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Summer Reading 2020: A Collection of Links

It’s the time of year when The Classroom Bookshelf goes offline, but we will be back in late August. It is an unusual summer for all of us and, despite the many unknowns, we hope that the coming weeks afford you opportunities for reflection and recharging and for planning and purpose-setting. 

As we have done in past years, we offer a collection of links for summer reading suggestions. Teachers, librarians and families may find these curated lists helpful as you facilitate book experiences for the young readers in your lives. Be sure to investigate the summer reading offerings at your local public library.

Be well, be safe, and be inspired.

Erika, Mary Ann, Grace and Katie

Social Justice / Anti-Racist Reading Lists:

Because Black Lives Matter, a Collection of Anti-Racist Reading Lists 

Antiracist Resources and Reads: Lists for All Ages | A Fuse #8 Production 

Multicultural and Social Justice Books – Social Justice Books 

KidLit Rally 4 Black Lives: Anti-Racist Resources for Children, Families, and Educators 

Summer Reading Lists:

2020 Summer Reading Lists | Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

Notable Children’s Books – 2020 | Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) 

Children’s Choices 2020 Reading List 

Teachers’ Choices 2020 Reading List 

Young Adults’ Choices 2020 Reading List

Read Across America: Best Books for Kids – Summer Reading List 

Summer Reads 2020 from Publishers Weekly 

Family Reading | 2020 Summer Reading Recommendations 

School Library Journal: Summer Reading 2020 

We Need Diverse Books: Summer Reading Series 

Summer Reading Guide 2020 

Collaborative Summer Library Program

Publishers’ Summer Reading Initiatives:

Scholastic Summer Read-A-Palooza

Camp Candlewick 

Random House: Summer Reading 2020 Checklist 

Lee & Low: Diverse Summer Reading List 

Summer Reading is Magical – Macmillan 

Erika Thulin Dawes About Erika Thulin Dawes

Erika is a professor of language and literacy at Lesley University. A former classroom teacher, reading specialist, and literacy supervisor, she now teaches courses in children’s literature, early literacy, and literacy methods. Erika is the co-author of Learning to Write with Purpose, Teaching with Text Sets, and Teaching to Complexity.


  1. Thanks for this interesting list/links, really helpful here. thanks for sharing