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More Summer Reading Suggestions: K-12

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Grades K-2summer reading list

Sports    

  • Brothers at Bat, by Audrey Vernick
  • Clorinda Plays Baseball, by Robert Kinerk
  • Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball, by David A. Adler

Adventure

  • The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle, by Alison Inches
  • Transformers Dark of the Moon: Optimus Prime's Friends and Foes, by Kirsten Mayer
  • Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

Education

  • My Book about Me, by Dr.Seuss, Roy McKie
  • Book Fiesta!: A Children’s Day/Book Day Celebration - A Bilingual Picture Book, by Pat Mora
  • Marco Goes to School, by Roz Chast

Innovators         

  • Goodnight iPad: A Parody for the Next Generation, by Ann Droyd
  • My First Human Body Book, by Patricia J. Wynne
  • Disney Pixar Story Book Collections, by Annie Auebach
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition, by William Kamkwamba
  • Planting a Rainbow, by Lois Ehlert

Arts                    

  • My First 100 Words (Sign Language), by Michivo Nelson
  • Where on Earth, by Doring Kindersley
  • Here's a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry, by Jane Yolen
  • Press Here, by Herve Tullet
  • Opuestos: Mexican Folk Art Opposites in English and Spanish, by Cynthia Weill
  • Mousterpiece, by Jane Breskin Zalben

History               

  • Looking at Lincoln, by Maira Kalman
  • Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, by Robert Byrd
  • Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller, by Doreen Rappaport

Movies               

  • The Man in the Moon (Guardians of Childhood), by William Joyce
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: The Junior Novel, by J.E. Bright

 

Grade 3-5

Sports                

  • Sports Illustrated Kids 1st and 10: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Football, Sports Illustrated
  • The Everything Kids' Soccer Book: Rules, Techniques, and More About Your Favorite Sport!, by Deborah W. Crisfield
  • Extreme Sports, by John Crossingham, Bobbie Kalman
  • Combat Sports, by Clive Gifford
  • A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis, by Matt De la Pena
  • Hothead, by Cal Ripken Jr.

Adventure          

  • Camp Out!: The Untimate Kids Guide, by Lynn Brunelle
  • Adventures, by Jane Bingham
  • How to be a Spy Kid, by Kate Egan
  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, by Rodman Philbrick
  • How to be a Detective, by Dan Waddell

Education          

  • Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas, by Molly Bang, Penny Chisholm
  • The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book: Boil Ice, Float Water, Measure Gravity-Challenge the World Around You! (Everything Kids Series), by Tom Robinson

Innovators         

  • Profile #3 Tech Titans, by Carla Killough McClafferty
  • Kid Who Invented the Popsicle and Other Surprising Stories About Inventions, by Don L. Wulffson
  • Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future with 20 Projects, by Kathy Ceceri
  • Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor, by Emily Arnold McCully

Arts                    

  • 13 Artists Children Should Know, by Angela Wenzel
  • The Art of Healthy Eating-Kids, by Maria Emmerich
  • An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers, by Natasha Wing
  • Uh-oh, Leonardo!: The Adventures of Providence Traveler, by Robert Sabuda

History               

  • Car Science, by Richard Hammond
  • Election!: A Kid's Guide to Picking Our President (2012 Edition), by Dan Gutman
  • The Boy Who Invented TV, by Kathleen Krull
  • The Boston Tea Party, by Russell Freedman
  • If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution, by Kay Moore

Movies               

  • How to Train Your Dragon, by Cressida Cowell
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins, by Richard Atwater
  • Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis
  • Harry Potter Literary Series, by J.K. Rowling

 

Grade 6-8

Sports                

  • Lebron James: The Rise of a Star, by David Lee Morgan Jr.
  • How Did I Get Here: The Accent of an Unlikely CEO, by Tony Hawk
  • History of Rugby, by Paul Morgan
  • Sports Illustrated Kids 3D Sports Blast, by David E. Klutho
  • The Batboy, by Mike Lupica
  • The Go-for-Gold Gymnasts: Balancing Act, by Dominique Moceanu, Alicia Thompson
  • Mystery at the Olympics: Rush for the Gold, by John Feinstein
  • Tangerine, by Edward Bloor

Adventure          

  • My Life as a Stuntboy, by Janet Tashjian, Jake Tashijan
  • How to Take the Ggrrr out of Anger, by Elizabeth Verdict
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
  • The Jungle Books, by Rudyard Kipling
  • My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George
  • The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure, by Martin W. Sandler

Education          

  • A Smart Girl's Guide to Starting Middle School, by Julie Williams Montalbano
  • Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly, by Gail Carson Levine
  • See You Later, Procrastinator! by Pamela Espland
  • Confucius: The Golden Rule, by Russell Freedman            

Innovators         

  • Schooled, by Gordon Korman
  • Where's My Stuff, by Samantha Moss
  • New Junior Cookbook for Kids, by Better Homes and Gardens
  • Battlefield of the Mind for Teens, by Joyce Meyers
  • Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure, by Jim Murphy, Alison Blank
  • Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream, by Tanya Lee Stone
  • Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook, by Anne Mazer

Arts                    

  • Independence Day Origami, by Ruth Owen
  • Acting for Young Actors: The Ultimate Teen Guide, by Mary Lou Beli/Dianh Lenny
  • Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes, by David Roessel
  • Chuck Close: Face Book, by Françoise Mouly
  • Talking with Artists: Volume Two, by Pat Cummings
  • The Secret Life of Logos, by Leslie Cabarga
  • Wideness & Wonder: The Life and Art of Georgia O’Keeffe, by Susan Goldman Rubin

History               

  • Who Is Bill Gates? by Tim Tomkinson
  • The History of Moviemaking: Animation and Live-Action, from Silent to Sound, Black-And-White to Color (Voyages of Discovery), by Sheilia Keenan
  • The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, by Michael H. Hart
  • Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship, by Russell Freedman
  • Iceberg, Right Ahead!: The Tragedy of the Titanic, by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

Movies               

  • Eragon, by Christopher Paolini
  • War Horse, by Michael Morpurgo
  • The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Holes, by Louis Sachar
  • Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt
  • A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle

 

Grades 9-12

Sports                

  • The Football Coaching Bible, by American Football Coaches Association
  • Sports in American History: From Colonization to Globalization, by Gerald Gems and Linda Borish
  • Curveball: This Year I Lost My Grip, by Jordan Sonnenblick
  • Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times, by Thomas Hauser
  • The Final Four, by Paul Volponi
  • Boy21, by Matthew Quick
  • Throw Like a Girl: How to Dream Big and Believe in Yourself, by Jennie Finch
  • Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer, by Lynne Cox

Adventure          

  • Looking for Alaska, by John Green
  • The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien
  • Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster, by Jon Krakauer
  • Peak, by Roland Smith

Education          

  • The Secrets of College Success, by Lynn F. Jacobs/Jeremy S. Hyman
  • Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Do You! 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success, by Russell Simmons
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, by Micheal Moss
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
  • How to Succeed in High School and Prep for College, by Phyllis Zimbler Miller
  • Hippocrates: Father of Medicine, by Herbert Goldberg

Innovators         

  • The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
  • Perfect, by Ellen Hopkins
  • Never Fall Down, by Patricia Mccormick
  • The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers, by Tom Standage
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba
  • The Book of Styling: An Insider’s Guide to Creating Your Own Look, by Somer Flaherty
  • Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different, by Karen Blumenthal

Arts                    

  • The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
  • Broadway Musicals Show by Show, by Stanley Green and Cary Ginell
  • How to Write a Movie in 21 Days, by Viki King
  • Plot and Structure, by James Scott Bell
  • Art Explained, by Robert Cumming
  • Jane Austen: A Life Revealed, by Catherine Reef
  • Raggin', Jazzin', Rockin': A History of American Musical Instrument Makers, by Susan VanHecke

History               

  • A Short History of the World, by H. G. Wells
  • America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great, by Ben Carson
  • The Wave, by Todd Strasser
  • The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
  • The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II, by Gregory A. Freeman
  • Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission, by Hampton Sides

Movies               

  • The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Where the Heart Is, by Billie Letts
  • Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
  • The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, by Michael Lewis
  • Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

 

Related resources

EducationWorld's 2013 Summer Reading Lists: Grades K-8

 

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