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Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
– Richard Steele, Tatler, 1710
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
It is important to remember that these required books represent a minimum reading commitment. We encourage our students to go beyond the minimum and read additional books that will broaden their perspectives, their knowledge, and their ability to share in the life experiences of others.
Use the tabs above to navigate the Summer Reading Lists by grade for the Lower School. If you have any questions, please contact the division office.
At this point, your son may be reading, beginning to read, or not
reading at all yet. Your goal for the summer is to keep up his interest
and develop his love of books. If he is a beginning reader, look for
books with very controlled vocabulary, lots of repetition, and rhymes.
The Dr. Seuss books and the Margaret Hiller "Beginning to Read" series
are popular with beginning readers. If your son is not yet reading,
choose from our read-aloud list and set aside a faithful time each day
for reading together.
Kindergarten Summer Reading
Your goal for the summer is to keep up your
child's interest in reading and develop his love of books. Why not share
some of your favorite read aloud books from your childhood or choose
from our read aloud list of titles and authors? Please, set aside a faithful time each day
for reading together, as consistent exposure to good books will best prepare your son for a wonderful start in First Grade.
Grade 1 Summer Reading
During the summer following first grade, the second grade teachers
would like the boys to read for pleasure to practice the comprehension
and decoding strategies and skills that they have learned. Summer
reading should be fun and, at the same time, an extension of reading in
school. The boys have some experience in choosing books appropriate to
their own levels. They may choose to read additional books by authors
enjoyed in and out of school. They may choose books that are appealing
based on topic, title, illustrations, a “picture walk,” or
recommendations by friends and family.*
We are asking boys entering
second grade to read approximately 15-20 minutes at least three or four
days each week, which is the equivalent to homework requirements
beginning in September. They should try to include as many different
genres as possible in their reading: fiction, nonfiction, poetry,
biographies, folktales and fairy tales, magazines, comic books, and any
others they wish to read!
Grade 2 Summer Reading
A summer reading program will help boys
choose books to read, and perhaps, to discover some books they might
otherwise miss. Sequels or other books by the same author are enjoyable
as well. There also are many other good books at your local library.
son should read thirty minutes each day, read a minimum of two books a
week. The important thing is to keep your son reading on a consistent,
regular basis over the summer. The more he reads, the better he gets!
Grade 3 Summer Reading
This is a list of suggested authors and
titles, although asking for suggestions at book stores is a good idea,
too. Many of the authors listed have several books appropriate for boys
entering fourth grade. Please avoid the books specifically listed at the
end of this list. This is not a list of required reading.
Grade 4 Summer Reading
The Fourth Grade Teachers
Enjoy your summer reading!
Grade 5 Summer Reading List
Wonder Response Form
Sixth Grade Summer Reading
Form I English Class Summer Reading
Required:City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction, David Macauley
New Students are required to read any version of the Trojan War in addition to the requirements listed above.
We would like you to enjoy the book(s) you read this summer, and we chose the following list with that end in mind.Directions: Read at least one book from the list below. The book should be one you have not read before. Bring your copy of the book you read with you to school in September. We will use them during the first week of classes. While one book is required, we encourage you to read more. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer (
ISBN: 0385494785, $15.95)A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more - including Krakauer's - in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster. (Amazon.com review) Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
(ISBN: 0812550706, $7.95)Intense is the word for Ender's Game. Aliens have attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses -- and then training them in the arts of war... The early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of 'games'... Ender Wiggin is a genius among geniuses; he wins all the games... He is smart enough to know that time is running out. But is he smart enough to save the planet? (Amazon.com review) The Road, Cormac McCarthy (ISBN: 0307387895, $15.00)
Cormac McCarthy sets his novel,The Road, in a post-apocalyptic blight of gray skies that drizzle ash, a world in which all matter of wildlife is extinct, starvation is not only prevalent but nearly all-encompassing...McCarthy may have just set to paper the definitive vision of the world after nuclear war...Stealing across this horrific (and that's the only word for it) landscape are an unnamed man and his emaciated son, a boy probably around the age of ten. It is the love the father feels for his son, a love as deep and acute as his grief, that could surprise readers of McCarthy's previous work. (From a review by Dennis Lehane) Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger
(ISBN: 0306809907, $15.95)H.G. Bissinger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, enters into the spirit of one of its most fervent shrines: Odessa, a city in decline in the desert of West Texas, where the Permian High School Panthers have managed to compile the [best] record in state annals. Indeed, as this breathtaking examination of the town, the team, its coaches, and its young players chronicles, the team, for better and for worse, is the town; the communal health and self-image of the latter is directly linked to the on-field success of the former. (Amazon.com review)
the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo (ISBN: 081297932X, $16.00)
and one of the following two books:
Life of Pi, Yann Martel (ISBN: 0156027321, $15.95)This Boy’s Life, Tobias Wolff (ISBN: 0802136680, $15.95)
All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque (ISBN: 9780449911495)
Form IV Chemistry and Honors Chemistry:
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements (ISBN 978-0-316-05164-4)Languages
U.S. History: 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America, Steven Gillon (ISBN: 9780307339348)
English IVBrave New World, Aldous Huxley (ISBN: 0060850523, $14.99)
History Elective: European Dictators*Christ Stopped at Eboli - Carlo Levi (ISBN: 9780374530099)LanguagesChinese IV*We will talk in groups about the summer readings when we come back, followed by classdiscussion and group presentations. After that, we will have a chapter test on the chapter you learn over the summer. All the optional movies can be found on Netflix.● Fortress Besieged, Qian Zhongshu (required)○ ISBN-10: 756003733X○ ISBN-13: 9787560037332● The Art of War, Sun Tzu (optional)○ ISBN-10: 161382288X○ ISBN-13: 9781613822883● Integrated Chinese Level 2 Part 1 Chapter 9 (required)● Happy Together (1997), Wong Kar Wai (optional, movie)