Suggested Summer Reading

For Children

Want to check out one of these books? Email Linda and she will leave it outside in the plastic bin for pick-up.

Behold The Trees
Sue Alexander

How war and environmental neglect destroyed many of the trees of Israel, until new residents replant.

Red
Michael Hall

Because he was mislabeled, everyone thinks Red is Red. A friend’s different perspective allows others to see him as he really is.

God’s Dream
Desmond Tutu

Despite all our differences—looking and speaking differently, different customs—God’s dream is for all of us to love each other and live in peace together.

  • All Different Now: Juneteenth, First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson A beautifully illustrated book about the meaning of Juneteenth.
  • Desmond and the Very Mean Word by Desmond Tutu Young Desmond learns bullying is not the answer to getting along with others and forgiveness goes a long way in making friends.
  • Old Turtle by Douglas Wood In the days after Creation, when all of nature argues about who God is, wise Old Turtle sets them straight. When people arrive and soon forget about God, the earth reminds them.

For Youth

Making it Right: Building Peace, Settling Conflict.
Marilee Peters

How young people are working to peacefully resolve conflict and heal wounds.

Turtles All the Way Down
John Green

Aza and her friend try to solve the mystery of the disappearance of a local billionaire. But Aza is dealing with her own problems—thoughts that spiral down and away from reality. A look at mental health issues in young people.

Odd One Out
Nic Stone

Juniors Coop and Jupiter have been friends since they were 7. When sophomore Rae join them, the dynamic of the group changes as they explore their sexuality and their budding attractions to each other.

  • Conversations with a Black Boy by Emmanuel Acho The author shares his experiences with race and racism with young people, as he feels providing them with such information will help them affect positive changes in society.
  • Middle School’s a Drag—You Better Werk! by Greg Howard 12-year-old, newly-out Mikey starts a popular talent agency with a 13-year-old drag queen as his first client.
  • Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram Darius struggles with self-worth and depression at home in America and in his mother’s native Iran.

For Adults

The Book of Longings
Sue Monk Kidd

Historical fiction set in 1st century B. C. about a young woman betrothed to Jesus of Nazareth.

Consolations; The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words
David Whyte

A look at different aspects of being human—i.e., anger, courage, friendship, heartbreak, joy, loneliness, longing—and how they and our journey through them affects our lives.

Blood Brothers; The Unforgettable Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel
Elias Chacour

Another look at the Arab-Israeli conflict from the perspective of one who has always lived in the area. Eye-opening.

  • Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening by Cynthia Bourgeault The ancient practice of Centering Prayer and how it relates to Christian contemplation.
  • Walking the Bible; a Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses by Bruce Feiler The author’s journey through the Middle East which is the setting for the events of the Pentateuch.
  • Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh The similar messages of peace, love, and compassion as shared by Buddha and Christ.
  • The Faith Club; a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew—Three Women Search for Understanding by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner Three women discuss their faiths as they seek to understand each other.
  • Fierce Self-Compassion; How Women Can Harness Kindness, To Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive by Kristin Neff How women can use self-compassion to gain strength, clarity, and courage so as to assert themselves in a male-dominated society.