Tuesday, May 22, 2012

High School Summer Reading 2012-2013

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:


We’re always updating our catalogs—and our new High School Summer Reading catalog is now available!


What will your students read this summer?

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