Is your child an avid reader? Maybe you have a reluctant reader, or a child who has some difficulty with reading. Every summer, teachers encourage their students to keep reading, and in some schools, the lists they make are based on the books they will be discussing next school year. These lists differ from school to school, and you can usually find them on your school website.
We’ve put together a list of summer reading lists for you from a variety of sources. The links below include a great diversity of reading material both fiction and non-fiction, for every grade level. Most of these books are available at your local library, local bookstores, can be ordered online, or come in audio book format to listen to.
Help your child find books they are interested in, find a comfy spot where they can enjoy reading, and enjoy some quiet time yourself!
1. Scholastic Books 2020 Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge Book List
Here’s their downloadable PDF list of books, organized by age, PreK – 12.
2. Texas Library Association
Little Maverick (graphic novels for kindergarten to fifth grade)
Lone Star (fiction for grades six to eight)
Maverick (graphic novels for grades 6-12)
TAYSHAS (fiction and nonfiction for high schoolers)
Tejas (English-Spanish bilingual books for grades five to 12)
Topaz (nonfiction for all ages, preschool to grade 12 and beyond)
3. School Library Journal (SLJ)
4. Association for Library Service to Children (ALA)
5. Teacher Vision
6. Imagination Soup
7. ILA/CBC Children’s Choices Reading List 2020
Voted on by 12,500 school children from all over the United States, this list is published by the International Literacy Association and the Children’s Book Council. It is organized by age group and format: beginning readers (kindergarten to grade two), young readers (grades three to four), and advanced readers (grades five to six).
Here are some free activities for your kids to enjoy this summer so they can keep learning without feeling like it’s “school”: