Upper School Students Write the Summer Reading List

Posted by Patricia Kuhn - 07 May, 2018

LLGIt's that time of year when schools assign summer reading, but at Randolph this summer the students have picked the books.

After all, who knows more than a teenage reader what another teenager might enjoy?

This year I invited students to join a library leadership group. The mission of the Library Leaders Group is:

To assist the librarian with resource development, library policy, special projects, and Summer Reading, making the library responsive and responsible to student needs. 

To that end, the students conducted a student survey about the student use of the library and summer reading, evaluated the results, and made a proposal.

They proposed selecting books they felt they and their peers would enjoy reading based their own reading experiences and that of their peers. They were given the parameters of keeping the selection diverse, age-appropriate, balanced between fiction and nonfiction and interesting. Although the selection is a bit fiction-heavy, they did a good job on every other account. I like that it is student-driven and that this group has taken ownership of it. In some cases, students have solicited faculty members to lead the book discussions we will have about our summer reading when we return in the fall.

I will form book groups led by faculty sponsors based on which books generate the most interest during the signup process.

Every summer we  continue to change, refine, reformulate Summer Reading in a perpetual attempt to garner the most interest and involvement for our students – based on student input.  

I am excited about how it has worked this summer and hope that everyone finds at least one book that they like!

Some of the titles selected are:  

Auschwitz by Lawrence Rees 

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King 

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

If you would like to view the complete list, this LibGuide has all the titles and is a good resource for learning more about the books the students selected. Wishing you a summer of happy reading!

Topics: leadership, library, reading, student leadership, summer reading, summer reading list independent school, teenagers

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