2023 Summer Reading List

Lower School Summer Reading

Audiobook Resources:
Public Library Apps (Check with your County Library)
LibriVox https://librivox.org/
Audible https://www.audible.com/    


Students entering 2nd Grade:

Due to the fact that students are emerging readers and are at various reading levels, please have your child read 10 to 20 minutes daily.  Please continue to practice phonograms.  The first book is required and may be read to your student.

Required: Classic Starts Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Optional: Classic Starts Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie


Students entering 3rd Grade:

Required: Classic Starts Black Beauty by Anna Sewell and A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla

Optional: Calico Bush by Rachel Field, Classic Starts Swiss Family Robinson


Students entering 4th Grade:

Required: The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Spear and The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

Optional: Classic Starts Oliver Twist, A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett


Students entering 5th Grade:

Required: Watership Down by Richard Adams and Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

Optional: The Golden Fleece by Padraic Collum, D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths


Students entering 6th Grade:

Required: The Canterbury Tales by Geraldine McCaughrean, Call it Courageby Armstrong Perry, and The Aeneid for Boys and Girls by Alfred J. Church

Optional: Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray Vining and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter


Upper School Summer Reading


Entering 7th Grade:

Required: The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood and The Wind and the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Optional: Around the World in 80 days by Jules Verne and The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall


Entering 8th Grade:

Required: The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane and The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Optional: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, and Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


Entering 9th Grade:

Required: Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

Optional: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck


Entering 10th Grade:

Required: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

Optional: Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas


Entering 11th Grade:

Required: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller AND The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

Optional: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith and The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.


Entering 12th grade:

Required: Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Optional: My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde