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2020 Summer Reading Recommendations

If there’s one book on our 2020 Summer Reading list that speaks best to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s Remy Lai’s Pie in the Sky, about two brothers who find communion in baking, of all things, in order to “adjust to life in an ‘alien’ world.” Sound familiar?

Otherwise, my eye is drawn to all those books that give me what most of us don’t have right now: trips to the beach, picnics, walks in the woods, freedom. If we’ve all learned one thing these past months, it’s that books can take us places — where we’ve been, where we’d like to go, where we didn’t even know existed. The Horn Book hopes you and your children find some worthy adventures among our selection of the best recent books for reading-for-fun, always the criteria for this annual list. Dive in!

Roger Sutton
Editor in Chief, The Horn Book, Inc.

P.S. You can print out a handy PDF version of the Summer Reading list, featuring beautiful cover art from Summer Song and designed by our marketing graphic designer James Thorne. Find annotated descriptions of each book, by section, below.


[Illustration above (c) 2020 by Laura Dronzek. From Summer Song by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow).]



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


Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.
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Donna McDine

I agree about books taking you places, especially during the times of COVID-19. Continue to be safe and well.

Posted : May 15, 2020 01:49


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