Over the summer many Charlotte Christian students and faculty are continuing their education by participating in a variety of programs, conferences, trips, and internships that will take place locally, around the country, and across the globe.
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Summer Reading

Reading consistently throughout the summer months allows students to:
  • learn new vocabulary
  • broaden perspectives
  • increase their knowledge and maintain reading gains made during the school year 
  • develop an understanding that scheduling time for reading is an important life skill

We encourage lower and middle school students to read books in their developmental zones or “just right” or “good fit” books. These are books that are appealing to the student and are neither too difficult nor too easy meaning that students understand what they are reading and are familiar with most of the vocabulary.

For upper school students, summer reading prepares them for the academic courses that they will take in the fall. Teachers have specific units and activities planned that will deal with the content of the required books. Teachers may ask students to read, paying attention to specific concepts, themes, ideas, characterization and so forth. It is a good plan to review the assignment prior to reading the assigned book.

Click on the appropriate division below to expand the summer reading assignments and book selections.

Lower School

All summer reading should be completed by the first day of school, Aug. 23. 

Fun summer reading suggestions for rising grade 3

  • Dancing Pancake by Eileen Spinelli
  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
  • Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin
  • Room One:  A Mystery or Two by Andrew Clements
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  • Satch and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman
  • A Nest for Celeste by Henry Coles
  • The Littles by John Peterson


  • Rules by Cynthia Lord

Fun summer reading suggestions for rising grade 4

  • Eggs by Jerry Spinelli
  • Lunch Money by Andrew Clements
  • Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
  • Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
  • Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm
  • Hachiko Waits by Leslea Newman


  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Hunt

Fun summer reading suggestions for rising grade 5

  • Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
  • Edward’s Eyes by Patricia Machlalan
  • Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
  • One and Only Ivan by Katerine Applegate
  • Masterpiece by Elise Broach
  • Mr. Tucket by Gary Paulsen
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia Machlalan

Middle School

Summer reading assignments for middle school students are located on the Summer Knights course within Canvas and can be accessed by clicking here and signing into Canvas. 

Upper School

Each upper school student is required to read the book that is assigned by grade level. Certain courses have additional required reading.  If a course has summer assignments, these assignments are also posted with that course below. Please click on each course for additional information.  If a course is not listed, that course does not have summer reading or summer assignments. All summer reading and assignments should be completed by the first day of school, Aug. 23.  

English 9English 9 HonorsRISING GRADE 10
English 10English 10 HonorsUnited States History & United States History HonorsRISING GRADE 11
English 11English 11 HonorsRISING GRADE 12
English 12English 12 Honors
AP Language & Composition (grade 11)
  • Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • AND Choose one of the following:
    • Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza
    • Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy
    • The Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
    • Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama
    • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
  • Summer Assignment
AP Literature & Composition (grade 12)AP United States History (grade 10)
  • Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class and Justice in the Origins of America by Thomas G. West
  • Everyday Life in Early America by David Freeman Hawke
  • Summer Assignment
AP United States Government & Politics (grade 11)
  • The Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention by Catherine Drinker Bowen
  • Summer Assignment
AP European History (grade 12)
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization by Anthony Esolen
  • Summer Assignment
AP Environmental ScienceAP Art History
French II
French II HonorsFrench III Honors
French IV HonorsAP FrenchAP Spanish

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7301 Sardis Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28270
(704) 366-5657

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