The teachers of the Brooks School English Department believe that reading is a fundamental part of a student’s education, and it is our responsibility to communicate our joy in reading books of all types. While we acknowledge that reading for school involves a unique set of needed skills, we also understand that reading for pleasure is perhaps more important to becoming a life-long reader.
The English Department’s summer reading program attempts to blend the pure joy of choosing one’s own book to read at one’s leisure, and the skill of close reading for an academic setting.
Students must choose two (2) books from the following titles to read before the opening of school in September. The books have been organized into categories to make the decision easier. One (1) of the books must come from the category Classics, but the second book can be chosen from any of the lists.
To aid in students’ decisions, books marked with an (*) are offered with younger readers in mind, though we place no restriction on choice. We hope that this process will prompt discussion at home about reading and literature!
English classes in the fall will devote an early writing assignment to the analysis and review of these summer books.
The English Department would also like to introduce the Summer Reading Challenge! Students who read four, eight or twelve books from the lists will receive prizes and be recognized publicly for their enthusiasm and accomplishments! We will also recognize the student who has read the most books from our lists: the Summer Reading Champion!
*NOTE: AP English Literature students are required to read three (3) books: two (2) from the Classics category, and one from any of the other categories. Students in non-English AP courses (any grade level) that require summer work may limit their required English Department books to one, chosen from any of the categories. This must be cleared with the English Department Chair.