Make a Great Summer Reading List!

Use IXL’s Continuous Diagnostic to find the perfect books for you.

June 8, 2018


At Home, In the Classroom

You may have heard that we recently added English Language Arts to our Continuous Diagnostic, giving students the power to pinpoint their current learning levels in four key strands: Reading Strategies, Vocabulary, Writing Strategies, and Grammar & Mechanics.

This new tool can help students in countless ways – like choosing which books to read this summer!

If you haven’t already, head to the Continuous Diagnostic and spend some time diagnosing to find your current overall reading level.

Once you’ve got your level, take a look below for inspiring reading lists that can help you grow your language arts skills this summer!

Overall Reading Level: Summer Reading Recommendations

Under 100: Start with these classics, or make reading social with ideas for reading aloud.

100+: Boost your vocabulary with books like 13 Words by Lemony Snicket. And, check out fun reads from Diary of a Worm to Stella, Queen of the Snow in this book list.

200+: Explore the universe with books like I, Galileo and The Snake Book. Or, find series you’ll love – like Cam Jansen and the Magic Tree House – in this book list.

300+: Take a trip through history and celebrate diversity with these powerful characters. And, find books like Dexter the Tough in this book list.

400+: Explore everything from Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth in this book list.

500+: Discover The Secret Garden and Island of the Blue Dolphins in this great list. And, dive deep into history with these finds

600+: Experience adventures like The Chronicles of Narnia and Walk Two Moons in this book list. And, check out some science books to explore the natural world.

700+: Explore The Call of the Wild this summer with these favorites.

800+: Ready for the big screen? Many great books on this list have been made into movies.

900+: Looking for characters you can relate to? Check out these 21 recommendations.

1000+: Explore these classics, and check out these modern-day classics in the making.

1100+: Travel the world this summer with these 21 stories from around the globe.

1200+: Check out these books by inspiring women of color. And, see which books had an impact on teachers.

Bonus fact for high schoolers: our language arts awards reveal books that also make for great summer reading! As you reveal a new award, take a look at the summary for that book and see if it appeals to you.

If you’re having trouble choosing a book, it’s always a good idea to visit your local library and ask the librarian for recommendations – you can even ask them for books based on your current diagnostic level. (Hint: the first number in your diagnostic level is the grade you’re ready for! For example, a level of 400 indicates readiness for reading at the 4th grade level.)

And remember, your current diagnostic levels will change as you learn and grow. You can always step into the Diagnostic arena to keep your levels up to date, and the skills you practice on IXL will factor in, too. After you read a new book, be sure to spend some time with the Continuous Diagnostic to see how you’ve grown!

Found a great book you love? Let us know in the comments!

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