According to Common Sense Media, there are things you need to consider when selecting books for/with your kids and young adults.
The bottom line is that it is up to you to do your research, and Common Sense Media makes it easier by providing detailed reviews so you know what to expect. Check the ratings, read the jacket flap, and apply it to your family.
Literature Supporting Critical Conversations on Antiracism and Social Justice
From the Creators of Hair Like Mine, Skin Like Mine is a fun, easy-to- read for beginners as well as advanced readers. An entertaining yet creative way to address and celebrate diversity among young children. Guaranteed to make you smile and a bit hungry.
Each kindness makes the world a little better. Chloe and her friends won't play with the new girl, Maya. Every time Maya tries to join Chloe and her friends, they reject her. Eventually, Maya stops coming to school. When Chloe's teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship and thinks about how much better it could have been if she'd shown a little kindness toward Maya.
In 1957, well before Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Melba Pattillo Beals and eight other teenagers became iconic symbols for the Civil Rights Movement and the dismantling of Jim Crow in the American South as they integrated Little Rock’s Central High School in the wake of the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education. Throughout her harrowing ordeal, Melba was taunted by her schoolmates and their parents, threatened by a lynch mob’s rope, attacked with lighted sticks of dynamite, and injured by acid sprayed in her eyes. But through it all, she acted with dignity and courage, and refused to back down.
Inspired by the author's childhood experience as a refugee—fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama—this coming-of-age debut novel told in verse has been celebrated for its touching child's-eye view of family and immigration. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.
When Wesley Boone writes a poem for his high school English class, some of his classmates clamor to read their poems aloud too. Soon they're having weekly poetry sessions and, one by one, the eighteen students are opening up and taking on the risky challenge of self-revelation. There's Lupe Alvarin, desperate to have a baby so she will feel loved. Raynard Patterson, hiding a secret behind his silence. Porscha Johnson, needing an outlet for her anger after her mother OD's. Through the poetry they share and narratives in which they reveal their most intimate thoughts about themselves and one another, their words and lives show what lies beneath the skin, behind the eyes, beyond the masquerade.
Summer Reading Lists (1st - 5th)
1st and 2nd Grade Summer Reading List
3rd Grade Summer Reading List
4th and 5th Grade Summer Reading List
Summer Reading Lists (6th - 8th)
6th Grade Summer Reading List
7th Grade Summer Reading List
8th Grade Summer Reading List
Summer Reading Lists (9th - 12th)
9th through 12th Grade CP Summer Reading List
There are no required summer reading assignments for MCHS English CP students.
10th Grade Advanced Summer Reading List
Prior to the first day of school, incoming English 10 Advanced students must read the following text:
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (the 1818 version)
Students are encouraged to annotate their texts in preparation for an assessment upon their return. At the start of the new school year, students will take a common assessment on the book: an objective test. Some Advanced teachers may do additional work (including writing assignments) with Frankenstein beyond the common assessment.
11th Grade Honors Summer Reading List
Prior to the first day of school, incoming English 11 Honors students must read BOTH of the following texts:
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway AND
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Students are encouraged to annotate their texts in preparation for their assessments upon their return. Common assessments include: an objective test on A Farewell to Arms, a short response assessment that involves analyzing passages from A Farewell to Arms, and an objective test on The Crucible. Some Honors teachers may do additional work with these texts beyond the common assessments.
12th Grade AP Summer Reading Letter and Assignment
Prior to the first day of school, all incoming English 12 AP students must read BOTH of the following texts:
How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster (2014 Edition) AND
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Please read the letter and assignment here
or in the document above. The assignment must be completed prior to the first day of school.