Branford High School 2017 Summer Reading Page

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Your children have grown tremendously this year and they’ve worked hard to continuously improve their reading skills and strategies. Summer is a great opportunity for students to continue building their love of reading and to practice all that they’ve been taught over the course of the year. To ensure that summer reading helps maintain students’ reading skills and strategies while fostering their love of reading, Branford High School has decided not to set a specific reading list for those students who are registered for standard level English classes during the 2017-2018 school year. We want students to read what interests and engages them.

Research tells us that goal-setting has a positive impact on students’ reading development. To motivate students to read over the summer, all English teachers will speak with their students about setting personal goals as well as possible genres and books of interest. In conjunction with these efforts, the Blackstone Library will be hosting a Reading Roadmap event, with June 26th as the first of 3 summer dates. Please see the link below to register for this free event. In the fall, students will have the opportunity to give a book talk in order share their summer reading experiences.

We know that many parents/guardians find it helpful when a list of recommended books is provided. Therefore, we are including a few websites that have reading lists of titles appropriate for high school students. Again, please note that these are not required booklists; they are intended only as a resource.

Blackstone Library Reading Roadmap Summer Event

Blackstone Library Suggest Reading List for High School Students

The Best Young Adult Books of 2016 So Far - The B&N Teen Blog ...

Best Books 2016 - Young Adult : Publishers Weekly

YA Novels of 2016 - Goodreads

NOTE TO PARENTS: You play a vital role in encouraging the reading habits of your child. We encourage parents to read along with their children and help them select the most appropriate titles. Before selecting a book, please review it with your child to determine if it is appropriate. Several websites, including and, offer reviews of literature to help parents and students make the right selection for them.

If you have any questions about the summer reading assignment or anything else, please feel free to email

Links for those courses with required summer reading.

English 10 Honors Option

English 11 Honors

English 12 Honors

AP & ECE English

AP & ECE English