By sharing and celebrating diverse books, teachers and librarians have an opportunity to help young people better understand themselves and others. We encourage you to look critically at the books you’re sharing with your students and patrons. Shake Up Your Shelves by retiring books that are offensive or outdated and by adding titles that reflect the experiences of more underrepresented groups. This also applies to summer reading. When kids are out of school for the summer months, especially after this year with fluctuating environments for education, sustaining reading skills is as important as ever.
Equally as important is continuing to build literary curriculum that is wholly representative of the kids you serve, your communities, and the world at large. To help you shake up summer reading, we've compiled a list of diverse books, many now in paperback, for various age groups that we recommend you consider as you remix your summer reading suggestions and title lists.
Erin Entrada Kelly
TEEN & YA
Grace Byers and illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo
Yamile Saied Méndez and illustrated by Jaime Kim
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Joanna Ho and illustrated by Dung Ho
Lebron James and illustrated by Nina Mata
Margot Lee Shetterly and illustrated by Laura Freeman