Every summer I create a reading list for the kids and I. This summer I created a 2019 Summer Reading List. Reading is my happy place and I am desperately trying to increase the interest level of reading in my children. The Glitter Princess is already there. Bigg Dogg has no interest in reading anything, it is a constant struggle and I am not here for it. I have tried every trick in the book from choosing books that cover topics he’s interested in to reading on a consistent schedule. Reading is fundamental and there is no way around it.
I was discussing the books I was thinking of selecting for the kids’ 2019 Summer Reading List. I started with Old Yeller. The suggestion that came by way of Dad. It’s a classic. There’s a movie. It’s about a dog. So, clearly, it’s a win-win. Wrong. Here’s the transcript of the conversation:
Me: Ok, Guys. I think I’m done with 2019 Summer Reading List. I want to run it by you guys before I order or borrow the books from the library. The first book is for Landon and it’s your dad’s suggestion, Old Yeller.
Glitter Princess: Wait. Is Old Yeller about a white boy and a dog?
Me: Ummm…yes. How do you know? Why would you ask me that?
Glitter Princess: I’m reading Marley Dias Gets It Done by Marley Dias and she says in her book that all the classics in all 5th-grade classes in her school were about white boys and the dogs they rescue. She says there plenty of books written by black authors that have won awards and are worth reading. Oh and no offense to white boys and dogs, I like both.
Nedless to say, I revamped our 2019 Summer Reading List and the entire list consists of books written by black authors. All the book descriptions below are courtesy of Amazon.
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The Kids’ 2019 Summer Reading List
Bud, Not Buddy is a Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning classic about a boy who decides to hit the road to find his father. It’s 1936, in Flint Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud’s got a few things going for him. Once he decides to hit the road to find this mystery man, nothing can stop him—not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.
Booked is a New York Times Bestseller where soccer, family, love and friendship take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read.
The Watsons Go To Birmingham is a Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree about the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There’s Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron, who’s thirteen and an “official juvenile delinquent.” When Byron gets to be too much trouble, they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up. And they happen to be in Birmingham when Grandma’s church is blown up.
Out of My Mind spent two weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Eleven-year-old Melody is not like most people. She can’t walk. She can’t talk. She can’t write. All because she has cerebral palsy. But she also has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school, but NO ONE knows it. Most people—her teachers, her doctors, her classmates—dismiss her as mentally challenged because she can’t tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by her disability. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.
My 2019 Summer Reading List
Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist. On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend…find out more in The Wedding Date.
The Proposal is a New York Times Bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick. When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn’t the hard part—they’ve only been dating for five months, and he can’t even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans…
At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik’s rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew. He’s even there for her when the video goes viral and Nik’s social media blows up—in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can’t be looking for anything serious, so she embarks on an epic rebound with him, filled with food, fun, and fantastic sex. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has to be smart enough to put on the brakes…
Everyone can relate to walking through very dark periods in life which seem never to end. In God’s Gonna Make You Laugh, Noel Jones is not speaking from a vantage point of one who has never suffered, so his words of encouragement and promise carry weight and hope. Sorrow and adversity come, but they do not stay. This book conveys the message that suffering and endurance are preparations for the reward that will come to the one who holds on to and trusts in the faithfulness of God. That one will experience the laughter of triumph. Joy comes in the morning to those who endure.
In his new book, Black Privilege, Charlamagne Tha God presents his comic, often controversial, and always brutally honest insights on how living an authentic life is the quickest path to success. Beginning with his journey from the small town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, to his headline-grabbing interviews with celebrities like Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and Hillary Clinton, he shares how he turned his troubled early life around by owning his (many) mistakes and refusing to give up on his dreams, even after his controversial opinions got him fired from several on-air jobs. Combining his own story with bold advice and his signature commitment to honesty at all costs, Charlamagne hopes this book will give others the confidence to live their own truths.
Two kids with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.Told in alternating dramatic narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.
Common believes that the phrase “let love have the last word” is not just a declaration; it is a statement of purpose, a daily promise. Love is the most powerful force on the planet and ultimately, the way you love determines who you are and how you experience life. Touching on God, self-love, partners, children, family, and community, Common explores the core tenets of love to help others understand what it means to receive and, most importantly, to give love. He moves from the personal – writing about his daughter, to whom he wants to be a better father – to the universal, where he observes that our society has become fractured under issues of race and politics. He knows there’s no quick remedy for all of the hurt in the world, but love – for yourself and for others – is where the healing begins.
From telemarketers to traffic jams to twenty-item shoppers in the ten-item line, our lives are full of interruptions. They’re often aggravating, sometimes infuriating, and can make us want to tell people what we really think about them. But they also tell us something quite important about ourselves. In this very personal account of opportunities lost and lessons learned, popular conference speaker and author Priscilla Shirer shows how to embrace the amazing freedom and fulfillment that comes from going with God, even when He’s going against your grain in Life Interrupted.
With her first devotional book, Priscilla Shirer makes your choice easy. Alone with God. Alone with His Word. Eager to hear His voice. Prepared to humbly and obediently respond. She hopes, more than anything else, that the daily insights you receive in these pages will challenge, encourage, and strengthen you in every way. These ninety devotions from the heart of a mom, wife, encourager, and friend will Awaken you each day with fresh insights gleaned from the Spirit of God. Ready to help you mine the treasures of Scripture and fortify you for the day ahead.
Nappily Ever After is now a Netflix Original Film starring Sanaa Lathan. Venus Johnston has a great job, a beautiful home, and a loving live-in boyfriend named Clint, who happens to be a drop-dead gorgeous doctor. She also has a weekly beauty-parlor date with Tina, who keeps Venus’s long, processed hair slick and straight. But when Clint–who’s been reluctant to commit over the past four years–brings home a puppy instead of an engagement ring, Venus decides to give it all up. She trades in her long hair for a dramatically short, natural cut and sends Clint packing.
In this universally accessible New York Times bestseller named for her wildly popular web series, Issa Rae—“a singular voice with the verve and vivacity of uncorked champagne” (Kirkus Reviews)—waxes humorously on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits and black as cool. Being an introvert (as well as “funny,” according to the Los Angeles Times) in a world that glorifies cool isn’t easy. But when Issa Rae, the creator of the Shorty Award-winning hit series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, is that introvert—whether she’s navigating love, the workplace, friendships, or “rapping”—it sure is entertaining. Now, in this New York Times bestselling debut collection written in her witty and self-deprecating voice, Rae covers everything from cybersexing in the early days of the Internet to deflecting unsolicited comments on weight gain, from navigating the perils of eating out alone and public displays of affection to learning to accept yourself—natural hair and all.
I cannot wait to dig deeper into the book selections on my list. I have already started a few and so far, so good. The kids are less than thrilled about reading any selections regardless if it is on the 2019 Summer Reading List or not. So, I have an uphill battle with these two but I will not waiver. Don’t forget about me in the trenches!
Hugs and love,
What’s on your 2019 Summer Reading List? Do you have a great book to share? Please share in the comments below. I’d love to add it to my list.