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Summer Reading 2023: Lower School

It's the 2023 Lower School Summer Reading List! 

Here you will find over 200 books that feature incredible writing, beautiful illustrations, and important themes. The majority of the books included on this list were published during the 2022-2023 school year, and we sincerely hope you and your child enjoy this new crop of titles.


Like last year, “Chapter Books” (equivalent to the Blue Dot books in the LS Library) are those books that have larger font, shorter chapters, and tend to be illustrated. In the "Middle Grade Chapter Books" section you will find books that are longer, more sophisticated, and skew a bit older (8-12-years-old) in terms of vocabulary and/or content. This section is perfect for adventurous readers and students rising from Class 3 into Class 4, but, as always, we encourage you to be mindful of book reviews as you select titles with your child. We recommend reading reviews like those found on Amazon or Common Sense Media to make informed choices about your child's individual readiness for particular titles.


If you are looking for more great titles to enjoy with your child this summer, check out our list of Old & New Classic Read-Alouds. We also recommend the Caldecott Award winners and honors (an award given out since 1938 for the most distinguished American picture book for children) and the Newbery Medal winners and honors, which is awarded yearly to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” You can find more literary awards and honor lists here.


You can also find a printable pdf version of the list at the bottom of this page.


Have a wonderful, book-filled summer!

Ms. Kover, Lower School Librarian