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Summer Reading for Educators and Students

Association of Texas Professional Educators
Association of Texas Professional Educators

Date Posted: 5/28/2018

Happy summer reading, ATPE members! We hope you enjoyed all those book recommendations from the summer issue of ATPE News. We weren’t able to include all the recommendations we received in the article, so we’re posting them here!
Want to keep your students and children (and yourself) reading over the summer? These books will do the trick!
For early readers, check out:
  • La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya
  • Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
  • I Got It! by David Wiesner
  • People Don’t Bite People by Lisa Wheeler
  • Petra by Marianna Coppo
  • Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez
  • Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed
  • One Day a Dot: The Story of You, The Universe, and Everything by Ian Lendler
  • Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs
  • Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
  • King & Kayla series by Dori Hillestad Butler
  • A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams
  • Lucia the Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza
For middle-grade readers, check out:
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
  • Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz
  • Supergifted by Gordon Korman
  • Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez
  • Lost in the Amazon by Tod Olson
  • Star Scouts by Mike Lawrence
  • Pele: The King of Soccer by Eddy Simon
  • Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
  • The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez
  • The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
For young adult readers, check out:
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  • All Out: The-No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages edited by Saundra Mitchell
  • Kim Reaper by Sarah Graley
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
  • Because I Was a Girl edited by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi
  • 59 Hours by Johnny Kovatch
  • Tyrell by Coe Booth
  • The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake
  • Amulet series by Kazu KibuishiDear Martin by Nic Stone
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Ash by Malinda Lo
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • March by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
  • The Education of Eva Moskowitz by Eva Moskowitz
  • Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education by Sonia Nieto
  • How to Reach the Hard to Teach by Jana Echevarria
  • Diversity Awareness for K-6 Teachers: An Approach to Learning and Understanding Our World by Rona McLeod
  • Supporting Muslim Students: A Guide to Understanding the Diverse Issues of Today’s Classrooms by Laura Mahalingappa
  • Diversities in Education: Effective Ways to Reach All Learners by David Mitchell
Interested in nonfiction picture books? Check out:
  • Odetta: The Queen of Folk poem by Samantha Thornhill and illustrated by Stephen Alcorn
  • Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers’ Journey from Slave to Artist written and illustrated by Barbara Herkert
  • Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
  • Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave written by Laban Carrick Hill and illustrated by Bryan Collier
  • Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad written by Ellen Levine and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  • My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey written by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by James E. Ransome
  • Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe written by Deborah Blumenthal and illustrated by Laura Freeman
  • Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand and illustrated by Raúl Colón
  • Esquivel!: Space Age Sound Artist written by Susan Wood and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
  • Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story written by Sebastian Robertson and illustrated by Adam Gustavson
  • The East-West House: Noguchi’s Childhood in Japan written and illustrated by Christy Hale
  • Down the Colorado: John Wesley Powell, the One-armed Explorer written and illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray
  • Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Boris Kulikov
Thank you to the Seguin, Austin, and Fort Worth public libraries for providing these summer reading recommendations.
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