Dive into diversity, multiculturalism, pride and representation with us this summer! We are kicking off our summer with a bang…of books!!! This list is full of fabulous diverse children’s books we hope to read over summer break! And if we do not get to all of them, they will just roll with us into the fall! These are diverse books by authors of all backgrounds. Books by Diverse authors and illustrators have a 🌟 by their name! We hope you will join us on our Diverse Summer Reading Journey! Let’s dive in!!!
Natalie’s Hair Was Wild! (2018)
Author: Laura Freeman🌟
Illustrator: Laura Freema🌟
Publisher: Clarion Books
📚Wild animals have taken over Natalie’s wild hair! But she does not seem to care!
Author: Susan Lendroth
Illustrator: Priscilla Burris
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
📚An adorable look into a Japanese arts festival!
Don’t Call Me Grandma (2016)
Author: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson🌟
Illustrator: Elizabeth Zunon🌟
Publisher: Carolhoda Books
📚Whatever you do, do not call this great-grandmother, Grandma! Eater of fish for breakfast, wearer of makeup and clutcher of pearls!
Lillian’s Right to Vote (2015)
Author: Jonah Winter
Illustrator: Shane Evans🌟
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
📚The 15th Amendment and 101 years young into the fight for civil rights!
Mommy’s Khimar (2018)
Author: Jamilah Thompson-Bigelow🌟
Illustrator: Ebony Glenn🌟
Publisher: Salaam Reads/ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
📚A little girl all wrapped up in the love of her mother’s beautiful khimar scarf!
Juneteenth for Mazie (2015)
Author: Floyd Cooper🌟
Illustrator: Floyd Cooper🌟
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
📚The Emancipation Proclamation was officially observed in Texas two years after it was passed! Juneteenth (June 19) is the day of celebration in recognition of this.
Alma and How She Got Her Name (2018)
Author: Juana Martinez-Neal🌟
Illustrator: Juana Martinez-Neal🌟
📚What’s in name? Do you know how you got your name? Alma soon finds out as she discovers the wonder behind her name!
Green Green: ACommunity Gardening Story (2017)
Author: Marie Lamda & Baldev Lamda🌟
Illustrator: Sonia Sanchez🌟
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
📚Creative and innovative ways to garden in the middle of a big city!
What Can You Do With a Paleta? (2014)
Author: Carmen Tafolla🌟
Illustrator: Magaly Morales🌟
Publisher: Dragonfly Books
📚Paletas are the perfect cool treat in the summertime!
Author: Samantha Berger
Illustrator: Mike Curato
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
📚What would you do if…
Listening with My Heart (2017)
Author: Gabi Garcia🌟
Illustrator: Ying Hui Tan🌟
Publisher: Take Heart Press
📚Love and kindness come from the heart!
Festival of Colors (2018)
Author: Suristha Sehgal🌟
Illustrator: Vashti Harrison🌟
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
📚Learn and celebrate Holi, the Indian festival of colors with Chintoo and Mintoo!
My Daddy Rules the World: Poems about Dads (2017)
Author: Hope Anita Smith🌟
Illustrator: Hope Anita Smith🌟
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
📚Celebrate Dads with these perfect poems for Father’s Day!
Pop Pop and Me and a Recipe (2014)
Author: Irene Smalls🌟
Illustrator: Cathy Ann Johnson🌟
Publisher: Xist Children’s Books
📚We cannot forget to also celebrate Grandads on Father’s Day!
Niño Wrestles the World (2015)
Author: Yuyi Morales🌟
Illustrator: Yuyi Morales🌟
Publisher: Square Fish
📚Niño is the wrestling king! There is no match for him…not even his little sisters! A fun book to read and learn a little bit of Spanish too!
Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions (2016)
Author: Chris Barton
Illustrator: Don Tate🌟
📚Super-Soaker’s the classic summer toy we all loved! Learn about the brillant mind behind this timeless childhood toy!
If Your Monster Won’t Go To Bed (2017)
Author: Denise Vega🌟
Illustrator: Zachariah OHora
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
📚A silly bedtime story perfect for little monsters who won’t go to bed!
Dear Dragon (2016)
Author: Josh Funk
Illustrator: Rudolfo Montalvo🌟
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
📚Have you ever been pen pals with a dragon? What will happen when George finds out his beloved pen pal is just that?
Mixed Me! (2015)
Author: Taye Diggs🌟
Illustrator: Shane Evans🌟
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
📚A little boy embraces his beautiful blend of brown skin and curly hair!
Young Pelé: Soccer’s First Star (2013)
Author: Lesa Cline-Ransome🌟
Illustrator: James Ransome🌟
Publisher: Dragonfly Books
📚The true story of a little boy from Brazil fighting all odds to become a soccer star!
Looking Like Me (2015)
Author: Walter Dean Myers🌟
Illustrator: Christopher Myers🌟
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
📚Celebrate you and all that you can be!
When God Made You (2017)
Author: Matthew Turner
Illustrator: David Catrow
📚You are special just the way you are!
Stitchin’ and Pullin’: A Gee Bend Quilt (2008)
Author: Patricia McKissack🌟
Illustrator: Cozbi A. Cabrera🌟
Publisher: Random House Books
📚The stitchin’ of a quilt weaves together a families rich history and ancestory!
Feast for 10 (2015)
Author: Cathryn Falwell
Illustrator: Cathryn Falwell
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
📚A counting book that will leave you hungry for more!
Freedom in Congo Square (2017)
Author: Carole Boston Weatherford🌟
Illustrator: R. Gregory Christie🌟
Publisher: Little Bee Books
📚Sundays in Congo Square were a day of singing, dancing and laughter… physically miles away from the plantations they were forced to labor on…but a world away in spirit!
The Rain Stomper (2012)
Author: Addie Boswell
Illustrator: Eric Velasquez🌟
Publisher: Two Lions
📚Will it rain on Jazmin’s big parade? Or will Jazmin make the most of a rainy day?
Giant Steps to Change the World (2011)
Authors: Spike Lee🌟 & Tonya Lewis Lee🌟
Illustrator: Sean Qualls🌟
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
📚Often it is the smallest steps that have the largest impact on the world!
I Am the World (2013)
Author: Charles R. Smith🌟
Photos: Charles R. Smith🌟
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
📚Our differences are what make our world special and unique!
Blue Sky White Stars (2017)
Author: Sarvinder Naberhaus🌟
Illustrator: Kadir Nelson🌟
Publisher: Dial Books
📚An American celebration in color!