7th Grade Summer Reading List

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Summer reading lists are a great way to keep your students engaged with reading throughout the summer months. Get ideas for some books your students can read during this time.

Summer Reading List for 7th Grade

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

A family story that deals with the trials of dealing with loss and growing up, Alcott's novel provides students with a look back in history and powerful characters. The sisters that the book focuses on are all different and all have their own problems throughout the novel.'s lesson on ''Little Women'' can help students while they're reading this novel.

  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

This novel follows the life of a young Chicana girl growing up in Chicago. Throughout the novel, the main character moves from childish things to adult experiences. Students can reference the lesson ''The House on Mango Street'' Summary and Analysis while reading the book.

  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway's novel follows the experiences of a down-on-his-luck fisherman as he tries to catch a fish. The novel features heavy symbolism and Hemingway's minimalist writing style. Students can assess their understanding of the major themes and symbolism by checking out the short, fun video lesson on ''The Old Man and the Sea''.

  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

This novel is about events that unfold between two clashing social classes. However, as the novel progresses, there can be certain similarities detected between these groups. Students can gain a better understanding of this classic by checking out's course on ''The Outsiders''.

Other Ideas for Reading Lists for 7th Graders

There are lots of possible reading lists available on the internet. You might consider the options offered by the American Library Associated (, or other teachers and school districts. Often these lists are updated every year, allowing you to keep up with newly published books and award winners.

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