Incorporating Vocabulary.com into your summer reading expectations sets students up for success.

Whether you're assigning specific texts or encouraging self-selected reading, our ready-made resources help you address some of the biggest challenges that teachers face when it comes to summer learning: supporting a range of readers with varying interests and ability levels while holding students accountable.

Ready-Made Reading Resources

Below, you'll find recommended reading for the summer months, along with links to our curated vocabulary lists for each text. These suggestions include a wide array of high-interest titles that will appeal to the range of readers in your classroom. It takes just a few minutes to turn these lists into adaptive, engaging assignments that are designed to boost reading fluency and comprehension.

Authentic Examples, Relevant Context

For each text, the Vocabulary.com curriculum team develops a collection of vocabulary lists, extracting the words that are most essential for understanding. The terms on each list are presented in carefully chosen excerpts from the original source, ensuring that students learn through authentic examples and relevant context.

Accountability and Assessment Made Easy

When school is not in session, it's easy to see the progress your students are making on any practice that you assign on Vocabulary.com. Your teacher dashboard provides instant insight into who's doing the work, and their level of success. For summative data (and an added incentive for students to complete their reading), you can give our self-grading quiz when students return to school.

Recommended Reading

Below are recommendations from Vocabulary.com's curriculum team. Explore thousands of other titles and topics in the Vocabulary.com list library.

High-Interest Books

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

The Canyon’s Edge by Dusti Bowling

Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Class Act by Jerry Craft

Ground Zero by Alan Gratz

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Slay by Brittney Morris

Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander

Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe

Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds

Race to the Sun by Rachel Roanhorse

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

2021 Award Winners

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender (National Book Award)

Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros (Pura Belpré Children’s Author Award)

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe Award for New Talent)

The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candace Fleming (YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults)

When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed (Walter Award, Young Readers Category)

Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte (Schneider Family Book Award)

Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez (Pura Belpré Young Adult Author Award)

Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri (Michael L. Printz Award)

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson (Coretta Scott King Award)

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam (Walter Award, Teen Category)

Past Award Winners

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (National Book Award, Printz Award, Pura Belpré Award, and Walter Dean Myers Award)

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (2016 Newbery Medal)

The Unwanted by Don Brown (YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction)

New Kid by Jerry Craft (Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Book Award)

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez (Pura Belpré Award)

Monster by Walter Dean Myers (2000 Printz Award)

Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson (Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award for New Talent)

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram (William C. Morris YA Debut Award)

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina (Newbery Medal)

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (2018 Walter Dean Myers Award)

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Walter Dean Myers Award)

Esperanza Rising by Pamela Muñoz Ryan (2002 Pura Belpré Award)

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (2015 National Book Award)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (2018 William C. Morris YA Debut Award)

Middle Grade Favorites

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The Field Guide (Spiderwick Chronicles #1) by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizza

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Greetings from Witness Protection by Jake Burt

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

Amina's Voice by Hena Khan

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McNulty

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia

It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (young readers' edition)

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

Holes by Louis Sachar

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Young Adult Picks

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Children of Blood and Bone and Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Internment by Samira Ahmed

Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

Here to Stay by Sara Farizan

Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Sanctuary by Paola Mendoza and Abby Scher

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

Sadie by Courtney Summers

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Parachutes by Kelly Yang

Frankly in Love by Daniel Yoon

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Popular Graphic Novels

This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

The Berrybrook Middle School Series by Svetlana Chmakova

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Twins by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright

Snapdragon by Kat Leyh

Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis

I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki

Drama, Guts, Sisters, and Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Stargazing by Jen Wang

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Classics

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster 

A Separate Peace by John Knowles 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle 

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery 

Beloved by Toni Morrison 

Animal Farm by George Orwell 

1984 by George Orwell

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell 

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 

Compelling Nonfiction

Becoming Kareem by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

March Forward, Girl by Melba Pattillo Beals

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Quiet Power by Susan Cain

Spies by Marc Favreau

Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming

Women in Space by Karen Bush Gibson

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Spooked by Gail Jarrow

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

March by John Lewis

The Blind Side by Michael Lewis

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (adult edition)

Pelé by Eddy Simon and Vincent Brascaglia

Chew on This by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

Educated by Tara Westover

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Beloved Series

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling 

Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan 

The Giver by Lois Lowry 

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman 

Track series by Jason Reynolds: Ghost, Patina, Sunny, Lu

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 

Divergent by Veronica Roth