SUMMER READING SERIES

Welcome to our “If you liked…” summer reading series for diverse books! The We Need Diverse Books campaign is deeply committed to increasing the visibility of the wonderful diverse books that are published, because these books do not get the marketing and promotion that blockbuster books get. We want to do our part in raising the profile of diverse books and bringing them to a larger audience. Help us spread the word! We will have a new “If You Liked” post every day of the summer!

We are proud and grateful to collaborate with the Smithsonian Book Dragon on this project. Any recommendations accompanied by an image of a dragon come from them.

SUMMER READING SERIES

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    If you liked William Steig’s AMOS & BORIS read Mac Barnett’s and Christian Robinson’s LEO: A GHOST STORY because both are quietly touching stories of true friendship.

    09/04/15

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    If you liked Julia Alvarez’ FINDING MIRACLES read Cynthia Kadohata’s HALF A WORLD AWAY because both feature adopted children who are confronted with difficult challenges from their pre-adoption past.  Read more about HALF A WORLD AWAY at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    09/03/15

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    If you liked Gary Schmidt’s THE WEDNESDAY WARS, read Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich’s 8TH GRADE SUPERZERO because both are rich and funny portrayals of boys surviving middle school.

    09/02/15

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    If you liked Brian Selznick’s WONDERSTRUCK read Thanhhà Lại’s LISTEN, SLOWLY because both feature headstrong tweens traveling far in search of difficult answers about missing family.  Read more about LISTEN, SLOWLY at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

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    If you liked Sherman Alexie’s THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN read Brian F. Walker’s BLACK BOY, WHITE SCHOOL because both books are about feeling misunderstood at a new school and learning to let one’s unique gifts shine.

    09/01/15

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    If you liked Alvin Schwartz’ SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK read Ying Chang Compestine’s A BANQUET FOR HUNGRY GHOSTS because both are collections of bone-chillingly scary stories, and both feature terrifying illustrations.

    08/28/15

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    If you liked Norton Juster’s and Chris Raschka’s THE HELLO, GOODBYE WINDOW read Sally Derby’s and Shadra Strickland’s SUNDAY SHOPPING because both showcase the wisdom, nurturing, and unconditional love of some of the world’s best grandparents. Read more about SUNDAY SHOPPING at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    08/27/15

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    If you liked Rainbow Rowell’s FANGIRL read Mitali Perkins’ SECRET KEEPER because both feature sisters, missing parents, and life-changing, difficult decisions. Read more about SECRET KEEPER at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    08/26/15

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    If you liked Jacqueline Woodson’s BROWN GIRL DREAMING read Padma Venkatraman’s A TIME TO DANCE because both are stories told in verse of young girls who, with the help of family and mentors, overcome numerous challenges.

    08/25/15

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    If you liked Tomie dePaola’s STREGA NONA, read Roseanne Greenfield Thong’s and Meilo So’s NOODLE MAGIC because both are stories of magic, family, food, and traditions passed down.

    08/24/15

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    If you liked Kadir Nelson’s HEART AND SOUL, read Chris Barton’s and Don Tate’s THE AMAZING AGE OF JOHN ROY LYNCH because both feature heroes who recognized unjust laws and took a stand in spite of grave dangers.  Read more about THE AMAZING AGE OF JOHN ROY LYNCH at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    08/21/15

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    If you liked Francesca Simon’s HORRID HENRY series read Graham Salisbury’s CALVIN COCONUT series because both are about boys who have a knack for getting themselves into sticky situations!

    08/20/15

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    If you liked John Green’s and David Levithan’s WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON, read Eric Gansworth’s IF I EVER GET OUT OF HERE because both feature teens whose difficult lives are somehow, somewhat alleviated by the power of good music.  Read more about IF I EVER GET OUT OF HERE at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    08/19/15

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    If you liked the JUSTICE LEAGUE comics read Patti LaBoucane-Benson’s and Kelly Mellings’ THE OUTSIDE CIRCLE because both are memorable graphic titles featuring bad guys gone good.  Read more about THE OUTSIDE CIRCLE at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    08/18/15

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    If you liked Doreen Rappaport’s and Bryan Collier’s MARTIN’S BIG WORDS read Michaela and Elaine DePrince’s and Frank Morrison’s BALLERINA DREAMS because both are true stories of real-life heroes who overcame terrible injustices.

    08/17/15

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    If you liked Patrick Ness’ THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO read Lamar Giles’ FAKE ID because both feature brave, intrepid, mystery-solving teens in towns with too many secrets.  Read more about FAKE ID at the Smithsonian BookDragon. 

    08/14/15

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    If you liked Jeanne Birdsalls’ THE PENDERWICKS read Dana Alison Levy’s THE MISADVENTURES OF THE FAMILY FLETCHER because both feature classic family stories filled with heart and humor.

    08/13/15

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    If you liked Laurie Halse Anderson’s SPEAK read I.W. Gregario’s NONE OF THE ABOVE because both are eye-opening, emotional books about girls overcoming bullying.

    08/12/15

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    If you liked Linda Sue Park’s A LONG WALK TO WATER read Caitlin Alifirenka’s, Martin Ganda’s, and Liz Welch’s I WILL ALWAYS WRITE BACK because both feature diverse young people helping one another in remarkable, unexpected ways.  Read more about I WILL ALWAYS WRITE BACK at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    08/11/15

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    If you liked Eric A. Kimmel’s and Janet Stevens’ ANANSI series read Greg Rodgers’ and Leslie Stall Widener’s CHUKFI RABBIT’S BIG, BAD BELLYACHE because both are trickster stories in which the trickster doesn’t get the last laugh!

    08/10/15

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    If you liked Jack Gantos’ JOEY PIGZA SWALLOWED THE KEY read Crystal Allen’s HOW LAMAR’S BAD PRANK WON A BUBBA-SIZED TROPHY because both feature funny, good-hearted, mishap-prone kids who find themselves in hilarious hot water.

    08/07/15

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    If you liked Esphyr Slobodkina’s CAPS FOR SALE read Brian Pinkney’s MAX FOUND TWO STICKS because both stories invite kids to imitate the main character, and also to predict what will happen with the next page turn.

    08/06/15

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    If you liked Rick Riordan’s PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS series read Jillian Tamaki’s SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY because teens with superpowers come in all shapes, sizes, backgrounds… and moods!  Read more about SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    08/05/15

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    If you liked Paul Durham’s THE LUCK UGLIES read Eleanor Glewwe’s SPARKERS because when grown-ups keep terrible secrets, sometimes it’s kids who need to save the world.

    08/04/15

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    If you liked Tanya Lee Stone’s ALMOST ASTRONAUTS read Kate Schatz’ and Miriam Klein Stahl’s RAD AMERICAN WOMEN A-Z because both introduce young readers to fabulous, fantastic, phenomenal women!  Read more about RAD AMERICAN WOMEN A-Z at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    08/03/15

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    If you liked Gary Paulsen’s THE TRANSALL SAGA, read Walter Mosley’s 47 because both are survival stories that feature unexpected time-travel and sci-fi.  Read more about 47 at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    07/31/15

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    If you liked Dr. Seuss’ ONE FISH TWO FISH RED FISH BLUE FISH read WE ALL COUNT: A BOOK OF CREE NUMBERS because both are fun and accessible ways of teaching very young kids concepts.

    07/30/15

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    If you liked POETRY SPEAKS WHO I AM read DREAMING IN INDIAN because both are stunning, poetic anthologies designed to give teens a voice.

    07/29/15

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    If you liked Harper Lee’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD read Sharon M. Draper’s STELLA BY STARLIGHT because both feature strong girls learning to navigate injustice and cruelty without losing their own humanity. Read more about STELLA BY STARLIGHT at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    07/28/15

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    If you liked Clement Moore’s TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS read Roseanne Greenfield Thong’s and Sara Palacio’s ‘TWAS NOCHEBUENA because both celebrate families, holidays, and fun.  Read more about ‘TWAS NOCHEBUENA at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    07/27/15

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    If you liked ANNE FRANK: THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL read Zeina Abirached’s A GAME FOR SWALLOWS: TO DIE, TO LEAVE, TO RETURN because both feature young people trapped in a situation not of their making, trying to make sense of a senseless world outside.  Read more about A GAME FOR SWALLOWS: TO DIE, TO LEAVE, TO RETURN at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    07/24/15

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    If you liked Judy Blume’s OTHERWISE KNOWN AS SHEILA THE GREAT read Andrea Cheng’s THE YEAR OF THE BOOK because in both, girls discover how thorny middle-school friendships can be.

    07/23/15

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    If you liked John Green’s and David Levithan’s WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON read Sara Farizan’s TELL ME AGAIN HOW A CRUSH SHOULD FEEL because falling in love happens to everyone… no matter how hard you try to avoid it!  Read more about TELL ME AGAIN HOW A CRUSH SHOULD FEEL at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    07/22/15

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    If you liked Mac Barnett’s and Jory John’s THE TERRIBLE TWO read Kim Baker’s PICKLE because both feature kids who love to pull pranks!

    07/21/15

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    If you liked Sharon Creech’s GRANNY TORRELLI MAKES SOUP read Cynthia Leitich Smith’s INDIAN SHOES because both are early chapter books in which a child and a grandparent share a special bond.

    07/20/15

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    If you liked R.L. Stine’s GOOSEBUMPS series read Kean Soo’s JELLABY series because both feature intrepid children who must fight monsters.   Read more about JELLABY at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    07/17/15

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    If you liked Drew Daywalt’s and Oliver Jeffers’ THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT, read Michael Hall’s RED: A CRAYON’S STORY because both feature the funny trials and travails of crayons who don’t fit their labels.

    07/16/15

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    If you liked David Levithan’s BOY MEETS BOY read Hubert’s ADRIAN AND THE TREE OF SECRETS because both deal with the difficulties of falling in love when parents, friends, and other obstacles seek to prevent you from being together. Read more about ADRIAN AND THE TREE OF SECRETS at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    07/15/15

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    If you liked Sara Pennypacker’s CLEMENTINE, read Atinuke’s ANNA HIBISCUS because both are hilarious early chapter books about young girls with funny and loving families.

    07/14/15

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    If you liked DR. SEUSS’S ABC read Kellen Hatanaka’s WORK: AN OCCUPATIONAL ABC because both make learning the alphabet a fun and funny experience! Read more about WORK: AN OCCUPATIONAL ABC at theSmithsonian BookDragon.

    07/13/15

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    If you liked Sara Shepard’s PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, read Sona Charaipotra’s and Dhonielle Clayton’s TINY PRETTY THINGS because both books revel in the startlingly cutthroat, competitive, and sometimes dangerous world of teenage girls.

    07/10/15

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    If you liked Raina Telgemeier’s SMILE, read Cece Bell’s EL DEAFO, because both feature strong girls who face more than the usual adolescent difficulties of growing up.  Read more about EL DEAFO at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    07/09/15

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    If you liked Margaret Wise Brown’s and Clement Hurd’s THE RUNAWAY BUNNY, read Stephen Davies and Christopher Corr’s DON’T SPILL THE MILK! because both stories reassure children that the power of parental love is stronger than anything else in the world.

    07/08/15

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    If you liked John Green’s LOOKING FOR ALASKA, read Ellen Wittlinger’s HARD LOVE because in both, characters fall in love with the impossibly wrong person, which is one of the most heartbreaking adolescent rites of passage.  Read more about HARD LOVE at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    07/07/15

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    If you liked Rita Williams-Garcia’s ONE CRAZY SUMMER read Tim Tingle’s HOUSE OF PURPLE CEDAR because in both, main characters learn about community and family history, and how that history relates to the oppression they experience every day.

    07/06/15

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    If you liked Meg Cabot’s MOVING DAY read Naomi Shihab Nye’s THE TURTLE OF OMAN because both are about saying goodbye to the familiar. Read mroe about THE TURTLE OF OMAN at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    07/03/15

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    If you liked Keith Richards’ and Theodora Richards’ GUS & ME, read Katheryn Russell-Brown’s and Frank Morrison’s LITTLE MELBA AND HER BIG TROMBONE because both tell the stories of groundbreaking musical legends whose talents were encouraged by talented, inspiring, guitar-playing grandfathers.  Read more about LITTLE MELBA AND HER BIG TROMBONE at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    07/02/15

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    If you liked Neil Gaiman’s CORALINE read Tracey Baptiste’s THE JUMBIES because both are hair-raising stories in which the heroine must find the courage to save herself or others from danger.

    07/01/15

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    If you liked Philip Pullman’s THE RUBY IN THE SMOKE, read Valynne E. Maetani’s INK AND ASHES because both are action-packed mysteries featuring courageous girls who discover secrets about their fathers’ pasts and fight international crime syndicates.

    06/30/15

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    If you liked the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES series read Arree Chung’s NINJA! because nothing is more exciting than a ninja adventure!

    Read more about NINJA! at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    06/29/15

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    If you liked George R.R. Martin’s A GAME OF THRONES read Sabaa Tahir’s AN EMBER IN THE ASHES because both are action-packed tales that take place in rich, fantastical, brutal, fully-imagined worlds.

    06/26/15

SUMMER READING SERIES

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    If you liked Jane O’Connor’s and Robin Preiss Glasser’s FANCY NANCY, read Cynthia Leitich Smith’s, Cornelius Van Wright’s, and Ying-Hwa Hu’s JINGLE DANCER because both feature beautiful, intricate, and fancy dresses–perfect for young kids who love dress-up.

    06/25/15

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    If you liked Jay Asher’s 13 REASONS WHY read Holly Thompson’s ORCHARDS because both try to make sense of the tragedy of teen suicide. Read more about ORCHARDS at Smithsonian BookDragon.

    06/24/15

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    If you liked Phyllis Reynold’s Naylor’s SHILOH, read Angela Cervantes’ GABBY, LOST AND FOUND because both books contain big-hearted main characters who care about homeless animals.

    06/23/15

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    If you liked James Thurber’s and Louis Slobodkin’s MANY MOONS, read Reza Jalali’s and Anne Sibley O’Brien’s MOON WATCHERS because both stories demonstrate that sometimes the youngest is also the wisest! Read more about MOON WATCHERS at the Smithsonian BookDragon.

    06/22/15

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    If you liked The Forest of Hands & Teeth read This Is Not a Test because both are tales of troubled girls, zombies, and survival.

    06/19/15

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    If you liked the Katie Kazoo series by Nancy Krulik read the Lulu series by Hilary McKay because both have funny stories of young girls and animals in tough spots!

    06/18/15

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    If you liked Anya’s Ghost read The Undertaking of Lily Chen because both books feature mysterious, dangerous, entertaining visions from the afterlife.

    Read more about The Undertaking of Lily Chen at Smithsonian Book Dragon.

    06/17/15

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    If you like Anne of Green Gables read The Truth About Twinkie Pie because both have main characters who value friendship, family, and the ability to recover from mistakes.

    06/16/15

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    If you liked Judith Viorst’s Alexander, Who’s Not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) Going to Move read Jane Bahk and Felicia Hoshino’s Juna’s Jar because both feature young children facing the difficult challenges of losing friends due to family moves.

    Read more about Juna’s Jar at Smithsonian Book Dragon.

    06/15/15

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    If you liked David Almond’s Skellig read Crytal Chan’s Bird because both main characters have parents who are preoccupied with another sibling, and both find comfort, companionship, and understanding in unexpected new friends.

    Read more about Bird at Smithsonian Book Dragon.

    06/12/15

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    If you like Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen’s Extra Yarn read Miranda Paul & Elizabeth Zunon’s One Plastic Bag because both books celebrate ingenuity and the ability to change the world around you.

    06/11/15

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    If you like Michelle Gagnon’s Don’t Turn Around read Alaya Dawn Johnson’sLove is the Drug because both are fast-paced thrillers where characters don’t know who to trust or who the enemy is.

    06/10/15

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    If you liked Kevin Henkes’ Lilly’s Big Day read Kashmira Sheth & Yoshiko Jaeggi’s Sona and the Wedding Game because both feature the important and fun roles children play in serious nuptials.

    06/09/15

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    The WNDB Summer Reading Series is back! 

    If you liked Kate DiCamillo’s Flora & Ulysses read Kelly Jones’ Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer because both books feature energetic and strong girls, and animals with super powers.