Summer Reading Lists


2019 Summer Reading Guidelines & Assignment & Scoring Rubric - Grades 6-12 (PDF)

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) 

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.

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.