Girls of Summer

Girls of Summer: 18 Books for Strong Girls is an annual reading list founded by local authors Meg Medina and Gigi Amateau and curated by a team of VA-based librarians, authors, and book professionals.  The list is a collection of books written for girls of all ages.  They depict the experience of growing up in a variety of ways with one common theme:  strength.  The girls in these stories are brave, ambitious, creative, silly, spiritual, motivated, caring, complicated, capable, and so much more.  Above all else, these characters and their stories provide opportunities for young readers to explore themselves and the world around them.


Each year, Richmond Public Library helps to celebrate the kick-off of the Girls of Summer reading list.  This year’s Girls of Summer Book Bash will be held on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Main branch on 101 E. Franklin Street.  Award-winning author and Illustrator Selina Alko will be joining the party.  There will be book sales and signings, food and prizes.  It’s free and everyone is welcome!


To learn more about the Girls of Summer book list, please visit

Selina Alko, award-winning author and illustrator, focuses on stories of hope and inspiration and aims to show her readers an alternative viewpoint. Publisher’s Weekly writes, ““Alko (is) among the most visually eloquent promoters of junior-sized urbanism.” Selina uses mixed-media art to give life to her words and the words of other authors. Her books include Can I Touch Your Hair?, Why Am I Me?, The Case for Loving, and Two Friends.

To learn more about Selina, visit her website at