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Mrs. Laura Bush's 2022 Summer Reading List for Kids

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

May 15, 2022 //   2 minute read

Parents and caregivers can use this list as a resource to keep their youngest readers through middle schoolers engaged in reading over the summer break. Selections feature books on adventure, humor, and discovery.

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Books for youngest readers

Peekaboo Morning
by Rachel Isadora


The Pout-Pout Fish
by Deborah Diesen
Illustrated by Dan Hanna
available in Spanish: El Pez Pucheros


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
by Michael Rosen
Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
available in Spanish: Vamos a cazar un oso


I Am Golden
by Eva Chen
Illustrated by Sophie Diao


The Superpower Sisterhood
by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush
Illustrated by Cyndi Wojciechowski


Good Night, Wiggly Toes
by Roda Ahmed
Illustrated by Fanny Liem



Books for elementary school readers

Change Sings
by Amanda Gorman
Illustrated by Loren Long
available in Spanish: La canción del cambio


The Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams
Illustrated by William Nicholson
available in Spanish: El Conejo de pana: La edicion clásica


The Library Bus
by Bahram Rahman
Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard


Follow the Moon Home
by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrated by Meilo So


Gigi at the White House!
by Giovanna McBride
Illustrated by John Hutton



Books for Middle School Readers

When Stars are Scattered
by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed


Letters from Cuba
by Ruth Behar
available in Spanish: Cartas de Cuba


The Elephant’s Girl
by Celesta Rimington


The Rhino in Right Field
by Stacy DeKeyser