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The 2019 Iowa Public Radio Kids Summer Reading Guide


Barb Stein's Reading List

Picture Books/Board Books

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont

Lion and Mouse by Jairo Buitrago

Camp Tiger by Susan Choi

Gondra's Treasure by Linda Sue Park

Transitional Books

Juana & Lucas Big Problems by Juana Medina

Good Dog, McTavish by Meg Rosoff

Big Foot and Little Foot The Squatchicorns by Ellen Potter

Middle School

New Kid by Jerry Craft

Sweeping Up The Heart by Kevin Henkes

The Seasons of Styx Malone by Kerkla Magoon


XL Alfred A. Knopf by Scott Brown

On The Come Up by Thomas Angie

Sarah Prineas's Reading List

Picture Books

How to Be on the Moon by Viviane Schwarz

Sweety by Andrea Zuill

Little Doctor and the Fearless Beast by Sophie Gilmore

So Much by Trish Cooke, illus by Helen Oxenbury

A Mouse Called Julian by Joe Todd-Stanton

Bim, Bam, Bop … and Oona by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illus by Larry Day


Queer Heroes by Arabelle Sicardi, illus by Sarah Tanat-Jones

Middle Grade Novels

Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby

Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Young-Adult Novels

We Are the Perfect Girl by Ariel Kaplan

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Jerri Heid's Reading List

Picture Books

A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

We Are Grateful Otsaliheliga by Tracy Sorell

Bloom! Bloom! by April Pulley Sayre

Graphic Novels

New Kid by Jerry Craft

Young Adult

The Field Guide To The Noth American Teenager by Ben Philippe

Checked by Cynthia Kadohata

School Age

Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel Jose Older

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