Summer Reading 2021

Thank you educators! You brought passion and enthusiasm to your students this year despite many challenges. We know reading is essential and enjoyable, and we’re thrilled to share our recommendations for teachers, librarians, and independent summer reading.

Picture Books

Chapter Books

Middle Grade

Young Adult

Additional Resources

2020 Round Up

2020 is in the books – woohoo! We can’t tell you how grateful we are to you for all that you’ve done during this year full of challenges and changes. Since so much happened this year, we figured you might want one easy stop to access many of our events and resources. Here’s a look at what we’ve done this year, in case you missed anything!

Browse Our Book Collections and Download Digital Galleys

Our 2020 Superstars

Stream Author Read Alouds and Download Chapter Samplers

Book Buzzes! Find Classroom Library Favorites for the Virtual World

Webinar Series

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Check Out Our Resource Hub!

If you are putting together plans for teaching remotely or homeschooling your children and are looking for resources, visit the pages below for discussion guides, activities, and more available for FREE to download.

Elementary Resources

Middle School Resources

High School Resources

A Message About Story Times and Read-Aloud Videos

In these uncertain and unsettling times, many of you are wondering how we can collectively continue to share our books and stories with students and readers everywhere. As a company, we are heartened by the role that books and reading can play to help connect us when we are physically apart. As you may know, our teams at Penguin Random House have been working quickly to enable virtual learning environments and livestreamed story times for educators, librarians, and booksellers, as well as our authors and illustrators. Today, we are pleased to share our plans for the open license we designed as an immediate measure to directly connect our books with students and readers while protecting the long term value of our authors’ and illustrators’ intellectual property. You’ll find all the details here.

Thank you for your shared commitment to storytelling and reading, and to our collective belief in the power of books to connect us—especially during times like these.

Fresh Voices Q&A Series

Welcome to Fresh Voices! In this new series, we are excited to share with you authors whose books capture a unique aspect of the human experience. Enjoy these Q&As!

Author Essays

Throughout the year, many Random House Children’s Books authors have shared some thoughts on their books, inspirations, and tips for educators with us. Discover all of their essays here!

Property of the Rebel Librarian

Property of the Rebel Librarian

Property of the Rebel Librarian By Allison Varnes

Celebrate the freedom to read with this timely, empowering middle-grade debut in the spirit of The View from Saturday or Frindle.

June Harper is a good kid. She follows the rules, plays flute in band, and spends her spare time reading. Nobody would ever call her a rebel . . . until her parents take strict parenting to a whole new level.

It starts with one book deemed "inappropriate" by June's parents. What follows is a massive book ban at Dogwood Middle School, and suddenly everything June loves--the librarian, books, an author visit--is gone. All seems hopeless. Then June discovers a Little Free Library on her walk to school. When her classmates realize she has access to contraband, she (secretly) becomes the most popular girl in school. A risky reading movement begins at Dogwood, which could destroy June--or gain enough power to protect the one thing she cares most about: the freedom to read!

Equal parts fun and empowering, this novel explores censorship, freedom of speech, and activism. For any kid who doesn't believe one person can effect change . . . and for all the kids who already know they can!

"[A] funny and fast read." --School Library Journal

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Meet the author!

Family Tree Activities

The family you're from and the family you find

These books and activities are for teaching a family tree unit and will enable students to think more deeply about family, friends, and their community.

Picture Books

Middle Grade

Summer Creative Writing Activities

Books and Resources to Spark Creative Writing in the Classroom or at Home this Summer

Young Adult Writing Activities

Young Adult novels show students how to ‘write like this.’ In this guide, we provide a variety of writing lessons, discussion questions, and suggestions of incredible young adult novels for writers to read and learn from for their own stories and writing.

Middle School Writing Activities

In these activities, students will focus on details through found art, wordless picture books, graphic novels, and nonfiction titles to explore imaginative writing. These activities can be done at home or used by teachers managing classes online to practice creative writing.

Elementary Writing Activities

Reading and writing go hand in hand. From learning letters to using sight words in a story, here are writing activities for even the youngest readers!