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