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Staying Strong: Summer Reading 2019

As you and your students celebrate the end of the school year, we offer you a collection of links designed to keep you and the children and young adults in your life happily reading over the next several months.

Please note that we will continue to post new entries through the end of June, when we take our own summer vacation, so you can expect to discover new titles and teaching ideas with us for the next few weeks.

But first, we begin with links to the books that we blogged about over the last year that have won recent awards and honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature. We invite you to explore our previously written blog entries for these winners and honor books. The following awards announced each spring are included in this post:

  • 2019 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards
  • 2019 Ezra Jack Keats Award
  • 2019 Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts (Children’s Literature Assembly)
  • 2019 Notable Books for a Global Society (International Literacy Association)
  • 2019 Best STEM Books (National Science Teachers Association)
  • 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People (National Council for the Social Studies)
  • 2019 Mathical Book Prize (Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, in partnership with the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and in coordination with the Children’s Book Council)

Alma and How She Got Her Name

Written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Published by Candlewick Press

  • 2019 Ezra Jack Keats Honor Award
  • 2019 Notable Books for a Global Society
  • 2019 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts
  • 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

Between The Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery

Written by Sandra Neil Wallace; illustrated by Bryan Collier

Published by Paula Wiseman Books

  • 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

Illustrated by Dow Phumiruk

Published by Christy Ottoviano Books

  • 2019 Mathical Honor Book
  • 2019 Notable Books for a Global Society
  • 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

Dreamers / Soñadores

Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Published by Neal Porter Books

  • 2019 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor
  • 2019 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts
  • 2019 Notable Books for a Global Society
  • 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

Escape From Aleppo

Written by N. H. Senzai

Published by Paula Wiseman Books

  • 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community

Written by Susan Verde; illustrated by John Parra

Published by Paula Wiseman Books

  • 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

I am Loved

Written by Nikki Giovanni; illustrated by Ashley Bryan

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

  • 2019 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts

Imagine

Written by Juan Felipe Herrera; illustrated by Lauren Castillo

Published by Candlewick Press

  • 2019 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts
  • 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

Imagine!

Written and illustrated by Raúl Colón

Published by Paula Wiseman Books

  • 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

La Frontera

Written by Deborah Mills and Alfredo Alva; illustrated by Claudia Navarro

Published by Barefoot Books

  • 2019 Notable Books for a Global Society

Love

Written by Matt De La Peña; illustrated by Loren Long

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

  • 2019 Notable Books for a Global Society
  • 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

Marwan’s Journey

Written by Patricia de Arias; illustrated by Laura Borràs

Published by minedition

  • 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Written by Meg Medina

Published by Candlewick Press

  • 2019 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts
  • 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

The Night Diary

Written by Veera Hiranandani

Published by Dial Books for Young Readers

  • 2019 Notable Books for a Global Society
  • 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain

Written by Cheryl Bardoe; illustrated by Barbara McClintock

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

  • 2019 Mathical Honor Book
  • 2019 National Science Teachers Association Best STEM Books
  • 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

The Parker Inheritance

Written by Varian Johnson

Published by Arthur A. Levine Books

  • 2019 Notable Books for a Global Society

The Word Collector

Written and illustrated by Peter Reynolds

Published by Orchard Books

  • 2019 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts

2019 Summer Reading and Resource Lists

American Library Association – Library Summer Reading Programs

http://www.ala.org/alsc/publications-resources/book-lists/2019-summer-reading-list

American Library Association – 2019 Notable Children’s Books

http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb

American Library Association – 2019 Notable Children’s Digital Media

http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncdm

Children’s Book Council: Building a Home Library

https://www.cbcbooks.org/readers/reading-lists/building-a-home-library/

https://www.literacyworldwide.org/docs/default-source/reading-lists/childrens-choices/childrens-choices-reading-list-2019.pdf?sfvrsn=ddd9b98e_7

International Literacy Association and Children’s Book Council – Children’s Choices 2019

International Literacy Association and Children’s Book Council – Teachers’ Choices 2019

https://www.literacyworldwide.org/docs/default-source/reading-lists/teachers-choices/teachers-choices-reading-list-2019.pdf

Lee and Low Books Diverse Summer Reading Book List, K-8

http://blog.leeandlow.com/2015/06/08/2015-diverse-summer-reading-book-lists-k-8/

The Horn Book – 2019 Summer Reading Recommendations

https://www.hbook.com/2019/05/blogs/family-reading/2019-summer-reading-list/

PBS Parents: Fun Summer Science Projects for Kids

http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/science/tips/summer-science-projects/

Reading Rockets: Big Summer Read

http://www.readingrockets.org/books/summer/2019

We Need Diverse Books Summer Reading Series

https://diversebooks.org/resources/summer-reading-series/

Audiobooks for Families

We love audiobooks for car rides with the family. Many public libraries now have downloadable audiobooks that you can listen to on an MP3 player, iPad, or iPod. Check in with your local public library and share the details with parents and students before the year is over. You might want to search for some of the books included in these lists below.

American Library Association – 2019 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults http://www.ala.org/yalsa/2019-amazing-audiobooks-young-adults

http://www.ala.org/yalsa/2019-top-ten-amazing-audiobooks-young-adults

American Library Association – 2019 Notable Children’s Recordings

http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncr

Audio Publishers Association – 2019 Audies Awards

https://www.audiopub.org/winners/2019-audies-1

Resources for Teachers/Parents

Collaborative Summer Library Program

http://www.cslpreads.org

https://www.cslpreads.org/wp…/10/CSLP-Summer-Reading-White-Paper-2015.pdf

Cooperative Center for Books for Children – 50 Bilingual Spanish/English Integrated Books

https://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/books/detailListBooks.asp?idBookLists=102

Cooperative Center for Books for Children – Bibliographies

https://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/books/bibBio.asp

International Children’s Digital Library – Free digital PDFs of children’s picture books from around the globe in their original language. There is an iPad app that allows for easy viewing on your iPad.

http://en.childrenslibrary.org

Literacy Tips for Parents (Reading Rockets)

http://www.readingrockets.org/audience/parents

Reading Rockets – Summer Reading Loss

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/summer-reading-loss

School Library Journal article on Range, an app that locates free summer meals and libraries as safe havens

http://www.slj.com/2015/05/technology/applications/indiegogo-campaign-for-an-app-to-help-kids-find-safe-havens-during-summer/#_

Start With a Book

http://www.startwithabook.org

Summer Reading Loss: School Library Journal Interview with Dick Allington

http://www.slj.com/2013/06/curriculum-connections/summer-reading-and-the-richpoor-achievement-gap-an-educator-responds-to-questions/

Unite for Literacy – digital picture books narrated in a variety of international languages

https://www.uniteforliteracy.com/

Grace Enriquez About Grace Enriquez

Grace is an associate professor of language and literacy at Lesley University. A former English Language Arts teacher, reading specialist, and literacy consultant, she teaches and writes about children’s literature, critical literacies, and literacies and embodiment. Grace is co-author of The Reading Turn-Around and co-editor of Literacies, Learning, and the Body.

Comments

  1. Myra Zarnowski says:

    What a treasure of a resource! This should be sent home with each child.