Summer Reading Flowchart: What Should You Read On Your Break?

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Summer is right around the corner, which means most schools will be letting out and students will be busy with family vacations, summer camp and a myriad of other activities. With research finding that children who do not read over the summer may lose up to three months of reading progress, it’s important to encourage your students to pick up a few books during the hot months ahead.

To help encourage high school students to find a book of their choice, we’ve compiled a list of 101 books to kick off your learners’ summer reading. Interested in finding fiction vs. non-fiction books? Would you like to find classical or contemporary fiction? Intrigued by survival books? Tales of war? We have them all and many more to choose from! Follow our chart of top picks and peruse the different categories until you find something that’s a perfect fit!

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Summer Reading Flowchart

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  • allah_speaking

    The Constitution, The Bill of Rights, The Declaration of Independence, and the Federalist Papers…
    All on-line, so you’ll only be paying for your internet service…

  • Sarah

    OMG! Love it.

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  • Selenastair

    This needs to be a poster! This chart needs to be available for teachers and librarians to put on the wall!!

  • Mgenevievey

    I wish it would print like a poster… Or maybe I could assign each student and give them some construction paper and we can make the map ourselves…

  • LD Robwell

    Why is heart of darkness on a path that says No Social Issues, Yes Dventure? It talks AT LENGTH about the exploitation of african workers by european companies and is very much a social commentary, not an avenue.

  • Kate Tallulah Taylor

    This is cool although the choices in fantasy seemed a little dated, especially when the genre’s enjoying such a resurgence: where was A Song of Ice and Fire, American Gods, Name of the Wind and other contemporary heavyweights?

  • Raquel Porto Monteiro

    Great, great flowchart! I’ll share it on my blog, if you don’t mind!

  • Aunt_freya

    Hillman book is titled “I will plant you a lilac tree”…

  • Sayre D

    What a great way to figure out what to read!

  • Brigidkehoe

    Would like to see one of these done for grade school kids!

    • Guest

      Oliver Twist. It was written for children and with a little hard work they will improve their reading skills

  • Erendrake2

    Wonderful! Add Audrey Niffenegger’s Her Fearful Symmetry to Dark Fiction category.

  • Rita Lovestosingknitread

    Thanks for all the food for thought!

  • Puttputt1198eve

    This is a geat idea — and great suggestions. I’m a retired teacher and this really works for me. Thanks!!

  • Lotsaboiz3

    Nicely done! This should be a poster

  • ClassicallyModern

    Some updates:
    What about Borges “Ficcones” with Poe for short stories?
    Where Rushdie’s “Midnight’s Children” under magical realism for a tour de force?
    What about Calvino & Pynchon? Kafka’s “The Trial”
    Why no “Pale Fire” from Nabokov?
    Where’s ‘Stream of Consciousness’ as a category…?
    Started out with some real greats, then some of the books toward the end were a little forced & too specific. Overall, great chart though.

  • Logophage

    Why is the picture for Lord of the Rings a photo of the DVD box set?

  • LongStrider

    The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

  • Gradybryan

    I like the idea — also — of having students make a similar chart.
    Maybe the faculty could create one as well.

    • Monica Roland

      Yes! Students could make their own!

  • Ксюша Матива

    I love it

  • Barbara Middlemast-Neal

    I think this is very clever and would certainly endorse many of the recommendations. I agree with a comment below, which says that this needs to be a poster. It would be difficult to display this vertically though – a landscape version would be brilliant; think of that, going around the wall of a library.

  • My Two Innings

    These flowcharts are always funny, but Time Travel as the distinguishing characteristic of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five”? Really? That’s all you got out of it?

  • Anonymous

    Persepolis and Maus belong in Non-Fiction (they are biographies/autobiographies).

  • Melissa Baern

    Jane Eyre is about growing up rich?

  • wurdnurd

    Interesting that Billy Collins is the ONLY contemporary poet, and the only female listed in the poetry category is James Franco’s mom (who didn’t even write either of the collections shown; they’re compilations of YA-written poetry). Beyond that, an interesting graphic showing the bestsellers from the past 10 years, and every book assigned in high school that we *may have* skipped reading at the time…

  • Cburton

    You can right click on the chart & save it. Then upload to Facebook & put in the link.
    I tried printing, but just did part of chart, but if you had time & smarts I know you could figure it out, but they probably want you to buy it.
    Would be a fun cling on the floor or wall too….I bet you could make up your own clever one.

  • Michelle Notinterested

    Great flowchart! After reading the first several, I was expecting to see a statement that “and these great works ae all banned..somewhere, read them now.” The beginning sure looks like a list of banned books from banned books week. They all look like great reads!

  • Jan Morrison

    I like that the 3 ‘dark fiction’ choices are by Canadian women. huzzah for the dark weird north!

  • Brian Will

    Thanks for putting this together. There are some great books on the chart!

  • A_LexWilde

    BRILLANT!!! je vous le pique, il marche aussi en français! Merci!!

  • BruceB

    Where can I get this poster for my classroom? And a second poster to forward to my board of education because they can use this and never have to write English/Literature/Speech/Grammar /History curriculum EVER again!!

  • Kwbmath

    This is really cool! Even for a math teacher who reads in the summers.

  • Kmichaelp

    I’d love to know how you made this? Is it a Web 2.0 tool?

  • Amanda Porfirio

    This is awesome!!

  • Med kharbach

    Thank you I will post this infographic to my readers on

  • Elizabeth

    Can this please be a poster? I want to put this up in my classroom!

  • Cjchristoff

    This generates a lot of interest in adding favorites or improvements. I love that readers are always willing to share their book favorites with friends and new friends.

  • Jmarq3

    Excellent! iIwonder how many of today’s schools even teach some of any of these books. For shame if they are not.

  • Katherine Traylor

    34 female authors and 68 male ones. About as expected. I certainly won’t be using this chart.

    • Sue Trudgian

      what tosh! Why would you count them to check anyway?

  • Delanobpurscell

    Become a person this summer

  • Hobbsk

    This flow is so AWESOME!!!! I embedded it into my web site! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Linkancowz

    I am a librarian and I’d love to have this as a poster to hang up for people to see!!!

  • Bcncoahran

    Would love to have one for middle school High Ability kiddos!

  • Andrew Wahl

    This is fantastic! We sent it out by Twitter yesterday and embedded on our site today. Thanks for the willingness to share!

    Andrew Wahl
    Communications Director
    Humanities Washington

  • Christina Beeler1028

    I absolutely love this! What a brilliant idea! I will definitely use this.

  • Ramseyk

    Summer reading should be fun and light, not dark, drab, and depressing.

  • Lynda Roy

    More useful than a poster, the books need to be hotlinked to Amazon.

  • Mrs. Noble

    How can I get a poster of this?

  • Oanderson9212

    Poster please! I’d buy copies for my library. Could be a very cool readers advisory tool too…..

  • PragmaticMom

    Love it!

  • Julieanne10

    Any chance you supply this as a printable poster???

  • Connor Stafford

    Having read Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follet, I do not believe it belongs with the “God Bless Religion” category. Unfortunately, the category it belongs in is not covered by the scope of this flow chart, but as I haven’t read the other books in the category, it is also possible the category should simply be renamed. Additionally, it is unfortunate that you did not include any books by Isaac Asimov in any of the categories, but especially in Fiction/Classic Fiction/Sci Fi.
    But what I really want, is more flow charts, maybe then there will be space for more of my favorite authors!

  • Paul Jenkins

    I ended up on Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad…yikes. I love the flowchart, so glad to see the medium being put to great use in education.

  • Molly

    Overall, great chart with lots of good ideas!
    But… Jane Eyre is about growing up rich?
    And Sense & Sensibility is about a fall from grace?

  • filbo

    Is there a text version of this list (even just title & author without the flowchart aspect) for the visually impaired?

  • sthomas

    If this were available as a poster, I would buy it!!!

  • Kate Rawlins

    Holy Crap ! Ditto – good, bad, suggestions, ages – whatever. KEWL !

  • Karen

    Great flowchart! You should check out ConceptDraw next time you are creating one. It does great infographics.

  • Anonymous

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is for No to social issues? Lone Ranger and Tonto is Fantastical?

  • Karren Barlow

    Great flowchart! I have also recently found a site that teaches How to Make a Flowchart and it is very easy to use! I would recommend it to all!

  • Nicholas C. Rossis

    Amazing infograph, congratulations to for a great job!

  • Oksana Chyketa

    So many books I would like to read! The infographic is really great!!! I’d like to know what tool did you use to create this infographic? Thanks.