Summer reading offers students an opportunity to enjoy quality literature while growing their independent reading skills. By offering choice, we hope students will find ‘books they won’t be able to put down’ so they can authentically engage in summer reading and ultimately ‘fall in love’ with reading so they are better prepared to engage in academic reading. 

This summer, every LSDO high school student should self-select and read at least one book. As a starting point, students might consider choosing one of the 2021-2022 South Carolina Young Adult Book Award (YABA) nominees, however, choosing from this list is not required. 

**Notice for Parents/Guardians: Young Adult titles often cover mature subject matter and may include strong language. Parents/guardians should review the chosen title to determine if the book seems appropriate for their student reader.


Use the links below for more information on specific titles: 

Amazon Book Reviews  (

Common Sense Media (

When students return to school in August, teachers will use students’ summer reading experiences to begin building a community of readers who share and talk about books. Students may also be invited to participate in a schoolwide reading celebration.