SUMMER READING 2020
Independent reading is such an important part of any student’s or adult’s intellectual and emotional growth. Fay School is a community of readers, illustrated not only across our curriculum but also in shared reading experiences like “One School One Book,” faculty and staff book groups, our themed library collections and displays, and our choice libraries curated by teachers in all divisions. Our parents and students love to gather and share their collective and independent reading.
What better time to find meaning through reading than the summer? This year, our Upper-division students (new and returning) will be asked to choose texts from two lists generated by our faculty. The first list represents a cross-section of contemporary titles from our choice libraries and represents very different disciplines, genres, and voices. The second list is equally diverse in its cultural and geographical representation, but it consists of more “established” titles, books currently taught around the world in grades 7-12. By sampling both lists, our students will be able to broaden their experiences, see themselves represented on the page, and prepare themselves for the rigors of future literature courses. Most of all, we hope that our community of readers finds meaning in the texts they choose.
There are many resources available for finding great books to read, and while these titles represent our effort to generate a thoughtful and accessible set of choices, we encourage you to read as widely as you can this summer. Please explore this website – The American Library Association’s “Best of the Best” for so many additional summer reading options.
The lists below represent summer reading options for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders at Fay – Each student should choose books according to the following parameters:
Rising 7th graders: One title from either list
Rising 8th graders: Two titles, at least one from each list
Rising 9th graders: Three titles, at least one from each list
You are certainly not limited to the parameters set for your grade - read as many as you like! In the fall, your teachers will speak to you individually about the books you chose, and you will share your understanding of your reading in some creative ways.