Reading with your Little is a great way to pass the time, in the summer or any season. Head out on your bikes to find a shady park or get comfortable in an air-conditioned corner of the library, and pull out a good book – there’s no better way to spend an afternoon!
This week, we’ve got a few suggestions of books with diverse protagonists and authors, that are sure to engage readers of all ages and backgrounds. Happy reading!
Reading level: Preschool to 3rd Grade
The Shark King, by Kikuo R. Johnson
This graphic novel is a beautiful retelling of the Hawaiian legend of Nanaue, the child of a human mother and a shark father, who struggles to find his place in a village of humans.
This Is The Rope, by Jacqueline Woodson
A rope passed down through many generations frames an African American family’s story as they journey north during the time of the Great Migration.
Reading level: 4th Grade – 5th Grade
What color is my world? by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
While twins Ella and Herbie help the handyman Mr. Mital work on their new home, he tells them about inventors like Granville Woods, Dr. Henry T. Sampson and James West, giving them a new perspective of their African American heritage.
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.
Reading level: 6th Grade – 8th Grade
Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel Fattah
Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it becomes even more complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf – without losing her identity or sense of style.
The Dogs of Winter, by Bobbie Pyron
Set in 1990s Russia, this is the story of five-year-old Mishka, who is brought to Moscow by his mother’s abusive boyfriend. A gang of homeless children force him to lie and steal until he finds comfort and love with a pack of dogs.
Reading level: 9th Grade – 12th Grade
Darius & Twig, by Dean Walter Myers
Two best friends, a writer and a runner, deal with bullying, family issues, social pressures and their quest for success coming out of Harlem.
American Born Chinese, by Luen Gene Yang
This graphic novel alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture.
Do you have any reading suggestions? Please share – we’d love to hear them!