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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.
A Message about Lower School Summer Reading
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 Materials
Grade 5 Summer Reading List
Sixth Grade Summer Reading
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Program Information
Form I English Summer Reading Assignment
Latin Summer ReadingRequired: 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.
This Boy’s Life, Tobias Wolff
After a cross-country migration leads Toby Wolff and his mother to the Pacific Northwest, he is sorely tested by his
demanding new stepfather. Toby renames himself Jack and asserts himself by causing trouble, making the wrong kind
of friends, and testing the limits of his new home. Jack’s many re-inventions challenge us to think about how adolescent
males define their masculinity. This award-winning author will visit Haverford in the fall of 2012.
Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer
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)
Winterdance, Gary Paulsen
Fueled by a passion for running dogs, Gary Paulsen entered the Iditarod - the 1150-mile winter sled-dog race between
Anchorage and Nome - in dangerous ignorance and with a fierce determination.Winterdance is his account of this
seventeen-day battle against Nature's worst elements and his own frailty. [The author] presents a fine depiction of the
landscape and of dogs at work in this gripping story of adventure and endurance. (Amazon.com and Publisher’s Weekly
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
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
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
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)
This Boy's Life - Tobias Wolff (ISBN: 0802136680)
and one or more from the following list:
All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque
The Tao of Pooh – Benjamin Hoff (ISBN: 0140067477)
Out of Mao’s Shadow – Philip P. Pan (ISBN: 9781416537052)
Seven Years in Tibet – Heinrich Harrer (ISBN: 0874778883)
Click HERE to find the specific summer assignment for your
level. If you have questions, please email any of the following Spanish
The Killer Angels - Michael Shaara
Season of Life, Jeffrey MarxJoe Ehrmann is a former NFL football star and volunteer coach for the Gilman School football team. Ehrmann is serious about the game of football, but even more serious about the purpose of life. Season of Life is his inspirational story as told by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jeffrey Marx, who was a ballboy for the Colts when he first met Ehrmann. Ehrmann now devotes his life to teaching young men a whole new meaning of masculinity. He teaches the boys at Gilman the precepts of his "Building Men for Others" program: being a man means emphasizing relationships and having a cause bigger than yourself. It means accepting responsibility and leading courageously. It means that empathy, integrity, and living a life of service to others are more important than points on a scoreboard. Please note: This book is an all-school read and was provided to students on the last day of school. Third formers new to the school will be given copies at Summer Bridge 2012.
The Woman with a Worm in Her Head & Other True Stories
of Infectious Disease – Pamela Nagami, M.D., 2001
Environmental Science (Fall only)
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things - William
McDonough & Michael Braungart (ISBN: 9780865475878)
Art of War– Sun Tzu
Fat Years – Chan Koonchung or Chen Guanzhong (ISBN: 9780385534345)
Long March – Sun Shuyun (ISBN: 9780307278319)
Tragedy in Crimson – Tim Johnson (ISBN: 9781568586014)
Latin III & Latin IV
Science Elective: Astronomy
Cosmos - Carl Sagan (ISBN: 0394715969)