Summer Reading

Middle School Required Summer Reading

The Andover Public Schools summer reading program will look a little different this year! Working collaboratively, the middle school librarians and Memorial Hall teen librarians have come up with a list of suggested titles for incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Unlike past years, however, students will not be required to choose a title from these lists; instead, our hope is that students find time to read 20 minutes a day from any book they wish.

The reasons for the change this year are many; financial limitations on schools and the town library, unprecedented job loss equaling loss of income, as well as the difficulty of obtaining a physical book without purchasing it online and having it shipped are all factors that we considered. With that said, we know that some students and parents love having a curated list of books that we consider great at each of the grade levels. We’d love it if you chose one of them, more than one of them, a book from a list that’s not your own grade level, or one completely of your own choosing! Please click here to read more about Andover's summer reading program guidelines from Joanna Ganci, ELA Department Head.

We’ve included on this list books that we know are available for free through MHL on Overdrive, Hoopla, or Epic! Please check out Memorial Hall Library’s instructions for APS families on how to get a public library card, download the Libby app to your device, and use their online reading platforms.