Book Lists for Summer Reading 2010

Older High School

George Eliot, Silas Marner.

Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome.

Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery.

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility.

Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd.

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities.

Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography.

Henry James, Daisy Miller.

Nathaniel Hawthorne, House of the Seven Gables.

Nikolai Gogol, The Overcoat and The Nose.

Younger High School

William Golding, Lord of the Flies.

Jack London, The Call of the Wild.

Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days.

Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island.

Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis.

Joe Schwarcz, The Genie in the Bottle. (Non-fiction)

Thornton Wilder, Our Town.

John Hersey, Hiroshima. (Non-fiction)

Helen Keller, The Story of My Life. (Non-fiction)

John Boyne, The Boy in Striped Pajamas.

Middle School

Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Little House
     in the Big Woods.

Louise Vernon, The Beggar’s Bible.

Emily Little, The Trojan Horse:
     How the Greeks Won the War.

Nathaniel Hawthorne. A Wonder Book
     for Girls and Boys.

Frank B. Galbraith, Cheaper by the Dozen.

Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer.

Elementary School

Diane Stanley, The Bard of Avon.

Diane Stanley, Joan of Arc.

Margaret Davidson, Louis Braille.

Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema,
     Charles Dickens: The Man Who
     Had Great Expectations.

Gloria Skurzynski, The Minstrel in the Tower.

Kate Waters, Sarah Morton’s Day.

E. B. White, Charlotte’s Web.

Walter D. Edmonds, The Matchlock Gun.

Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire, Benjamin Franklin.

The Childhood of Famous Americans series, published by Macmillan Publishing Company
     (New York).

  1. This series of books, some old and some new, are exclusively about Americans: American inventors, presidents, patriots, and frontiersmen. I like the older ones in the series, like Thomas Edison (published in 1947). In reading this particular book, a seven- or eight-year-old gets a glimpse of the childhood of a legendary American inventor: that he was homeschooled; that he became partially deaf by being boxed in the ears by a railroad conductor hoisting him up onto the train; that his curiosity led him to do odd things, like sitting on chicken eggs for hours in a barn to test an idea that he had on incubation. The series also includes very affordable books about the following Americans: Neil Armstrong, Ronald Reagan, Daniel Boone, Buffalo Bill, Davy Crockett, Henry Ford, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee, Molly Pitcher, Teddy Roosevelt, Martha Washington, Paul Revere, and others.

One good site for profitable books is Beautiful Feet Books.