To be completely honest, I love YA literature. I always have. YA fiction is hands down my favorite genre. So when I entered the classroom, I didn't struggle reading what my students were reading. I eagerly took their recommendations and devoured them!
Now that I'm out of the classroom, I still love YA fiction, but this summer I wanted to focus on a more diverse and inclusive selection of the genre. Some of these novels are a few years old, some of them are newer. One is nonfiction. Regardless, I'm eager to get going on my summer reading list!
1. Allegedly (Tiffany D. Jackson)
2. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (Erika L. Sanchez)
3. Monday's Not Coming (Tiffany D. Jackson)
4. Dear Martin (Nic Stone)
5. The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Emily M. Danforth)
6. Love, Hate and Other Filters (Samira Ahmed)
7. On the Come Up (Angie Thomas)
8. I'll Give You The Sun (Jandy Nelson)
9. Long Way Down (Jason Reynolds)
10. The 57 Bus (Dashka Slater)
As I read through these novels, I plan on giving my personal review and if I think you could recommend it to students or how to connect it to your curriculum. I've been really studying up on how to achieve a multicultural classroom and as an ELA teacher at heart, I know that providing a diverse classroom library accessible to your students is necessary.
I'll keep you updated!
What's your summer reading list?