Summer Reading Round-Up

As semesters and school years come to a close and the weather heats up, it’s time to compile summer reading lists! To help guide your selections, we’ve collected some our favorite recommended reading lists:

To kick things off, The Horn Book has compiled age-appropriate summer reading recommendations from preschool through high school. There are plenty of great options here for kids of all ages!

Kate DiCamillo, Raymie Nightingale
Kwame Alexander, Booked
Meg Medina, Burn Baby Burn
Sherman Alexie, Thunder Boy Jr.

For adult fiction and nonfiction recommendations, you might want to check out this reading list compiled by Bill Gates, featuring books to “go off the beaten path when you get some time to yourself this summer.”

Then, make sure to read this list of stellar, recent, science-leaning books by female authors,” compiled in response to Mr. Gates’ list and its lack of gender diversity.

Another great diversity-oriented reading list comes from none other than Ta-Nehisi Coates, as outlined in a 2015 program at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The list is timeless though, and can be read in full by clicking here.

James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves
Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures
Ellen Crosby, Merlot Murders

Meanwhile, over at the Literary Hub, contributing editor Bethanne Patrick details 5 Great Beach Reads, Wherever You Are, featuring “thoughtful, entertaining, well-written fiction that might make you risk a sunburn on the beach, miss your stop on the subway, or burn a casserole in the oven.”

Finally, along with other affiliate Centers for the Book on the Eastern seaboard, we have compiled a road trip reading list for the annual Route One Reads initiative. Learn more by clicking here.

What’s on your summer reading list?

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