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.

Save this date – Girls of Summer will be June 19, 2019, 6:30-9 p.m. at the Main Library.

We want to thank Selina Alko, 2018’s Girls of Summer Book Bash featured author and illustrator.  The event was a huge success!  But, the fun’s not over.  Visit the Girls of Summer website at to learn more about this year’s selected titles and to read interviews with this year’s authors.  New interviews are posted every Friday!

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