Summer Reading & Course Preparation

*The information below is for the 2018 - 2019 school year. Information for summer 2019 coming soon!

Use the tabs below to learn more about summer reading and access resources for rising Grades 1 - 4, Grades 5 - 8, Upper School Humanities, summer AP requirements, and ordering textbooks.


Rising Grades 1 - 4

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!

Click here for an optional summer reading log

Rising Grades 5 - 8

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.

Click here for an optional summer reading log

World Language

Summer is a great time to work on your current world language skills or to try out a new language. To that end, the St. Anne’s-Belfield World Language Department is offering our students access to the multimodal language-learning platform of Middlebury Interactive. Students who are already enrolled in a course will have access to their current course throughout the summer to review what they have learned over the course of the year in order to keep their skills sharp for the fall at no additional cost.

Students who are not currently enrolled in a Middlebury course or students who wish to add an additional Middlebury Course (June 1 - Aug. 1) may be enrolled for a fee of $25. The possible courses include: Spanish (Levels 1 - 3), French (Levels 1 - 3), Latin (Levels 1 - 2), German (Levels 1 - 2), and Mandarin (Levels 1 - 2). Please note that summer access to this interactive program is for self-study only; students will not be monitored by a teacher. Moreover, St. Anne’s-Belfield World Language courses use this platform as part of a blended classroom experience and our curricula do diverge at certain points; self-study on Middlebury is not equivalent to a year of French, Latin, or Spanish (the languages currently offered) in the Upper School and may not be used to replace a year of study in our program.

Families interested in enrolling in a new Middlebury course should contact

Upper School Humanities

  • 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.


Book Title



English 9

Fahrenheit 451

Marrow Thieves

Ray Bradbury

Cherie Dimaline



10 (non-honors)


Catcher in the Rye

Hermann Hesse

J.D. Salinger



Humanities 10


Catcher in the Rye

In the Time of the Butterflies

Hermann Hesse

J.D. Salinger

Julia Alvarez




American Studies

The Great Gatsby

The Fire Next Time

Into the Wild

F. Scott Fitzgerald

James Baldwin

Jon Krakauer




Honors American Studies

The Great Gatsby

The Fire Next Time

Desert Solitaire

F. Scott Fitzgerald

James Baldwin

Edward Abbey




Humanities 12

A Long Way Home

Saroo Brierley

ISBN-13: 978-0425276198

Humanities 12

The Sympathizer

Reader’s Choice: either
(a) When Breath Becomes Air
(b) Year of Magical Thinking

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Paul Kalanithi

Joan Didion




AP Classes

AP Chemistry

Use the following links to download these 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 download the Essential Vocabulary List (required on DAY 1).

A suggested (but not required) Summer Reading book is Caesar's Women by Colleen McCullough. It provides a fun and accessible introduction to Julius Caesar's rise as a modern novel, and it sets the stage for Caesar's conquest of Gaul. A great way to jump-start 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.


Online ordering through MBS for materials for summer work and reading is now available. Online ordering for textbooks for the 2018 - 2019 year will open July 9. Click here to learn how to receive free shipping on orders over $99 from July 30 - Aug. 5.


Check out what Ms. FitzHenry, other teachers, and students are reading this summer!