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Summer Reading: Must-read books for students

Explore the world of mystery, fiction, fantasy and more



Summer break is the perfect time to immerse yourself in the captivating world of books. Whether you’re a passionate reader or looking to explore new literary horizons, there are countless books that can inspire, entertain, and broaden your perspective. An avid reader or not, summer may be the suitable time for you to start and inculcate the habit of reading. Undoubtedly, it will make you sharper and smarter and allow you to think beyond the four walls of the classroom.

According to Ms Rachna Oberoi, a TGT English educator at Apeejay School, Mahavir Marg, Jalandhar, “This summer, students should explore different genres and not restrict themselves to one. Carry a book wherever you go and utilise technology to aid the process. Moreover, don’t miss any chance to discuss books with your friends and family.” Some books the educator recommends for students are The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

In the following article, we have curated a detailed list of must-read books for school students. Each book offers a unique experience as well as a valuable takeaway that can enrich your summer break and beyond. Check it out!

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This classic novel teaches the importance of empathy and understanding in the face of prejudice and injustice. It is apt to encourage readers to challenge societal norms and embrace the power of compassion.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Anne Frank’s diary offers an intimate glimpse into the life of a Jewish girl during the Holocaust. It emphasises the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring power of hope, even in the darkest of times.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This philosophical novel follows the journey of a young shepherd who seeks his personal legend. So, follow your dreams, listen to your hearts and embrace the transformative power of self-discovery while reading it.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Set in a seemingly utopian society, this thought-provoking novel explores themes of individuality, freedom of choice, and the importance of questioning authority. It reminds us of the value of accepting our unique identities and embracing diversity.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

This heart-warming story follows Auggie, a young boy with a facial deformity, as he navigates school and the challenges of fitting in. It promotes empathy, kindness and acceptance, highlighting the beauty of inner strength and true friendship.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Set in a dystopian future, the thrilling series explores themes of power, inequality, and resilience. It challenges readers to question societal structures and the ethical implications of survival while emphasising the importance of unity and standing up for what is right.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This poignant tale follows the journey of two teenagers with cancer as they navigate love, loss, and the complexities of life. It reminds us of the preciousness of each moment and the significance of human connections.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The beloved fantasy series transports readers to the magical land of Narnia. Through thrilling adventures and allegorical storytelling, the story revolves around themes of bravery, loyalty, and the power of faith.

Ms Surabhi Gupta, Head of English Department and PGT teacher at Apeejay School, Noida says, “Today, children have so many opportunities at hand. Right from having access to an entire book library to kid-friendly apps, there is so much to explore and learn from. In addition to this, I want to highlight that there is more to reading. Students can go a step beyond and become published authors at a young age.” She encourages students to push the boundaries of thinking and weave impactful stories.

So, embarking on a reading journey can transport you to new worlds, introduce you to diverse perspectives and ignite your imagination. The books listed are just a glimpse of the rich literary landscape waiting to be explored. Each one offers a unique learning that can inspire personal growth, empathy, and critical thinking. Without further delay, grab a book, find a cozy spot and let the pages transport you to captivating realms of storytelling.

Happy reading! 

Mrini Devnani is a Principal Correspondent and Marketing Coordinator at Newsroom. She covers student achievements, conducts interviews, and contributes content to the website. Previously, she served as a Correspondent specialising in Edu-tech for the India Today Group. Her skill areas extend to Social Media and Digital Marketing. For any inquiries or correspondence, you can reach out to her at [email protected].