Overview 6-12

Overview of WW-P Summer Reading Program for Grades 6-12

To enable students to develop an independent reading life by cultivating an interest and ability to find and choose books that address their individual interests, needs, and passions in order to become curious, well-informed, mature, empathetic human beings.

To contribute to a culture of reading, which will help increase students’ reading volume and stamina, encourage “talk” around books, and enable positive experiences with reading. 

Why is Choice Important?

In order to build passion, independence, and stamina for reading, students must participate in deciding what ignites their passion, motivates them to read independently, and gets them lost in the “reading zone.” Summer reading lays the foundation for the “choice” reading students will continue to engage in throughout the school year. 

The choice of what to read is up to the student. A suggested list of titles can be found on this website and includes books that some WW-P teachers, students, and administrators have read and enjoyed. Students may choose books from this list but do not have to read any of the books on these lists if they are able to find books on their own.
Note - parents or guardians should be involved in the process of choosing books if they have any concerns about appropriateness and suitability of their child's choices of reading material.

How Can I Find Books?

Students should choose books that are interesting and appropriately challenging. There are myriad ways for students to find books that are a good “fit” for them. Here are some suggestions:

1. As mentioned above, see the list of suggested titles on this website.
2. Search websites such as goodreads.com or commonsensemedia.org. 3. Talk to friends, family, and teachers - ask them about their favorite books.

4. Visit the public library.

5. Go to online or local bookstores.

How Can I Learn More About Choice Summer Reading?

The WW-P Summer Reading Program was built upon the thinking of district educators and students, as well as other educators in the field. The following is a list of helpful resources that reflect the thinking behind this program.

Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers by Penny Kittle. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2013.

Common Sense Media


“Do Teens Read Seriously Anymore?”


“Empathy and Fiction: Empathy from reading a story prompts helping another person.”


“Getting Kids to Read: The 5 key Habits of Lifelong Readers”


“Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves  Empathy”


Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do about It by Gallagher and  Allington. Portland, ME.: Stenhouse, 2009.  

“Reading literary fiction improves empathy, study finds”


New Jersey Student Learning Standards


“Why Summer Reading Pays Off Year-Round”


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