Summer Reading for Kids and Teens

Kids read all kinds of books for all kinds of reasons -- including because teachers assign them. We've put together a list of commonly assigned books for every age, from grade school through high school. You can use it to select age-appropriate reading for fun or get a jump on books that may end up as homework during the school year.

Browse Summer Reading for Kids and Teens

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Gentle, much-loved classic delights all ages.
By E.B. White
(2006)
Timeless classic about Toad's adventures and his friends.
By Kenneth Grahame
(2003)
Classic Narnia tale has exciting battles, Christian themes.
By C.S. Lewis
(2005)
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Brilliantly written, inventive pre-LOTR tale.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(2011)
A timeless classic with the fab Ramona!
By Beverly Cleary
(2005)
Classic sci-fi story still inspires and gets kids thinking.
By Madeleine L'Engle
(2003)
Holmes in top form vs. spectral hound on the moor.
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(2011)
Smart girl learns to survive alone in compelling adventure.
By Scott O'Dell
(2003)
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The granddaddy of kids' adventures -- a classic.
By Robert Louis Stevenson
(2009)
Inspiring wartime journal reveals teen's inner life.
By Anne Frank
(2011)
A family deals with racism in a Mississippi town.
By Mildred D. Taylor
(2004)
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Lyrical story of young boy questioning religion, morality.
By Rudolfo Anaya
(2011)
Classic animal tale of dignity and survival.
By Jack London
(2009)
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Powerful play about Salem witch trials a riveting read.
By Arthur Miller
(2010)
Fast-paced, moving Dickens classic of reversed fortune.
By Charles Dickens
(2011)
Gripping story of marooned schoolboys and their savagery.
By William Golding
(2011)
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Writing shines in pioneer saga of friendship and struggle.
By Willa Cather
(2010)
Man vs. marlin story a challenging, introspective read.
By Ernest Hemingway
(2010)
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Story of ostracized kid a timeless fave of teens, preteens.
By S. E. Hinton
(2003)
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Beautiful folk tale explores good and evil in human nature.
By John Steinbeck
(2010)
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Sharecropper boy finds hope, dignity amid racism, hardship.
By William H. Armstrong
(2010)
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Classic satirical allegory about the abuse of power.
By George Orwell
(2010)
Collection highlights horrific stories and romantic poems.
By Edgar Allan Poe
(2011)
A poetic -- and classic -- coming-of-age story.
By Sandra Cisneros
(2005)
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Moving Depression-era story of friendship, loneliness, fate.
By John Steinbeck
(2010)
Explosive play shows hopes, struggles of urban black family.
By Lorraine Hansberry
(2011)
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Tragic teen love story stands the test of time.
By William Shakespeare
(2011)
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Moving autobiography reveals brutality of Jim Crow South.
By Richard Wright
(2011)
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Satire of ultimate consumerist society still packs punch.
By Aldous Huxley
(2011)
One of the greatest novels of the 20th century.
By J. D. Salinger
(2005)
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Classic of scientist haunted by his creation still timely.
By Mary Shelley
(2011)
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Gritty, moving tale of couple in turn-of-the century China.
By Pearl S. Buck
(2011)
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American classic captures romance, debauchery of Jazz Age.
By F. Scott Fitzgerald
(2011)
Poetic autobiography reveals impact of racial prejudice.
By Maya Angelou
(2011)
Sweeping story of bicultural mother-daughter friction.
By Amy Tan
(2010)
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Essential, epic poem of Greek gods, monsters, and heroes.
By Homer
(2011)
Masterpiece of romance and manners entertains at any age.
By Jane Austen
(2010)
Classic novel of American religion, morality, and hypocrisy.
By Nathaniel Hawthorne
(2011)
Hemingway's masterpiece salutes Spain and Lost Generation.
By Ernest Hemingway
(2010)
Immortal romance is set against violent French Revolution.
By Charles Dickens
(2011)
Profound novel offers brutal view of Spanish Civil War.
By Ernest Hemingway
(2011)
Classic story of love and revenge still captivates.
By Emily Bronte
(2010)
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Haunting Pulitzer Prize winner about slavery's impact.
By Toni Morrison
(2005)
Gritty Steinbeck classic brings Great Depression to life.
By John Steinbeck
(2010)
Vonnegut's time-travel classic best for mature teen readers.
By Kurt Vonnegut
(2007)
Provocative memoir blends history with legend.
By Maxine Hong Kingston
(2011)
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Classic dystopian novel of life under constant scrutiny.
By George Orwell
(2010)
Tense journey to find ivory trader gone rogue in Congo.
By Joseph Conrad
(2010)
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Gritty novel of violence and race best for older teens.
By Richard Wright
(2010)
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Brilliant but mature classic explores racism, gender, power.
By Toni Morrison
(2005)
Kesey's great madhouse epic best for older teens.
By Ken Kesey
(2011)