Summer Reading Lists

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Looking for ways to beat the heat this summer? Check out these lists, curated by many wonderful groups of librarians to keep students reading all summer long!

All Ages

  • The American Library Association’s Association of Library Services to Children lists by grade level: 2021 ALSC Summer Reading Lists
  • The Texas Library Association has an incredible number of lists, including Cory's favorites: 2x2 (for children age two to grade two) and Little Mavericks (graphic novels for children grades K–5). TLA Reading Lists
  • School Library Journal will start posting weekly recommended books in June, at this link: 2021 Hot Reads Summer Series

YCC & Primary


Middle School

This summer's selection, Born a Crime, is a memoir by South African comedian Trevor Noah. In the book, Trevor takes us on a journey of his childhood during Apartheid, the struggles of growing up as the child of a white dad and black mom, and his search for identity and personal fulfillment. Trevor Noah tells his life’s story with grace, humor, and compassion. Assignment details and instructions for picking up the book will be sent out to Middle School families by June 11.

High School

This summer's reading choices focus on a wide range of human experiences that will be a jumping-off point for a city study of Houston, which will be the subject of the fall Odyssey. Students will read their chosen book, and during the first week of school will engage in a seminar discussion and complete and share a creative response.

*Note: This summer's books are shown on slides 2–8. The Hill We Climb will not be released until September 2021.

Summer Reading List 2021:

  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi (YA fiction)
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez (YA fiction)
  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (fiction)
  • Almost American Girl by Robin Ha (nonfiction graphic novel/memoir)
  • LOT by Bryan Washington (short stories/fiction, Houston specific)
  • Hip Hop in Houston: The Origin and the Legacy by Maco L. Faniel (nonfiction, Houston specific)
  • Isaac’s Storm by Eric Larson (nonfiction, Galveston/Houston specific)
  • The Hill We Climb and Other Poems by Amanda Gorman (poetry)

Meet our amazing school librarian, Cory Eckert!

And don't forget to let her know what your families are reading this summer. Please take pictures of your students with their summer reads and tag The Post Oak School (@postoakschool) on social media!