Monday, June 17, 2019

Summer Reading

Entering grades 6 - 7 - 8
We are asking all students entering grades 6, 7 and 8 to read TWO books this summer.
  • One book should be from the lists we provide (unless a student has received other instructions from a teacher)
  • One book should be a graphic novel of the student's choosing.
Students should create ONE response piece after reading the book selected from the summer reading list. There are a number of different choices for response pieces. There is no assignment connected with the graphic novel; students will simply record the title and author and may be asked one or two brief questions about the book in September.

This year, in order to give students broader choices, the BMS and BHS book lists are labeled as "recommended" for grades 5 and up, grades 7 and up or grades 9 and up. Students at either school may select a book off of any one of these three listsHowever, parents and students should be aware that some subject matter or reading levels from lists that are higher than what is recommended for a student's grade may or may not be appropriate, depending on the child.  Keep in mind that books that are on lower grade reading lists are not necessarily "easier." We encourage you to be an active participant in your child's summer reading selection -- consider reading the book with your child or listening to an audiobook as a family, perhaps on a car trip this summer!

Entering Grade 5
There is no summer reading requirement or assignment for students entering grade 5. They are strongly encouraged to read off the list recommended for grades 5 and up and/or the public library list, and to participate in the Beverly Public Library summer reading program in the children's room.

Information about summer reading is posted at and will be updated regularly.