Suggested Summer Reading Lists

Grade Level Reading Lists

Note: A rising student is one that will be starting that grade in the new school year.  For example, a rising tenth grader is one who completed the ninth grade in school year 2013-2014 and will be a tenth grader in the 2014-2015 school year.

   Fairfax County Public Library Summer Reading Program

The Fairfax County Summer Reading Program encourages children and teens to read for pleasure during summer vacation. It is held in cooperation with Fairfax County Public Schools.

  • The Summer Reading Program runs from June 20 to August 30.
  • Kids from birth to sixth grade read 15 books. Students in grades 7-12 read eight books.

About Summer Reading

In order to encourage and support reading achievement, every student who will be entering grades six through twelve in the fall must read at least one book over the summer.

The follow-up in the fall will be determined by each school. The Summer Reading lists contain suggestions for reading; although students may read any other book that is approved by their parents, except where individual schools have issued their own summer reading requirements. Any school-based requirements supercede the County requirement.

Some schools and courses, particularly at the high school level, have additional summer assignments. Parents and students should inquire about summer assignments when registering at the school. Most of these assignments are posted at the individual school web sites.


FCPS students can access online digital books (ebooks).

The Fairfax County Public Libraries have lists of many good books for readers of all ages. 

Connections is designed to assist teachers, parents, and others working with children in selecting books that reinforce the Virginia Standards of Learning in the four core content areas of English, history, math, and science. The books in the Connections database represent a wide variety of books available for children; however, it is not inclusive of all the books available. Remember, not all books are appropriate for use with all children; read and familiarize yourself with a book before you decide to use it with children.

Quick Links:

Summer Reading List

6th Grade List

7th & 8th Grade List

9th - 12th Grade List

Finding a Book

Related Links:

Summer Learning Programs

Thomas Jefferson Summer Learning

Elementary Institute for the Arts

Institute for the Arts

Tech Adventure Camp


ACE Summer Programs


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Last Updated

April 23, 2014