About Girls of Summer
We are two writers, two friends, two women, two former strong girls, who decided to tackle a project we wish had been around when we were thirsty for books that moved us — but struggling through Ivanhoe.
The result is Girls of Summer, an annual list of our personal favorites that we think speak to girls uniquely and help them understand the journey. These are books – new and old, well-known and quiet. What mattered to us most was the celebration of a girl’s connection to the world around her. In the pages of these lovely books you’ll find middle class girls, girls with disabilities, girls of color, girls who might know God, good girls/bad girls. But always girls who stare into the eyes of what’s ahead and refuse to flinch.
It goes without saying that picking ONLY 18 books nearly killed us that first year. (We started with 12 and just couldn’t do it!) Not a week went by that we didn’t find another great story that we wanted to include, another genre we love. And, we’re sure you have strong ideas of your own. We hope you’ll post suggestions and share the books you know and love.
Finally, a heartfelt thanks to our partners in reading!
A big thanks to the publicists who donate books, get us in touch with authors, and generally cheer us on!Dori Yuen designs the background images that showcase the book covers, and Kris Spisak edits our entries for comma atrocities and other problems.The Richmond Public Library also produces and hosts a gigantic reading party to kick-off summer reading. (Librarians rock!) Richmond Family Magazine and the Richmond Times-Dispatch offer fantastic media coverage and support of literacy and Girls of Summer!