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2022 Summer Reading Recommendations

Welcome to the Horn Book’s annual Summer Reading list, this year supersized and coming to you in springtime. (Hi, Earth Day, April 22!) We’ve heard your feedback and are starting a month earlier, with this April issue of Notes debuting our Summer Reading goodies: Five Questions for Kat Fajardo about her graphic novel Miss Quinces (simultaneously published in Spanish) plus annotated book recommendations for all age ranges and including all genres; our handy-dandy, at-a-glance, printable PDF, featuring beautiful cover art from A Day for Sandcastles, is now available below just in time for Independent Bookstore Day!

As always, our summertime list is intended for reading pleasure; if you learn a little something along the way (like Suyapa does in Miss Quinces, about the power of family, tradition, and staying true to yourself; or like the kids in A Day for Sandcastles do about trial and error and the ocean tides; or like I did about Solitary Animals — sometimes summer reading means being left alone!), all the better. We hope you find some new favorites — no strings attached — that will remind you of the summer season and to which you can return all year long.


[A Day for Sandcastles. Story concept copyright © 2022 by JonArno Lawson. Illustrations copyright © 2022 by Qin Leng. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.]


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


From the April 2022 issue of Notes from the Horn Book: Summer Reading. For past years’ summer reading lists from The Horn Book, click on the tag summer reading.

Elissa Gershowitz

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

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