And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

As You Like It by William Shakespeare

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

A Death in the Family by James Agee

Deogratias, A Tale of Rwanda by Jean-Philippe Stassen

Emma by Jane Austen

Extreme Sports by Joe Tomlinson

Fences by August Wilson

For the Win by Cory Doctorow

Girl With The Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Good Poems by Garrison Keillor

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters' First 100 Years by Sarah Louise Delany

Hiroshima by John Hersey

In My Father's House by Ann Rinaldi

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery by John Feinstein

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmeal Beah

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff

Neanderthal by John Darnton

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

On the Street Where You Live by Mary Higgins Clark

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by by Ken Kesey

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E Butler

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Philadelphia Fire by John Edgar Wideman

Pride of Baghdad by Brian Vaughan

A Place Where The Sea Remembers by Sandra Benitez

Running Loose by Chris Crutcher

Skim by Mariko Tamaki

Skinwalkers by  Tony Hillerman

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron

Sons of Liberty by Alexander Lagos

Sunrise over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers

The Color of Water by James McBride

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wheezie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East by Naomi Shahib Nye

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Another Country by James Baldwin

Ash by Melinda Lo

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by MT Anderson

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson

Bad Boy, A Memoire by Walter Dean Meyers

Beauty by Robin McKinley

A Bone from a Dry Sea by Peter Dickinson

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson

Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James Swanson

Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Estrella's Quinceañera by Malin Alegria

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments from My Life by Mae Jemison

The First Part Last by Angela Johnson

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Freeze Frame by Heidi Ayarbe

Gold Dust by Chris Lynch

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

I am Number 4  by Pittacus Lore

An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio by Judith Ortiz Cofer

Jefferson's Children by Shannon Lanier

Just Another Hero by Sharon Draper

Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown

Martha Graham: A Dancer's Life by Russell Freedman

Maus, I: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream by Sampson Davis and Others

The Piano Lesson by August Wilson

The Rules of Survival by Nanct Werlin

Sorrow's Kitchen: The Life and Folklore of Zora Neale Hurston by Mary E Lyons

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrne

A Step From Heaven by An Na

Trickster: Native American Tales - A Graphic Collection by Matt Dembicki

Tyrell by Coe Booth
Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

  • Book Lists for 11th Graders
  • Book Lists for 12th Graders
  • Pulizer Prize Fiction (coming soon)
  • ​Pulizer Prize Non-Fiction (coming soon)
  • ​Career Enhancing Books (coming soon)

Popular Suggested Book List for 8th Grade

This list of books was put together based on popular books selected by 8th graders as well as teachers and literary professionals. The content should be appropriate and the vocabulary more complex than the lists for 6th and 7th grade readers. There are great books in this group that would enhance anyone's summer reading list. These are some solid additions to your Reading Bucket List.

Popular Book List for 6th and 7th Grade

This list of suggested books was compiled based on the appropriateness of the reading level as well as the content appeal for a 6th grade reader. The list can be a great one for setting year long goals. Or the 6th grade book list can be used as a menu from which to choose a handful of great books to read on your summer bucket list.

Bucket List Book and Reading Ideas 

There are great short books, great long books, great books of fiction, non-fiction, fantasy and opinion. Sometimes it can be hard to narrow down which books you want to be sure to read within a given amount of time. Here are some great lists of books that could help kick off your bucket-full-of-books-reading-list! And remember, you might just love some of the books listed for 6th grade summer reading lists, even if you have not been in 6th grade for 50 years! Have fun with these bucket list book ideas!

The Absolutely True Biography of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos

California Blue by David Klasse

The Chosen by Chaim Potok

Dateline: Troy by Paul Fleischman

The Demon in the Teahouse by Dorothy Hoobler

Does my Head Look Big in This by Randa Abdel-Fattah

The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Fever 1793 by Laurie H Anderson

Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem by Marilyn Nelson

Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement by Ann Bausum

Gandhi, Great Soul by John B Severance

Gifted Hands by Ben Carson

Harlem by Walter D Myers

Harlem Stomp! by Laban Carrick Hill

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Hush by Jacqueline Woodson

I, Too, Sing America by Catherine Clinton

The Invisible Thread: An Autobiography by Yoshiko Uchida

Iron West by Doug TenNepal

Jackie's Nine: Jackie Robison's Values to Live By by Sharon Robinson

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia

Jumping the Nail by Eve Bunting

The Killer's Cousin by Nancy Werlin

The Misfits by James Howe

Red Kayk by Prescilla Cummings

Red Midnight by Ben Mikealsen

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher

Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy by Sonya Sones

​Stuck in Nuetral by Terry Trueman

Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

Team Moon by Catherine Thinmesh

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson

The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life About Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West by Sid Fleischman

Uglies by Scott Westerfield

Up From Slavery by Booker T Washington

Who Am I Without Him?: Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives by Sharon Flake

Wolf Tower by Tanith Lee

Yummy: The Last Days of Southside Shorty by Greg Neri

Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo by Zlata Filipovic

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph

The Dream Keeper and Other Poems by Langston Hughes

Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life Of Discovery by Russell Freedman

The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig

Esperanza Rising by Pamela Nuñez Ryan

Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna by Joseph L Lekuton

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

The Great Fire by Jim Murphy

Guys Write for Guys Read by Joe Scieszka

Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

Hero-Type by Barry Lyga

The Land by Mildred D Taylor

The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Penny From Heaven by Jennifer Holm

Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li- Jiang

Rosa Parks: My Story  by Rosa Parks

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Running Out of Time by Margaret Petersen Haddix

Small Steps by Louis Sachar

Taking Sides by Gary Soto

Tales of Greek Heroes by Roger L Green

To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel by Siena Cherson Siegel

Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing by Paul B. Janeczko

The Storyteller's Beads by Jane Kurtz

Thunder Rolling in the Mountain by Scott O'Dell and Elizabeth Hall

Totally Joe by James Howe

Travel Team by Mike Lupica

Walking to the Bus-Rider Blues by Harriet Gillen Robinet

We Are The Ship: The story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D Schmidt

You Don't Even Know Me: Stories and Poems About Boys by Sharon Flake

Zel by Donna Jo Napoli

Suggested Book List for 10th Graders

If you are in high school and are making a bucket list for this summer, there are lots of great books on this reading list. Just pick a few of these for an amazing summer book bucket list.

Suggested Book List for 9th Graders

Ninth graders have an amazing set of books that are content and age appropriate. That being said, depending on a student's school or school district, this set of books could be good for an 8th grade book list or a 10th grade book list idea.  

  • Book Lists for 6th Graders
  • Book Lists for 7th Graders
  • Book Lists for 8th Graders
  • ​Book Lists for 9th Graders
  • ​Book Lists for 10th Graders

Career Enhancing and Success-Minded Books

For some this book list will be full of the obvious, but for people just getting started in their career or people who are just realizing that they will be able to manage the success of their career. 

The Anied by Virgil

Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid

Atonement by Ewan McEwan

Beowulf by Gareth Hines

Black and White by Paul Volponi

The Blind Side: Evolution of the Game by Michael Lewis

Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros

Color of Earth by Tong-hwa Kim

The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron

Demo by Brian Wood

Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Endurance: Shakleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

Fisk Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence by Geoffery Canada

Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Frida: Viva La Vida! Long Live Life! by Carmen Bernier-Grand

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

The Good Negress by A.J. Verdelle

In The Time Of The Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Kendra by Coe Booth

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

Light in August by William Faulkner

Luna: A Novel by Julie Anne Peters

Makes Me Wanna Holler by Nathan McCall

Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography edited by Andrew Helfer

Monstrumologist by Richard Yancy

My Jim by Nancy Rawles

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Once And Future King by TH White

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur

The Salt Eaters by Toni Cade T Bambara

Shakespeare: The World as a Stage by Bill Bryson

Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

Soldier: A Poet's Childhood by June Jordan

Spindle's End by Robin McKinley

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk KiddWhen Rain Clouds Gather by Bessie Head

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

What I Was by Meg Rosoff

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Suggested Book List for 12th Graders

If you are about to be a high school senior and you want to get ahead this summer, pull your summer book bucket list from this list of books. You may have some on your syllabus next year, and you certainly do not want your brain to go on vacation this summer! This list of books for 12th graders is really great for anyone's bucket list!

Suggested Book List for 11th Graders

These recommended books for 11th Grade readers are, like all of the upperclassmen's book lists, good for anyone who is looking for a great read. There are at least 20 books on this list that should go on anyone's bucket list, summer reading list or otherwise. 

The 9/11 report: A Graphic Adaptation by Sid Jacobson

A Cup Of Tea, A Novel of 1917 by Amy Ephon

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

All Soul's Rising by Madison Smart Bell

Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez

The Big Sea: An Autobiography by Langston Hughes

Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Juno Diaz

Born Confused by Tanuja Desal Hidler

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Cover-Up by John Feinstein

The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon

DC Noir by George Pelecanos

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Gather Together in My Name by Maya Angelou

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin

Grendel by John Gardner
Hamlet by William Shakespeare

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Left Hand Of Darkness by Ursela K. LeGuin

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Looking For Alaska by John Green

Lost In The City By Edward P Jones

Madapple by Christina Meldrum

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X Stork

Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot

The Photographer: Into War Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders by Emmanuel Guibert

Somebody Told Me: The Newspaper Stories of Rick Bragg by Rick Bragg

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

The Time Machine by HG Wells

Two Parties, One Tux and a Very Short Film About The Grapes Of Wrath by Steven Goldman

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

The Wedding by Dorothy West

What Is It by Lynda Barry

When I Was Puerto Rican

When The Legends Die by Hal Borland

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

Woman Hollering Creek And Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros

Woman Warrior: Memoirs of Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston

A Wreath for Emmet Till by Marilyn Nelson

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