2024 SummerReads

Welcome to your headquarters for summer reading recommendations and academic information, including Upper School summer reading requirements for the upcoming school year and math resources for all grades. 

SummerReads is the library's suite of recommended reading lists. Compiled by Pike Librarians Francesca Mellin and Davita Block, these Padlet curations are updated annually with a commitment to highlighting diverse and inclusive perspectives and a focus on enjoyable, age-relevant titles. 

Support your local community! The Andover Bookstore offers a 10% discount to Pike families when purchasing/ordering titles for summer reading.

Select your incoming grade for fall 2024 to view your Padlet list. 

PreK/K      1/2    3/4   5/6      7/8/9   Amazing Audio (all ages)  

We also recommend the 2024-2025 Massachusetts Children's and Teen Choice Book Award nominees! These titles are available at your local library and on Sora. 

Check out your local public library for subscriptions to e-reading, digital audio, and music platforms like Freegal and Hoopla. Many also offer fun summer reading challenges with prizes.  

Additional Reading Lists

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The Horn Book Literature Journal’s List 

Jane Addams Children’s Book Award 2024 Honorees

2024 Notable Books for a Global Society: International Literacy Association 

Upper School English Requirements

Grades 5 and 6

  • Incoming 5th grade students will read Half A Chance by Cynthia Lord.

  • Incoming 6th grade students will read Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed.

Books will be provided to students, who are expected to bring their copy to school in September and should be ready to participate in class discussion. Additionally, students should read three other titles of their own choosing.

Grades 7, 8, and 9

  • Incoming 7th grade students will read Sunshine: How One Camp Taught Me About Life, Death, and Hope by Jarrett Krosoczka and Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhhà Lai.

  • Incoming 8th grade students will read It's Trevor Noah: Born A Crime (Young Readers Edition) by Trevor Noah and Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhhà Lai

  • Incoming 9th grade students will read Turning 15 On the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery and Witness by Karen Hesse.

Books will be provided to students, who are expected to bring their copies to school in September and should be ready to participate in class discussion. Additionally, students should read two other titles of their own choosing.

Math Resources (all grades)

This Google Drive folder contains math activities which are organized by grade level.





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

Kidlit TV

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

Kids Ask Authors

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

Discover 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, some of which also include music and movies!

  • Libby by Overdrive
  • Freegal
  • Hoopla

Don't have a library card? Check with your library to apply online.

Find Reliable Information

Use Databases

Databases are reliable sources of information. Click here to find our entire suite of databases.

Learn More About Digital Literacy

Click here for a carefully curated collection of short videos to help you hone your ability to effectively find and use digital resources.

Keep Track of Your Sources

Use NoodleTools to keep track of your sources

Learn how to log in to the catalog and place holds. 


Click to search the catalog or browse virtually. 

Alexandria Catalog

Find out how to create and save book lists.