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12 Summer Reading Lists For Kids and Teens: 2014

Books for Kids in Elementary School, Middle School and High School


Are you looking for a summer reading list for your child or teen? Keep your child reading all summer with this selection of 2014 summer reading lists. These lists of recommended children's books and young adult books are generally organized by grade levels. Many of the middle school reading lists include a mix of middle grade fiction and nonfiction and young adult books. You'll find both classics and recently published books here. This the first of seven resources you'll find on my directory of Encouraging Summer Reading: Resources for Kids and Teens.

Keep scrolling down to see all 12 resources.

1. Reading Lists for Grades 4-8

These middle grade reading lists tend to include books for ages 9-12 as well as 10-14. They include: Award-Winning Historical Fiction for Middle Grade Readers, Best Narrative Non-Fiction for Middle Graders, 10 Funny Boys! Book for Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The Bullies and Bullying in Children's Books list covers a slightly wider age range. Look over the book lists for the About.com Video Book Talks: Middle Grade Books where you'll find recommended fiction and nonfiction on topics ranging from fantasy books and novels about dogs to nonfiction history and science books.

2. Books for Teen Boys, Girls and Teen Reluctant Readers

Librarian Jennifer Kendall has prepared a number of recommended reading lists for teenagers, including two for summer: Summer Reading List for Teen Boys and Summer Reading List for Teen Girls, both filled with books shown to be popular with teens. See also Books for Reluctant Teen Readers: A Quick Pick List for Teens Modern Fairy Tales for Teen Girls, Audio Books for Teens, Dystopian Novels for Teens and Dark Fantasy Books for Teens who Love Twilight.

3. Books for Boys Recommended by Librarians

The books on these books for boys reading lists include children's books and young adult books that will appeal to a wide range of ages and interests. Even boys who complain they can never find anything good to read and, as a result, are reluctant readers, should be able to find books they enjoy on some of these lists. While none of them are specifically summer reading lists, they all could be used as such.

4. HAISLN 2014 Recommended Reading Lists

These annotated 2012 reading lists come from the Houston Area Independent Schools Library Network (HAISLN). Eight reading lists 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.

5. Brookline Reading Lists for Kids Entering PK-K, Gr 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and HS

This series of 8-12 page reading lists that you can download as PDFs comes from The Public Schools of Brookline, Massachusetts. These excellent annotated lists, prepared by the school librarians, are well-organized and contain both recent and classic books. Whether you child is entering PK-K or high school, or any grades in between, you'll find a helpful list.

6. 2014 Summer Reading List for Students Entering Grades K-6

The list, which is organized by grade level, includes cover art, a brief summary, the copyright date and the genre/themes of recommended books for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. This 2013 summer reading list comes from the Parkway School District in Chesterfield, Missouri.

7. Boston Public Schools 2014: Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 Book Lists

There are links to five reading lists on the Boston (Massachusetts) Public Schools' Summer Resources page. The lists include: Grades K - 2, Grades 3 - 5, Grades 6 - 8 and Grades 9 - 12. Download the appropriate book list flyer for your child. Although the book lists are not annotated, they are divided into categories.

8. 2014 Middle School Summer Reading List

This 2014 recommended reading list, from the Parkway School District in Chesterfield, Missouri, includes cover art, a brief summary, the copyright date and the genre of books for students entering grade 6-9. Recommended books include: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, The Tale of Despereaux, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Stargirl, Moon Over Manifest, The Hunger Games and September 11, 2001: Attack on New York City.

9. 2014 Summer Reading List for Students Entering Grades 9-12

This 2014 recommended reading list of fiction and nonfiction is from the Parkway School District in Chesterfield, Missouri. It includes cover art, a very brief summary, the copyright date and the genre of recommended books for teens entering grades 9-12.

10. 2014 Notable Children's Books

The annotated 2014 Notable Children's Books reading list from the the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) of the American Library Association (ALA) includes the current Newbery, Caldecott, Belpré, Sibert, Coretta Scott King, Geisel, and Batchelder Award winners and Honor books, among other notable books. 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. The list includes books for a wide range of ages, from babies through age 14.

11. 2014 Summer Reading List for Grades 5-8

These 2014 annotated reading lists for tweens and teens entering grades 5-8 include both recent books and classics. There is a separate list for every grade level, each of which can be downloaded as a PDF. The middle school summer reading lists come from The Kinkaid School, a non-sectarian college preparatory day school in Houston, Texas.

12. Summer Reading List for Kids and Teens

This booklist from The Horn Book is annotated and includes five categories of books for young people: Picture Books, Early Readers and Younger Fiction, Intermediate, Middle School and High School. Suggested grade levels and the number of pages in each book are included.

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