Keep Reading Together:
Summer Reading Lists

Get your kids to spend some time with a book this summer. Reading – with an adult or on their own – is a fun, easy way for young people to keep up their literacy skills over the long school break.

K – 2nd grade

  • Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
  • Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
  • Boot and Shoe by Marla Frazee
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert
  • Chirchir Is Singing by Kelly Cunnane, illustrated by Jude Daly
  • Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex
  • Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  • The Eagles Are Back by Jean Craighead George, illustrated by Wendell Minor
  • Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
  • It's a Tiger! by David LaRochelle
  • I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
  • Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! by Grace Lin
  • Luke on the Loose by Harry Bliss
  • Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald no combina by Monica Brown, illustrated by Sara Palacios
  • More Bears! by Kenn Nesbitt, illustrated by Troy Cummings
  • Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta, illustrated by Ed Young
  • Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes
  • Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
  • Red-Eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley, photographs by Nic Bishop
  • Scaredy Squirrel by Mélanie Watt
  • Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  • Ugly Fish by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Scott Magoon
  • The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter
  • We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems

3rd – 5th grade

  • Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce
  • The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
  • Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee
  • Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renée Russell
  • The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami, illustrated by Abigail Halpin
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling, illustrated by Mary GrandPré
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • Kampung Boy by Lat
  • Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories about Growing Up Scieszka by Jon Scieszka
  • The Maze of Bones (39 Clues, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
  • Meanwhile by Jason Shiga
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, illustrated by Carson Ellis
  • Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale
  • No Talking by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Mark Elliott
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Patricia Castelao
  • 100 Most Dangerous Things on the Planet by Anna Claybourne
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  • The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
  • Savvy by Ingrid Law
  • Sidekicks by Dan Santat
  • The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
  • To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel by Siena Cherson Siegel, illustrated by Mark Siegel
  • Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  • The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • Axe Cop by Malachai Nicolle, illustrated by Ethan Nicolle
  • Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle
  • Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
  • Bone: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith
  • Close to Famous by Joan Bauer
  • Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
  • Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrated by Laura Park
  • The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  • Smile by Raina Telgemeier Graphix
  • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
  • Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  • The Wild Book by Margarita Engle
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio

*adapted from the Association for Library Service to Children

Summer Reading for Teens:
National Book Award Winners

  • The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida by Victor Martinez
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
  • Sold by Patricia McCormick
  • Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Feed by M. T. Anderson
  • Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
  • A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle
  • Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers
  • Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
  • The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
  • Luna by Julie Anne Peters
  • A Step from Heaven by An Na
  • Autobiography of My Dead Brother by Walter Dean Myers
  • The River Between Us by Richard Peck
  • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation:Volume 1: The Pox Party by M. T. Anderson
  • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
  • What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
  • Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Chime by Franny Billingsley
  • Hush by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian
  • The Canning Season by Polly Horvath
  • Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
  • Westmark by Lloyd Alexander
  • The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Dancing on the Edge by Han Nolan
  • Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti
  • Dark Water by Laura McNeal
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