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2014 Summer Reading Recommendations


Educationalists will tell you how important it is for children to keep reading throughout the long summer break lest their ever-evolving literacy skills erode. Fine. That does not, however, excuse the frequently dreadful list of recommended or — eep — required reading that schools shoot out as one last salvo of homework just as everybody is looking forward to a nice break.

This list is not that list. Instead, the editors of the Horn Book hope you will find herein books kids — and you, too — will enjoy as part of the season’s leisure, every bit as delicious as ice cream. Dig in.

Picture Books (Fiction and Nonfiction) | Early Readers and Younger Fiction
Intermediate Fiction and Nonfiction | Middle School Fiction and Nonfiction
High School Fiction and Nonfiction

For a handy take-along list of titles, follow this link to a printable PDF.

Roger Sutton
Editor in Chief



  1. No poetry lists? I can’t imagine summer reading without poetry, for children or adults!

  2. Elissa Gershowitz says:

    But of course! Poetry is included in the individual sections. The lovely and very summer-friendly Firefly July, for example, is with the picture books.

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