High schools have started to post their summer reading lists. Many high schools require their students to read at least one book over the summer. Others ask students to choose several from a long list of titles. Others require a specific book for different grades. Some encourage their students to visit their school and public libraries. Others hold book fairs, sell through their own bookstore, fill orders through a bookstore, or suggest that their students buy their summer reading from an online retailer.This year, we spotted a few schools that are sending their students to a store at Amazon dedicated to their school’s summer reading.
A growing trend is high schools that require all their students to participate in a One Book/One School program. For instance, this summer, the 1400 students attending West Chester East High School (Pennsylvania) will read The Art of Racing in the Rain. Parents and others in the community are encouraged to the read the book as well.
This is the time of year when Thomas C. Foster’s How to Read Literature Like a Professor—a favorite of AP English teachers—makes its annual run up the bestseller list. In addition to the usual classics (Our Town, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, The Great Gatsby, Black Boy, Brave New World, The Bell Jar, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Native Son, On Writing Well, The Awakening, Rebecca, To Kill a Mockingbird, Agatha Christie) many contemporary titles show up on these lists: The Bean Trees, Alive, The Alchemist, The Glass Castle, Crazy for the Storm, First They Killed My Father, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Matched, The Pact, The Hunger Games, Pirate Latitudes, The Life of Pi, My Sister's Keeper, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Freakonomics, The Things They Carried, and Everything Is Illuminated. C.S. Lewis continues to be required at private religious schools. It’s wonderful to see Little Princes by Conor Grennan on so many of these lists.
The major trend appears to be away from the more challenging and often classic books to more contemporary and popular titles.
We’re the academic marketing department so we can’t get enough of this stuff, and we hope you’ll enjoy looking at these lists and find them as helpful and interesting as we do:
- Oconee County High School (Georgia): How to Read Literature Like a Professor
- Lookout Valley High – Middle School (Tennessee): Their Eyes Were Watching God
- Blount High School (Alabama): Native Son, How to Read Literature Like a Professor, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
- University Titans High School (Florida): Death Be Not Proud
- Unionville High School (Pennsylvania): Crazy for the Storm, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Brave New World, The Alchemist, The Bean Trees, Their Eyes Were Watching God, First They Killed My Father, and The Awakening
- O’Fallon Township High School (Illinois): State of Wonder, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Little Princes, American Sniper, Through My Eyes, and How to Read Literature Like a Professor
- Voyager Academy High School (North Carolina): The Alchemist, Zorro, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Autobiography of a Face, The Bell Jar, and Something Wicked This Way Comes
- Sparkman High School (Alabama): The Pact and How to Read Literature Like a Professor
- Northwest ISD (Texas): Their Eyes Were Watching God
- Bob Jones High School (Alabama): How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Alive, And Then There Were None, and Their Eyes Were Watching God
- Wayne Valley High School (New Jersey): Rebecca, Black Boy, Poisonwood Bible, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and One Hundred Years of Solitude
- Royal Palm Beach High School (Florida): Native Son, Alas, Babylon, Poisonwood Bible, Pirate Latitudes, How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Brave New World, and Murder on the Orient Express
- Phoenixville Area High School (Pennsylvania): Dandelion Wine, Illustrated Man, Rebecca, The Beet Queen, Animal Dreams, The Bean Trees, The Screwtape Letters, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Continental Drift, The Martian Chronicles, Tracks, How Soccer Explains the World, Everything Is Illuminated, Prodigal Summer, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, Freakonomics, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Bel Canto, Cryptonomicon, and The Professor and the Madman
- Kellenberg Memorial High School (New York): Death Be Not Proud and Brave New World
- Bourne High School (Massachusetts): A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and A Prayer for Owen Meany
- Lafayette High School (Kentucky): Wicked, The Bell Jar, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and Everything is Illuminated
- University School of Nashville (Tennessee): The Martian Chronicles, Prey, Rebecca, Death Be Not Proud, A Walk Across America, The Bean Trees, and Black Boy
- DuPont Manual High School (Kentucky): Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and Freakonomics
- Batavia High School (Ohio): The Alchemist and Freakonomics
- Vernon Hills High School (Illinois): The Bell Jar, Black Boy, Brave New World, The Dispossessed, Everything is Illuminated, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and A People’s History of the United States
We’re always updating our catalogs—and our new High School Summer Reading catalog is now available!
What will your students read this summer?