Upper School Summer Reading

Upper School Summer Reading 2018

In a time when YouTube, streaming video, 24-hour news and sports coverage, and video games compete for our attention at every turn, Gilman School believes in literature’s unique ability to instill in readers the values of empathy, wonder, and intellectual stimulation.  The Summer Reading program promotes reading for pleasure, hoping to establish a lifelong habit in all Gilman boys.  While some books have been chosen by the faculty and administration, students also have the opportunity to make choices in line with personal interests.  Combining the assigned and choice books, all students will read at least three books over the summer.

This year’s all Upper School read is Make Your Bed: Little Things that Can Change Your Life...and Maybe the World by Admiral William H. McRaven (retired).  Keeping with Gilman’s mission to produce men of character and integrity who have the skills and ability to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they live and work, Admiral McRaven offers “simple wisdom, practical advice and words of encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve more.”  

The Modern Language Department’s reading requirements and the books for the Elizabeth Woolsey Gilman Prize, one of Gilman’s oldest and most honored awards, are also listed below.

We believe strongly in the importance of reading.  Watching film adaptations or reading online summaries, while potentially interesting supplements, cannot substitute for the experience a reader shares with a text.  Students will simply be cheating themselves if they do not read the book itself.  Electronic books (e-books) are acceptable for completing the readings. 

If you have any questions regarding the summer reading program, please do not hesitate to contact any of the three of us.


Robert Heubeck                Patrick Hastings                            Diane Fuller
Upper School Head          Chair, English Department          Upper School Librarian

Students taking first semester English Electives at Bryn Mawr or RPCS should check the website of that school regarding required books.

Students enrolled in Modern Language classes at Bryn Mawr School or Roland Park Country School should check that school’s web site for summer reading requirements.

Bryn Mawr School Summer Reading
Roland Park Country School Summer Reading

Required Reading


French Courses (Updated June 1, 2018)

Modern Languages

French Courses

Spanish Courses (updated June 1, 2018)

Spanish Courses