"Summer reading loss refers to the decline in children's reading development that can occur during summer vacation times when children are away from the classroom and not participating in formal literacy programs" (Allington & McGill-Franzen, 2003).
Researchers have uncovered evidence to suggest that the impact of summer reading loss on students in general, and on at-risk students in particular, is significant. If students read a minimum of six to eight books in the summer, they dramatically decrease the summer reading loss. Please encourage your students to read this summer. It will make a difference!
The following are the required novels by grade level. Students should also utilize the "Summer Reading Guide for Students" for each assigned novel. The guide is designed to help each child focus on important literary devices contained in each novel and should be reviewed before reading each novel.
- Grade 9: The Wave by Todd Strasser or Morton Rhue and The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
- Grade 10: Out of this Furnace by Thomas Bell and The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
- Grade 11: Anthem by Ayn Rand, Native Son by Richard Wright and Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
- Grade 12: The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta, Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
Please find the recommended book list for your child's grade level. All of these books are available at your local Carnegie Library