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With such a wide range of summer readers, how can you put together a summer reading recommendation list? Goodreads has a strategy: recommending books based on the kind of summer reader you are. They’ve put together a list of 120 book recommendations based on categories from “The Jet-Setting Reader” to “The Deep-Focus Reader” to “The Lifelong Learner Reader” and more. Here are just a few of their recommendations by category.

The Very Literal Summer Reader:

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Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez

One Summer in Savannah by Terah Shelton Harris

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand

Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo

Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolfe

That Summer Feeling by Bridget Morrissey

Summer by Ali Smith

The Jet-Setting Reader:

cover of Lies and Weddings by Kevin Kwan

The Trackers by Charles Frazier

Lies and Weddings by Kevin Kwan

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith

Everyone on This Train Is a Suspect by Benjamin Stevenson

Mrs. Nash’s Ashes by Sarah Adler

The Guncle Abroad by Steven Rowley

Every Time I Go on Vacation, Someone Dies by Catherine Mack

The Deep-Focus Reader:

Babel book cover

Ours by Phillip B. Williams

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

The Bee Sting by Paul Murray

The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese

Babel by R.F. Kuang

The Book of Love by Kelly Link

To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

The Summer Lovin’ Reader:

cover of You Should Be So Lucky by Cat Sebastian

This Could Be Us by Kennedy Ryan

You Should Be So Lucky by Cat Sebastian

Here We Go Again by Alison Cochrun

A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall

How to End a Love Story by Yulin Kuang

The Seven Year Slip by Ashley Poston

The Paradise Problem by Christina Lauren

Only For The Week by Natasha Bishop

Check out all 120 summer reading recommendations in 15 summer reader categories at Goodreads .

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Free Printable Summer Reading Log to Encourage Reading

By Erin   |   Updated: February 8, 2024   |   7 Comments

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We all know just how important reading during the summer months is for kids to avoid the summer slide. And to help you encourage your kiddo to read this summer, I’ve created this free printable summer reading log. 

This free summer reading log is the perfect way to get your kids excited about reading over summer. 

This allows kids to see their reading progress, and get a jolt of satisfaction seeing their growing list of books. 

While kids may have reading built into their day during the school year, as parents we have to be more intentional about creating a reading habit over summer vacation.  

So if you want to encourage your kids to read this summer and help them develop a love of reading, you can download this cute free printable summer reading log for kids.

Click the button at the bottom of this post to grab the summer reading chart .

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This summer reading log PDF is perfect for elementary schoolers or middle schoolers. Shoot, you could also use it for a high schooler if they’re not too cool for the fun graphics. 

(Honestly, I would use this reading log for myself.)

It has a place to keep track of the books your child has read as well as:

  • the date finished
  • the title of the book 
  • number of pages in the book
  • the kid’s rating of the book

I love the rating column because it encourages kids to find out what kinds of books they really love so they can pursue specific authors or genres. 

the Best Summer Schedule for Kids + Free Printable Bundle


And if you’re looking for great book ideas for kids, check out these great summer reading lists below. These book lists are divided by age/reading level to help you discover some fun new books for your child. 

>>> Summer Picture Books for Pre-Readers

>>> 1st Grade Summer Reading List (for kids aged 6-7)

>>> 2nd Grade Summer Reading List (kids aged 7-8)

>>> 3rd Grade Summer Reading List (kids aged 8-9)

>>> 4th Grade Summer Reading List (kids aged 9-10)

>>> 5th Grade Summer Reading List (kids aged 10-11)

>>> 6 th Grade Summer Reading List (kids aged 11-12)

>>> Middle School Summer Reading Lists

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1. Be a reading role model : If kids see you reading, they’ll be more likely to follow your example. 

2. Variety & Choice : Providing lots of reading options and then allowing your child the choice of what to read will promote a reading habit. 

3. Hit up your local library: Add weekly trips to your library to get out of the house for a fun outing and refresh your supply of books for free. This could especially be helpful for reluctant readers by giving them a fun experience related to books. 

Additionally, the children’s librarian could be an incredibly resources for finding the right books to get your kiddo excited about reading. Plus, you have access to the nest book selection around. 

4. Build reading into your daily summer routine : Schedule time each day for quiet time for everyone to read (or be read to). Not only will this get your kids (and you) reading this summer, but it will start to build a reading habit in your home. 

>>> Build reading into your summer schedule with this free Summer Schedule for Kids and this Summer Routine Chart for kids. 

5. Track reading : This is where the summer reading log come in!

6. Get Cozy: Make sure there are comfy places for kids to read. Personally, we got CordaRoy bean bags for each one of our kids and it’s been one of the best ways to get our kids reading. They all love to snuggle up in their bean bag and read for ages. 

colorful summer reading log printable pdf


If you’re looking for other free printable summer resources to help you organize your school-free days and weeks with your kids, you’re in luck.

I find that charts and checklists can be a huge help when it comes to keeping organized and on a great daily routine. 

I’ve got a number of summer printables for kids that are the perfect way for you to stay organized and on a schedule this summer. 

Plus, they match this summer reading log printable. 

The Best Summer Schedule for Kids + Free Printable Bundle

This is perfect if you’re looking to build a summer schedule that gives you enough structure so your kids stay busy and you stay sane. Plus, get ideas for fun summer activities for kids. 

Free Summer Chore Chart to Keep Kids Busy & Mom Happy

These printables are great to create some summer routines and get your helping out with chores this summer. 


If you’re looking for more fun things to spice up summer reading, you can also check out The Summer Reading Bundle in my shop. 

summer reading PDFs for kids

It has everything you need to create a reading program in your home over summer break, including:

  • Incremental Reading Chart: This chart has 100 boxes that track reading progress. 
  • Summer Reading Tracker Charts: These charts keep track of the number of books your child has read and come in increments of 25, 50, & 100 books. Pick the one that works best for your child’s reading goals. 
  • Reading Wish List: These lists are for you or you child to write down books that you’d like to read this summer. 
  • Summer Reading Goal Sheet: This goal setting sheet walks your child through creating summer reading goals and making a plan to accomplish them.
  • Summer Book Report: This book report worksheet gives you an easy template for your child to complete a book report. (This is great if you’re working on academics over summer.)
  • Reading Reward Tickets: Want to create a reward system to encourage reading? Use these tickets as rewards for hitting daily reading goals, finishing books, completing book reports, or making reading progress in any way you choose etc. 



To grab your free copy of this cute free printable summer reading log for kids, you can sign up below and get the PDF sent straight to your inbox.

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Get your kids excited about reading this summer with this awesome free printable reading log for kids


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Frances says

June 26, 2021 at 8:02 am

I downloaded the printable from my email and there’s a black box around the pineapples and all the letters across the top. Is this an error??? 🙁

June 26, 2021 at 8:48 am

Hi Frances! This seems to be an issue with your computer settings and how it’s reading embedded images. I’ve had the same issue with printables. While I’m unsure how to fix it in Windows, on a Mac, try right clicking on the document file and clicking on “Open with” and select “Preview”.

Then in Preview, click “Preview” and then select “Preferences.” Make sure window background is set to white. Often, the issue is that it’s set to black. Hope that helps!

melissa kluin says

June 11, 2022 at 12:24 pm

I’m interested in your summer printables

August 24, 2022 at 10:22 am

You can grab them for free when you click the button at the bottom of the post and sign up 🙂

Anna Neves says

June 13, 2022 at 3:49 pm

Hello Erin,

Looking for the free reading log printable for my 4 grandkids that will be withe this summer.

Thank you, Anna

August 24, 2022 at 10:21 am

Hi Anna! Click the button at the bottom of the post to get the free printable.

Michele says

June 25, 2023 at 7:58 pm

Feeling like a hot mess & craving some balance?

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I Capture the Castle

by Dodie Smith

Cassandra Mortmain, 17, lives in a crumbling medieval castle in 1930s England. Her father purchased it with the royalties from his one successful novel, the income from which has long since run dry. As an escape—and as practice for her own novel, which she hopes might spring her family from its now-less-than-genteel poverty—Cassandra has dedicated herself to “capturing” the characters around her in a diaristic, curious first person: irascible, blocked-writer father; bohemian stepmother; beautiful, dissatisfied older sister; lovelorn farmhand. Cassandra’s circumstances are at odds with her romantic temperament, but they animate her narration; charm, humor, and frustration spark off of every page. I Capture the Castle has the enjoyably familiar trappings of the Jane Austen marriage plot—there are wealthy bachelor neighbors and sisterly schemes in the damp yet charming English countryside. But in this book, the tropes collapse in on one another in comic and quietly poignant ways as the reader is welcomed into the nostalgic mood of interwar Britain, with its tea cozies and tweeds and trousseaus bought in London. It’s a novel that you sink into like a chintz armchair, only to emerge warm but wistful as the light fails and the evening mist appears.  — Christine Emba

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Wandering Stars

by Tommy Orange

Orange’s previous novel, There There , conjured an interconnected cast of characters who were a part of a widespread Native community in Oakland, California. Wandering Stars , a sequel of sorts, is in part an exploration of what happens after the earlier book’s dramatic and painful ending—but it is also Orange’s attempt to provide a deeper, historical backstory to the contemporary, urban reality he described so well. The novel rewinds more than 100 years, beginning in the 19th century with a survivor of the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre and following his bloodline through the decades, with characters wandering to and around California until they end up back in the present day, in Oakland. You can’t understand these people unless you delve into the years of brutality and assimilation that brought them here, Orange implicitly argues—and he brilliantly captures the confusion of the youngest generation, which feels disconnected from its roots even as its inheritance weighs heavily.  — Emma Sarappo

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Someone Like Us

by Dinaw Mengestu

At one point in Mengestu’s new novel, the main character, Mamush, having missed a flight from his home in Paris to Washington, D.C., decides on a whim to buy a ticket to Chicago instead. He’s not dressed for the freezing cold, which provokes a stranger’s concern, but Mamush remains nonplussed: “What she saw was a shadow version of me,” he thinks. “My real self was hundreds of miles away in the suburbs of northern Virginia.” The soul of this short, disorienting book, which drifts between continents and cities, does indeed lie in the anonymous, dense suburbs north and south of Washington, D.C. These communities are where Mamush, a failed journalist, grew up in a milieu of Ethiopian immigrants. Mamush’s French wife, Hannah, struggles to wrap her mind around these American nonplaces —and even Mamush fails to describe them with anything but the blandest words. “We lived in apartment buildings, surrounded by other apartment buildings, behind which were four-lane highways that led to similar apartments,” he remembers. His trip home, meant to be a family reunion, becomes a sobering and eerie voyage after a sudden tragedy. But as his visit unlocks long-buried memories and secrets, these places that began as ciphers end up specific enough to make the hairs on one’s neck stand up in recognition.  — E.S.

Learn Something Completely New

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The Secret Life of Groceries

by Benjamin Lorr

Great nonfiction books take you into worlds you could never otherwise know: deepest space, Earth’s extremities, the past. The best nonfiction books explore places you know intimately but haven’t thought nearly enough about. The Secret Life of Groceries begins elbow-deep in trout guts and melting ice, a smell “thick in the air like you are exhuming something dangerous, which perhaps you are,” as the low-wage laborers who make a Manhattan Whole Foods fit for the daily rush do their best to clean the fish case. Lorr starts there because it’s a near-perfect metaphor for the American grocery store and its global machinery: It is gross, it is miraculous, it is where plants and animals become products , and where desire becomes consumption. After following him from specialty-food shows to shrimping boats to new-employee orientation, you’ll never think of groceries the same way again.  — Ellen Cushing

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Becoming Earth

by Ferris Jabr

In his new book, Jabr invites the reader to consider the true definition of life . Earth doesn’t just play host to living beings, in his telling; it’s alive itself because it is fundamentally made up of the plants and creatures that transform its land, air, and water. “Life, then, is more spectral than categorical, more verb than noun,” he explains. It is “not a distinct class of matter, nor a property of matter, but rather a process—a performance.” Plankton release gases that can alter the climate; microbes below the planet’s surface sculpt rock into caverns and, Jabr suggests, might have even helped form the continents. Jabr is a science journalist who has written searching articles on inter-tree communication, the possibilities of botanical medicine, and the beauty of certain animals; here, he travels from the kelp forests near California’s Santa Catalina Island to an observatory high above the Amazon rainforest in Brazil to his own backyard in Portland. Along the way, he makes a convincing, mind-opening case that “the history of life on Earth is the history of life remaking Earth,” which means that humans are just one part of a changing, multifarious whole—and that we must work urgently to mitigate our disproportionate effects on the planet.  — Maya Chung

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by Anne Truitt

Truitt’s sculptures—tall wooden columns of pure color—are almost mystically smooth. But her writing, especially in her first published journal, Daybook , flies in the face of those unbroken surfaces: She chronicles her complex experiences as a mother and a working artist, giving readers an intimate look into how her biography and her process cannot be separated. Daybook , which covers Truitt’s life in the late 1970s, emerges directly from her maxim that “artists have no choice but to express their lives.” In her case, that means capturing serene meditations on the creative spark, recounting the labor of applying 40 coats of paint to her forms, and groaning over the financial discomfort of raising three kids. Most spectacular are her ruminations on how life is what we feed to art in order to make it grow. Watching her daughter take a bath is a source of inspiration. “I had been absorbing her brown body against the white tub, the yellow top of the nail brush, the dark green shampoo bottle, Sam’s blue towel, her orange towel, and could make a sculpture called Mary in the Tub if I ever chose to,” she muses. Daybook is full of all the luminous colors Truitt, who died in 2004, evoked—the soothing lilacs, blaring yellows, revolutionary reds. It’s a powerful lesson that an artist is not only a person who planes towering poplar sculptures but also someone who removes a splinter from a child’s finger.  — Hillary Kelly

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Delmore Schwartz: The Life of an American Poet

by James Atlas

You might not ever have heard of Schwartz, and it doesn’t really matter. Atlas’s biography of him is such a psychologically acute, stylishly executed portrait of a doomed genius and his milieu of New York intellectuals that it effortlessly propels the reader through its pages. Schwartz was supposed to become the American W. H. Auden; he had the potential to be the greatest poet of his generation, and his work provoked the awe of peers such as Saul Bellow (who loosely based the novel Humboldt’s Gift on Schwartz’s troubled life). Atlas depicts a legendary conversationalist, a brilliant wit (Schwartz coined the aphorism “Even paranoids have real enemies”), and a life brutally overtaken by mental illness.  — Franklin Foer

S t a r t the Book You’ll Read All Summer

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At the Edge of Empire

by Edward Wong

For years, the only uniform that Wong, The New York Times ’ former Beijing bureau chief, could imagine his father wearing was the red blazer he put on to go work at a Chinese restaurant every day. Then he saw a photo of young Yook Kearn Wong dressed as a soldier, and two stories opened up. His nonagenarian father had once been in Mao’s army and witnessed firsthand the Communist attempt to resurrect a Chinese empire; he dramatically left China in 1962 for Hong Kong and then Washington, D.C., disillusioned with what he had seen. This mix of memoir and efficiently recounted history covers 80 turbulent years. Wong is especially detailed about the decades his father spent in the People’s Liberation Army; he was sent to Manchuria, where he trained with the Chinese air force, and Xinjiang, where he met the Muslim populations of Uyghurs and Kazakhs that the state has struggled to subdue. Along with his father’s history, Wong unpacks his own years reporting on Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power and quashing of dissent—a mirror of what his father saw. This book’s power comes from Wong’s broad sense of the patterns of Chinese history, reflected in the lives of a father and son, and from his ability to toggle effortlessly between the epic and the intimate.  — Gal Beckerman

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Kristin Lavransdatter

by Sigrid Undset, translated by Tiina Nunnally

Kristin, the pivotal character in Undset’s historical 1,000-page trilogy, is introduced as a young girl in 14th-century Norway. She is the adored daughter of Lavrans, a widely respected nobleman who runs their family’s estate with wisdom and faith, and a member of a well-drawn social world of relatives, friends, and neighbors with defined feudal roles. As she grows up, she becomes beautiful, bighearted, and religious, though she is also willful and disobedient in ways that will bring her deep sorrow for the rest of her life. Kristin’s saga, rich with detail, has shades of Tess of the d’Urbervilles ’ tragedy and Brideshead Revisited ’s piety, but more than anything, the story is deeply human . Readers follow an imperfect, striving, warm, petty, utterly understandable woman from her childhood during the peak of medieval Norwegian strength to her death during the Black Plague, a time when Catholicism ordered social and political life but pagan traditions and beliefs were not yet forgotten. Her journey from maid to sinner to pilgrim to matriarch, first published in the 1920s, is gorgeous, fresh, and propulsive in Nunnally’s translation. A century later, spending weeks or months tracking the years of Kristin’s life remains wildly rewarding.  — E.S.

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The Bee Sting

by Paul Murray

The setup for the Irish author Murray’s fourth novel is a classic one: Take one family and explore its dynamics in intimate detail, turning it over to reveal all of its flawed facets, and expose it as a microcosm of larger social and cultural forces roiling us all. Jonathan Franzen is the current American master of this particular novelistic gambit, but Murray brings new energy to the enterprise with his portrait of the Barneses, Dickie and Imelda, and their two children, Cass and PJ. They’re a once-prosperous family living in a small Irish town; they’ve been suddenly struck down by the 2008 financial crash, which sends Dickie’s chain of car dealerships and garages into freefall. You could read this book in a week, and you’ll want to, but give yourself the whole summer to appreciate how fully Murray inhabits the perspectives of each family member chapter after chapter. Their psychologies—scarred in so many ways, both subtle and dramatic—become impossible to turn away from. After 600 pages, the elements Murray has been putting in place build to a wrenching climax, one that, like in all great tragedies, was foretold from the first page of this beautifully crafted book.  — G.B.

I m m e r s e Y o u r s e l f in a Cult Classic

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by Rachel Ingalls

If nothing else, read In the Act for the fights. Helen and Edgar, who are unhappily married, have developed a caustic fluency in the art of spiteful exchange. “You’re being unreasonable,” he says at one point. “Of course I am. I’m a woman,” she replies. “You’ve already explained that to me.” But also, read Ingalls’s sneakily brilliant 1987 novella for the absurd plot, which begins at a grouchy, oddball simmer—Edgar is adamant that Helen give him privacy to work on a mysterious project in the attic; Helen, suspicious of the sounds she hears up there, is determined to learn more—and ultimately reaches an exhilarating, tragicomic boil. In between, we discover the particular, creative way in which Edgar is two-timing Helen, the equally creative way in which she takes revenge, and just how delightful a story can be when each lean, mean sentence carries its weight.  — Jane Yong Kim

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Let’s Talk About Love

by Carl Wilson

What might a music critic with a knee-jerk distaste for Celine Dion stand to gain from careful, open-minded consideration of her work? This is the premise of Wilson’s 2007 touchstone of cultural criticism, which proved so popular that an expanded edition, released in 2014, includes response essays by luminaries such as Mary Gaitskill and James Franco. Let’s Talk About Love focuses on the singer of “My Heart Will Go On,” yes, but at its core it’s an investigation of taste: why we like the things we like, how our identities and social status get mixed up in our aesthetic preferences, and how one should wrestle with other people’s wildly different reactions to works of art. The book will have you scrutinizing your own preferences, but its true pleasure is unlocked simply by following along as a critic listens to music and thinks deeply about it—particularly one as intelligent, rigorous, and undogmatic as Wilson.  — Chelsea Leu

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Ripley’s Game

by Patricia Highsmith

The suave serial murderer Tom Ripley’s actions can be notoriously hard for readers to predict—but in Highsmith’s third novel about the con man, Ripley surprises himself. No longer the youthful compulsive killer of The Talented Mr. Ripley , the character is aging and getting bored. So when a poor man named Jonathan responds coolly to him at a party, Ripley fashions an elaborate drama for his own amusement: He cons the mild-mannered and entirely inexperienced Jonathan into taking a job as a freelance assassin targeting Mafia members, but the more Ripley watches Jonathan struggle with the task and his morals, the more Ripley itches to get his own hands dirty again. When I revisited Highsmith’s books ahead of their (rather dour) Netflix adaptation , I found myself unexpectedly drawn most to Ripley’s Game and its absurd humor. The novel explores a classic Highsmith preoccupation: how reducing strangers to archetypes can feel irresistible. Ripley is as much a petty meddler as he is a cold-blooded murderer—and that makes him endlessly fun to follow.  — Shirley Li

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Sirena Selena

by Mayra Santos-Febres

In 1990s San Juan, Puerto Rico, the drag queen Martha Divine hears a young boy singing boleros while picking up cans. She helps transform him into Sirena Selena—a beguiling drag performer who is soon invited to sing at a luxury hotel in the Dominican Republic and inspires an erotic obsession in one of its rich investors. Santos-Febres has pointed out that the Caribbean has long “been a desire factory for the rest of the world,” and her story looks squarely at the power dynamics inherent in these fantasies, especially those between tourists and locals. When it was published in 2000, Selena’s story was immediately heralded as crucial Puerto Rican literature, and it remains beloved partially for the force of its central allegory: Tourism, it argues, forces Caribbean people into a performance of exoticism—yet another type of drag. Santos-Febres will make you reconsider gender and the travel industry while luring you in with prose so sumptuous that reading it feels like putting on a pair of delicate satin gloves.  — Valerie Trapp

Feel W o nder About the Universe

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You Are Here: Poetry in the Natural World

edited by Ada Limón

This collection of verse defines the natural world loosely: Here, yes, we have lovely descriptions of ancient redwoods and the “buttery platters of fungus” ascending their trunks; sparrows and spiderwebs and “geckos in their mysterious work.” But the book is largely about human nature , and our place in a world that contains so many other living things. An address to a saguaro becomes a meditation on immigration; a walk with a baby is tinged with sadness for the climate disasters surely to come; bearded irises give someone the strength to keep living ; lilacs and skunk cabbage are envisioned through the haze of distant memory—it’s an ephemeral act, “like wrapping a scoop of snow in tissue paper.” Who are we, the poets ask, as individuals and as a species? How have our surroundings shaped our pasts and our presents, and what can they tell us about how to exist in the future? The Earth here is rather like a supporting character—a foil—who can surprise us, devastate us, and bring us back to ourselves. As Limón writes in a gorgeous introduction, she started repeating “You are here” to herself after seeing the phrase on a trail map. When I feel like a disembodied mind this summer, I’ll take myself to the ocean, this book in hand, and try doing the same.  — Faith Hill

The cover of Lives Other Than My Own

Lives Other Than My Own

by Emmanuel Carrère

Carrère’s books demand some surrender on their reader’s part. You have to be okay not knowing exactly where the story—to the extent that there is anything resembling a traditional story—is going. You are there to spend time with his mind. Lives Other Than My Own , my favorite of his works, is no exception. It begins in Sri Lanka in 2004, where Carrère was witness to the tsunami that pulverized the island. Amid the immense death and destruction, Carrère befriends a French family whose little girl drowned in the waves. But just as Carrère pulls us into this grieving family’s emotional upheaval, his mind drifts. He returns from Sri Lanka to Paris and shifts his attention to his girlfriend’s sister, Juliette, a judge who has just died of cancer; he then carries out an investigation of sorts about the life she lived and the loved ones she left behind. The two strands don’t obviously connect—but they also make perfect sense next to each other. Each one fundamentally shakes Carrère, forcing him to ponder death, love, and how a meaningful existence comes together.  — G.B.

The cover of Tentacle

by Rita Indiana, translated by Achy Obejas

Tentacle may be a bit of a spooky read for this summer: In its world, initially set a few years into the future, the island of Hispaniola was devastated by a tidal wave in 2024 that wiped away coral reefs and food stands. But as you read on, the story asks you to let go of your attachments to chronology, flitting among three time periods: a post-storm island that is livable only for the ultrarich; an early-2000s milieu of beach-town artists; and a colonial-era past centered on a band of buccaneers. The book was originally written in Dominican Spanish and sprinkled with Yoruba and French, and the English translation retains a fiery love for the dynamic Earth. In one of the timelines, “an enormous school of surgeonfish” shoots out of a coral reef like “an electric-blue stream.” In another, the same sea is described as “a dark and putrid stew.” Holding voltaic awe in one hand and profound grief in the other, Indiana helps us see how the years behind us have led to our present climate crisis, and ignites a desire to fight for all we can still save.  — V.T.

D i v e Into Someone Else’s Mind

summer reading book report

Among the Thugs

by Bill Buford

Every time I come across footage of January 6, I think of this book, the greatest study of mob violence ever written. Since its publication in 1990, English police have largely eliminated what was once euphemistically called “hooliganism” from the soccer stadium, but Buford’s first-person account of embedding with the Inter-City Jibbers, a group of pugilistic Manchester United fans, remains as readable and relevant as ever. He unforgettably recounts the experience of being pummeled by Italian police in Sardinia—and he describes the human capacity for brutality with terrible candor and compelling empathy. The violence he experiences is addictive, adrenaline-induced euphoria, as is his technicolor, emotionally vibrant account of it.  — F.F.

The cover of Broughtupsy


by Christina Cooke

By the time that 20-year-old Akúa travels back to Jamaica to see her estranged sister, she’s spent half her life in the United States and Canada. Before Akúa even arrives at her sister’s house, she begins to realize how difficult the transition to her birthplace will be. In the cramped taxi ride from the Kingston airport, other passengers joke with one another in patois, “their words flying hot and quick.” Akúa’s inability to join their banter leaves her feeling like she’s “listening through water,” one of many such indignities detailed by her evocative, searching narration. But language isn’t the only thing that weighs heavily on her relationship with the island; she also has to confront the grief and familial resentment that have unmoored her in the years since her mother’s death. Cooke’s vibrant debut novel is a queer coming-of-age story and a chronicle of diasporic rediscovery: Akúa makes new memories with her sister—and with rebellious strangers whose lives challenge the religious conservatism around them all. Along the way, Akúa’s loneliness starts to lift, and the island’s misfits help make Jamaica feel like home again.  — Hannah Giorgis

The cover of Mina's Matchbox

Mina’s Matchbox

by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen B. Snyder

In 1972, a young Japanese girl named Tomoko is sent by her mother to live with her aunt’s family in the seaside town of Ashiya. Things are a bit odd in their house: Her wealthy, half-German uncle disappears for long stretches; her sickly cousin, Mina, spends much of her time hidden away indoors, but rides a pygmy hippopotamus named Pochiko to school; her aunt searches for typos in books and pamphlets, obsessively identifying these “jewels glittering in a sea of sand.” Most enchanting are Mina’s many matchboxes, hidden underneath her bed, each of them featuring an intricate, beautiful picture. Mina collects them like talismans and writes devastating stories about the characters that appear on their illustrated labels. Everything, from the eerie events that happen at home to the bigger, global events such as the terror attack at the 1972 Munich Olympics, is filtered through a child’s perspective—curious but lacking adult judgment. Tomoko’s narration is subtle, almost detached, but the reader is immersed in her ardent love for her fragile cousin, and comes to appreciate how history seeps into every life, even the most sheltered ones.  — M.C.

The cover of This Is Salvaged

This Is Salvaged

by Vauhini Vara

The physical experience of being a human is pretty weird, with our little flappy arms and occasional runny noses. To read Vara’s short stories is to briefly inhabit a mind attuned to the fumbling and freedom of having a body. One character draws our attention to “a crust clinging in the tiny bulbed corner” of an eye. Another pronounces that we don’t “talk enough about labial sweat.” Even flowers are not immune to the indecency of physicality: “ Blooming seemed too formal for what the flowers were doing on their stems. They were doing something obscene: spurting; spilling.” Vara injects that same irreverence into all of her characters’ situations: Two girls work as phone-sex operators after the death of one of their siblings. One woman transforms into a buffalo. “I felt wet, porous, as if the world were washing in and out of me, a nudity of the soul,” says another character. These stories, similarly, reveal the leaky boundaries between our bodies and the universe, and bare what’s vulnerable, and beautiful, underneath.  — V.T.

Indulge in a Breezy Beach Read

summer reading book report

by Marisa Meltzer

There was a brief moment in 2017 when The Atlantic ’s London bureau shared a WeWork floor with the U.K. marketing team for Glossier, and this was when I first became fascinated with the cult beauty brand, its playful tubes of color, and its virtuoso Instagram presence. Meltzer’s 2023 book, Glossy , is a rich, gossipy history of the company’s rise. But it’s also a fairly succinct examination of womanhood in the 2010s: the cursed girlboss ethos, the growth of social media, the aesthetic nature of aspiration in a moment when feminism was a trend more than a movement. Meltzer thoroughly examines how Glossier’s founder, Emily Weiss, ascended seamlessly from her supporting role on The Hills to blogging to founding a billion-dollar brand; the book delivers thrilling details and structural analysis along the way. (Beauty is a business with extremely high profit margins, which explains a lot about its ubiquity in our culture when you think about it.) Mostly, the book left me marveling at how selling a business in this environment was as much about selling yourself as any particular product.  — Sophie Gilbert

The cover of The Coin

by Yasmin Zaher

“Woman unravels in New York City” is hardly an innovative storyline for a novel. Yet The Coin , the Palestinian journalist Zaher’s debut—which is, yes, about a woman unraveling in New York City—feels arrestingly new. Its unnamed protagonist, a Palestinian multimillionaire who teaches at a middle school for gifted, underprivileged boys, is a neat freak, a misanthrope, a dirty-minded isolate who dislikes the United States profoundly but lives there because “I wanted a certain life for myself … Wearing heels was important to me.” Her narration is spiky and honest, her choices gleefully, consciously bad. The pleasure she takes in making those decisions and then recounting them is what makes The Coin both unusual and compelling. Our protagonist denies herself nothing she wants, and she denies her audience no detail. The combination renders the book tough to put down.  — Lily Meyer

The cover of The English Understand Wool

The English Understand Wool

by Helen DeWitt

My copy of The English Understand Wool came with a little silver sticker on the front proclaiming it actually funny . Perspicacious sticker: This book is funny in the sense that it will make you laugh—for real, out loud, more than once—but also in the sense that it’s a little off-kilter and unlike anything else. Its narrator is Marguerite, a 17-year-old who has been taught by her elegant, commanding maman to play piano and bridge, spot fine tailoring from a distance, and live a life unmarred by mauvais ton : “bad taste.” On a trip to London from their home in Marrakech, Marguerite learns something that elevates the novella from a charming comedy of manners to a truly divine combination of psychological thriller, caper, tender coming-of-age story, and barbed publishing-industry satire. It also does all of this in just over 60 pages, making this a book you can actually finish over a single drink from your beach cooler—though once you do, you may well return to the beginning to try to figure out how DeWitt pulled it off.  — E.C.

The cover of The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party

by Laurent Mauvignier

Despite its title, The Birthday Party isn’t … fun , per se. It’s violent and exceedingly dark; when it was longlisted for the 2023 International Booker Prize, the judges said , “It is a very scary book.” And it’s not a quick read—following a couple, their young daughter, and that family’s lone neighbor as they’re visited by three menacing men, the plot is unspooled detail by minute detail over the course of roughly 500 pages. Single sentences stretch on so long that by the end of one, you might have forgotten its beginning. But the novel, in its own way, is breezy: Mauvignier drifts gently as a leaf in the wind among characters’ perspectives, swirling acrobatically through their interior worlds and sketching their psyches finely before he plunges them into terror. The first explicitly frightening event happens about 100 pages in; by that point, I’d come to care about these people a great deal, and my jaw hurt from anxious clenching, knowing something bad was on the way. The action is made more suspenseful because it explodes in slow motion—gripping enough to make you forget about the sand in your teeth and the seagull circling your sandwich. That’s my kind of beach read.  — F.H.

Summer Reading Logs, Book Report Templates and Summer Reading Challenge Ideas

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Summer reading pack includes, summer reading logs, book count trackers, story organizers, fiction and non-fiction book report templates, summer reading ideas and bingo challenges. Keep students or children engaged in reading over the summer with fun reading suggestions, reading logs and trackers to keep count of books read. Story organizers and book reports are differentiated to meet the needs and abilities of your students or children. NO PREP pages print in black and white for easy use!

  • Summer Reading Ideas
  • Summer Reading Bingo
  • Summer Book Log
  • Sticker Reading Log
  • Summer Reading Log (Bookshelf 25 books, half page)
  • Summer Reading Log (Bookshelf 50 books, full page)
  • Summer Reading Log (Bookshelf 100 books, full page)
  • Story Snapshots (6 versions)
  • Book Report (4 versions fiction)
  • Non-Fiction Book Report (3 versions)

This resource was created to use with your students or children in ways that best meet their needs and abilities and match your lessons and standards. Pages can be used as needed or assigned for summer reading. This resource can also be used at home by parents to encourage and promote summer learning and reading.

  • Complete summer reading bingo for a fun prize or reward.
  • Use summer reading ideas to make reading fun and engaging each day.
  • Track the titles and reviews of each book read.
  • Track the number of books read with differentiated trackers.
  • Use story snapshot organizers help reading comprehension and more.
  • Assign or complete book report templates as review of books read.

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The Ultimate Summer Reading List for Kids and Teens

Looking to keep your kids entertained this summer? A good book goes a long way—and this reading list has it all: with stories for early readers, big kids, and tweens and teens.

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If you are traveling this summer , chances are you on the hunt for a good read. Summer is a great time for diving into that new novel, be a thriller, memoir, or "beach book." But if you have kids, the summer is great time to share your love of reading with your children , from eight months to 18 years. Having a summer reading list is a great way to pass the time. Plus, it helps to keep your kids’ creative juices flowing.

Of course, when most of us travel, we are in our own world. We zone out with headphones, tablets, and mobile devices. But how incredible would it be if you and your family could pass (some of) the time enjoying the same story together, keeping you and your kiddos engaged and entertained? Well, good news: We've got you covered. Our summer reading list is designed with the whole family in mind. Below are some of our favorites: for early readers, big kids, and tweens and teens.

Summer Reading List for Early Readers

Young readers are the least discerning of the bunch—since the entire world is still relatively new to them—so it's the dealer's choice when it comes to picture books and (as they age) beginner chapter books. But choose your wisely: It’s likely that your little one will request to hear the same story again and again.

Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant 

If you could live in one storybook land, you’d want it to be Poppleton’s . This pig has it made. He’s a sunny retiree with a wide range of hobbies, a loyal friend group, and an unending supply of snacks. Half picture book, half chapter book, there’s something undeniably charming about this animal world.

Zilot & Other Important Rhymes by Bob Odenkirk

This collection of silly poems will make the entire family LOL. Written by actor Bob Odenkirk and illustrated by his daughter, each poem features a fun play on words and a zany illustration. Odenkirk and his kids wrote these poems at bedtime every night and now, many years later, they’ve been touched up for your enjoyment. 

Seashell Key by Lourdes Heuer

If you have a slightly older reader, you may want to celebrate summer with this beautifully illustrated chapter book that follows a group of kids living in a seaside town and getting into some good-natured mischief. Mateo makes animal kites for tourists, sisters Sasha and Sophia comb the beach for treasures, and the three siblings Eli, Ezra, and Elana, live in an actual lighthouse. Just be careful: your kids will be begging to spend a week on Seashell Key themselves.  

Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence 

Do you have a headstrong family member who’s three feet high and rising? Then they’ll want to meet Jasmine Toguchi , who’s so spunky she’d run circles around Ramona Quimby. Jasmine is determined to make a mark in her family’s mochi-making traditions. You can’t help but root for her. Plus, there’s a mochi recipe at the end of the book. Great for elementary-aged kids.

You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith

If you are looking for a heartwarming story, one which will teach your littles about empathy and the power of human connection, look no further than You Hold Me Up . Written by Monique Gray Smith and illustrated by Danielle Daniel, this vibrant picture book  will teaches readers to support and hold each other up in a variety of ways

The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne 

Your family will gobble up this beloved series that features a pair of time-traveling siblings. Each book is like a mini history lesson. And since there are a zillion installments of The Magic Tree House, it will last you and your young reader the entire summer.

Mama’s Library Summers by Melvina Noel

This delightfully illustrated picture book is a fantastic glimpse at the power of language. A mother introduces Black history to her two young daughters through the wonders of reading. Throughout a pivotal summer, the family travels through pages, discovering the joy of reading and finding themselves in each story.  

Summer Reading List for Big Kids

As your kids get older, their screens become more enticing—so you’ll want a story that can top the new Taylor Swift album or Minecraft Dungeons. Luckily, some of the options below have screen adaptations. It’s all about compromise. 

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

You could choose any one of Roald Dahl’s masterpieces, really. But Fantastic Mr. Fox is a tad shorter than the rest, making it the perfect listen for an afternoon road trip. A touching testimony to the power of teamwork, this story about a group of animals battling a farmer can be followed up with the Wes Anderson film. Win-win.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

Published in 1967, this classic follows a pair of siblings as they run away from home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. As you know, reading aloud means taking your time on every single word. So it’s a pleasure to take this book slowly to savor the lovely snapshots of another era.

Ferris by Kate DiCamillo

Two-time Newbery medalist Kate DiCamillo is known for books that are surprisingly profound. Each one of her releases becomes a modern classic. And she’s firing on all cylinders with Ferris . Funny, tender, and quirky, this love story features a girl, a ghost, and a grandmother. Also, there’s a 6-year-old bank robber.  

Hilda and the Troll by Luke Pearson

Hilda is a fearless blue-haired girl who travels through the wilderness befriending mysterious creatures. The graphic novel is a great match for kids who love Moomins or Pippi Longstocking. And you can follow up the book with the tween Netflix series. 

Choose Your Own Adventure: Your Very Own Robot by R. A. Montgomery 

There’s a reason the choose-your-own-adventure form has stood the test of time: it rules. Kids control so little in their lives, so they love taking charge of a creative universe. This one’s a good place to start because, well, all kids love robots.

City Spies by James Ponti 

This super-fun series is about an unlikely squad of kids from around the world who form an elite MI6 Spy Team. The latest installment, Mission Manhattan , is a must-have for anyone visiting the city this summer. The whole series is an ideal fit for action fanatics who love Spy School , Alex Rider , and Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls . With a backdrop of exotic locations, and iconic landmarks, parents will also dig the heartfelt humor.  

Summer Reading List for Teens and Tweens

Even if they won’t admit it, tweens are in that tender stage where they still like being read aloud to, so soak it up while you can. And if you hit the teenager lottery and have a kid who loves to read with you, great! For the rest of us, here are some awesome stories to lure in even the most reluctant readers. 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

If you have to beg them to put down their screens, the least you can do is offer a book about screens, right? Ready Player One came out a few years back and was an instant hit for its sci-fi take on teenagers of the future. A teenage orphan dives into a digital underground world to escape the real world. As a bonus, it’s a fun listen for anyone who played video games in the 1980s, making it a good cross-generational pick for your next trip. 

Saint-Seducing Gold by Brittany N. Williams 

The second book in the YA historical fantasy trilogy—the Forge & Fracture Saga—is a spectacular story featuring a heroine who’s truly out of this world. Magical metal worker Joan Sands has to survive deadly schemes while balancing her love life before humanity as she knows it is destroyed forever. Swashbuckling and romantic, this story will chase away any signs of summer boredom. 

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Fans of Hatchet and Lord of the Flies will appreciate this real-life survival story about a young man who ventures off into the Alaskan wilderness alone. The book is a gripping saga about resilience, courage, and the natural world. Spoiler alert, though: This one, unfortunately, does not have a happy ending. 

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

This YA novel follows Lina, a high schooler who's sent to spend her summer in Italy with her father, due to her mother's dying wish. Lina’s road trip across Tuscany features sparkling prose and a world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. Perfect for any reader who has an appetite for adventure. 

The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson

If your crew loved Stranger Things , here’s a coming-of-age story with a supernatural vibe. A group of misfit kids spend an unforgettable summer investigating local ghost stories and urban legends. Bittersweet, with just the right amount of creepy, this one is sure to be a winner.  

Otherworldly by F.T. Lukens

If you’re looking for a creative way to cool down during the dog days of summer, the characters in this cozy romantasy have been stuck in a five-year winter. A skeptic and a supernatural being get more than they bargained for in this lively YA romantic adventure . Full of likable, relatable characters and all the yearning of young love, your teens will like the angst and you’ll like the cuteness.  

Running Mates by Emily Locker 

In the quaint yet politically charged town of Edgartown, North Carolina, a liberal teenage girl gets involved with a conservative teenage boy. Written by Emily Locker, this YA novel deep dives into the complexities of activism. It is a great read (or listen) for anyone who wants a dose of empathy in their summer. 

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28 books to read this summer

From absorbing histories to funny fiction and everything in between

summer reading book report

According to experts, this is going to be the busiest summer for travel in almost 20 years. You’ll need books for all those trains, planes and automobiles (only in the passenger seats, please). Here are 28 books we’ve enjoyed this year that would make good company, from absorbing histories to funny fiction and everything in between.

‘The Achilles Trap: Saddam Hussein, the C.I.A., and the Origins of America’s Invasion of Iraq’

By Steve Coll

Nonfiction | The latest from Pulitzer Prize winner and former Washington Post writer and editor Coll is a bracing moment of clarity for anyone in the U.S. foreign policy establishment willing to listen. It revisits Saddam Hussein as a nuanced figure, not a caricature, reexamining the mutually reinforcing delusions of the Iraqi dictator and four U.S. administrations. (Penguin Press)

‘The Cemetery of Untold Stories’

By Julia Alvarez

Fiction | Alvarez’s new novel — like her pathbreaking “How the García Girls Lost Their Accents,” from 1991 — explores sisterhood, family secrets, and immigration and return. But it also charts new, at times surreal, territory for her, with its story of a celebrated Dominican American author who resolves to build a little house on some inherited land, where she literally buries her unfinished work. (Algonquin)

‘Challenger: A True Story of Heroism and Disaster on the Edge of Space’

By Adam Higginbotham

Nonfiction | Calamities and near misses have molded NASA as much as the giant leaps the agency has taken, and no tragedy is more indelible than the space shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986. Higginbotham’s book is a compelling, exhaustively researched and freshly told chronicle of the tragedy that traces its full arc. (Avid Reader)

‘City in Ruins’

By Don Winslow

Fiction | The final volume of Winslow’s City trilogy — and, apparently, his fiction-writing career — is a spectacular farewell. Over the course of the series (inspired by Virgil’s “Aeneid”), its hero, Danny Ryan, has gotten mixed up with the mob in his home state of Rhode Island and resurrected himself in Hollywood. In “City in Ruins,” Ryan has landed in Las Vegas, where past vendettas resurface in delightfully terrible ways. (William Morrow)

‘Come and Get It’

By Kiley Reid

Fiction | Reid’s novel examines the lives of young women at the University of Arkansas. There’s sex in it, but the real complications and most intimate details involve financial figures and the ways that unequal economic positions create clashing sets of values. Reid’s exquisitely calibrated tone slips tantalizingly between sympathy and satire. (Putnam)

‘Glad to the Brink of Fear: A Portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson’

By James Marcus

Nonfiction | Much has been written about the brilliant essayist and transcendentalist pioneer, but Marcus’s work stands out for his passion for his subject and his understanding of what makes a successful biography. This book is delightful for any reader, however much (or little) they already know about Emerson. (Princeton)

‘Great Expectations’

By Vinson Cunningham

Fiction | A roman à clef about the first Obama presidential campaign, based on Cunningham’s own experiences, “Great Expectations” elegantly explores the mind of its young Black narrator as he struggles to divine his place in the nation. With an eye to questions of faith, Cunningham crafts a coming-of-age story that captures not only the soul of America but also the unquenchable thirst for meaning. (Hogarth)

‘Grief Is for People’

By Sloane Crosley

Nonfiction | Crosley, an essayist and novelist known for her humor, holds on to it here while telling the story of her best friend and his suicide in 2019. Her book is not a philosophical meditation on grief but an honest account of its cruelties and contradictions. It contains no lessons, no morals and no solutions. It is as messy, rollicking and chaotic as life is. (MCD)

‘The Hunter’

By Tana French

Fiction | French’s sequel to “The Searcher” brings readers back to rural Ireland, where retired Chicago police detective Cal Hooper is drawn into a long con involving the father of a young teen he has taken under his wing. This tense and moody novel burns slowly and beautifully, its plot unfolding mostly through conversations that hint at lurking trouble. (Viking)

‘The Husbands’

By Holly Gramazio

Fiction | In a world of endless choices — dating apps, shopping, games — why not romantic partners? Gramazio’s 31-year-old protagonist is thrown into a revolving door of possible husbands and possible lives, a fantastical way for her — and readers — to ponder the age-old question: “What if?” (Doubleday)

‘I Heard Her Call My Name’

By Lucy Sante

Nonfiction | In this memoir , Sante, an essayist on art and culture and the author of “Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York,” bounces between her experience of gender transition in 2021 and the eventful and well-told details of her entire life. It’s about the cost of trying to live two different lives: as a man or a woman, but also as a human being and a writer. (Penguin Press)

By Percival Everett

Fiction | Everett is a preeminent American author, and “James” is his sly response to “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” The title immediately suggests what he is up to with this subversive revision. In these pages, the enslaved man known as Jim can finally declare: “I will not let this condition define me. … My name became my own.” While Everett flashes his own brand of humor, the novel gathers speed and terror like a swelling storm. Its conclusion is equally shocking and exhilarating. (Doubleday)

‘Listen for the Lie’

By Amy Tintera

Fiction | Did Lucy kill her best friend years ago? She doesn’t remember, or so she says, and her attempt to put this all behind her is upended when a podcaster unearths the cold case. Tintera draws on our love of true crime, and podcasts about true crime, to create an entertaining and thoroughly modern mystery novel . (Celadon)

‘Long Island’

By Colm Tóibín

Fiction | In Colm Tóibín’s “Brooklyn” (2009), a young woman named Eilis Lacey left her home in Ireland for New York. This sequel revisits the themes of home and loss from a completely new perspective. Eilis is now in her 40s, the mother of two teenagers, and she learns of a dramatic secret her husband has been keeping. (Scribner)

‘The Mango Tree: A Memoir of Fruit, Florida, and Felony’

By Annabelle Tometich

Nonfiction | Tometich knew there would be headlines when her mother, Josefina, was arrested for using a pellet gun to shoot out the car window of a mango thief. But she was still surprised by how harshly people judged her Filipina immigrant mother. In seeking to understand the complexity of Josefina’s life, Tometich reveals the difficulties that many immigrants and multiracial families face. (Little, Brown)

‘The Ministry of Time’

By Kaliane Bradley

Fiction | Can a 21st-century British-Cambodian woman find love with a 19th-century officer of the British navy? That’s the question at the heart of Bradley’s debut , a delicious blend of historical fact, archaeological speculation and wacky fantasy. What feels initially like a time-traveling romance soon turns on curious questions about the possibility of moral progress. (Avid Reader)

By Phillip B. Williams

Fiction | In the 1830s, a mysterious woman named Saint uses magic to free enslaved people and help them build a magically hidden town near St. Louis named Ours. Williams finds new ways to ask age-old questions : How do we have both safety and freedom? What makes a ragtag group into a community? And most important, how do we find the missing parts of ourselves in other people? (Viking)

‘Radiant: The Life and Line of Keith Haring’

By Brad Gooch

Nonfiction | Haring, a joyful artist best known for his “Radiant Baby” drawings — cartoon infants surrounded by rays of energy — influentially blurred the lines between art and commerce before dying from AIDS, at 31, in 1990. Gooch’s biography does exactly what biographies of the exceptionally famous should do: Gently, graciously, it reels in the myth, restoring the flesh-and-bone reality of its subject. (Harper)

By Justin Taylor

Fiction | Taylor’s second novel is a very serious story about the perniciousness of conspiracy thinking, wrapped in a very funny yarn about the possible reboot of “Rev Beach,” a short-lived but beloved teen drama in the vein of “The O.C.” Taylor captures some Don DeLillo-like paranoia (and humor), worried that living in a heavily mediated reality is messing with our heads. (Pantheon)

‘The Spoiled Heart’

By Sunjeev Sahota

Fiction | In “The Spoiled Heart,” Sahota, who has twice been nominated for the Booker Prize, makes a provocative, humane drama out of a labor union election and its two leading candidates: Nayan Olak, an affable, well-respected Anglo-Indian manager, and Megha Sharma, a smart young woman, also of Indian descent, fluent in the combative dialects of critical theory and identity politics. (Viking)

‘There’s Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension’

By Hanif Abdurraqib

Nonfiction | The latest from award-winning poet and essayist Abdurraqib is part sports memoir, part love letter to Columbus, Ohio. The narrative is structured like a basketball game: divided into quarters, with “timeouts” where the flow of prose is punctuated by verse. Focused in part on LeBron James and his 2010 split from the Cleveland Cavaliers, it’s a book about who makes it and why, and what “making it” even means. (Random House)

‘This Strange Eventful History’

By Claire Messud

Fiction | Messud’s new novel was partly inspired by a 1,500-page memoir written by her paternal grandfather. The novel imagines how three generations of a family (the Cassars) rode the geopolitical waves from World War II into the 21st century. It’s a work of cavernous depth and relentless exploration, and makes us realize how much we know and how little we confess about our own families. (W.W. Norton)

‘An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s’

By Doris Kearns Goodwin

Nonfiction | There are hundreds of books about the politics of the 1960s, but the latest from the acclaimed historian Goodwin manages to be different. She and her husband, Richard, were extremely close to the Kennedys and Lyndon Johnson. Goodwin gives us hundreds of interesting vignettes about these historic characters, and she apportions credit for the landmark legislative accomplishments of the decade. (Simon & Schuster)

‘Wandering Stars’

By Tommy Orange

Fiction | Six years after his explosive debut, “There There,” Orange’s second novel expands that story’s universe of Native American characters struggling to define their identities. “Wandering Stars” stretches from 1864 to the present day to consider how a program of cultural annihilation designed by White society affects the descendants of a Cheyenne boy who barely survived a massacre against his people. (Knopf)

‘We Loved It All: A Memory of Life’

By Lydia Millet

Nonfiction | Acclaimed novelist Millet’s first foray into nonfiction is a profoundly evocative ode to life itself , in all its strange, wondrous and imperiled forms. She weaves disparate threads together expertly, reinforcing how our individual memories, our ancestral identities, and the future of human and nonhuman life are fundamentally inextricable. (W.W. Norton)

‘Whiskey Tender’

By Deborah Jackson Taffa

Nonfiction | Taffa, part of a mixed-tribe, mixed-race family, spent her early years on the Quechan (Yuma) reservation in southeastern California. By her late teens, living in New Mexico, she was disillusioned with the middle-class life her parents had “jerry-rigged” for her and longed for a deeper connection to her Native identity. Some reviewers have called this a “Native memoir,” but Taffa’s story is in fact distinctly American , full stop, and one that a country afraid of its own history needs to hear. (Harper)

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Fiction | Hannah’s latest historical novel is another best-selling, tear-jerking tragedy. The fate that befalls Frankie McGrath is multilayered, but all of it can be traced back to the moment she impulsively volunteers to be an Army nurse in Vietnam. Hannah does her characteristic best to have readers hanging on Frankie’s fate and that of a robust supporting cast. (St. Martin’s)

By Alexandra Tanner

Fiction | Tanner’s bitingly funny debut novel , set in the pre-pandemic months of 2019, follows two sisters as they slide into mutual isolation in their Brooklyn apartment. It is paced like the internet, full of petty micro-dramas, and it suggests that we were doomed to social isolation long before covid began to spread. (Scribner)

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Encourage the love of books!

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Digging into a great book under a sun umbrella, preferably poolside, is one of the joys of summer. And the benefits of reading still hold true even when school isn’t in session. Thankfully, a number of summer reading programs help keep the learning going over the summer months, and kids can earn free goodies along the way! Here are our picks for the best summer reading programs for kids.

1. Reading Is Fundamental

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Soar with reading while summer is out with Reading Is Fundamental , the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit. From RIF reading lists and a collection of free e-books to interactive materials on Literacy Central and the Literacy Central app for on the go, RIF helps kids master the reading skills they need to succeed.  

Learn more: RIF Summer Reading

2. Showcase Cinemas Summer Reading Program

Read a book and earn a ticket for a free summer flick on Bookworm Wednesdays! Kids can earn free admission to a select children’s film when they present a book report at a participating Showcase Cinemas box office.

Learn more: Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays

3. Barnes & Noble

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Every summer, Barnes & Noble curates an excellent list of books that make for fun (and secretly educational) summer reads for kids of all ages. Kids can earn a free book after they read eight books and log them on the downloadable reading journal. The Barnes & Noble kids’ summer reading program is available for students in grades 1–6. Only one book is available for each child who completes a reading journal, and the choice must be made from the selected books available at the store.

Learn more: B&N 2024 Summer Reading Journal

4. Half Price Books

The Half Price Books kids’ summer reading program, aka Summer Reading Camp, offers kids the chance to earn Bookworm Bucks for reading during the months of June and July. The program website also features printable coloring sheets, online story times, and mystery book recommendations for ages ranging from preschool to teens.

Learn more: Half Price Books Summer Reading Camp

5. Professional Sports Teams

Many professional sports teams sponsor summer reading programs, including the Tampa Bay Rays and the Chicago Fire FC. Check with your local team to see if they offer a reading program.

Learn more: Reading With the Rays and Chicago Fire Kids Club

6. Scholastic

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Scholastic has a summer reading digital home base where kids can build an avatar, make new friends in a fully moderated online space, and earn virtual rewards. All you need to do is sign up and keep a Reading Streak in Scholastic Home Base over the summer.

Learn more: Scholastic Summer Reading Home Base

7. Public Libraries

Check your local library for more free kids summer reading programs with activities and incentives for all ages. Most libraries also have story times and other reading-themed activities.

Learn more: Collaborative Summer Library Program 

8. Camp BOOK IT! With Pizza Hut

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Join BOOK IT summer camp to encourage reading all summer long. Track kids’ reading for the summer months in their digital dashboard. If they meet their monthly reading goal, kids then receive a free Personal Pan Pizza from Pizza Hut!

Learn more: Camp BOOK IT!

9. Sonlight Summer Reading Challenge Kit

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Homeschool curriculum publisher Sonlight has created a printable Summer Reading Kit packed with reading activities that’ll keep your child engaged with books all summer long. Printables include punch cards, reading bingo cards, templates for bookmarks and bookplates, book brackets, and book award certificates. 

Learn more: Sonlight Summer Reading Kit

10. Start your own book club

Reading is more fun with friends! Why not start your very own book club ? Gather 8 to 10 friends from school, summer camp, or your neighborhood who are all around the same reading level as your child. Chicago Parent magazine offers some great tips for starting your own summer reading club. 

What 2024 summer reading programs for kids have we missed? Come and share in our We Are Teachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.

Plus, check out these scratch-off reading challenges and  free downloadable bookmarks..

Here are our picks for the best 2024 summer reading programs where kids earn free books, movie tickets, pizza, and more!

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You are required to read three books from your grade-level list. You must read the nonfiction selection and you can choose any two fiction books from the five fiction titles on the posted list.

Complete three copies of your grade-level assignment, one for each book.

Write the assignment with your own original work. Do not copy summaries or reviews from AR Bookfinder,,, the book’s front/back cover or dust jacket, etc.

Summer reading reports should be turned in to your new homeroom teacher or literature teacher by Friday, August 25, 2023.

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MANDATORY NOVEL: 7th grade students, read the nonfiction novel  Chasing King’s Killer  by James Swanson. 8th grade students, read the nonfiction novel  Chasing Lincoln’s Killer  by James Swanson. Students will take a test the first week of school on their novel and this test grade will go into PlusPortals.

All 7th and 8th grade students, choose a second novel for summer reading from the posted list. Students will create and  present a movie trailer on their selected novel, using iMovie on their SCS iPads, within the first two weeks of school.

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PEOPLE’s Most-Anticipated Summer Books: Best Beach Reads, Thrillers, Fiction, YA and More

Splash into summer with these sizzling new reads

Carly Tagen-Dye is the Books editorial assistant at PEOPLE, where she writes for both print and digital platforms.

See our favorite books coming out now through Labor Day — and consider taking one with you to the beach this summer! And if one that isn't out yet strikes your fancy, hit that preorder button now. You'll thank your past self when the book you completely forgot you ordered shows up in your mailbox.

'Summer Fridays' by Suzanne Rindell

Sawyer’s first New York City summer is lonely while her fiancé works 24/7 on a case with his coworker Kendra. Believing their partners are having an affair, Sawyer and Nick (Kendra’s surly boyfriend) become uneasy companions, spending summer Fridays exploring the city. Rom-com perfection. — Lisa Greissinger

'The Wedding People' by Alison Espach

When Phoebe checks into a posh hotel with plans to end her life, her doom is derailed by a raucous wedding party helmed by an über-controlling bride. A feel-good testament to the life-altering magic of chance meetings that’s perfect for days by the pool. — Rennie Dyball

'The Same Bright Stars' by Ethan Joella

Everybody loves Schmidt’s—a historic family restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, Del.—including the corporate chain that’s pressuring owner Jack Schmidt to sell. A warm novel about possibilities in midlife and the power of community. — Marion Winik

'Honey' by Isabel Banta

This delightfully nostalgic debut full of millennial-bait Easter eggs charts early aughts teen pop-princess Amber’s rise to stardom. Pressured by the demands of music producers, the media and fans, she shakes off the need to please and finds her truest self. Honey is delicious. — Caroline Leavitt

'The Midnight Feast' by Lucy Foley

British nepo baby Francesca Meadows opens a resort on her family’s oceanside estate, which unleashes the furor of locals, a long-locked trove of dark secrets—and a dead body on the beach. An irresistible whodunit with an irresistible Blair Witch -meets-Fyre Festival backdrop. — Claire Martin

'Don't Let the Devil Ride' by Ace Atkins

After 58 unanswered calls, Addison realizes her husband, Dean, has disappeared —and it’s not the first time. Broke and out of options, she turns to her dad’s buddy Porter Hayes to find him. But things take a turn for the dangerous when a hook-handed mercenary comes looking for him too. A heart-pounding ride. — Lisa Greissinger

'You Will Never Be Me' by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Once best friends, the two momfluencers in this searing black comedy compete so greedily for sponsors and popularity that they destroy their relationship — and may stop at nothing to stay on top. Read this instead of doomscrolling. — Robin Micheli

'Middle of the Night' by Riley Sager

Ethan Marsh has returned to his childhood home 30 years after his best friend, Billy, disappeared from their backyard, and some seriously strange things are afoot. The vibe is a classic summer coming-of-age story with a page-turning side of paranormal activity. — Rennie Dyball

'A Thousand Times Before' by Asha Thanki

A multigenerational tale that travels from the partition of India and Pakistan to the present-day United States, this sweeping, moving saga follows the women in one magical family. They have the ability to access their ancestors’ memories through an inherited tapestry, a gift that’s both a blessing and a burden. — Wadzanai Mhute

'This Great Hemisphere' by Mateo Askaripour

A cinematic epic from the author of Black Buck , this novel is set in 2529. Two populations, Invisibles and Dominant Population (DP), have an uneasy coexistence until the brother of a woman from the Invisibles is suspected of assassinating a DP leader. Her search for answers unearths family secrets and kicks off a resistance movement. — Wadzanai Mhute

'Four Squares' by Bobby Finger

A funny thing happened on the way to the gay senior center. A late-blooming Manhattan novelist is lonely when his longtime support system moves away. But he finds there is life after the losses he and his city endured in the 1990s in this charming novel. — Marion Winik

'The Lion Women of Tehran' by Marjan Kamali

Ellie and Homa become best friends in 1950s Iran, but years of escalating oppression by both the monarchy and the Islamic fundamentalist government test their bond. An evocative read and a powerful portrait of friendship, feminism and political activism. — Claire Martin

'Magnolia Wu Unfolds It All' by Chanel Miller

In her first middle-grade children’s book, the author of Know My Name spins an insightful, funny story of two girl “sock detectives,” Magnolia and Iris, who are determined to return orphaned socks found at Magnolia’s family’s New York City laundromat to their rightful owners. It’s the kind of summer romp that will launch a lifetime of imaginative reading adventures. — Marion Winik

'Playing for Keeps' by Jennifer Dugan

From the author of Some Girls Do , this sapphic YA romance follows ace pitcher June (who has an ego to match her skill) and budding referee Ivy, whose parents dream of more for her. They don’t initially hit it off but soon find there may be something more to their rivalry on the field. This sweet romance is a home run.

'Wicked Marigold' by Caroline Carlson

Princess Rosalind is impossibly good. Because she can’t compete with her sister, Princess Marigold tries to be evil — but it’s not as easy as she thought it would be. A richly imagined middle-grade examination of sibling dynamics with plenty of endearing fantasy elements. — Sue Corbett

'Upstaged' by Robin Easter

Most of the drama at summer theater camp happens offstage in this graphic novel about navigating a friendship that starts to blossom into something more and learning how to handle disappointment. — Sue Corbett

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My Summer Reading Report

By Felipe Torres Medina

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Name: Anthony González

The book I chose to read this summer is . . .

“The Grimoire of the Coven of the Newe England,” and it is an undiscovered gem of American literature. For real undiscovered, because I found this book buried deep in the ground after my dog, Alfie, dug up the back yard at this Airbnb in Massachusetts where me, my mom, and her boyfriend, Judd, were staying this past summer.

The author of this book is . . .

Ms. Perkins, I tried looking but I couldn’t find any author. All it said on the first page was “BEWARE ye who read these pages for ye will learn the ways of Hell and in so doing renounce the God of Men.” So I guess Anonymous? Or Shakespeare.

The genre of the book is . . .

I think the genre of “The Grimoire of the Coven of the Newe England” is grimoire, or spell book. That’s my guess, because the word is in the title, and also because the whole thing is, like, fifty pages of spells with pictures of some ladies dancing naked around a fire with a demon that has a giant p*nis. I know I’m too old for picture books but I was in a bind, Ms. P! There were no other books in the house, and Mom and Judd said that maybe we could go into town to see if they had a bookstore there, but when we went the only bookstore they had there was a gas station that sold maps, books about talking to angels, and also truck nutz.

The main character in the book is . . .

I think the main character in the book is you ? Like, the person reading it? Because the book is just a manual, there are no characters—unless you count the people in the illustrations. In that case, the main character is probably the p*nis demon. He’s in a lot of them.

What I liked most about the book is . . .

The illustrations. Not only do they help you understand what the spells do but they also show you some stuff I definitely can’t write about in a book report for school!

The most challenging thing about this book is . . .

The old-timey language, like the “ye”s and the “thou”s and the “give thine soule to the Prince of Darkness”es. I tried to Google “when was the grimoire of the coven of the newe england written?” but when I did a green light came out of the book and blasted my phone out of my hands and across the room. It bounced off the wall and hit Alfie in the face, killing him on the spot.

What I disliked most about the book is . . .

When the book killed my dog.

This book made me feel . . .

This book taught me . . .

A lot! Mostly the chapter called “To Re-turne a Loved One to This Realme.” I used that spell to bring back Alfie! So I learned that the world of the living and the world of the dead are closer than we thought. Plus, I recited the incantation in Latin—even though I didn’t know I could speak it! So I guess this book also taught me a third language.

The theme of this book is . . .

I would have to say rebirth, because it brought my dog back to life. Once I was done with the incantation, a storm hit our back yard and the ground opened up. A chorus of voices was chanting from below, “To bring one back, we must take one in return.” The voices were so loud that Judd came downstairs and asked what the h*ll was going on. Tough for him because the voices replied, “He will do nicely.” Then a figure appeared from the depths of the earth. It was p*nis demon! He grabbed Judd and ate him in one big gulp. This sucked because Judd was nice. Then p*nis demon turned to me and said, “It is done,” and Alfie woke up!

If I could ask the author one question, it would be . . .

Who are you? My teacher really wants me to know. Also, am I banned from Heaven now? Because, after p*nis demon took Judd, the skies cleared and p*nis demon went back below and the ground closed shut. A bright light came down from the sky and made it look like it was day. Then a figure descended. There are no words to describe what it looked like—and, trust me, I tried using all my vocab words—but I knew it was an angel. The angel grabbed the grimoire and gave me a real judgmental look as it said something in its language that I couldn’t understand. But it pointed to Heaven and made it clear that I was not welcome there. Of course, I was kicking myself for not buying that book on talking to angels, because then I could explain that I was only reading the grimoire for school! So I guess the biggest lesson I learned was that not only should you not judge a book by its cover but also you should not judge a gas-station bookstore by its truck nutz.

I would recommend this book to . . .

This book ruined my summer, my life, and I guess I can’t go to Heaven anymore, so I wouldn’t really recommend this book, but, if you wanna see illustrations of some old ladies with big boobies, you can’t miss it.

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