I’m so happy about the new direction this blog has taken, and we’re all working hard behind the scenes to make this a place of beauty and courage and perseverance. One of the things we’re all passionate about is literacy. So, with that in mind, I’m posting my bi-annual reading list for preteen and teen readers: 2020 Mid-Summer Middle Grade & Young Adult Book List
As I’ve mentioned before, this is NOT a best-seller or new release list. A few of the books on this summer’s list won’t be released until early fall while others were published more than five years ago but only recently discovered. This is an ongoing, cumulative list of books the kids in my reading army have read that is updated twice a year.
We’ve all worked hard this year to read new-to-us authors and to search for books outside our comfort zones. With so many books being published–both traditionally and independently–it’s hard to keep up. So I want to thank my preteen & teen readers for their help and suggestions, as well as my blog readers who’ve made this list such a popular download. The 2020 Mid-Winter List hit 10,000 downloads, and this summer’s list is over 50 pages long. You are all so awesome!
This bi-annual compilation offers a good cross-section of genres for teens and tweens. A lot of new YA Fantasy and Realistic Fiction books were recently released and a few will come out early this fall. (We were lucky to get a few ARCs!) There’s also a journal, a book of poetry, and new collections of short stories. We’ve also added some new Middle Grade Action/Adventure and Non-Fiction books. There are books on the list for all readers just in time for the second half of summer!
Disclaimer: Some of these books are (or once were) controversial. Some older YAs have closed-door or open-door adult situations, and others (YA & MG) deal with harsh issues such as suicide, bullying, war, poverty, and loss of a parent. As a librarian, reader’s advisor, and mother, I’ve learned that tweens and teens tend to read within their comfort zone, both emotionally and reading-level wise. All of these books offer a chance for parents and kids to discuss which topics are appropriate now and which books are best left for another time. But I hope you all find books that will give your family new adventures and imaginary friends.
And if you have any suggestions to add to this list, I’d love to hear about them so I can pass them on to my reading army. 🙂
See you in February for the 2021 Mid-Winter Young Adult and Middle Grade Book List!