Locate a High School Summer Reading List

Choose a high school summer reading list to keep your child engaged during this otherwise "down-time" from learning. There are several ways of obtaining a list of great books to read whether schooling over the summer or taking time off.

Getting Started

As you look for book lists, be sure to check these places out:

  1. Current tutorial or homeschool co-op may offer suggestions - start here and check to see if there are suggested titles to read over the summer or whether any type of book club exists
  2. Local public library may provide lists - ask the children's or young adult librarian to help you find the lists of titles suitable for a high schooler
  3. Some Christian or secular bookstores run summer reading programs - participate in a program run by a bookstore that recommends books and may offer prizes, too
  4. Internet search - locate lists of books that should be read before college or develop your own list after researching titles, authors, and genres
  5. Prospective college’s admissions requirements - find out if a prospective college has recommended books to read before entry so your student can be ready when he applies

What About the Classics?

This is a question of considerable debate depending who attempts to answer it. It seems that there is no definitive answer but there does appear to be some agreement that the term refers to quality books.

The consensus is that the classics are the books that were written a long time ago and do not include the recent titles that may be more familiar to your child, such as Harry Potter or the latest vampire series. (Sorry, but, that's what my research turned up.)

Do a quick Google search for a list of classics and expect such titles as 1984, Animal Farm, The Grapes of Wrath, and The Catcher in the Rye, just to name a few.

You know, the books you were required to read in school long before there was even a thought of an electronic device like a Kindle!

So, whether you choose to homeschool during the summer or sign up for a reading program, select a high school summer reading list and open up a wonderful new world for your son or daughter with exciting stories and imaginative characters.

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