Summer Reading

Lower School

The American Section does not have a mandatory reading list for Lower School students. Instead, we have compiled this list of suggestions to help parents guide their children's learning over the summer months. 

The best way to combat the loss of language skills over the summer is to encourage your children to read. To help your children avoid the summer slide backward in skills acquired over the school year, we've put together a reading list of timeless favorites and new releases across a wide range of levels and genres for your children to enjoy. Encourage your children to bring a book everywhere they go instead of defaulting to a screen! If your children need some extra encouragement to read, use the Summer Bingo chart and make it a game for the entire family. We've also suggested some podcasts for those long car rides, or why not buy some audiobooks to listen to while traveling?

Lower school Summer reading suggestions


Middle and Upper Schools 

Summer Reading Lists

We are excited to offer you the required and optional 2021 summer reading choices for History and English for incoming Sixième-Terminale. We are deeply committed to enriching language and culture in English, and we know from experience that reading is the most effective way to achieve these goals.

Some excellent reasons to read:

  • Explore other worlds

  • Expand knowledge and compassion

  • Foster multicultural understanding

  • Relieve stress and anxiety

  • Get inspired

Please try to set aside at least 20 minutes every day for reading. Some people like to read at breakfast and others in bed at night. There are no rules as to when to enjoy a good book. Our advice is always to have a book within reach!

We have put a great deal of thought into the variety and literary merit of the lists. We are confident all students will find books to challenge and interest them.

Upper School Summer Reading Lists

Middle School Summer Reading lists

Feel free to talk to your teachers or to email our librarians, Amy Crist and Charlotte Jarquin, with any questions regarding the books. 

Happy reading and see you in September!

The American Section Team