Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Richard Steele, Tatler, 1710
Summer Reading is an essential part of The Haverford School experience. Students are exercising their minds and preparing for the year ahead.
These lists of required reading have been created by teachers in different academic departments, and are designed both to challenge and engage. In some cases the books will be used in the first weeks of classes.
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.
For Students Entering Kindergarten - Fall 2019
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.
For Students Entering 1st Grade - Fall 2019
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.
For Students Entering 2nd Grade - Fall 2019
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!
For Students Entering 3rd Grade - Fall 2019
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.
Your 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!
For Students Entering 4th Grade - Fall 2019
Boys entering fourth grade are to read ONE of the following four books and then an additional 2 books from the suggested reading list.
The required books are:
- Fort by Cynthia DeFelice
- One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
- Everest by Gordon Korman
- The Landry News by Andrew Clements
For Students Entering 5th Grade - Fall 2019
Enjoy your summer reading! All students will read the novel Wonder before completing the response form and thought questions activities. In addition, all students will read one book from each of the following genres and record the info asked for on the log sheet. Students are encouraged to read after they have finished their required reading. The goal is to read 20-30 minutes a day. This is what will be required during the school year.
For Students Entering Form I - Fall 2019
Form I English Summer Reading
Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar (Young Readers Edition; ISBN-13: 978-1534416178)
City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction, David Macauley
D'Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire, pp. 8-69.
**New students are required to read any version of the Trojan War in addition to the requirements listed above**
Go over the vocabulary for Descubre in this quizlet class.
Listen and sing along this alphabet song.
For Students Entering Form II - Fall 2019
Form II English Summer Reading
Form II World Cultures Summer Reading
View the movies “Spartacus” and “Ben Hur.”
Read D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire, pp.114-122, Hercules 132-147, Theseus 148-157, Jason 162-175.
Read Pobre Ana.
For Students Entering Form III - Fall 2019
For Students Entering Form IV - Fall 2019
All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque (ISBN: 9780449911495)
Languages Chinese 2; Levels 2 and 3 of Latin and Spanish, including honors-levels classes)
For Students Entering Form V - Fall 2019
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey (ISBN: 0141181222)
Summer Reading Questions
U.S. History (Honors and Standard)
Founding Brothers, Joseph Ellis (ISBN: 978037570524)
Students should have picked up a copy of the textbook and the required summer assignment. They will be tested on this review material on the first or second day of class. Anyone needing these materials should contact Dr. Goduti (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Languages (Chinese 3; Levels 3 and 4 of Latin and Spanish, including honors-level classes)
For Students Entering Form VI - Fall 2019
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley (ISBN: 0060850523)
The Orphan Master's Son, Adam Johnson (ISBN: 9780812982626)
History Elective: European Dictators*
Christ Stopped at Eboli, Carlo Levi (ISBN: 9780374530099)
History Elective: Government and Politics
History Elective: Modern Black Lives: African-American History, 1964-Present
History Elective: Political Olympic History
How Soccer Explains the World, Franklin Foer (ISBN-13: 978-0061978050)
Languages (Chinese 4; Levels 4 and 5 of Latin and Spanish, including honors-level classes)