Kent Denver urges students and faculty to read widely during the summer. Studies indicate a direct correlation between academic success and leisure reading. For that reason, if no other, students should read extensively.
Summer should be a time to rediscover reading for pleasure. Choice of texts forms the foundation of the shift from “what do I have to read” to “what do I want to read.” Research on the efficacy of summer reading overwhelmingly supports that students get more from summer reading when they choose their own texts, pick books at reading levels appropriate to where they really are and choose topics and genres about which they truly care.
Rising 6th-graders have one required text and one text of choice, rising 7th-graders should read at least two books of their choice and rising 8th–12th grade students may read three books of their choice. During the first week of English classes next year, students will be part of a celebration of summer reading to build a classroom community of inspired readers.
Middle School Summer Reading Program: Two Texts
- 6th grade: One required text: Restart by Gordon Korman. ISBN: 9781338053807 and one text of choice.
- 7th grade: Two texts of choice.
- 8th grade: Three texts of choice.
Below are links to some great resources for students to look for books they will want to read.
Upper School Reading Program, 9th–12th: Three Texts of Students’ Choice
Overall Resources for Finding Books:
Excellent Resources for Finding and Evaluating YA Literature:
- Book-of-the-Month Club for Teens
- Young Adult Library Services Association Awards Lists
- School Library Journal: The World's Largest Reviewer of Books, Multimedia, and Technology for Children and Teens
- Voice of Youth Advocates: The Library Magazine Serving Those Who Serve Young Adults
- Common Sense Media: A wonderful site with book and movie reviews by children and parents
- What's New in Young Adult Novels: A retired English teacher from Colorado created this blog to help keep us up-to-date on the best in YA lit.