Summer vacation is fast approaching, and for school librarians that means it’s time to start planning our summer reading recommendations. So I thought I’d share my list of suggested fiction and comics/graphic novels for 2019.
This list was created through an alchemy involving age of the protagonists, themes or events a student would likely encounter in their studies that year, books they were unlikely to read for school, and subject matter. I also tried to pick books and comics that were written as YA (with a few exceptions) and published in the last decade, with preference going to #ownvoices and/or marginalized authors. Obviously there are way more books for older teens than younger ones; you can thank publishers who rarely print fiction with 14-year-old protagonists for that dearth.