Summer is here and we have created a great list to keep kids and teens engaged with reading. Our summer reading list for 2022 has something for every kind of reader—fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels and bilingual Spanish/English titles. Check out our suggestions below.
Summer List for grades PreK – 2
- Un beso en mi mano (The Kissing Hand Series): In this contemporary classic Chester Raccoon seeks love and reassurance from his mother as he ventures out into the world to attend his very first day of school.
- Crisantemo: Chrysanthemum takes pride in her name, but she stops liking it after her classmates make fun of it. Things begin to change, however, when she meets her new music teacher, who makes her feel proud of her special name once again.
- What Can You Do with a Paleta?: Discover the joys of a paleta that brings children running from every direction.
- I love Saturdays and Domingos: Saturdays and Sundays are very special days for the child in this story. This book is an affirmation of both heritages will speak to all children who want to know more about their own families and ethnic backgrounds.
Summer List for grades 3-8
- Islandborn: This book is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination’s boundless ability to connect us—to our families, to our past and to ourselves.
- Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring: Discover the true power of heritage, art, and family in this page-turning novel that celebrates the life and work of Frida Kahlo.
- The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America: A TOON Graphic: This book for young readers brings the sights and stories of Latin America to a new generation of graphic-novel fans around the world.
- My Diary from Here to There: Mi diario de aquí hasta allá: The author recounts the story of her family’s immigration to America. Maya Christina Gonzalez’ vibrant artwork captures every detail of their journey.
Summer reading shouldn’t feel like a school assignment so make sure the experience is fun and flexible. Remember that you are raising a lifelong reader not only a summer reader.
Summer Reading List for Teens
- Friends from the Other Side / Amigos del otro lado: This book captures not only the hardship of daily life on the border, but also the beauty of the landscape and the dignity and generosity of spirit that the Mexican Americans and the Mexican immigrants share.
- El Color de mis Palabras: When life gets difficult for Ana Rosa, a 12-year-old would-be writer living in a small village in the Dominican Republic, she can depend on her older brother to make her feel better–until the life-changing events on her 13th birthday.
- Nacer bailando: A year of revelations culminates in a performance full of surprises, as two girls discover their place in the world.