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Mrs. Laura Bush's 2020 Summer Reading List for Kids

Recommended reading for youngest, elementary, and middle school readers.

July 22, 2020 //   2 minute read

Now, more than ever, it is important to keep children engaged in reading. This summer reading list includes picks for the youngest readers through middle schoolers – with topics ranging from race and kindness, to staying true to yourself, to the special bond of sisterhood — ensuring all readers are kept entertained throughout the summer and into the school year.

Books for youngest readers

A is for Apple
by Tiger Tales
Illustrated by Georgie Birkett
Little Blue Truck
by Alice Schertle
Illustrated by Jill McElmurry
Sisters First
by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush
Illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki
Mae Among the Stars
by Roda Ahmed
Illustrated by Stasia Burrington
Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes
by Eva Chen
Illustrated by Derek Desierto
Hair Love
by Matthew A. Cherry
Illustrated by Vashti Harrison
All Are Welcome
by Alexandra Penfold
Illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman

Books for elementary school readers

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family
by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali
Illustrated by Hatem Aly
Separate Is Never Equal
author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh
The Wild Robot
by Peter Brown
The Year of Billy Miller
by Kevin Henkes
Stella Diaz Never Gives Up
by Angela Dominguez

Books for Middle School Readers

Best Friends
by Shannon Hale
Illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Bud, Not Buddy
by Christopher Paul Curtis
New Kid
by Jerry Craft
Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson