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2021- Summer Reading List

Updated: Jun 27, 2021

Reading is one of the foremost fun and successful ways to enhance your English language skills. It can offer assistance to extend your lexicon and uncover distinctive sentence structures, all whereas enjoying captivating stories.

Escape this summer and indulge in classic novels or get inspired by new and refreshing stories.

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Pre-A1 Students (Ages 3-7)

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

by Bill Martin Jr., Lois Ehlert (Illustrator), John Archambault (Joint Author)

This infectious alphabet chant that has been a children’s favorite for over thirty years.

It is a must have when teaching children the alphabet for the first time.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

by Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle (Illustrator)

There is always enough space on your children's bookshelf for this classic and simple picture book that has opened up a world of learning to an era of children worldwide.

The Whatifs

By Emily Kilgore, Zoe Persico (Illustrator)

A reviving and relatable story to examined out loud for children. It is greatly valuable for talking about the subject of feeling anxious. Moreover, the main character Cora is witty, engaging, and thoughtful.

Eye-catching picture book.

Every Night Is Pizza Night

By J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, Gianna Ruggiero (Illustrator)

Every Night is Pizza Night is an excellent storybook to keep children engaged.

Pipo’s hilarious and educational journey through her neighborhood’s many cuisines is a perfect treat for all ages.

Totally Tardy Marty

by Erica S. Perl, Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Illustrator)

Totally Tardy Marty is an humorous and clever book that children will want to read over and over again.

Marty's vivid imagination runs free when he invents Toast-on-a-Rope and fights a giant squid in the laundry, which ultimately makes him late for school.

Beginner Students

A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time, the Newbery Medal winner in 1963, is the extraordinary story of the adventures that weaves together space and time. Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe's experience set sails when they begin to search for Meg's father, a scientist. He disappeared while engaged in top-secret work for the government regarding the tesseract problem.


by Louis Sachar

Holes is a modern-day classic that cultivates eccentric, fun, and mystery all at the same time. Louis Sachar perfectly blends the past and present to create an inspirational tale between Stanley Yelnats and Camp Green Lake. This story will ignite a spark of strength and perseverance and how to overcome adversity at any age.

Excellent for studying past and present verb tenses in English grammar.

The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway

Written by a legendary American author Ernest Hemingway, this short novel tells the story of an aging fisherman and his battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Cuba. This book is both relatable and timeless, with classic themes of pride, friendship, and honor.

It's simplicity of language makes it the exceptional choice for someone picking up an English book for the first time.

The House on Mango Street

by Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, and her pursuit of self-discovery. This story brings you past the surface and deep into a young lady's world of possibility.

This bestseller classic is a summer must-read and is beloved by readers of all ages.

Peter Pan

by J. M. Barrie

Neverland is home to Peter Pan, a young boy who has never grown up. Explore the marvelous adventures with the Indian Princess Tiger Lily, the loyal fairy Tinker Bell, and Peter's nemesis, the antagonist known as Captain Hook.

A classic novel that is celebrated throughout the world.

Intermediate Students

The Giver

by Lois Lowry

This page-turning classic novel will leave you questioning everything around you.

In Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal-winning classic, twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind his vulnerable community.

Get lost in this utopian society and explore this carefully crafted story.

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby is an acclaimed novel and is one of the exemplary novels of the Jazz Age. Loved by generations of readers worldwide, this story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan will catapult you back in time.

It is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner is a riveting story of love, betrayal, friendship, and redemption. This historical fiction novel is a tale that is hard to forget. There are so many twists and turns that it makes it impossible to put the book down. The unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history, will leave you speechless.