Summer Reading Lists


With no homework or school to worry about, summer can be the perfect time for kids and teens to crack open a great book. And while beach reads can be a fun escape, sometimes they're more style than substance. That's why we've compiled this list of books frequently featured on teachers' summer reading lists.


Whether they're in elementary or high school or just getting started on chapter books, kids, tweens, and teens can use this list to get a jump start on the year ahead. Reading–lots and lots of reading–is the only way to keep kids growing as readers. But kids need lots of good books. That’s why I’ve made these book lists.


Grades K-2


Lulu and the Duck (series) – Hillary McKay

Biscuit and the Lost Teddy – Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Mr. Putter & Tabby Clear the Decks – Cynthia Rylant

Touchdown! – Alyson Heller

Tell Me the Day Backwards – Albert Lamb

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site – Sherri Duskey Rinker

Starry, Starry Night – Wade Cooper

Cake Soup – Erica Farber

The Big Fat Cow that Goes Kapow – Andy Griffiths

Bad Kitty Meets the Baby – Nick Bruel

Prudence Wants a Pet – Cathleen Daly

Madeleine – Ludwig Bemelmans

Arthur (series) – Marc Brown

Junie B. Jones (series) – Barbara Park

The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein


Grades 3-5


The Nancy Drew Series – Carolyn G. Keene

Chocolate Fever – Robert Kimmel Smith

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

Goosebumps (series) – R.L. Stine

Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing – Judy Blume

Big Red – Jim Kjelgaard

Ramona (Series) – Beverly Cleary

Judy Moody (series), Megan McDonald

No Ordinary Day – Deborah Ellis

Because of Winn Dixie – Kate DiCamillo

Frindle – Andrew Clements

The Secret of Platform 13 – Eva Ibbotson

The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis

Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

Abel’s Island – William Steig

James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl

Nose Pickers from Outer Space – Gordan Korman

The Time Warp Trio – Jon Scieszka

Carrot Holes and Frisbee Trees – N. Bodecker


Grades 6-8


Wonder – R.J. Palacio

The Crossover – Kwame Alexander

Full Cicada Moon – Marilyn Hilton

Little Women – Louise May Alcott

The Cat Ate My Gymsuit – Paula Danziger

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle – Avi

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Ann Brashares

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L. Engle

The Maze – Will Hobbs

The Princess Bride – William Goldman

Holes – Louis Sachar

The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Elizabeth George Speare

Eragon – Christopher Paolini

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt

Across Five Aprils – Irene Hunt

Bull Run – Paul Fleischman

Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine


Grades 9-12


The Hate You Give – Angie Thomas

The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison

Piecing Me Together – Renee Watson § Ashfall – Mike Mullin

Flawless – Lara Chapman

Perfect – Ellen Hopkins

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

The Joy Luck Club –Amy Tan

A Separate Peace – John Knowles

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift

Death Be Not Proud – John Gunther

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

A Lesson Before Dying – Ernest Gaines

The Jungle – Upton Sinclair

Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes

The Dark Materials Trilogy – Phillip Pullman

The Playmaker – J.B. Cheaney

Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

1984 – George Orwell

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Watership Down – Richard Adams

Profiles in Courage – John F. Kennedy

Death of a Salesmen – Arthur Miller

Twelve Angry Men – Reginald Rose

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton


Support Your Local Book Stores:

Our List of the Areas Top Locally Owned Book Stores


Pick up a new book from a bookstore near you. Enjoy visiting some or all of the bookstores near your home. You will love the wide selection of genres to choose from at all of these Central Florida bookstore locations. Some of these bookstores hold author events, book signings, and other fun events throughout the summer that you can check out.

Writer’s Block Bookstore:

Another bookstore located in Winter Park is Writer’s Block Bookstore. Writer’s Block Bookstore is the perfect spot to buy books for yourself or gifts for the writer or book lover in your life. Browse the shelves filled with fiction, nonfiction, local authors, and many more. Attend any of the fun and exciting events that the Writer’s Block Bookstore hosts for Central Florida residents.

BrightLight Books:


Check out another bookstore in Casselberry Florida called BrightLight Books. Spend hours looking for your favorite books and browsing to find a new book that you will love. BrightLight Books has a cozy area for customers to hang out and relax in. This area has plenty of comfortable seating including a chair and a couch. Luckily, this bookstore also has a location available in the Fern Park area. This amazing bookstore has endless possibilities to choose from.

A Novel Idea Bookshop:

Head over to another local bookstore, A Novel Idea Bookshop located in Casselberry Florida. This bookstore is combined with new and used books of all genres. This bookshop doesn’t only sell new and used books, but also sells other items like apparel and other accessories that are book-related. You can purchase these items for yourself or buy them as great gifts. You will love being able to explore A Novel Idea Bookshop anytime with friends, family, and anyone in the Casselberry community.

Best Used Books:


Located in the Longwood area is the bookstore known as the Best Used Books bookstore. Something that many customers appreciate about the Best Used Books bookstore in Longwood is the number of inexpensive books to choose from. Find some already loved and well taken care of books at this incredible bookstore location. If you are unable to find a book that you’re looking for, you can feel free to ask a staff member that will be happy to help you look. This location also has curbside pick up and ship to home available for those who can’t make it to the store in person.

Muse Book Shop:

Mondays through Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. or Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Customers have the opportunity to visit the local bookstore in DeLand Florida, the Muse Book Shop. You will enjoy getting books from the Muse Book Shop and not only will you love finding books at this location, but you will also be supporting a local bookshop in your community.


Maya Books and Music:


The historic town of Downtown Sanford is home to the wonderful Maya Books and Music store. This location has been in the city of Sanford for sixteen years. This book and records store is great for people that love books as well as music. Maya Books and Music store has an upstairs loft filled with records with over eight thousand to choose from! You can even search for other items like DVD’S and CD’S. The bottom section of this location is filled with a variety of books. There are so many genres that everyone can choose from. For instance, purchase a book from the thrillers section, the fantasy section, or any other popular genre. Pick out a book for your kids in the children’s section. Many love the atmosphere of Maya Books and Music!


New Leaf Bookstore:

The New Leaf Bookstore at the Winter Park Public Library, staffed by volunteers since its opening in 1995, is sustained by the donations of generous neighbors. Proceeds from the sale of books and other items support the general fund for acquisition of library holdings.

Mon-Sat: 11:00am-5:00pm

For a safe shopping experience masks are required and a limited number of shoppers are allowed in the store at a time. Additionally, visits are limited to 30 minutes.