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Summer reads on the airwaves in a city near you

By June 26, 2019June 28th, 2019One Comment

So, I’ll be on a radio tour for the next couple of weeks, which I love, since it involves zero travel and lots of time to talk books. They’ve asked me to recommend a few summer reads, both older and new. Here’s the list of titles I’m drawing from. I won’t be able to talk about all of them every time, but I hope to plug each of them at some point. Check out the list of stations on my events page and tune in if you can!

Picture Books

  • A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
  • Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
  • Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero and illustrated by Zeke Peña
  • Under My Hijab by Hena Khan and illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel
  • Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed and illustrated by Anoosha Syed

 Chapter Books and Early Middle Grade

  • A Boy Called Bat by Elana Arnold (other titles in series: Bat and the Waiting Game and Bat and the End of Everything)
  • Juana and Lucas: Big Problemas by Juana Medina (other titles in series: Juana and Lucas)
  • The Magnificent Mya Tibbs by Crystal Allen (other titles in series: Spirit Week Showdown and The Wall of Fame Game)
  • Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon (four books in series; next installment this fall.)

Middle Grade

  • The Last-Last Day of Summer by Lamar Giles
  • Silver Meadows Summer by Emma Otheguy
  • The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
  • The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins by Gail Shepherd
  • Raymie Nightingale, Louisiana’s Way, in preparation for Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Vanderbeekers series by Karina Yan Glaser
  • The Jumbies series by Tracey Baptiste (other titles in the series: The Rise of the Jumbies and The Jumbie’s Gods Revenge (due out Sept 3)

Young Adult

  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Spin by Lamar Giles
  • Far From the Tree, new in paperback this summer, by Robin Benway
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Especially for Poets 

  • A Maze Me: Poems for Girls by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Emmy in the Key of Code by Aimee Lucido

Looking for more ideas?  Try here at the We Are Kid Lit Collective!

Meg Medina

Author Meg Medina

I'm Meg Medina, author of libros for kids of all ages. I'm the 2019 Newbery medalist for Merci Suárez Changes Gears. I write strong girls, tough circumstances, and the connecting power of culture. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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