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Summer Reading 2020

Information on summer reading titles by grade level with links for digital copies.

General Information


From Head of School Rachel Skerritt

We are pleased to announce our new BLS Essential Summer Reads program. We are asking all BLS students and staff to participate in this whole-school initiative providing a packet of articles on topics across many disciplines. We encourage families to read these pieces as well. The topics vary, and we hope everyone finds something that interests them in this collection.  We encourage families to read these pieces as well.  Our purpose is to continue to find ways to promote shared experiences across our large school community, and to allow for entry points for formal and informal discourse in next year's courses.


Update on August Reads & Views

This summer, with input from faculty advisors, Families for Equity and Diversity (FEqD) leaders, and BLS BLACK and TAG student officers, we developed this set of articles and videos to begin to build the container of common texts and reference points for our work going forward. Though this is by no means an exhaustive list, we believe that these resources will support the daily acts in which we must all engage as we work toward becoming an antiracist community. We are focusing on Black lives in this moment of national reckoning, and we look forward to sharing additional resources and holding further discussions that speak to the experiences of other marginalized communities. Click here for August Articles and Videos.



From Susan Moran, English Program Director


All English courses, with the exception of electives (AP Language and Composition, Creative Writing, and Humanities) carry a summer reading requirement. Students should check the webpages by grade level that provide the required reading titles and links for full access to the books indicated for their 2020-21 courses. There is also a printable version of the BLS English department's summer reading requirements. In the fall, students will complete a timed writing assignment or other assessment based on one or more of the required books. We hope you'll enjoy the required titles we've chosen and will continue to read other books for your personal enjoyment over the summer months.


From the Keefe Library


Due to the current healthcare crisis, we are anticipating that public libraries may not be circulating books this summer or will be able to offer only limited service. Therefore, all students will be able to access books by:

  • Borrowing digital ebooks through the Boston Public Library’s (BPL) Hoopla platform (all links to books are provided on grade level pages)
  • Borrowing digital ebooks through Teen Book Cloud (all links to books are provided on grade level pages)

Additionally, students and families have the option of:

  • Using various BPL platforms (Libby, RBDigital, BPL catalog) as downloadable audiobooks; only some titles are available.
  • Obtaining a physical copy of their assigned books.

All the information on how to access books through Hoopla, links to some books in electronic form, supplemental materials (such as videos, reviews and book lists) is here on the BLS Keefe Library Summer Reading 2020 libguide.

Students with audio access accommodation on their Individual Education Plans (IEPs) will be able to access the English summer reading choices through Bookshare or Learning Ally.



Librarians: Deeth Ellis and Susan Harari