Summer is here and that means the pools and playgrounds will be filling up with fun activities for kids. Aside from enjoying the great outdoors, reading is one of the most important things our kids can do to exercise their brains.

That’s why we’re stocking up our summer reading library, YOU can help! Check out our reading wish list and donate a book to help our kids immerse themselves in summer reading adventures.


Summer Reading Wish List

  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  • Aya: The Secret Comes Out by Marguerite Abouet & Clement Oubrerie
  • Bang! by Sharon G. Flake
  • Black Boy by Richard Wright
  • Black Boy White School by Brian F. Walker
  • The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman
  • Boonoonoonous Hair by Olive Senior
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid (all)
  • Don’t Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
  • Dr. Seuss (any)
  • Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama
  • Eric Carle (any)
  • Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan
  • Furqan’s First Flat Top by Robert Liu-Trujillo
  • Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Hazelwood High Trilogy by Sharon Draper
  • The Heaven Trilogy: Ted Dekker
  • Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine
  • Hoops by Walter Dean Myers
  • How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  • Hush by Eishes Chayil
  • If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  • The Jericho Trilogy by Sharon Draper
  • Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing and Shout: Dance, Spin & Turn It Out by Pat McKissack
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  • Romiette and Julio by Sharon Draper
  • Slam Book by Ann M. Martin
  • The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
  • This Kid Can Fly by Tonya Bolden
  • When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds


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