ALSC Summer Reading List - Grades K-2

Association for Library Service to Children
Association for Library Service to Children

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), recommends to following new releases for children in grades K-2. Children who participate in public library summer reading programs make achievement leaps during the summer and score higher on fall reading achievement tests.The books on this list come highly recommended by kid readers from all over the country and may also be available in ebook, audio book, braille, and large print formats. Connect with your local library to find out what’s happening this summer.

Recommendations: 

All Are Welcome By Alexandra Penfold, Suzanne Kaufman (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525579649
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2018

Join the call for a better world with this New York Times bestselling picture book about a school where diversity and inclusion are celebrated. The perfect back-to-school read for every kid, family and classroom!

In our classroom safe and sound.
Fears are lost and hope is found.


All the Animals Where I Live By Philip C. Stead Cover Image
$18.99
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ISBN: 9781626726567
Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 20th, 2018

The author used to live in the busy city where there were buses and trains, and people waiting for buses and trains.


Alma and How She Got Her Name By Juana Martinez-Neal, Juana Martinez-Neal (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763693558
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Published: Candlewick - April 10th, 2018

A 2019 Caldecott Honor Book

“A beautifully illustrated, tender story to be shared with all children, sure to evoke conversations about their names.” —School Library Journal (starred review)


Another By Christian Robinson, Christian Robinson (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534421677
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2019

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
A New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019
An NYPL Best Book of 2019
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019
A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of 2019
A BookPage Best Picture Book of 2019
A Horn Book Fanfare Selection of 2019


In his eagerly a


Auntie Luce's Talking Paintings By Francie LaTour, Ken Daley (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Francie LaTour, Ken Daley (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781773060415
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Published: Groundwood Books - October 1st, 2018

A Haitian American girl finds connection to generations of family lore in this story of identity, heart and home.

Every winter, a young girl flies to Haiti to visit her Auntie Luce, a painter.


Camp Tiger By Susan Choi, John Rocco (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Susan Choi, John Rocco (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399173295
Availability: Backordered
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 21st, 2019

Six Starred Reviews!

Shelf Awareness Best Children's Book of 2019

A 2019 New York Public Library Best Book for Kids

Imagination meets reality in this poetic and tender ode to childhood, illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner, John Rocco.

Every year, a boy and his family go camping at Mountain Pond.


Carl and the Meaning of Life By Deborah Freedman Cover Image
$18.99
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ISBN: 9780451474988
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2019

From the often Caldecott-buzzed Deborah Freedman, a sweet and funny story about finding your place in the world.


Dreamers By Yuyi Morales Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823440559
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Neal Porter Books - September 4th, 2018

We are resilience. We are hope. We are dreamers.

Yuyi Morales brought her hopes, her passion, her strength, and her stories with her, when she came to the United States in 1994 with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn't come empty-handed.


Fox the Tiger (My First I Can Read) By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062398697
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Published: Balzer + Bray - August 14th, 2018

Winner of the 2019 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Fun-loving, mischievous Fox wishes he were a tiger. Tigers are big and fast and sneaky. So he decides to become one!

Soon Turtle and Rabbit are joining in the fun. But will Fox want to be a tiger forever?


Hey, Water! By Antoinette Portis Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823441556
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Published: Neal Porter Books - March 26th, 2019

Splash! A spunky little girl plays a spirited game of hide-and-seek with water, in this gorgeously illustrated nonfiction picture book.

A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
An ALA Notable Children's Book

Hey, water! I know you! You're all around.


Jabari Jumps By Gaia Cornwall, Gaia Cornwall (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gaia Cornwall, Gaia Cornwall (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763678388
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Published: Candlewick - May 9th, 2017

Working up the courage to take a big, important leap is hard, but Jabari is almost absolutely ready to make a giant splash.


Just In Case You Want to Fly By Julie Fogliano, Christian Robinson (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443444
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Published: Neal Porter Books - October 8th, 2019

A message of love, support, and empowerment, from bestselling author Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson, Caldecott Honoree and creator of the New York Times Bestseller You Matter.

just in case you want to fly
here's some wind
and here's the sky


Llama Destroys the World (A Llama Book #1) By Jonathan Stutzman, Heather Fox (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jonathan Stutzman, Heather Fox (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250303172
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 7th, 2019

Meet Llama, the next great picture-book megastar, who has most definitely driven a bus and who loves tacos way more than you.

He also loves cake, and that’s where our story begins.

On Monday, Llama discovers a pile of cake, which he promptly eats.
On Tuesday, Llama squeezes into his dancing pants, which he promptly rips.


Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero! By Kara West, Leeza Hernandez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kara West, Leeza Hernandez (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781534432703
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Published: Little Simon - December 18th, 2018

Meet Mia Macarooney, an ordinary eight-year-old who finds out she has an extraordinary super-secret in this first chapter book in the brand-new Mia Mayhem series!

Mia Macarooney is a regular eight-year-old girl who finds out that she’s A SUPERHERO!


My Papi Has a Motorcycle By Isabel Quintero, Zeke Peña (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Isabel Quintero, Zeke Peña (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525553410
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Published: Kokila - May 14th, 2019

A celebration of the love between a father and daughter, and of a vibrant immigrant neighborhood, by an award-winning author and illustrator duo.

When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she's always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her.


Our Celebración! By Susan Middleton Elya, Ana Aranda (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Susan Middleton Elya, Ana Aranda (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781620142714
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Published: Lee & Low Books - October 2nd, 2018

A delightful rhyming romp through the festivities of a small town's summer parade and celebration, written in English with Spanish words sprinkled throughout.


The Patchwork Bike By Maxine Beneba Clarke, Van Thanh Rudd (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536200317
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Published: Candlewick - September 11th, 2018

It has a bent bucket seat, bashed tin-can handlebars, and wood-cut wheels — and riding the patchwork bike that you and your crazy brothers made is the best fun in the whole village.


Peter & Ernesto: The Lost Sloths By Graham Annable Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781626725720
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Published: First Second - April 9th, 2019

From Box Trolls director Graham Annable comes Peter & Ernesto: The Lost Sloths, the immensely charming sequel to his brilliant debut graphic novel about the endearing friendship between two sloths.

Peter and Ernesto loved their tree.

Then a hurricane came and blew it away!


The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family By Ibtihaj Muhammad, Hatem Aly (Illustrator), S. K. Ali (With) Cover Image
By Ibtihaj Muhammad, Hatem Aly (Illustrator), S. K. Ali (With)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316519007
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!   A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school--and two sisters on one's first day of hijab--by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

And don’t miss The Kindest Red, a story of hijab and friendship, available for preorder now!


Saturday By Oge Mora (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Oge Mora (By (artist))
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316431279
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 22nd, 2019

In this warm and tender story by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Thank You, Omu!, join a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what's best about Saturdays: precious time together.

Today would be special. Today would be splendid. It was Saturday! But sometimes, the best plans don't work out exactly the way you expect....


Skulls! By Blair Thornburgh, Scott Campbell (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Blair Thornburgh, Scott Campbell (Illustrator)
$18.99
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ISBN: 9781534414006
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 23rd, 2019

Debut picture book author Blair Thornburgh and award-winning illustrator Scott Campbell put their heads together to celebrate one of the most important bones in your body: the skull!

You probably don’t think much about skulls.
So what’s the big deal about them?

Well, every head
of every person
you’ve ever seen
has a skull inside.

And


Summer: Animals Share in a Poetic Tale of Kindness By Cao Wenxuan, Yu Rong (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cao Wenxuan, Yu Rong (Illustrator)
$18.99
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ISBN: 9781250310064
Published: Imprint - May 7th, 2019

Summer is a poetic, inspirational picture book about the power of kindness from two of China's most acclaimed creators—and children will discover a surprise as they turn the pages!


We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga By Traci Sorell, Frane Lessac (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Traci Sorell, Frane Lessac (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781580897723
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Published: Charlesbridge - September 4th, 2018

2019 Sibert Honor Book
2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Book
NPR's Guide To 2018’s Great Reads
2018 Book Launch Award (SCBWI)
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2018
School Library Journal Best Books of 2018

2018 JLG selection
2019 Reading the West Picture Book Award


Where Are You From? By Yamile Saied Méndez, Jaime Kim (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Yamile Saied Méndez, Jaime Kim (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062839930
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Published: HarperCollins - June 4th, 2019

This resonant and award-winning picture book tells the story of one girl who constantly gets asked a simple question that doesn’t have a simple answer. A great conversation starter in the home or classroom—a book to share, in the spirit of I Am Enough by Grace Byers and Keturah A. Bobo.