lauren Tobia
Baby and Nonna go to the park and greet new friends with a warm hello: Ciao, squirrel! Ciao, pigeon!
Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!
by Cori Doerrfeld
Stella and Charlie are best friends, but how will their friendship change when Charlie must move away?
by Matthew A. Cherry, illustrated by Vashti Harrison
Daddy steps in when Mommy is busy and Zuri needs help doing her hair. Hello Humpback!
by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd, illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers
HARBOUR PUBLISHING, 2017
First Nations artist Vickers takes toddlers to the wild and magical West Coast.
Littles: And How They Grow
by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by AG Ford
From swaddles to school buses, celebrate everyday cherished moments in the lives of growing children.
Little Sunny Sunshine/ Sol solecito
by Susie Jaramillo
A little piggy celebrates the radiance of the sun and the wistfulness of the moon, in English and Spanish.
Lucía the Luchadora
by Cynthia Leonor Garza, illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez
“With that mask, you can become anything you dream of being.”
Lucía’s abuela helps her find the courage to stand up to bullies, by sharing that Lucía comes from a long line of strong luchadoras.
by Corinna Luyken
Listen to the gentle, rhythmic text describe your heart in an abstract way.
One Lonely Fish
by Andy Mansfield, illustrated by Thomas Flintham
Bold colors, die-cut pages, and a twist ending assure repeated readings of this cleverly designed concept book.
A Parade of Elephants
by Kevin Henkes
Five elephants are on a mission, marching from dawn to dusk, up and down, through and around in this colorful concept book.
by Brian Pinkney
Carter wants a puppy, but he gets a truck instead. Carter’s imagination grows, while the reader becomes immersed in the words and sounds of his world.
by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Christian Robinson
HMH BOOKS, 2017
A delightful exploration of the power of positive thinking, in a board book format for young children.
Rainbow: A First Book of Pride
by Michael Genhart, illustrated by Anne Passchier
MAGINATION PRESS, 2019
Learn the meaning behind the colors of the Pride flag in this colorful and inclusive story.
Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse
by Jane Godwin, illustrated by Blanca Gómez
A little brown mouse makes her way around town, naming colors and more as she goes. Engaging rhymes and questions will keep young readers enthralled.
Saturday Is Swimming Day
by Hyewon Yum
A little girl gradually conquers her fear of swimming in this inspiring story of bravery.
by Rubin Pfeffer, illustrated by Mike Austin
RANDOM HOUSE, 2018
Shovel, sow, seed, snack: learn how food goes from farm to table in this alliterative, vibrantly colored tale.
Ten Little Toes, Two Small Feet / Diez deditos de los pies, dos piececitos
by Kristy Dempsey, illustrated by Jane Massey
LITTLE BEE, 2018
A diverse parade of toddlers wiggle, waddle, and learn to count in English and Spanish.
Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug
by Jonathan Stutzman, illustrated by Jay Fleck
CHRONICLE BOOKS, 2019
Tiny T. Rex is determined to master hugging, despite having small arms.
Tomorrow Most Likely
by Dave Eggers, illustrated by Lane Smith
CHRONICLE BOOKS, 2019
In this book exploring how soothing and exciting anticipation can be, a child imagines all the adventures he’ll “most likely” have in the city tomorrow.
Up, Up, Up, Down!
by Kimberly Gee
An entertaining look at opposites featuring an energetic toddler and stay at-home dad.
by Barbara McClintock
FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX,
2019, ISBN: 9781626722170
A little girl zooms over forests, mountains, rivers, and deserts on an imaginary journey in a race car.
You and Me
by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrated by Susan Reagan
CREATIVE EDITIONS, 2018
This poetically and sensitively explores the importance of balancing attention given to an older and younger sibling
The 2019 Summer Reading Book List was created by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Titles on this list were selected by members of ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee.