African American Summer Reading List 2023

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10 Summer Reading Books for Black Children

Looking to add to your African American summer reading list? Check out these reads below!

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Our June 2023 Cover Girl, Adjwoa Tyehimba, curated a list of books by black authors for our children to read over the summer. The BrownStone Experience has a selection of summer reads by black authors for elementary and middle school children. If you’re looking for black authors to add to your bookshelf with confidence, knowledge, and fun in mind, add these young black reads to your list! 

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Elementary School Book List | African American Summer Reading

1. Young, Gifted, and Black by Jamie Wilson

2. The Principle of Balance by  Adjwoa Tyehimba 

3. Hidden Figures by by Margot Lee Shetterly

4. The Story of Rap by by Editors of Caterpillar Books

5. I am every good thing by Derrick Barnes and Joshua David Scarlett 

Middle School Book List | Summer Reading for African American Children

1. From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

2. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley

3. New Kid by Jerry Craft

4. Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliot 

5. Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz


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