Upper School Summer Reading

Upper School Summer Reading

Expand your mind this summer. Read.

In a time when YouTube, streaming video, 24-hour 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. Between the required and choice books, all students will read at least three books over the summer.

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.

This year’s all Upper School read is The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. This year’s all Upper School read was selected by the students. Rising seniors recommended titles and the Upper School student body voted to select this book as the All School Read.

We believe strongly in the importance of reading. Buying the Cliff’s Notes, watching films, or using online resources (i.e. Spark Notes) in lieu of reading one of these books cannot substitute for reading the actual text. Students will simply be cheating themselves if they do not read the book itself. Electronic book (e-book) formats (Kindle, Nook, and iPad) 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
Upper School Head

Patrick Hastings
Chair, English Department

Diane Fuller
Upper School Librarian

Required Reading

Optional