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APRIL 2001Volume 3 Number 2

Connecticut High School Summer Reading Lists - A Study

Linda Williams, Children's Services Librarian

While all of Connecticut focuses on early reading success, what is happening in reading for Connecticut's high school students? A request to our children's librarians' listserv was made. "Send in your High School Summer Reading Lists!" (HSSRL's). Librarians from 55 towns answered the call. All titles reported were included in a database of titles that students going into 9th-12th grades were requested or required to read. There was vast variation in the way these lists were compiled and delivered. Some were slick, graphically attractive handouts. Some were typewritten lists run off on a copier. Some were compiled by committees and some by English Department chairs. One school had selections from every department including the math department.

Factors considered in the assessment follow.

Award Ribbon ClipartTop Ten Connecticut High School Reading List Titles

  1. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (21 lists)
  2. My Antonia by Willa Cather (20 lists)
  3. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns (18 lists)
  4. (tie) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    The Chosen by Chaim Potok (16 lists)
  5. (tie) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    The Perfect Storm
    by Sebastian Junger
    The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (15 lists)
  6. (tie) I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
    The Color of Water by James McBride. (14 lists)

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