Our kids love having downtime in the summer, but it’s still so important to keep brains engaged when they’re not in school. It’s hard enough to convince them to wake up before noon, let alone use their brains productively! The best way to get your kids reading during summer break is to model good reading habits. Pick up a book and foster that love of reading. Kids who really love reading, however, have choice in what they read. Let your kids explore different genres of books.

Get them started by providing some suggestions like these books for teens to read this summer.

teen girl book collection

Our girls have a collection of books ranging from classic to teen love to vampire romance.

Books for Teens to Read This Summer

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

The sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda follows Leah, Simon’s best friend, on her own coming-out journey. We love LGBT-friendly novels for young adults, and these characters are real and well-written. Because of some mature themes and language, the book is more appropriate for older teens.

Refugee by Alan Gratz

This critically acclaimed novel showcases three refugee children from different places in the world throughout history. This timely novel is an incredible way to discuss current events in the world with your children.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The first book in The Selection series is a dystopian, fairy-tale with a little bit of competition and some teen romance. Our girls love this series. It will keep your teen on the edge of their seat wondering what will happen next!

teen girl with books

Provide teens with lots of reading choices. They will settle into a few that are sure to become favorites.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

The story of Kit Tyler who befriends a colonist accused of being a witch during the Salem era was published in 1959. The story has definitely stood the test of time. Introduce your child to this Newbery Medal Award winning story with a scary twist.

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Graphic novels are not just funny paper reads. The stories are rich with plot and character, and El Deafo is no exception. Check out the gorgeous illustrations in this amazing story about fitting in and finding oneself.

The List by Siobhan Vivian

In this book, a list comes out each year at a local high school of the prettiest and ugliest girls in each class. The consequences for each girl chosen can be painful. It’s not always the girls on the ugly list who are suffering the most. The book has a powerful lesson about popularity and appearances very apropos for girls our kids’ ages.

The Only Game (Home Team) by Mike Lupica

Mike Lupica’s sports-themed books are favorites for boys and girls alike. The Home Team series focuses on a group of kids in a small town. They learn lessons about fitting in, forgiveness, and family through their athletic endeavors.

boy with book and headphones

It’s amazing how much a teen can retain while reading. Even while listening to music at the same time!

What is your teen reading this summer?

These books are perfect reads for your kid to keep their mind engaged and reading muscles strong this season. Keep the list handy for great reads into the fall as well. As with any choice reading, we love to talk to our kids about the books they enjoy. In fact, you may want to pick up a copy of some of these books for teens to read this summer and enjoy them for yourself or read along with your child!


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