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Makoshey Summer Reading List

June 14, 2021

What’s on our Makoshey summer reading list? We have gathered these titles from accounts that we follow, our school librarians, and perusing our local bookstore – and look forward to feeling inspired and empowered with these new books!  We’ve got some books featuring heroic girls and women, both real and fictional, and other ones that are great reads for Pride month, the summer season, and more! We have also included a grown-up category because we know grown-ups love summer reading too! No matter where these next few months take you, we hope that you have a good book in hand or bag!


Little Kids

When Lola Visits, by Michelle Sterling

Boxitects, by Kim Smith

Milo Imagines the World, by Matt de la Pena

Juneteenth for Mazie, by Floyd Cooper

Fatima’s Great Outdoors, by Ambreen Tariq

Ho’Onani Hula Warrior, by Heather Gale

The Scrambled States of America, by Laurie Keller

Astronaut Training, by Aneta Cruz

The Magic and Mystery of Trees, by Jen Green

And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson

Constellation of the Deep, by Benjamin Flouw


Big Kids

Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid, by Mikaila Ulmer

She Persisted: Sonia Sotomayor, by Chelsea Clinton and Meg Medina

Becoming, Young Reader’s Edition, by Michelle Obama

Wednesday Wilson Gets Down to Business, by Bree Galbraith

Starfish, by Lisa Fipps

Measuring Up, by Lily LaMotte

Piecing Me Together, by Renee Watson

When You Trap a Tiger, by Tae Keller

Born Curious: 20 Girls Who Grew Up to be Awesome Scientists

What was Stonewall? By Nico Medina

Stamped (for kids!), adapted by Sonja Cherry-Paul

Quick History of Math: From Counting Cavemen to Computers, by Clive Gifford and Michael Young

There’s No Ham in Hamburger: Facts and Folklore About Our Favorite Foods, by Kim Zachman



My Remarkable Journey: A Memoir, by Katherine Johnson

Eleanor, by David Michaelis

The Doctors Blackwell, by Janice Nimura

Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue, by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Amanda L. Tyler

Conversations with RBG, by Jeffrey Rosen

Just as I Am: A Memoir, by Cicely Tyson

She Come by it Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs, by Sarah Smarsh

House of Sticks, by Ly Tran

Girlhood, by Melissa Febos

Raised a Warrior: A Memoir of Soccer, Grit, and Leveling the Playing Field (releases July 13, 2021), by Susie Petruccelli

Adventuring Together: How to Create Connections and Make Lasting Memories with Your Kids, by Greta Eskridge


Most titles hyperlink to small bookshops. Makoshey did not receive anything of value for adding books to this list. These are genuinely books that we like and recommend because they’re great.

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