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2019 Summer Reading Recommendations

Summer Reading 2019What could be better than icy-cold raspados on a hot summer day? Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña’s new picture book My Papi Has a Motorcycle has had us dreaming of shave ice since our Five Questions Summer Reading interview revealed their favorite flavors (limon for Zeke; for Isabel: “Strawberry and maybe pineapple. The fresh fruit kind, with real fruit, where the syrup is made from scratch”). We hope the books on our annual summer reading list — our top ten books for different age ranges that are perfect for the season — are as refreshing to book lovers as a sweet treat in the sun. Find a shady spot, slurp some raspados, and get to reading!

You can print out a handy PDF version of the Summer Reading list, featuring beautiful cover art from My Papi Has a Motorcycle and designed by Horn Book creative director Lolly Robinson. Find annotated descriptions of each book, by section, here.

Horn Book Summer Reading 2019: All the fun with none of the brain freeze.

Elissa Gershowitz
Executive Editor, The Horn Book, Inc.

Picture Books | Easy Readers and Primary Grades
Intermediate | Middle School | High School

Elissa Gershowitz About Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College and a BA from Oberlin College.

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