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.
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
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.
A LIST OF GREAT LISTS!
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
and high school.
Summer Reading Lists
Middlesex Middle School in Darien, Connecticut, provides
reading lists for social studies and science, as well as
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.
annual list compiled by the Association for
Library Service to Children (ALSC), a
division of ALA.
Top Ten Lists of
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
100 best paperbacks
A list created by ALSC for Reading is
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
Robert F. Sibert Award
Books. Each year, ALSC chooses
the most distinguished informational book
published during the preceding year.
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.
Teen Read Week website includes a list
of resources for materials of interest to
An extensive list of all of the
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
from the Boston Public Library
Boston Public Schools summer book list
from the New York Public Library (plus
other activities for kids)
Book Talks by Nancy Keane
from Rundlett Middle School, Concord,
Houston Area Independent
Schools Library Network - Reading Resources
ALA Summer Reading -
for children and families
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
The Horn Book Reading
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
Center from NYPL-
NY Public Library -
Ferguson Public Library -
Manitowac Public Library -
Morrison-Reeves Library -
Stockton Public Library -
Recommended Reading Lists for All Ages
Choose an Age
Find books by age group.
Choose a Category
Find books for your children about
everything from mystery to history!
Books for Girls
Books for Boys
Folklore and Fairy Tales
Top 10 Summer Reading Lists For Kids and
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.
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
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.
The annotated 2008 Notable Children's Books
reading list from the American Library
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
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Shiloh Bzdusek. Summer Reading List for Kids
Lisa Von Drasek. Summer Reading List for Kids