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Summer Break: The Perfect Time to Read a Book By Latasha Schraeder

School’s out! This month, I want to do something a little different. I always encourage you to schedule a time for your family to unplug. I often urge you to spend time with your children and share with you the importance of each child reading a few minutes each day at home to maintain and/or improve their reading skills.

Let me preface this by saying I am a life-long bibliophile. I love everything about books: the smell, the texture, and the act of physically turning each page. With this in mind, I have created a list of ten books to read over the summer. The main character in each book is a person of color. Each book is age-appropriate for you to read with your children. Enjoy!

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes

Leila in Saffron by Rukhsanna Guidroz

Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed

Thank You, Omu by Oge Mora