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SAS Secondary Reading List: Reading Lists

Reading lists and reading lists and MORE reading lists!

Mrs. Lynch's HOT MS Summer Reads

Audiobook Sites


Audio File Sync, is giving away two free YA audiobooks a week, all summer long! SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at These pairings of audiobooks can be downloaded directly into Overdrive! 

If you love hearing books read aloud, LibriVox, offers free audiobooks read by volunteers from around the world. Many of these titles are from Project Gutenberg, so if you are into classics, this is a great source for you. 


Reading List Links- Perfect for Middle School

School Library Journal (SLJ), is the gold standard for book reviews in the library world. Each year they release their list of the best reviewed books in children and adult literature. Head to this link for the best titles for Middle School. You can also link to their other Best of Lists for 2020.  School Library Journal's Best Books of 2020

And SLJ’s Top 100 Children’s Novels is the place to start. If your child reads nothing else this summer, 2 or 3 books from this list will keep him or her rolling in the right direction. School Library Journal's Top 100 Children's Novels

Hey, all you young, powerful feminists out there...looking for some inspiration via literature? Check out this amazing list of feminist books for all ages from the 2021 Project Rise: A Feminist Book Project. These books will add power to your words and your world!

Are you into RPG's? Check out this cool list of books that will fill all your role-playing desires, 12 Reads for RPG fans!

Are you looking for a curated list of books that celebrates diversity, inclusivity and intersecting identities? This collective of experts in children's literature has picked out books that represent Indigenous and People of Color, people with disabilities, and people from the LGBTQIA+ communities. The books listed are organized by level and vetted by experts in the field. We Are Kid Lit Collective Summer Reading List.

Are graphic novels your passion? Check out this list of the Best of Graphic Novels of 2020 from School Library Journal. There are some amazing graphic novels found here.  School Library Journal's Best of Graphic Novels 2021

Are you a facts and figures kind of person? Is reading non-fiction your passion? This amazing list by SLJ of the best Non-fiction for middle readers 2021 is the spot for you!

Looking to explore books that inspire a call to action, give you a lens into the voices of young activists and learn more about social justice? This book list for middle schoolers from School Library Journal on Social Justice will help you explore complex issues like racism, sexism, immigration and environmentalism. 

Mensa for Kids has excellent reading lists on all the classics for different age bands. Check out this list for GR4-6 and this list for GR7-8. 

Young yogi's and meditation masters alike will find messages of calmness and strength in these books from School Library Journal on Meditation and Mindfulness for the whole family. 

Is adventure your thing? Are you a thrill seeker? Can't get enough high-octane, page-turning excitement? This list from School Library Journal of riveting middle-grade adventures will keep you on the edge of your seat! 

Get out your measuring cup, flour, cake pans and get set to cook up some great reads! If you love to cook or love to read about cooking check out Book Riot's 10 Delicious Books for Kids who Love to Cook and Bake and get cooking!

Check out this amazing list of the hottest summer reads for middle schoolers from School Library Journal. If  you are looking for your next great summer read, work your way through SLJ's Summer Reading Series! 

Are you a podcast fan? Kids listening to podcasts have increased by 24% in March. Looking to expand your listening list for the summer? Give these podcasts Top Trendsetting Podcasts curated by School Library Journal aimed at middle schoolers...listen and learn!

Is sports your jam? Need just one more book about soccer? Track? Double Dutch? Basketball? Gymnastics? Football? Check out this list of diverse reads, with diverse characters AND diverse sports 31 Best Middle Grade Books about Sports and pick up a winner!

NPR’s Book Concierge is an amazing list of the best of the best of the year. The cool part? You can click for customization and it narrows down your choices for you. Children’s, Young Adult and Adult books are all at your fingertips.  NPR's Book Concierge

Want to know what the experts (children’s librarians!!!) recommend you read this summer? The librarians at the American Library Services for Children (ALSC) have compiled this fantastic list for middle schoolers. Check out ALSC’s Summer 2021 Reading List for Gr 6th-8th

Is your child going through a tough time? Are you moving this year? Has there been a sudden death or illness in the family this year? This list compiled by the American Library Services for Children (ALSC) is Comforting Reads for Difficult Times, complete with resources for parents.  Books can be a great comfort during times of struggle. Let a book help.

The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards can be found here. These are the most highly respected annual awards given to Children’s and Young Adult Literature. This is a fantastic starting point for your reading. ALA's Youth Media Award Winners 2021

Looking for a definitive list of classic books that every kid should read before age 14? Check out The Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf: 100 Must Reads for Kids 9-14 from NPR

The librarians from the Chicago Public Library create a list of their CPL Best of Best Books for kids of all ages. Check out the "never-fail" books on this list! There are two for fiction and one for informational books.

Want the best middle school reads that are recommended by MIDDLE SCHOOLERS and NOT teachers, librarians or grownups? Browse through the Best Books for Middle School According to my Students! Take it from the pros, these books are HOT!

The bloggers at Book Riot have compiled a list of 100 Must Read Middle Grade Books for the Summer. They are organized by genre. Any reader should be able to find a new favorite here!

Reading List Links- Perfect for Young Adults

A great resource for finding quality, award-winning YA literature is American Library Association's, Young Adult Library Service Association’s (YALSA) Teen Book Finder, which gives you the capability to search their database of books that have won awards and appeared on their highly respected “Best of…” lists and also to filter by genre, title, author and award year. Super handy! YALSA's Teen Book Finder

Were you inspired by National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman's amazing poem at the 2021 Inauguration? Check out these 6 Novels in Verse recommended by Kirkus for Teen poetry lovers and get your inner poet flowing. 

Looking for books to expand your knowledge of racism? Read one of these amazing titles from Kirkus' 10 Antiracist Books for Young Adults. 

June is National Pride Month, so grab one of the 45 amazing titles off of this list from Epic Reads on LGBTQIAP+ Protagonists and celebrate and amplify queer voices and queer books!

Every year, University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley) offers us a summer reading list for its incoming freshman class. This year's theme is Lift Our Gazes.  "To acknowledge this difficult period in our history while also looking to the future with hope, purpose, and resilience, we take inspiration for this year’s theme from 22-year-old Amanda Gorman’s poem read at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration and “lift our gazes to...what stands before us.” See UC Berkeley's Summer Reading List 2021 here. 

Need a horror fix? Want a book that will keep you reading long into the night? Check out Book Riot's Chills and Thrills: A Summer of YA Horror! 

Organized by topics like "Books to Keep You Up All Night", "Books That Are More Than a Beach Read", "Books About That Crazy Thing Called Love",  and "Books That Will Transport You To Another Time and Place", this great list by Brightly will help you find the perfect summer read! The Ultimate YA Summer Reading List

Do you miss traveling? Need a book that will take you away, even though you can't leave SH? Pick up one of these lovely books set in a destination that will make you want to travel. Epic Read's list of 21 Books Set Abroad will make you want to travel to far off places. 

Are you stuck at home this summer? Here are some amazing non-fiction books to challenge you and your thinking by Kirkus if you are Stuck At Home. 

School Library Journal's amazing librarians from around the world have compiled list upon list of the coolest and newest YA books for you to catch up on this summer...including romance, humor, sports, graphic novels, sci-fi and fantasy!

The Outstanding Books for College Bound Readers is created by a committee of Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) public, secondary school and academic librarians. This list is created every five years to offer opportunities for independent reading.  The books on this list offer opportunities to discover new ideas, and provide an introduction to the fascinating variety of subjects within an academic discipline. Readers will gain an understanding of our diverse world and build a foundation to deepen their response to that world. The list is broken into five academic disciplines and is intended for students preparing for college. The Outstanding Books for College Bound Readers list

Want to know what industry titan Bill Gates is reading this year? Check out these 5 Books to Find Hope in 2021 by Bill Gates. With topics ranging from social justice to international intrigue, there is surely something here to pique your interest. 

Interested in what Former President Barack Obama's favorite reads of 2020 were? Here is the list published by The Independent. 

92 (!) Books Based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Sign me up, please! Find something with action, tech or twists that can't be topped. We promise every book will give you the same adrenaline-fueled feeling that seeing your fave superhero movie for the first time did. Scroll through and find your next SUPER read Epic Read's Marvel Cinematic Universe Reads.  

NPR’s Book Concierge is an amazing list of the best of the best of the year. The cool part? You can click for customization and it narrows down your choices for you. Children’s, Young Adult and Adult books are all at your fingertips.  NPR's Book Concierge

Want a super unique way to get your next book recommendation? Are you a Star Wars fan? Take this book quiz from Epic Reads and give your opinions on Star Wars questions. When you get through the quiz you will have the perfect book recommendation just for you. May the Force (of reading) be with you! Epic Reads Star Wars Quiz

Is mystery your thing? Then get a clue and find your summer read on this list of 25 Best YA Murder Mysteries of All Time compiled by Popsugar.

Are you a gamer? Looking for a heart-stopper involving gaming? We've got you covered with this list by Book Riot of 9 Nail-biting Books About Teen Gamers. Get ready to level up with these winners!

Buzzfeed has their Top 15 Young Adult Books of 2020. This list has all the best YA titles on it! 

Looking for a Challenge?

Reading Challenges are a fun way to expand your reading in the summer. You can choose one of the below challenges and see how you do. Many challenges ask you to give yourself a shout out on social media...#cool #lookatmemom #ireadatonofbooks !!! 

Looking for a challenge for EVERYONE in the family? Look no further than this master list of most of the reading challenges for 2021 out there on the rainbow, the frankenslam, a fairytale retelling every month, the foodie challenge, kitty lit, books to movies, tunes to book...the challenges go on and on!

The most popular reading challenge out there is the Read Harder 2021 Challenge by Book Riot, which challenges readers to "read harder". This is the challenge that I try to do every keeps me on my reading toes and gets me out of my comfort genres! The best thing about this reading challenge is the amazing book lists that come with each's all right in one spot!

School Library Journal has an entire set of multi-generational lists of books on a variety of topics that will get the entire family reading, talking and exploring together!  You can explore Mindfulness and Meditation, DIY or Gardening, to name a few!

Brightly's Reading Challenge for 9-12 year olds is a great place to start. 

Don't worry...Brightly's Reading Challenge for Teens will inspire older readers! 

Popsugar does an annual reading challenge, with 52 super cool challenges. They also have an advanced option, for all you reading overachievers out there!

The brilliant minds behind The Little Free Libraries bring you The Little Free Library 50 Book Challenge. Pick up a book and start today!

Pet therapy in the library??? Yes, please!

Sanitizing the Book Smell Away- Book Nerd Problems by Epic Reads

Now that you've got all those AMAZING do you get em in your suitcase????

Mrs. Lynch's HOT YA Summer Reads