Reading Lists

Summer Reading


“Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.” - Mortimer Adler


Scroll down to Related Files for the AP Language and AP Literature summer reading assignments.

Below you will find some guidelines for summer reading along with book list recommendations for students entering Grades 9 – 12. 

Frequently Asked Questions


Are there specific books that students must read over summer vacation?

  • In Summer 2020, only students enrolled in AP English Literature and Composition (Grade 12) receive required reading assignments that must be completed by the start of school. Students were added to a Schoology course to receive this information. The counseling office can assist students with Schoology course access. Questions regarding the assignment can be directed to Colleen Hall ( or Becky Wiggins ( 
  • Students enrolled in AP English Language and Composition (Grade 11) have a letter and additional optional material provided on a Schoology course. The counseling office can assist students with Schoology course access. Questions regarding this material can be directed to Trish Annese ( or Julie Capossere (
  • All other students are encouraged to read as much as possible, but no specific titles are required. Links to popular book lists are available below. 

Will students be tested on summer reading in September?

  • Only students in AP Literature will be assessed in September, but not without additional instruction. All other students will benefit from summer reading because their reading skills will grow stronger; consequently, they will be more prepared for their upcoming academic courses.

What types of books should students read over the summer?

  • Parents should work with their teenagers to select a variety of reading experiences. We encourage students to read fiction and non-fiction, poetry and drama, essays and short stories. Variety in selection and variety of challenge level are important for developing readers. Titles suggested in the websites below along with the numerous book lists provided on the Internet can be helpful in the search for good summer reading. 
  • While it may be tempting to get a jump on texts read during the school year, we discourage students from choosing core English texts as their summer reading to maintain the community experience of reading a text with your peers. The Core Text List can be found here:

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