Turn-the-Page Summer Reading Returns, Students Select Free Books from School


Frannie Wied, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Turn-the-Page Summer Reading is back! Students were recently given a selection of books to choose from, books the school will purchase for students to read over the summer months. 

Summer Reading is a way to encourage students to continue reading as well as hone their reading skills when school is not in session. The goal is to make reading something that students want to do. 

Books are specifically chosen for each grade and things like interest and current life experiences are taken into consideration. There were two book options per grade with the intention of having one that would appeal to both girls and boys. 

“We didn’t go bonkers over classics or pick any books that would be part of the school-year curriculum,” said Mrs. Carolyn Brown, a member of the selection committee organized by Principal Patrick Browne.

The school will use EANS (Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools) money that was granted to the school as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The money will be used specifically for summer reading books.  

The list of books included: 

  • Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds, and Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah, for incoming freshmen. 
  • Driven, by Donald Driver, and The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein, for current freshmen. 
  • A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman, and Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult, for current sophomores
  • The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, and Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, for current juniors. 

Current freshman students were given the choice between Driven and The Art of Racing in the Rain. There were specific reasons as to why these two books were given as options for the students. 

Driven was chosen because it is an inspiring read, and Driver is a Green Bay legend, so it allows students to read something they are passionate and interested about. The Art of Racing in the Rain had rave reviews from teachers who said it is a must-read for all. Great thought has gone into choosing books that students will take pleasure in reading. 

The best life-long learners are readers.  The best writers, the smartest kids–they’re always readers!” said Brown.