Hey High Schoolers!

Congrats on making it through another year of school… and what a year of school it was!  We are SO proud of all the hard work that you have put into shifting from traditional school to a digital classroom… and back again. And we want you to know that we are here to support you in your academic journey!  

With summer fast approaching (and no homework or school to worry about), it’s the perfect time to relax and crack open a good book or a few (who’s counting?🤷).  We love beach reads as much as the next person, but they can be more about style than substance. Summer is a great time to read those books that make you think deeply, with compelling stories and unforgettable characters, and have time to reflect on what you’ve read.

Check out the CCPS High Schools’ Summer 2021 Reading List and get some ideas… and maybe a head start on the 2021-2022 school year. 

And yes, yes… we know that this might seem like a shameless plug for the high schools.  But we know the value of reading throughout the summer to prevent that dreaded “summer slump” and if that gets you ready for next year, that’s a win in our books! (Just a little library humor there 😁).

Below you will find links to every book we have available in our digital collections that are on the high school lists, along with a copy of the CCPS High Schools’ Summer Reading List pdf for reference (or if the dog eats it!) 

We have so many online resource offerings, we just know you will find something that you’ll love!

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The Charles County Honors/AP/Dual Enrollment English program requires students to complete summer reading to prepare them for the upcoming school year and to give teachers a common ground with which to begin instruction.

* This work has been approved by the CCPS Review Committee for its literary merit and its appropriate alignment with theme and course objectives. It may include, within its historical and/or cultural context, material or language such as violence, profanity, or sexual content that is intended for the mature reader. CCPS honors requests for alternative titles. 

AP Summer Reading Lists By High School and AP Class

AP Literature

Read Chopin’s The Awakening and choose one from the required list below

Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye 

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

JD Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Chang-Rae Lee, A Gesture  Life 

Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale 

Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth 

Richard Wright, Native Son

Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

Kate Chopin, The Awakening

AP Language

Michelle Obama,  Becoming 

Le Ly Hayslip, When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman’s Journey From War to Peace

(Unavailable through CCPL)


AP Literature

Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House 

Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights 

AP Language

Jeannette Walls,  The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Jonathan Kozol, Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation