Summer Reading 2014

There are hundreds of books on the area’s recommended reading lists, but we have narrowed it down based on consistencies throughout the lists and divided it up by age recommendations! Pick up a copy of our August issue at one of these locations to learn more about summer reading programs near you!


And now, for our recommended

Summer Reading List! 

Kindergarten to First Grades

Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus

In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Counting on Frank by Rod Clement

2nd to 3rd Grades

Fly Guy vs. the Fly Swatter by Tedd Arnold

Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligot

Interrupting Chicken by David Stein

Flat Stanley at Bat by Lori Haskins

The Ghost Who Haunted the Capitol by Steve Brezenoff

Dr. Nicholas is Ridiculous by Dan Gutman

4th to 5th Grades

Superfudge by Judy Blume

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

Hate that Cat by Sharon Creech

The BFG by Roald Dahl

The Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

Summer Reading is Killing Me! By Jon Scieszka

Rising 6th and Middle School

Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger

Almost Home by Joan Bauer

About Average by Andrew Clements

Freedom Walkers by Russell Freedman

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Mockingbird by Katherine Erskine

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

The Good Fight: How World War II Was Won by Stephen Ambrose

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Matched by Ally Condie

Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor

Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

High School Recent “Classics” – many local high schools have the same taste in titles.  A sample of this year’s picks:

Peak by Roland Smith

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Anything by Malcolm Gladwell

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Emma or Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Monster by Walter Dean Meyers

Dracula by Bram Stoker

How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

On Writing by Stephen King

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Other Side of the Sky by Farah Ahmedi

How to Be an Explorer of the World by Keri Smith

To see more books we love, click here!

If you would like to view the lists we pulled from, see these websites:


Fairfax CPS

Loudoun County

Prince William

Montgomery County

If you’re looking for more information on summer reading and how to make it effective, click here to read an article by James Kim, an assistant professor at Harvard University. 


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