Mrs. Laura Bush's 2021 Summer Reading List for Kids

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

As libraries across the Nation begin to open, parents and caregivers can use this summer reading list as a resource to keep their youngest readers through middle schoolers engaged. Selections highlight books focused on diversity, inclusion, and kindness; and the list features a title by the late Beverly Cleary.


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Books for youngest readers




When Charley Met Emma
by Amy Webb
Illustrated by Merrilee Liddiard





I Will Be Fierce
by Bea Birdsong
Illustrated by Nidhi Chanani
























Me & Mama
Written and Illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera





Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3
by Bill Martin, Jr. and Michael Sampson
Illustrated by Lois Ehlert




Books for elementary school readers




Lady Bird Johnson, That’s Who!
by Tracy Nelson Maurer
Illustrated by Ginnie Hsu


















Stella Diaz Has Something to Say
Written and Illustrated by Angela Dominguez





Warren & Dragon 100 Friends
by Ariel Bernstein
Illustrated by Mike Malbrough





My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World
by Malcolm Mitchell
Illustrated by Michael Robertson





The Mouse and the Motorcycle
by Beverly Cleary
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers





This is Your Time
by Ruby Bridges




Books for Middle School Readers




The Last Last Day of Summer
by Lamar Giles
Illustrated by Dapo Adeola





Return to Sender
by Julia Alvarez





The Breadwinner
by Deborah Ellis





Stella by Starlight
by Sharon M. Draper





Projekt 1065
by Alan Gratz