SummerReads 2020

At the Pike Library, we encourage students to read widely, whether it be a new genre or series, a book set in another country, or about a character different from themselves. By opening the pages of a novel or a picture book, we can travel to the Harlem Renaissance, to Hong Kong, or to Hogwarts, all courtesy of an author’s imagination. 

This year, all of our lists are just a click away. The multicolored links for 2020 highlight books that were published during the past year. We've also kept access to our 2019 lists that include extensive recommendations. Happy reading!

Lower School 2020   Middle School 2020   Upper School 2020   9th Grade (GoodReads)

SummerReads are compiled by Pike Librarians Francesca Mellin and Linda Spence. They are updated annually with a commitment to representing multicultural and diverse perspectives.

More Great Reading Lists

From Organizations We Recommend

Horn Book's Summer Reading List 2020

2020 Children’s Choices (Children’s Book Council/ILA publication)

Reading Beyond (joint publication of CBC and ALA)

We Are Kid Lit Collective 2020 Inclusion-focused list

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Reading Without Walls Challenge - Jorden

Reading Without Walls

Join our annual challenge to broaden your reading horizons.

Reading Without Walls Challenge Criteria

Upper School English: 2020 Required Summer Reading

E-Reading and Digital Audio


Sora is Pike's e-reading and digital audio platform. Read on the web or in the app. Setup directions (pdf) 

Powered by Overdrive, and available through our subscription to the Massachusetts Library System's eBook Program.

Watch this screencast to learn how to get the most from the Sora app. You'll learn how to connect your public library to your account, and find readability settings.

Leverage your public library! 

Most area public libraries have subscriptions to these e-reading and digital audio platforms:

  • Overdrive
  • Freegal
  • Hoopla

Some libraries are also offering curbside pickup of physical books. Don't have a library card? Check with your library to apply online.

Available through the Boston Public Library


Tumble Biblioteca is a collection of online eBooks in Spanish for kids in grades K-6. No downloads - just read online. Available through the Boston Public Library until August 2020.

User name: tumble735
Password: books


TumbleBook Library is a collection of online eBooks for kids in grades K-6. No downloads - just read online. Available through the Boston Public Library until August 2020.

User name: tumble735
Password: books


TeenBookCloud is an online database of eBooks for kids in 7th to 12th grade. Includes graphic novels. No downloads - just read online. Available through the Boston Public Library until August 2020.

User name: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6


For all ages, AudioBookCloud offers online audiobooks. You will need to download an app from either the AppStore or GooglePlay and log in on the School tab. Available through the Boston Public Library until August 2020.

User name: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

More Reading and Listening Fun!

International Children's Digital Library

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This online collection has more than 4,000 books from all over the world, in more than 50 languages. Browse, click, read, and enjoy!

Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books. 

Storytime from Space


Listen to books read by astronauts while orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station. StoryTime from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation.

Connect with Authors and Illustrators

Mo Willems From the Kennedy Center

Mo Willems' Lunch Doodles are archived so you can learn to draw your favorite character. Is it Piggy? Gerald? or maybe the Pigeon?

Kids Ask Authors


Kids Ask Authors is a podcast hosted by Grace Lin. Each podcast features an author who answers question asked by students. 

Camp Candlewick

Sponsored by Candlewick Press, this is a virtual camp for readers in first grade to 12th grade. Readers can participate in shared reads, activities, and streaming events with prominent creators. Be sure to check out Camp Candlewick.

Kidlit TV

KidLit TV

KidLit TV is where you can find books read by their authors, interviews, book trailers, craft ideas and so much more. 

Resources for Lower School and Middle School Students