• Summer Reading Rationales, Requirements, and Lists

    Fauquier County Public Schools


    Rationale for Recommended Reading:

    What do we want students in Fauquier County to be able to do as readers?  We take our lead from Kelly Gallagher, a nationally recognized expert in the field.  Gallagher’s In the Best Interest of Students makes the case for developing readers who read for enjoyment

    Gallagher points out that the standards movement has caused many schools to ignore recreational reading.  Sadly, “students who are not given a chance to read for enjoyment are much more likely to become adults who do not read for enjoyment” (145). 


    As Fauquier County Public School educators, we believe that students learn to read by reading interesting, quality literature and responding to it through reflection, discussion, and writing.  However, we also believe that students learn to LOVE to read (and write) when they have high-interest choices and when accountability measures (additional work beyond the reading itself) are meaningful and motivational.  Therefore, the majority of our teachers recommend summer reading rather than requiring particular works with lengthy assignments attached.


    In addition to reading for pleasure, summer break should provide students with opportunities to read for personal enrichment, as well.  Research has shown that students who do not read during the summer months can experience a loss of some of their reading skills.  In order to prevent this summer “fall back,” and to prepare students for the coming academic year, Fauquier County English teachers recommend that students choose at least two titles from the lists below for their summer reading or, perhaps, two appropriate works of their own choosing.  In the fall, students should let their new English teachers know what their choices were and share a few things they liked and did not like about those choices.  Teachers love receiving this information at the beginning of a new school year either through conversations, notes, or letters to them! 


    Rationale for Required Reading in Honors and AP English:


    In addition to the above guidelines, secondary Honors and AP English teachers may publish Council-approved required reading lists and assignments deemed necessary for the success of advanced students preparing for the rigorous AP exams in high school.  Students who are preparing for Honors and AP classes should also respond to their reading, both recreational and required, by writing reflective journal entries to be ready for follow-up discussion during the first few weeks of class.  Note:  Students’ reading comprehension of these books may (or may not) be assessed by their classroom teachers. Teachers should provide easy access to their own specific requirements and necessary materials including novels and books.


    Recommended Reading for Middle School and High School:

    By link to the Virginia State Reading Association’s Readers Choice 2019-2020 selection 

    Additional Recommended Reading for High School:

    Rising Freshmen:

    Animal Farm – Orwell

    Anthem – Rand

    Ender’s Game – Card

    House on Mango Street – Cisneros

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Angelou


    Rising Sophomores:

    1984 - Orwell

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court - Twain

    Hot Zone - Preston

    Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

    Inherit the Wind – Lawrence & Lee


    Rising Juniors:

    A Lesson Before Dying - Gaines

    In Cold Blood – Capote

    Johnny Got His Gun – Trumbo

    The Devil in the White City - Holmes

    Warriors Don’t Cry - Beals


    Rising Seniors:

    A Thousand Splendid Suns - Hosseini

    David Copperfield - Dickens

    Dracula - Stoker

    Jane Eyre - Bronte

    The Joy Luck Club - Tan

Virginia Readers Choice Lists 2017-2018

  • Primary:
    Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights by W.H. Beck Yard Sale by Eve Bunting
    Chuck and Woodchuck by CeCe Bell
    Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina and Angela Dominguez You Must Be This Tall by Steven Weinberg
    Job Wanted by Teresa Bateman
    The Skunk by Mac Barnett
    Flutter and Hum: Animal Poems by Julie Paschkis
    Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds
    Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie

  • Elementary:
    Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
    A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner
    Class Dismissed by Allan Woodrow
    A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord
    In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall
    The Remembering Day/El Dia de los Muertos by Pat Mora Lucky Strike by Bobbie Pyron
    Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
    Save Me A Seat by Sarah Weeks

  • Middle:
    House Arrest by K.A. Holt
    Booked by Kwame Alexander
    Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt
    Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
    The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
    The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
    The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
    The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose
    A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
    Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

  • High School:
    The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
    Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
    Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli
    Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez
    More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
    An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
    Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
    Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
    All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
    All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven