• Nastassia Acevedo

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.






Holes

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.











The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins


This summer, escape on a heroic adventure with Katniss Everdeen. Her courageous spirit will inspire you to chase your dreams and help you make vital decisions in your life.


The Hunger Games is a fight to the death. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.









Wonder

by R. J. Palacio


Wonder is a beautiful reminder to always choose kindness in all aspects of your life.

Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy, has an extraordinary face due to his twenty-seven operations. It’s a heartwarming story about a regular kid who’s living in a world that’s not used to people who look different.











Advanced Students



A Promised Land

by Barack Obama


A Promised Land is former president Barack Obama’s memoir in which he tells the stories of his background, how he got into politics, and what it was like for him being the president from 2009 to 2017.















Think Like a Monk

Jay Shetty


This self-help is a guide to help all individuals live a more meaningful life.

Jay Shetty goes in-depth about forgiveness, energy, and your intentions.


Think Like a Monk conveys timeless wisdom and is a great book to help you get inspired to live your best life.














How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need

Bill Gates


How to Avoid a Climate Disaster is Bill Gates proposal to the world to tackle the challenges and commit to action. He makes the science very clear and provides a guideline of feasible steps to achieve zero emissions by 2050.











The Vanishing Half

by Brit Bennett


This intriguing novel brings light to racial identity and bigotry and provides insight into overwhelming questions about who we are and where we’re headed as a society. This story centers around identical twin sisters and their daughters during the period of the 1940s and 1990s. Brit Bennett’s writing is clever and sharp, funny, and she has a lot of love for her characters.


You will not be able to put this book down!








The Alchemist

by Paulo Coelho


Combining enchantment, supernatural quality, intelligence, and will have you pondering into self-discovery.


The Alchemist has ended up a present-day classic and offers hidden gems of enlightenment for millions of people worldwide.













Business English Students




Becoming

Michelle Obama


This formidable memoir by the beloved First lady, Michelle Obama, is a perfectly crafted story of her childhood and into her adulthood of living in the White house. Her triumphs and tribulations are empowering, and her honest and insightful memories will make you question your Becoming.











The Infinite Game

Simon Sinek


“How do we win a game that has no end? Finite games, like football or chess, have known players, fixed rules and a clear endpoint. The winners and losers are easily identified. Infinite games, games with no finish line, like business or politics, or life itself, have players who come and go. The rules of an infinite game are changeable while infinite games have no defined endpoint. There are no winners or losers—only ahead and behind.” Simon Sinek











Shoe Dog

Phil Knight


In this audacious New York Times bestseller, Nike founder Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (Booklist, starred review.)


This intriguing insight on the early days of this intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, and profitable brands is a must-read story for any entrepreneur.










Keep Sharp-Build a Better Brain at Any Age

Dr. Sanjay Gupta


Can we enhance our brain function as we age?


This perplexing question is what Dr. Sanjay Gupta seeks to uncover while searching the globe for experts to answer. He explains with science that it is possible to reverse cognitive decline.


This book is filled with innovative information and provides a step-by-step plan to have a better brain.







5 AM Club

Robin Sharma


The #1 international bestseller.


For the past forty years, Robin Sharma has crossed the globe, inspiring and helping people to have a meaningful life.


The 5 AM Club, he offers his unique experiences and proven methods that he has developed by working with the elite superstars of the world.


This easy-to-read book weaves together a fictional story that will guide you on a path of happiness and self-discovery.










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Sources:


Barnes and Noble. Best Selling Books, https://www.barnesandnoble.com/.


GoodReads. Best Selling Books 2021, https://www.goodreads.com/


New York Times. Best Selling Sellers, https://www.nytimes.com/books/best-sellers/