This year’s recommendations for the best summer reading from book editors and independent bookstore owners.

Bridget Warren, Chief of Programming at Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

  • The Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels (Vol. 5 volumes)

    By Patrick O'Brian

    W. W. Norton & Company

    Buy

  • Passing Through

    By Colin Channer

    One World

    Buy

  • The Stone that the Builder Refused

    By Madison Smartt Bell

    Vintage

    Buy

  • The Prodigal: A Poem

    By Derek Walcott

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Buy

  • Damned If I Do: Stories

    By Percival Everett

    Graywolf Press

    Buy

  • Mystery
  • The Pearl Diver

    By Jeff Talarigo

    Anchor

    Buy

  • Out: A Thriller

    By Natsuo Kirino

    Vintage

    Buy

  • Non-fiction
  • Queen: The Life and Music of Dinah Washington

    By Nadine Cohodas

    Billboard Books

    Buy

  • Gift & Cofeetable Books
  • The Golden Age of DC Comics: 365 Days

    By Les Daniels , Chip Kidd , and Geoff Spear

    Harry N. Abrams

    Buy

  • Many Are Called

    By Walker Evans

    Yale University Press

    Buy

  • Cookbooks
  • Books for Smart Alecks (Humor)
  • The Brick Testament: The Story of Christmas

    By Brendan Powell Smith

    Quirk Books

    Buy

  • Children
    <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Night-Christmas-Choir-Harlem/dp/0060518197?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0060518197" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51318QwWe5L._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Night-Christmas-Choir-Harlem/dp/0060518197?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0060518197" target="_blank">O Holy Night: Christmas with the Boys Choir of Harlem</a></p><p class="book-author">By Public Domain </p><p class="book-publisher">Amistad</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Night-Christmas-Choir-Harlem/dp/0060518197?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0060518197" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Hands-Growing-up-Be-Artist/dp/0152051074?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0152051074" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51Y44tUwkkL._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/Hands-Growing-up-Be-Artist/dp/0152051074?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0152051074" target="_blank">Hands : Growing up to Be an Artist</a></p><p class="book-author">By Lois Ehlert </p><p class="book-publisher">HMH Books for Young Readers</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Hands-Growing-up-Be-Artist/dp/0152051074?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0152051074" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Sure-Sunrise-Stories-Rabbit-Friends/dp/0618211969?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0618211969" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/5130sp2lhFL._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/Sure-Sunrise-Stories-Rabbit-Friends/dp/0618211969?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0618211969" target="_blank">Sure as Sunrise: Stories of Bruh Rabbit and His Walkin' Talkin' Friends</a></p><p class="book-author">By Alice McGill </p><p class="book-publisher">Houghton Mifflin Harcourt</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Sure-Sunrise-Stories-Rabbit-Friends/dp/0618211969?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0618211969" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Bucking-Sarge-Christopher-Paul-Curtis/dp/0385323077?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0385323077" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/514T6722J1L._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/Bucking-Sarge-Christopher-Paul-Curtis/dp/0385323077?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0385323077" target="_blank">Bucking the Sarge</a></p><p class="book-author">By Christopher Paul Curtis </p><p class="book-publisher">Wendy Lamb Books</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Bucking-Sarge-Christopher-Paul-Curtis/dp/0385323077?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0385323077" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    

    Shelia Egan, “A Likely Story” Children’s Bookstore

    For Younger Readers
  • This is Thanksgiving

    By Harriet Ziefert

    Blue Apple Books

    Buy

  • Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale

    By Martin Waddell

    Margaret K. McElderry Books

    Buy

  • Ish (Creatrilogy)

    By Peter H. Reynolds

    Candlewick

    Buy

  • Bear Stays Up for Christmas (The Bear Books)

    By Karma Wilson

    Margaret K. McElderry Books

    Buy

  • Make Way for McCloskey: A Robert McCloskey Treasury

    By Robert McCloskey

    Viking Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • For Older Readers
  • Annie, Between the States

    By L. M. Elliott

    HarperTeen

    Buy

  • Mystery at Blackbeard's Cove

    By Audrey Penn

    Tanglewood Press

    Buy

  • Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices

    By Walter Dean Myers

    Holiday House

    Buy

  • Millions

    By Frank Cottrell Boyce

    Palgrave Macmillan Ltd

    Buy

  • Barbara Hoffert, Editor of the Book Review at Library Journal

    Fiction
  • Courage Consort Pa

    By Michel Faber

    Harvest

    Buy

  • Birds Without Wings

    By Louis de Bernieres

    Vintage

    Buy

  • The Distance Between Us

    By Masha Hamilton

    Unbridled Books

    Buy

  • Cheat and Charmer: A Novel

    By Elizabeth Frank

    Random House Trade Paperbacks

    Buy

  • Seven Types of Ambiguity

    By Elliot Perlman

    Riverhead Hardcover

    Buy

  • A Black Englishman: A Novel

    By Carolyn Slaughter

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Buy

  • Confessions of a Teen Sleuth: A Parody

    By Chelsea Cain

    Bloomsbury USA

    Buy

  • Non-fiction
  • Kafka: A Biography

    By Nicholas Murray

    Yale University Press

    Buy

  • Toast

    By Nigel Slater

    Gotham

    Buy

  • Poetry
  • The Prodigal: A Poem

    By Derek Walcott

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Buy

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