Summer Reading List


Summer is almost here and for most kids it means leaving behind classes and homework. But summer should not be the equivalent of a learning-free time for kids. To encourage learning in the summer months, Sylvan Learning is offering a suggested reading list for grades K-12 to help parents find the right book for their child's summer reading fun. 

Elementary School

Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Krause
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

First Grade
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott

Second Grade
Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle
 How Much Is a Million by David M. Schwartz, Stephen Kellogg

Third Grade
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech
Beach for the Birds by Bruce McMillan

Fourth Grade
Summer Reading is Killing Me! By Jon Scieszka
So You Want To Be President? by Judith St. George and Illustrated by David Small

Fifth Grade
Holes by Louis Sachar
Science Kitchen by Chris Maynard

Middle School

Sixth Grade
Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket
My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen

Seventh Grade
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
Amistad: A Long Road to Freedom by Walter Dean Myers

Eighth Grade
Ender's Game (Ender Series #1) Orson Scott Card
Our Town by Thornton Wilder

High School

Ninth Grade
Empire of the Sun by J. G. Ballard
Silent Spring by Rachel L. Carson

Tenth Grade
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Profiles In Courage by John F. Kennedy

Eleventh Grade
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith and Katherine G. Balderston

Twelfth Grade
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift and Pat Rogers
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Sylvan Learning offers a free reading incentive program for children in grades K-8 at With Book Adventure children can create personalized book lists from more than 7,500 recommended titles, take quizzes on the books they've read at school or at home, and earn prizes for comprehension of the books they've read.
For additional educational resources for children in grades K-12, please visit or call 1-800-31-SUCCESS.





About Sylvan Learning

Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of tutoring to students of all ages, grades and skill levels. With 30 years of experience and more than 900 centers located throughout North America, Sylvan's proven process and personalized methods have inspired more than 2 million students to discover the joy of learning. Sylvan's trained and Sylvan-certified personal instructors provide individualized instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills and test-prep for college entrance and state exams.  Sylvan helps students develop the skills, habits and attitudes needed for lifelong success. Visit to share your personal academic experiences and comment on academic trends.  For more information, call 1-800-31-SUCCESS or visit

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