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Dr. Artika R. Tyner is a passionate educator, award-winning author, sought-after speaker, and advocate for justice. She is the founder of Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute, working to “plant people” while offering them key educational and learning opportunities. This organic process aims to cultivate a multicultural literary and leadership landscape that encourages both social and racial justice within individuals and communities.

Summer is the perfect time to spend the afternoon basking in the sun while reading a new book. This book may take you on a new adventure, connect you with a new hobby, or even introduce you to a historic figure who planted seeds of social change. The possibilities are endless when you open the pages of a book. Your imagination will be ignited, and your knowledge will be increased.

Summer offers the opportunity to make reading a fun family and community-building activity. Gather together and host a book party — each person can share what they are reading while exploring new books. You can also host a book exchange and leave with a great new title! You can take your children or the neighbor’s kids to the library. In addition to checking out books, they can also participate in the summer reading program and earn cool prizes. Model the way for our children by demonstrating how reading can serve as a fun and exciting pastime. This booklist will provide you with a few ideas to start (or continue) your summer reading journey.