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Summer Reading Lists


Boy readingEvery educator knows it. So do most parents. Summer reading

is essential for kids!

Reading experts note that most young readers suffer a backslide in reading skills during summer downtime. But that needn't be the case. Families can make reading a priority during the summer months, and children will learn that people never take a vacation from learning.

And vacation time is the perfect time to read, read, READ! Check out these lists of super-entertaining books, from classics to fun picks.

Complete Lists

Summer Reading List -- Pre-K through Primary

Summer Reading List -- Intermediate

Summer Reading List -- Middle

Summer Reading List -- Secondary

Vacation Reading List -- Adult

Many local libraries have active summertime programs that encourage and reward children for summer reading. And many schools provide summer reading assignments or summer

reading lists.

The selection here offers excellent resources for students who are searching for something good to read, parents who are looking to help kids locate great books, or teachers who might be compiling reading lists for kids to take home this summer or anytime.


Summer Reading List 2008
These lists of titles have been compiled by librarians at member schools of the Houston Area Independent Schools Library Network (HAISLN). The lists include both fiction and nonfiction books by some of the best authors for children and young adults. Lists presented for PreK-12.

Summer Reading Lists
Charlottesville (Virginia) Catholic School presents these lists or required and suggested reading. Separate lists for each grade K to 8.

Summer Reading for Kids
These books have been selected by Vermont public school librarians and are recommended for summer reading for children and young adults. Published on the Vermont Education Association's Web page, Summer Reading offers separate lists for students in grades K through 4, 5 through 8, and 9 through 12.

Summer Reading Lists
These lists, from the Mountain Brook City Schools in Birmingham, Alabama, recommend books for students in grades 1 through 3, 4, 5, 6, junior high school (grades 7 through 9),

and high school.

Summer Reading Lists
Middlesex Middle School in Darien, Connecticut, provides reading lists for social studies and science, as well as English.

Summer Fun Reading List
These lists include books for students in K through 5. Book lists are divided by grade levels of students entering grades K and 1, 2 and 3, and 4 and 5, as well as into such categories as poetry, picture books, and classic fiction to read aloud to the whole family.

Elementary Summer Reading List
This list from the Wayland (Massachusetts) Public Schools includes fiction titles for beginning readers, students in grades 2 and 3, and students in grades 4 and 5, as well as lists of books of poetry, books of fairy tales, biographies, books for families to read aloud, and more.

Boulder (Colorado) Public Library Booklists for Kids
This list of lists from the BPL includes summer reading chapter books and summer reading picture books.

Fairfax County Public Library Books for School-Age Children
Though not specifically created as summer reading lists, these lengthy lists include great summer reading ideas. Individual lists are offered for students in grades 1 to 6.

Summer Reading Lists
This resource from Fairfax County (Virginia) Public Schools includes four separate lists -- for students going into grades 6, 7 and 8, 9 and 10, and 11 and 12.

Boston Public Schools Summer Reading Lists
Four lengthy book lists -- for students in grades K through 3, 4 and 5, 6 through 8, and 9 through 12 -- offer titles sorted by genre. These lists, created in association with the Boston Public Library, include titles in Spanish for students in grade K through 8.

One key to children's reading success is making their reading experience entertaining, relaxing, and enjoyable. Allow children to choose their own reading materials and be aware of what their reading interests are. Help them find books that pique their interests. Below are information about and links to many reading lists that identify high-quality titles and serve many different audiences and purposes.

Notable Children's Books An annual list compiled by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of ALA.

Top Ten Lists of "All-Time Classics"  ALSC created this list of classics that parents and children can read together for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America for national KidsDay (August 2001). There is one list for preschool to age 8 and one list for ages 8-12.

100 best paperbacks  A list created by ALSC for Reading is Fundamental (RIF).

Newbery Award Books. Each year, ALSC chooses the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children from books released in the previous year.

Caldecott Award Books. Each year, ALSC chooses the most distinguished American picture book for children released in the previous year.

Pura Belpré Award Books. Each year, ALSC chooses two works (one for narrative and one for illustration) that best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Coretta Scott King Award Books Each year, the Coretta Scott King Task Force of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table chooses two distinguished books, one by an author of African descent and one from an illustrator of African descent, that promote an understanding and appreciation of the "American Dream."

Robert F. Sibert Award Books. Each year, ALSC chooses the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year.

Mildred Batchelder Award Books. Each year, ALSC honors an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.

Booklist Editor's Choice  Lists including "Books for Youth" compiled by editors of ALA's review magazine, Booklist; with grade levels suggested.

The Teen Read Week website includes a list of resources for materials of interest to teens.

An extensive list of all of the high-school-age reading lists compiled by members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of (ALA).

Outstanding Books for the College Bound

There are also numerous published lists. A recent one is The New Books Kids Like, edited by Sharon Deeds and Catherine Chastain, Prepared for the Association for Library Service to Children (Chicago: ALA, 2001). This organizes frequently requested materials around 44 topics and indicates grade levels within those topics.

Finally, there are numerous web resources available through Great Web Sites for Kids. See entries under "Literature and Language"

All Kinds of Reading Lists from the University of Calgary in Canada

Book Lists from the Boston Public Library

     Also, Boston Public Schools summer book list

Book Lists from the New York Public Library (plus other activities for kids)

Book Talks by Nancy Keane from Rundlett Middle School, Concord, NH

Houston Area Independent Schools Library Network - Reading Resources

ALA Summer Reading - for children and families


Reading Lists from the Vermont Educational Media Association and VT-NEA

KidsReads Reading Lists - Classics and New Favs

Deschutes Public Library -
Ferguson Library -
Lake Oswego Public Library -
Los Angeles Public Library -
Madison, WI -
Menasha, Wisconsin - Kids' Lit -
Monroe Library, IN -

Children's Authors on the Internet - visit their websites and learn more

The Horn Book Reading Suggestions

Summer Favorites (K-12) from the National Endowment for the Humanities 

Suggested Summer Reading - from the Palo Alto, CA Middle Schools Library

One Hundred Favorite Picture Books from various libraries
  Stern Center from NYPL-
  NY Public Library -
  Ferguson Public Library -
  Manitowac Public Library -
  Morrison-Reeves Library -
  Stockton Public Library -

Recommended Reading Lists for All Ages

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Find books for your children about everything from mystery to history!

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Folklore and Fairy Tales

Informational Books

 Top 10 Summer Reading Lists For Kids and Teens: 2008

Keep your child reading all summer with this selection of reading lists for summer 2008. These reading lists of recommended children's books and young adult books are generally organized by grade level. Many of the elementary children's booklists include children's picture books, fiction and nonfiction. Many of the recommended reading lists for middle schoolers include a mix of children's books and young adult books. You'll find classics and recently published children's books and young adult books on these 2008 summer reading lists for babies to grade 12.

1. HAISLN 2008 Recommended Reading Lists

These annotated 2008 reading lists come from the Houston Area Independent Schools Library Network (HAISLN). Eight booklists are available in pdf format: Preschool through Kindergarten, Grades 1 & 2, Grades 3 & 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7 & 8, Grades 9 & 10, Grades 11 & 12. The carefully selected children's books and young adult books on the reading lists include recent fiction and nonfiction.

2. National Endowment for the Humanities: Summer Favorites Reading List

While this reading list of recommended children’s and young adult books for summer reading is not annotated, it contains the titles of a great many excellent books. The booklist “represents NEH's long-standing effort to highlight classic literature for young people from kindergarten through high school.” The booklist is divided by grade level: Kindergarten to Grade 3, Grades 4 to 6, Grades 7 to 8, and Grades 9 to 12.

3. 2008 Notable Children's Books

The annotated 2008 Notable Children's Books reading list from the American Library Association (ALA) includes the current Newbery, Caldecott, Sibert, Geisel, and Batchelder Award and Honor books, among other award-winners. The reading list is divided into four categories: Younger Readers, Middle Readers, Older Readers, and All Ages. It includes both children's books and young adult (YA) books.

4. Summer Reading List for Grades 6-12

This 21-page summer reading list is from Dana Hall School in Massachusetts. It includes required and recommended reading lists from the school's English, science, and social studies departments. It includes books for students in grades 6-12. While written for Dana Hall students, it is an excellent list that includes the classics, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, science fiction and fantasy, social studies books, and science books, among others.

5. Summer Reading Lists for Boys Grades 1-8

The Town School for Boys in San Francisco provides annotated reading lists for boys in grades 1-8. The lists of fiction and nonfiction are organized by grade level(s). According to the school, "Some of the books are quick, easy 'beach reads,' while others may offer more of a challenge."

6. 2008 Summer Library Program Reading Lists for Kids and Teens

The Collaborative Summer Library Program's 2008 summer reading program themes are Catch the Reading Bug @ Your Library (for children) and Metamorphosis @ Your Library (for teens). Download the thematic 13-page annotated summer reading lists as a pdf file. The lists come from Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services at the Nebraska Library Commission. They include books for young children through older teens.

7. 2008 Summer Reading Lists for Middle School

This annotated reading list for grades 6-8 comes from Woodbridge Middle School in the Prince William County school district in Virginia. It also includes links to the Web sites of many of the major children's book awards.

8. 2008 Suggested Reading List for Rising Ninth Graders

If your child will be starting ninth grade in the fall, this is an excellent list for you to download as a pdf file. It is annotated and includes both fiction and nonfiction. The reading list was compiled by the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, which is located in Houston, Texas.

9. 2008 Middle School Summer Reading List

This annotated reading list is from the Palo Alto Middle Schools in California. The seven-page list includes recommended books in nine categories: Classics, Contemporary, Fantasy/Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Humor, Multicultural, Mystery/Suspense/Horror/Adventure, Nonfiction, and Sports.

10. Summer Reading List for Kids and Teens

This booklist from The Horn Book is annotated and includes six categories of recently published books: Picture Books, Younger Fiction, Intermediate Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Folklore, Poetry, and Nonfiction. Suggested grade levels and the number of pages in each book are included.

Fairfax County Public Schools
Suggested Summer Reading Lists

Every student who will be entering grades six through twelve in the fall must read at least one book over the summer.

The follow-up in the fall will be determined by each school. The Summer Reading lists contain suggestions for reading; although students may read any other book that is approved by their parents, except where individual schools have issued their own summer reading requirements. Any school-based requirements supercede the County requirement.

Some schools and courses, particularly at the high school level, have additional summer assignments. Parents and students should inquire at the time of registration. Most of these assignments are posted at the individual school web sites.

Grade 6

Grades 7-8

Grades 9-12
Click on the Grades 9-12 link to see the many options available for high school students.


A rising student is one that will be starting that grade in the new school year. 

For example, a rising tenth grader is one who completed the ninth grade in school year
2007-2008 and will be a tenth grader in the 2008-2009 school year.  :-)

Shiloh Bzdusek. Summer Reading List for Kids
Lisa Von Drasek. Summer Reading List for Kids







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