Middle School Summer Reading List


Ah, summer. A time to kick back, soak up the sun, and relax...with a good book. For those who think reading is a chore or bore, they’re not reading the right books. Kids may struggle with their required school reading list and therefore not even think about picking up a book for fun. However, that’s exactly what they should do, but only if it’s a book they enjoy. Read on for tips on how to introduce your Middle School child to their next favorite escape.

So Many Books, So Much Time

Summer is the perfect time to pick up a reading habit, according to Middle School Department Chair, Caitlin Byers:

“A daily reading habit is one of the most important habits a student can develop for both academic and personal growth. Children and teens who develop a habit of reading have larger vocabularies, better comprehension ability, and a greater capacity to view their world from different perspectives. To develop a habit, start small and make a goal to read for 20 minutes a day...before bed is a great time to pick up a novel and unplug!”

Now that the days are longer and there’s more time to chill, there’s less stress and time restrictions on reading. There’s also no shortage of great reads to choose from. From chapter books to graphic novels, there’s a title just-right for your reader—no matter the reading level or genre interest. “Middle School students should pick novels that interest them, that engage their imaginations, or help them connect with other peers, siblings, or parents who have read the same book,” Byers says. 

Developing a Love of Literature

Reading for pleasure has so many benefits, you could fill a book! Not only does it strengthen literacy skills, but it can also provide a mini vacation for the mind. Readers escape into the worlds created by authors. Characters become our new best friends. Discussing storylines builds connections, starts important conversations, and creates a sense of community. This is why finding the right story is so important. All it takes is one book to spark the imagination and motivation to keep reading. Next thing you know, your reluctant reader is hooked. 

Browse this list of titles and authors of Middle Grade books. Reading levels span from 5th to 10th grade. Some may contain mature content, so if you’re unfamiliar with a title or unsure of a book, read it first before sharing with your child. You can always read the books together or start your own mini book club with other family members and friends. Make it fun by incorporating related activities. Discover new towns, recipes, movies, or music referenced in the story. All of these enhance the reading experience and foster a love of literature.