What to Read This Summer: Books By or About African Americans

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The kids are registered for the 2021 summer reading program and have picked up their first game card. It’s time to start reading!

Look to your Fauquier Public Library librarians for suggestions about books to read this summer.  Each week of the program they will recommend 10 books.  As an added bonus, each list will correspond with an activity on that week’s game card!

If you are ready to get started, grab that game card and a good book.  Read for 20 minutes, then cross “Read 20 Minutes” off  your game card.  Any book counts, but here are some ideas for books that include diverse characters, including African Americans, or were written by African American authors.

All Because You Matter by Tami Charles; illustrated by Bryan Collier

Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes; illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

The Bell Rang by James E. Ransome

Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy; illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Freedom Bird by Jerdine Nolen; illustrated by James E. Ransome

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Gordon C. James

Layla’s Happiness by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie; illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin

The Little Mermaid by Jerry Pinkney

Overground Railroad by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrated by James Ransome

Saturday by Oge Mora

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o; illustrated by Vashti Harrison

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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