Booklists for Summer Reading

This is a re-print of the list assembled for the SUCCESS in the Middle website. If you find it useful, please feel free to share it (and if you are able, consider making a small donation to SUCCESS in the Middle).

Becoming a lifelong reader is all about choosing a great book. There is a lot of excellent young adult literature available for middle schoolers. If you don’t know where to start, check the lists below for suggestions.

Book List for Gifted Readers (by Donalyn Miller, the “Book Whisperer”)
Coretta Scott King Award winners – recommended for grades 6-8 (11- to 14-year-olds)
Guys Read – great site for choosing books for boys.
101 Books for 8- to 13-year-old readers (by subject area) – pdf available for printing
Newbery Award Winners (chronological list)
Ultimate Teen Reading List (recommended by Donalyn Miller, the “Book Whisperer”)
Summertime Favorites, Grades 4-6 (8-to-12-year olds) recommended by the National Endowment for the Humanities
Summertime Favorites, Grades 7-8 (12-to-14-years olds) Also NEH
Hispanic Heritage (
Summer Reading List for Grades 6-8 (Richmond Public Schools, Richmond, VA)
Classics for Young Adults (Gwen Harris, Wichita Public Library)
Michael Printz Award winners  (We love these! The books are guaranteed to hold the attention of both children and adults)
Street Lit (Gwen Harris, Wichita Public Library)
Summer Reading List from the Wichita Public Library website
Top 100 Books for Middle Schoolers (from the website)
NewReleases booklists (books listed by theme)
Top Ten for Teens  (Young Adult Library Services Association) Each year’s list features books voted on by teen readers
Pura Belpre Medal Winners celebrate the Latino cultural experience
Devon Corneal suggestions


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