Summer is almost here and for most kids it means leaving behind classes and homework. But summer should not be the equivalent of a learning-free time for kids. To encourage learning in the summer months, Sylvan Learning is offering a suggested reading list for grades K-12 to help parents find the right book for their child’s summer reading fun.

Elementary School

Kindergarten: Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Krause

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Grade 1: Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott

Grade 2: Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle

How Much Is a Million by David M. Schwartz, Stephen Kellogg

Grade 3: Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech

Beach for the Birds by Bruce McMillan

Grade 4: Summer Reading is Killing Me! By Jon Scieszka

So You Want To Be President? by Judith St. George and Illustrated by David Small

Grade 5: Holes by Louis Sachar

Science Kitchen by Chris Maynard

Middle School

Grade 6: Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket

My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen

Grade 7: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

Amistad: A Long Road to Freedom by Walter Dean Myers

Grade 8: Ender’s Game (Ender Series #1) Orson Scott Card

Our Town by Thornton Wilder

High School

Grade 9: Empire of the Sun by J. G. Ballard

Silent Spring by Rachel L. Carson

Grade 10: Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Profiles In Courage by John F. Kennedy

Grade 11: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith and Katherine G. Balderston

Grade 12: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift and Pat Rogers

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Sylvan Learning offers a free reading incentive program for children in grades K-8 at With Book Adventure children can create personalized book lists from more than 7,500 recommended titles, take quizzes on the books they’ve read at school or at home, and earn prizes for comprehension of the books they’ve read.

For additional educational resources for children in grades K-12, please visit or call 1-800-31-SUCCESS.

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