Summer Reading Lists


2019 Summer Reading List - Grade 6 (PDF) 
2019 Summer Reading List - Grade 7 (PDF) 
2019 Summer Reading List - Grade 8 (PDF) 
2019 Summer Reading List - Grade 9 (PDF) 
2019 Summer Reading List - Grade 10 (PDF) 
2019 Summer Reading List - Grade 11 (PDF) 
2019 Summer Reading List - Grade 12 (PDF) 

2019 Summer Reading Guidelines & Scoring Rubric - Grades 6-12 (PDF) (RTF)
(PDF en Español) (RTF)

All students entering grades 6-12 for the 2019-2020 school-year are required to complete a summer reading assignment.  All students who enroll in Rockdale County Public Schools before August 2, 2019 are required to complete the summer reading assignments. The summer reading assignment is due August 12, 2019.

REQUIREMENTS (Rising Grades 6-12): 

1. Students must read one book from the required reading list for the grade level they will enter August 2019.
2. Students must complete one essay (with three parts) on the required book they selected; these are due August 12, 2019 to their English Language Arts Teacher. The specific guidelines and rubric for the assignments are included on this page.
Please write an essay that includes the following:

•    First Paragraph-Summary/Critique  -  Write or type a well-developed summary (approximately 300 words) of the book, emphasizing the plot or key details. Be sure to include the genre (i.e., biography, mystery, information, etc.), title of the book, and the author.  As you start to write, remember to grab the reader’s attention by creating a sense of humor, wonder, mystery, curiosity, etc.  These feelings cause the reader to want to know what happens next.

•    Second Paragraph-Theme/Central Idea  -  Identify the theme (general lesson about life in a fictional text) or central idea (main idea that the author wants to convey about the topic of a non-fiction text) of the book you read. Choose three (3) quotes that support the theme or central idea. For each quote, write a well-developed paragraph that explains how the quote relates to the theme or central idea. Consider choosing one quote each from the beginning, middle, and end of the book to ensure you identify an appropriate and logical theme or central idea.

•    Third Paragraph-Recommendation  -  Persuade or dissuade someone to read your book.  Using specific details, explain why you did or did not enjoy reading this book. In addition, be sure to include details that explain the type of reader for whom the book was written, i.e. athletes, nature-lovers, mystery-readers, risk-takers, etc. Although you may not have liked your book, the author must have had someone in mind when writing it.
Directions: Students must complete the required three parts of the assignment. Students will receive a score for each part of the assignment submitted (see rubric). A score of zero will be given for any part of the assignment not submitted.

If you have questions about the Summer Reading Requirements, please contact your child’s school.

Select one book from your grade reading list.

6th Grade Summer Reading List:

"Miracle’s Boys" by Jacqueline Woodson
"My Family Divided" by Diane Guerrero
"The Boy Who Dared" by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
"Rules" by Cynthia Lord
"The Lawn Boy" by Gary Paulsen
"Esperanza Rising" by Pam Munoz Ryan
"Zane and the Hurricane" by Rodman Philbrick
"Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board" by Bethany Hamilton
"2001: A Space Odyssey" by Arthur C. Clarke
"The Kingdom on the Waves" by M.T. Anderson

7th Grade Summer Reading List:

"The Crossover" by Kwame Alexander
"Ghost" by Jason Reynolds
"The Length of a String" by Elissa Weissman
"One Crazy Summer" by Rita Williams Garcia
vAmong the Hidden" by Margaret Peterson Haddix    
"Won’t Know till I Get There" by Walter Dean Myers
"We Were There, Too!" by Phillip Hoose
"The Wonder of Charlie Ann" by Kimberly Newton Fusco
"Seeing Redd" by Frank Beddor
"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" by John Boyne

8th Grade Summer Reading List:

"Golden Boy" by Tara Sullivan
"This Journal Belongs to Ratchet" by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
"Revolution" by Deborah Wiles
"Discovering Wes Moore" by Wes Moore
"Everything in the Universe" by Tracy Holczer
"With Their Eyes: September 11th-The View from a High School at Ground Zero" edited by Annie Thoms and Taresh Batra.
"Elijah of Buxton" by Christopher Paul Curtis
"The Beekeeper’s  Apprentice" by Laurie R.  King
"The Winter Room" by Gary Paulsen

9th Grade Summer Reading List:

"Monster" by Walter Dean Myers
"Navigating Early" by Clare Vanderpool
"Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki
"We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball" by Kadir Nelson
"Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team that Changed a Town" by Warren St. John
"Chasing Lincoln’s Killer" by James L. Swanson
"Whale Talk" by Cris Crutcher
"Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider" by Jean Fritz
"Boy: Tales of Childhood" by Roald Dahl
"Catch-22" by Joseph Heller
"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: A Novel" by Mark Haddon

10th Grade Summer Reading List:

"Warcross" by Lu Marie
"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" by Sean Covey
"Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs
"An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio" by Judith Ortiz Cofer
"A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" by Ishmael Beah
"Million-Dollar Throw" by Mike Lupica
"The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates" by Wes Moore
"They All Laughed . . . From Light Bulbs to Lasers" by Ira Flatow
"Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell
"1968, The Year America Grew Up" by Michael T. Kaufman

11th Grade Summer Reading List:

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" by Jonathon Safran Foer
"Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson
"I am Malala: Girl Who Stood Up for Education" by Malala Yousafzai and Christine Lamp
"A Walk to Remember" by Nicholas Sparks
"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert Pirsig
"Rebound: The Odyssey of Michael Jordan" by Bob Greene
"The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell
"10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America" by Steven M. Gillon
"The Newcomers" by Helen Thorpe

12th Grade Summer Reading List:

"The Scar Boys" by Len Vlahos
"LOL…OMG" by Matt Ivester
"The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams
"Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science" by John Fleischman
"Indentured: The Battle to End the Exploitation of College Athletes" by Joe Nocera and Ben Strauss
"The Millionaire Next Door" by Thomas Stanley and William Danko

Free Summer Books for Elementary Grades

(Video on how to register)
(PDF on how to register) (PDF en Español)


Register at
Under "Job Title", type in Reader.
Under "School", if your child is not enrolled in school yet, type in Get Georgia Reading.

1. After you register, you will receive instructions on your county login within 48 hours.
2. Go to
3. Click the "Log In Now" button and enter the following information:
School Name: Get Georgia Reading, Georgia Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (Begin typing and select from the drop-down menu.)
User Name: included in registration instructions
Password: read
4.     Click on the "Sign In" button, select a book, and start reading.

(PDF on how to register) (PDF en Español)

Summer Feeding

Click here for the free summer meals program for children and teens called "Be Bright, Eat Right Rockdale".  RCPS and BOLD Ministries partner to deliver free meals for students at neighborhood locations Monday to Friday during the summer.

RCPS Summer Programs

Click here for more RCPS Summer Enrichment Programs, Summer Camps, Athletic Workshops, STEAM Programs, middle school orientation programs, virtual classes for credit, credit recovery, and more.