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

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

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