School’s out for summer—and reading lists are in! You’ll find plenty of suggestions in coming weeks, but GeorgiaCAN sourced ours from the folks who know best: elementary and middle school teachers across the state!

So, what do Georgia teachers want to see on your kid’s bookshelf?

Their suggestions range from age-old classics—like one about a very strange chocolate factory—to a modern classic by New Yorker reporter Malcolm Gladwell, and from Jane Eyre to a Stranger Things guide. There’s science fiction and true-life stories. The books include a diverse scope of perspectives, too.

A few titles got more than one nod:

According to one teacher, any Tor Seidler book is a go-to for students in third to fifth grade. (They do look amazing.)

Another teacher said the same is true of Dr. Seuss for kindergarteners. Reach for any of it! Dr. Seuss—or Theodor Seuss Geisel—was nominated for kindergarteners by more than one educator. (We agree! Here’s our fave.)

Now, for the complete 2018 Teacher-Recommended Summer Reading List. Huge thanks to the teachers who shared their suggestions!


We also asked our colleagues at 50CAN what they’re reading at home. Some of their choices were:

Happy reading! Let us know what you think

Steven is the state outreach manager for GeorgiaCAN. Besides working hard for Georgia’s kids, he enjoys checking out local record shops, gardening and trying out new recipes.


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