A Summer Reading Message from Ms. Klotz

Primary School Summer Reading Lists

List of 5 items.

  • Kindergarten Overview

    Required book for everyone (Complete the summer reading challenge for each book)
    1. Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners by Laurie Keller
    2. Alphabet Book from the Kindergarten list
    Recommended: read a book from the following categories:
    1. Start of School/Friendship Books
    2. Animal Homes
    3. Color and Counting/Math Books
    4. Predictable Stories
  • Grade 1 Overview

    Required Reading (Complete the summer reading challenge for each book): 
    1. Around the World in a Bathtub: Bathing All Over the Globe by Wade Bradford
    2. Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
    3. A Family is a Family by Sara O’Leary
    Recommended: read a book from the following categories:
    1. Non-Fiction Books
    2. Fiction Books
    3. Independent Reading or Family Read Aloud
  • Grade 2 Overview

    In Second Grade we will focus on five different kinds of books. Get a head start on the year with these wonderful reads!

    3 Required Books (Complete the summer reading challenge for each book):
    1. Artful Reading by Bob Raczka
      1. Available at your neighborhood library or in paperback from your favorite local or online book sellers. The Second Grade teachers also have several copies available to borrow.
      2. This wonderful book shows you how artists have chosen to draw or paint people reading. Your Grade 2 teachers would like you to think about when and where and how YOU like to read. Ask someone to take a photograph of you reading. Be ready to share your photo and your favorite pages from Artful Reading in the first days of school in the fall. 
    2. Wild About Books By Judy Sierra
      1. What are the different ways the animals liked to read?
      2. What different kinds of books did the animals read?
      3. Make a list of three books you enjoyed reading during the summer and complete the summer reading challenge for each book.
    3. Read at least 1 book from the following categories
      1. Autobiographical Fiction/Biography
      2. Legends and First Nation Stories
      3. Awesome Women/Girls
      4. Poetry
      5. Mystery
  • Grade 3 Overview

    3 Required Books (Complete the summer reading challenge for these books):
    1. News from Me, Lucy McGee by Mary Amato
    2. On this Spot: An Expedition Back Through Time by Susan E. Goodman and Lee Christiansen
    3. Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
    Recommended: read 2-3 books from the following categories:
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
  • Grade 4 Overview

    4 Required books (Complete the summer reading challenge for each book): 
    1. Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
    2. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
    • Journal on each woman
    1. Paper Bag report: Choose one fiction book from the list below.
    • See 4th Grade Summer Work Document for Directions!
    Read one Non-Fiction Book from the Grade 4 list

Middle School Summer Reading Lists

List of 4 items.

  • Grade 5 Overview

    Required:
    • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
    • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
    • The Amazing World Atlas: Bringing the World to Life by Lonely Planet Kids
  • Grade 6 Overview

    Required:
    • D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
    • Lego Gadgets by the Editors of Klutz
    • Either: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan OR Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Grade 7 Overview

    Required:
    • How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids by Thomas C. Foster,
    • I Will Always Write Back by Martin Ganda and Caitlin Alifirenka
    • Calling All Minds: How To Think and Create Like an Inventor by Temple Grandin.
  • Grade 8 Overview

    Required:
    • Refugee by Alan Gratz
    • Two Miserable Presidents by Steve Sheinkin
    • The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
This summer, we launch a new reading challenge! Over the course of your time in Middle School, we challenge you to read as many of these books as possible. In addition to the benefits and enjoyment you will derive from these Middle School favorites, there will be a special award given for top readers at each grade level.

Upper School Summer Reading Lists

List of 6 items.

  • English Overview

    Grade 9
    • The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
    • AND at least one book from the list of Recommended Reading for 9th Grade
    Grade 10
    • When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka
    • AND at least one book from American Writing (Fiction OR Non-fiction)
    Grade 11
    • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    • AND at least one book from Contemporary Classics
    Grade 12
    • Americanah by Chimamandah Ngozi Adichie
    AP English
    • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
    • The Hours by Michael Cunningham
    • AND at least one book from Classics
    KAP English
    • American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer
    • All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated by Nell Bernstein
    • Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire by Margaret Regan
  • * Additional Recommendations for Avid Readers

    CLASSICS 
    • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    • Moby Dick / Benito Cereno by Herman Melville 
    • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    • My Antonia by Willa Cather
    • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
    • Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
    • Crime & Punishment by Fydor Dostoyevsky 
    • The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
    • To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
    • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
    • Light in August by William Faulkner 
    • Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner
    • The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner 
    • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway 
    • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    • Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham 
    • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
    • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
    • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
    • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
    • Dracula by Bram Stoker
    MODERN CLASSICS 
    • Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
    • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
    • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
    • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    • Beloved by Toni Morrison
    • Atonement by Ian McEwan
    • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
    • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
    • Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    • The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
    • Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
    • The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
    • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    • Kindred by Octavia Butler
    • Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
    • Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
    • The House of the Spirits by Isabelle Allende
    • Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
    • Blindness by Jose Saramago
    • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
    • Such A Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry
    • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
    • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    • Tracks by Louise Erdrich
    • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
    • Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer 
    • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
    • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
    • Sula by Toni Morrison
    • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin 
    • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 
    • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
    • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
    • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett 
    • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski 
    • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
    • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
    • Song of Achilles or Circe by Madeline Miller 
    • Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit  by Jeanette Winterson
    • Go Tell it On the Mountain by James Baldwin 
    • Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth
    • In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O’Brien  
    AMERICAN WRITING: FICTION 
    • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    • Bone by Fae Myenne Ng
    • How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents by Julia Alvarez
    • Bee Season by Myra Goldberg 
    • White Oleander by Janet Fitch 
    • My Antonia by Willa Cather 
    AMERICAN WRITING: NON-FICTION 
    • Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
    • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
    • Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
    • The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery 
    • Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder  
    RECOMMENDED READING FOR 9TH GRADE 
    • Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt 
    • Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
    • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman 
    • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green 
    • The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
    • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
    • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
    • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
    • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
    • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
    • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
    • Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut 
    • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
    • Monster by Walter Dean Myers
    • Artistotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz 
    • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 
  • History Overview

    Grade 9 Required
    • Why Learn History (When It’s Already on Your Phone) by Sam Rosenberg 
    Grade 10 Required
    AP US History
    • Selected chapters in America's History: For the AP Course 9th edition by James A. Henretta (course text)
     US History
    • 1776 by David McCullough
    Optional Reading List
    • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (Grade 9)
    • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
    • 10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America by Steven M. Gillon
    • Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracey Kidder
    • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
    • A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage, 2006
    • Abina and the Important Men by Trevor Getz, 2015
    • Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarder
    • Muhammad: A Prophet For Our Time by Karen Armstrong
    • King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschold
    • The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Bob Iger
  • Mathematics Overview

    All Grades:
    • The Music of the Primes by Marcus du Sautoy
    • Taxicab Geometry: An Adventure in Non-Euclidean Geometry by Eugene Krause 
    • The Calculus of Friendship by Steven Strogatz
    • How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff
    • The Joy of X by Steven Strogatz 
    • How Not To Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg 
    • Measurement by Paul Lockhart
    • The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse by Jennifer Ouellette
    • Here’s Looking at Euclid: From Counting Ants to Games of Chance—An Awe-Inspiring Journey Through the World of Numbers by Alex Bellos
    • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
    • Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics by Talithia Williams, PhD
    • Math Girls by Hiroshi Yuki
    • Math with Bad Drawings by Ben Orlin
    • Change is the Only Constant: The Wisdom of Calculus by Ben Orlin
    • The Code Book by Simon Singh
    • The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh
    • How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method by George Polya
    • In Code by Sara Flannery
    • The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone
    • The Cat in Numberland by Ivar Ekeland
    • Chaos by James Gleick
    • The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
  • Science Overview

    • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
    • Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt (grades 11/12) - 
    • Code Girls: The Untold Story of The American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy
    Grade Level: 9-12 
    • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
    • The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight by Martha Ackmann
    • The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan
    • Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert
    • The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan
    • The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
    • Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy by Kip Thorne and Stephen Hawking
    • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
    • Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg
    • Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil
    • Science is Culture: Conversations at the New Intersection of Science + Society edited by Adam Bly
  • Visual Art Overview

    Upper School (All grades 9-12)
    Photography-specific:
    • Why People Photograph by Robert Adams
    • Mirrors and Windows by John Szarkowski
    Art in general:
    • Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland (available digitally)
    • Women of the Avant-Garde by Mette Marcus and Ruth Hemus 
    • Josephine Baker by Jose-Luis Bocquet (author) and Catel Muller (illustrator) 
    • Ah-Ha to Zig Zag: 31 Objects from Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum by Maira Kalman (available digitally)
    • The Lucky, Plucky Chairs by Rolf Fehlbaum illustrated by Maira Kalman
    • And the Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman
    • Beloved Dog by Maira Kalman
    • The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman
    • The Bird King: An Artist’s Notebook by Shaun Tan
    • Lost and Found: Three by Shaun Tan
    • The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan
Optional reading lists contains titles that department members recommend for students interested in digging more deeply into the field of study.
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