Summer Reading

Rising Learning Village Grades 1 - 4 Students

Students who read and are read to during the summer months are more likely to continue to make progress in the areas of fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. It is important, therefore, that students continue to explore the wonder of books through regular reading during summer vacation. Below you will find some helpful resources for summer reading. Happy Reading!

American Library Association: 2017 Summer Reading List

JMRL Summer Challenge: Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Summer Challenge

Optional Book Log: Click here for a summer reading log.

Rising Learning Village Grades 5 - 8 Students

To develop the habit of reading, students are encouraged to read daily throughout the summer. They may choose from a variety of sources (e.g., books, newspapers, magazines, journals, essays, and poetry). Consider using these resources as you choose reading materials.

American Library Association: Library Service for Children Booklists: Recommended Books from ALSC

Newbery Book Award Lists: Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922 - Present

Goodreads: The Next Generation of Children’s Classics, Popular Middle School Books, Girls in Sports

Boys Read: Best Books

Fitz Between the Shelves - and connect with Mrs. FitzHenry via social media using #stabsummerreading

Optional Book Log: Click here for a summer reading log.


Rising Upper School English/Humanities Classes

  • For each Humanities course in the Upper School, students will read two or three common books. (See the list below.)
  • In addition to these common books, students should read at least two other books of their choice.
  • To develop the habit of reading, students should try to read on a daily basis.
Over the summer, students are welcome to start reading for the Renaissance Reading Program. Although the required reading assignments below do not count towards this program, students are encouraged to choose their independent reading from the Renaissance Reader List that contains current faculty suggestions. Students who complete five books and are able to complete their discussions will be recognized as Renaissance Readers.


ELL Humanities: 9
S.E. Hinton, Outsiders
978-0-14-303985-3

Boaz Yakin, Marathon
978-1-59643-680-0

In addition to the above texts, please choose ONE of the following:
Malala Yousafzai, I am Malala
978-0-316-37756-0

Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl
978-0-553-29698-3

Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
978-0385-48680-4


Humanities 9: English
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
978-1-4516-7331-9

In addition to the above texts, please choose ONE of the following:
Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping
978-0312424091

Alan Moore, V for Vendetta
978-1401208417

Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It
978-0226500669



Humanities 10 / Honors Humanities 10
Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
978-0-553-20884-9

J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye
978-0-316-76948-8z

Students hoping to qualify for honors should read the above texts as well as:
Orhan Pamuk, White Castle
978-0-375-70161-0


American Studies/Honors American Studies
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
978-0-7432-7356-5

Denis Johnson, Train Dreams
78-1-250-00765-0

James Baldwin, Fire Next Time
978-0-679-74472-6

Students hoping to qualify for honors should read the above texts, as well as ONE of the following:
Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon
978-1-4000-3342-3

Chris Ware, The Smartest Kid on Earth
978-0-375-71454-2

Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses
978-0-679-74439-9

John Dos Passos, 42nd Parallel: Volume 1 USA Trilogy
978-0-618-05681-1


Humanities 12
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
978-0-486-27062-3

Tobias Wolfe, This Boy's Life: A Memoir
978-0-8021-3668-8


Honors Humanities 12
Junot Diaz, Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
978-1-59448-359-2

In addition to the above texts, please choose ONE of the following:
Joan Didion, Year of Magical Thinking
978-1-4000-7843-1

Colson Whitehead, Underground Railroad
978-0-385-54236-4

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Sympathizer
978-0-8021-2494-4

Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend
978-1-60945-078-6

Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
978-1-4000-7877-6


Honors European History
Thomas More, Three Modern Utopias (read only Bacon and New Atlantis)
978-0-19-953799-0

Wolfgang Schivelbusch, Tastes of Paradise : A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants
978-0-679-74438-2

Advanced Placement (AP) Classes Summer Requirements

AP Biology

Read the first 5 chapters in Biology text: Campbell Biology (9th Edition). A digital copy of the text will be emailed to enrolled students. Email Pearce Johnson if you have any questions.


AP Chemistry

Use the following links to download THREE important documents:

Email Meg Van Liew if you have any questions.


AP French Language & Culture

Please click here to download the summer reading assignment. Email Isabelle Reeves if you have any questions.


AP Latin

Please click here to download the Essential Vocabulary List (required on DAY ONE).

Please click here to familiarize yourself with the required readings, grammar, and rhetorical devices for the AP Latin course according to the College Board.

A suggested (but not required) summer reading book is Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin (Amazon link: HERE). It provides a fun and accessible introduction of the Aeneid as a modern novel. A great way to jumpstart your Renaissance Reading!

Email Brandtly Jones if you have any questions.


AP Spanish Language

Please click here to download the summer reading assignment. Email Paloma Visscher-Gingerich if you have any questions.


School Textbooks

Online ordering through MBS for textbooks and materials for summer work and reading begins June 5 through http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/stab.htm. Materials for the 2017 - 2018 school year can be ordered starting July 10. A free shipping promotion will take place July 31 - Aug. 6. Click here for a promotional flyer.

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