We want to partner with you to cultivate in your child a lifelong friendship with literature. Reading appropriate and well-written literature will influence character development, vocabulary, humor, values, and worldview. We also want your child to be ready to learn when the school year begins. Therefore, we have required a summer reading program for each grade level.
Listed below are the required summer reading selections. Each student must read the following books required for their grade level.
Please note that illustrated or condensed versions are not acceptable substitutes for these literary classics. Neither is viewing movies an acceptable alternative to reading the book. You may find these books available from the following links. Some are available at the library, Solid Ground Bookstore, on Kindle, Nook, Google Play, or the iTunes bookstore. If you are have troubles finding a book please contact the office at (850) 862-1414.
Entering First Grade
Entering Second Grade
Entering Third Grade
Entering Fourth Grade
Entering Fifth Grade
Entering Sixth Grade
A Father’s Promise by Donnalynn Hess
Sixth graders must also read one of the following books on Eric Liddell from the series: Heroes of the Faith; Trailblazers; or Christian Heroes Then and Now.
Eric Liddell: Christian Heroes Then and Now
Entering Seventh GradeSeventh graders must read one of the following books: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls or Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang by April Gardner.
Hudson Taylor: Christian Heroes Then and Now
Entering Eighth Grade
Eighth graders must read one of the following books: Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson or Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.
D. L. Moody: Christian Heroes Then and Now
Entering Ninth Grade
Ninth graders must read one of the following books: Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe or Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Ninth graders must also read Children of the Storm: The Autobiography of Natasha Vins.
Children of the Storm: The Autobiography of Natasha Vins
Entering Tenth Grade
Tenth graders must read one of the following books: The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis or Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.
Tenth graders must also read Through the Gates of Splendor by Elizabeth Elliot.
Through Gates of Splendor by Elizabeth Elliot
Entering Eleventh Grade
Eleventh graders must read one of the following books: The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne or Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
Eleventh graders must also read Up from Slavery by Booker T Washington.
Up from Slavery by Booker T Washington
Entering Twelfth Grade
Twelfth graders must read one of the following books: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens or Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.
Twelfth graders must also read William Wilberforce: A Hero for Humanity by Kevin Belmonte.
William Wilberforce: A Hero for Humanity by Kevin Belmonte