Summer Reading

Reading shouldn't come to an end when school lets out for the summer! Students in our district are expected to continue their love for reading during the summer months.

Below you will find the 2024 Summer Reading information for students K-12.

探花精选 Elementary (K-5) Summer Reading 

Focus: Reading for enjoyment
Goal: immerse yourself in the experience of reading texts - that you choose - and enjoy.

Students learning to read should practice decodable text and be read to for knowledge and exposure of topics of interest. Students who have cracked the code, should read 15 minutes a day to hone their reading and build knowledge!

If you want some suggestions, the first stop should be the library. also has a great selection of text suggestions.

NYS Assembly’s Annual Summer Reading Challenge: Assemblyman Stirpe is inviting children to explore the world of books by participating in the New York State Assembly’s annual Summer Reading Challenge, held in partnership with New York State Libraries. The theme for this year’s challenge, “Adventure Begins at Your Library,” celebrates the journeys books can take readers on, whether transporting us to a different world or delving into our history. Readers who complete the challenge can receive a state Assembly Excellence in Reading certificate. The Summer Reading Challenge asks children to read for at least 15 minutes a day for at least 40 days during July and August. Children can read by themselves or with a partner. Afterward, they mark the days they read on the calendar provided by your school. After marking 40 days or more, they can submit the calendar to Assemblymember’s office to receive their certificate in the mail.

探花精选 Middle (6-8) Summer Reading

Focus: Reading for enjoyment
Goal: immerse yourself in the experience of reading texts - that you choose - and enjoy.

Book(s): Since the focus is reading for pleasure, we’re encouraging you to choose any text – any type – by any author – on any topic – of interest to you. You aren’t limited to fiction – nonfiction or informational texts, graphic novels, audiobooks etc. are all great options as well.

So the choice is up to you. Class Activities will occur in the first few weeks of school around summer reading books so be sure to read at least one book!

If you want some suggestions, the first stop should be the:


Go to the “Books & Libraries” tab – there you’ll find links to several helpful resources and lists – including book recommendation sites, e-books, audiobooks and more.

also has a great selection of text suggestions.

探花精选 High School (9-12) Summer Reading

Focus: Reading for enjoyment
Goal: immerse yourself in the experience of reading texts - that you choose - and enjoy.
Book(s): Since the focus is reading for pleasure, we’re encouraging you to choose any text – any type – by any author – on any topic – of interest to you. You aren’t limited to fiction – nonfiction or informational texts, graphic novels, audiobooks etc. are all great options as well.

So the choice is up to you.

*If you’re taking an honors or college level course, specific titles are listed below.

If you want some suggestions, the first stop should be
Go to the “Books & Libraries” tab – there you’ll find links to several helpful resources and lists – including book recommendation sites, e-books, audiobooks and more.

also has a great selection of text suggestions.

Some lists to check for ideas: 





If you don’t have easy access to physical books, here are some online resources to help:

First stop, the .

The to help too.

Also, check out these resources:
for audio & e-books.
 *If you want to access the 探花精选 Public Library Overdrive collection, choose 探花精选 Public Library, visit Web site and sign in using your library card number and PIN.

for free public domain audiobooks.
lists free audio & computer generated readings.
curates a list of free recordings of short stories & books on the web.

For additional information, please contact Executive Director of Curriculum Dana Ziegler at 315-622-7169 or DZiegler@liverpool.k12.ny.us or LHS Principal Jordan Sterio at 315-453-1500 or JSterio@liverpool.k12.ny.us.

All students will read Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood. This novel will be used as the anchor for our first unit: Literary Criticism.

As such, be prepared to discuss the book and write an essay upon returning to school in the fall.

  • All students must join our Google Classroom for 9H Summer Reading. Google Classroom Code: vvvw5q4
  • In addition to resources, expectations and conversations, we will post the first part of your assignment. This will be due your first day of classes.

All students will read J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and be prepared to discuss the book upon returning to school in the fall.

All students will read John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and Jennifer Longo’s What I Carry. Be prepared to discuss both books upon returning to school in the fall.

AP 11 students will read the following book and note at least 20 selections that stand out as particularly well written and/or effective: Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion.

AP students should pay close attention to word choice, sentence structure, organization, and tone used in this collection. Our primary approach will include an analysis of the resources of language and creation of rhetoric.

Please arrive to class with a list of your 20 quotes.

AP 12 students will read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Be prepared to discuss the book upon returning to school in the fall.

There is no specific summer reading title for SUPA or OCC. The choice is yours.