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July Pandemic Book Club: Summer Reads!

Tre' Sowers
Summer reading

It’s summer reading time! After spending the last four months quarantined indoors, it might be hard to find fun activities for your kids. 

Summer reading can be fun and it’s important for children, especially when you consider learning loss.

This hour, join us for our next installment of our Pandemic Book Club to talk about making reading your new favorite family activity.

Coming up we talk about some of our new and old favorite young adult and children’s books. Wondering how to connect with your local library this summer? One of Connecticut’s local children’s librarians joins us to discuss how to connect, get books and stay reading all summer long! 

What are you reading this summer? We want to hear from you.


  • Kate Capshaw - past president of Children’s Literature Association. She is also a professor at University of Connecticut (@katcapshaw)

  • Chandra Prasad - an author based here in Connecticut, and writer of the young adult novel Damselfly (@chandrabooks)

  • Caragh M. O’Brien - a young adult author based here in Connecticut, best known for the Birthmarked Trilogy (@CaraghMOBrien)

  • Carol Waxman - Children's Services Librarian at the West Hartford Libraries (@whpl)

Book Recommendations

  • Lumber Jane Series by Noelle Stevenson

  • Hands Up! by Breanna McDaniel.

  • Woke Baby by Mahogany Browne.

  • We Rise. We Resist. We Raise Our Voices Editted by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson.

  • I am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina.

  • Stamped a young adult version of Ibram Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning

  • Antiracist Baby by Ibram Kendi and Ashley Lukashevsky.

  • Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

  • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

  • Bear Came Along by Richard Morris

  • Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

  • Birthmarked Trilogy by Caragh M. O'Brien

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry

  • Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

  • Love In The Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

  • Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers by Vilayvanh Bender

  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

  • At the Same Moment, Around the World by Clotilde Perrin

  • Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus

  • Fox 8: A Story by George Saunders

  • Dress Coded By Carrie Firestone 

  • March Series by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell 

  • The Night is Yours by Abdul-Razak Zachariah 

  • Pathfinders Society by Francesco Sedita 

  • Damselfly by Chandra Prasad

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