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2020 Diverse Summer Reading List

Let’s kick off summer with our engaging, printable Diverse Summer Reading List that will get all kids engaged in reading! Our list includes both fiction and nonfiction, bilingual Spanish/English titles, and a diverse range of cultures—in other words, the right book for every reader! You can find the full Summer Reading collection here.

Want to freshen up your Summer Reading list, but not sure where to begin? Keep reading for some of our favorite pairings of popular books with our Lee & Low picks!

Grades PreK-2

For fans of Mommy’s Khimar: Try Under My Hijab

In Under My Hijab, Hena Khan invites young readers to understand and appreciate the hijab and the Muslim women who decide to wear it. A perfect book for both mirror and window readers.

For fans of Peter’s Chair: A Space For Me

If you have readers dealing with tricky sibling dynamics, check out A Space for Me. Alex needs a break from his pesky little brother, Lucas, so he creates a space for himself, but soon realizes that he and Lucas need time together too. Discuss the importance of kindness and problem solving with these two books.

Grades 3-5

For fans of Merci Suárez Changes Gears: try Julieta and the Diamond Enigma

Readers of Merci Suarez Changes Gears will delight in this smart young middle-grade mystery about a diamond gone missing from the Louvre and the sweet and spunky girl who cracks the case. Readers will be on the edge of their seats with this page-turning, suspenseful novel!

For fans of I Am Not a Number: try Indian No More

Similar themes and issues are presented in both books about termination of tribal nations and identities in the United States. Indian No More is the first novel for young readers about tribal termination in American history and is also a heartwarming story of interracial friendships during the Civil Rights movement.

Grades 6-8

For fans of Love Sugar Magic: try On These Magic Shores

Leonora in Love Sugar Magic and Minerva in On These Magic Shores figure out how to navigate the magic in their lives with creativity, curiosity, resourcefulness. Lovers of magical realism and a splash of fantasy will be sure to enjoy On These Magic Shores. Minerva must take care of her sisters after her mother’s disappearance in this magical #ownvoices middle grade story that has touches of Peter Pan through a culturally responsive lens.

For fans of Flame in the Mist: try The Magnolia Sword

Bestselling author Sherry Thomas weaves an enthralling #ownvoices retelling of a story that has thrilled readers for centuries: the ballad of Mulan. Readers can compare and contrast the experiences of both Mulan and Mariko who have to disguise themselves as men in order to defend their families’ honor. Check out the live action Mulan movie this summer, too!

Download, print, and share the 2020 Diverse Summer Reading List Grades PreK-8 here.

What other diverse books do your kids enjoy? Leave comments below to share! Follow or tag us @leeandlow to show us your summer reads!

Diverse Summer Reading Recommendations for Grades 3-5

Diverse Summer Reading List

As we continue our “For Fans Of” Summer Reading blog series, we’ll spotlight books for children in grades 3 through 5 in this post. In order to keep kids thinking critically about the books they’re reading during the summer months, it’s great to pose a few questions to engage in a conversation about books in a low-stakes discussion:

  • How were the main characters similar? How were they different?
  • What kinds of problems did the characters face in both of the books? Were any of their problems similar? Why or why not?
  • Would you recommend this book to a friend? What would you tell them about it? Why did you enjoy it?

See our Diverse Summer Reading List for the full list of titles from grades PreK to grade 8.

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Diverse Summer Reading Recommendations for Grades PreK-2

Diverse Summer Reading List

Let’s kick off summer with our engaging, printable Diverse Summer Reading List that will get all kids engaged in reading! Our list includes both fiction and nonfiction, bilingual Spanish/English titles, and a diverse range of cultures—in other words, the right book for every reader! The collections are available on our website for purchase:

Summer Reading Collection Grades PreK-2
Summer Reading Collection Grades 3-5
Summer Reading Collection Grades 6-8

Want to expand your Summer Reading list, but not sure where to begin? Keep reading for pairings of diverse bestsellers with our favorite new picks for grades PreK-2, and stay tuned over the upcoming weeks when we’ll spotlight Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8! Continue reading

2018 Diverse Summer Reading List for Grades PreK-8


Kick off the end of the school year with our beautiful printable 2018 Diverse Summer Reading List for Grades PreK-8! This list provides engaging and entertaining suggestions to build off of summer suggested reading lists from your school or library. These books are fun ways to start a great summer of nonstop reading! Our list includes both fiction and nonfiction, bilingual Spanish/English titles, and a diverse range of cultures—in other words, the right book for every reader! The collections are available on our website for purchase:

Summer Reading Collection Grades PreK-2
Summer Reading Collection Grades 3-5
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2017 Diverse Summer Reading List Grades PreK-8

June is finally here, summer is (almost) here, and that means that summer reading 2017 page 1the 2017 Diverse Summer Reading List PreK-8 from LEE & LOW is here!

Click here to download, print, and share the 2017 Diverse Summer Reading List Grades PreK-8 along with the LEE & LOW Reading Log and Certificate of Achievement. 

This list is not only an excellent tool to help you include diverse books in your summer suggested reading lists, but a way to begin diversifying the books available to students in your classroom libraries. It is important to remember that diverse books are not only for diverse readers. Reading books featuring diverse characters and communities mirror experiences in their own lives, allowing children to see themselves reflected in the stories they love, but they also provide windows into other life experiences to understand and be more accepting of the world around them. Continue reading