'Tis the season to reveal our annual top books lists!

We compiled the results by looking back at the most popular book lists on Vocabulary.com, assigned over the past year by thousands of middle and high school teachers from across the map. Teachers are using these ready-made resources to create engaging instructional activities that teach their students the most relevant vocabulary words from the texts.

Some are classics, and some are contemporary titles that have recently gained popularity with students and teachers.

Top 10 Titles Assigned by Middle School Teachers

1. The Outsiders 6. The Watson Go to Birmingham
2. The Giver 7. The Refugee
3. A Long Walk to Water 8. Bud, Not Buddy
4. The Lightning Thief 9. Freak the Mighty
5. Hatchet 10. Number the Stars

Explore the entire collection of the top 25 middle grade titles.


Top 10 Titles Assigned by High School Teachers

1. To Kill a Mockingbird 6. The Crucible
2. Romeo and Juliet 7. Animal Farm
3. The Great Gatsby 8. Lord of the Flies
4. Of Mice and Men 9. The Tragedy of Macbeth
5. Night 10. Fahrenheit 451

Explore the entire collection of the top 25 high school titles.

Which of these titles are on your class reading list?

No matter what you're teaching, Vocabulary.com can help you prep your students for a better reading experience. Start with one of our ready-made lists, and in just a few clicks you can assign meaningful activities that will boost comprehension. Whether you create a practice assignment, a spelling bee, or one of our famous Vocab Jams, our lists and activities will engage students and teach them the words they need to know to be successful readers. Here's how to get started.