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The Nazareth Library: Summer Reading 2018

Summer Reading Requirements

In conjunction with next academic year’s Character of a Saint Joseph Academy Graduate theme, “ Develop Integrity and Emerging Wisdom,” this year’s summer reading will focus on the idea of Emerging Wisdom. According to our Character of a Graduate document, a student with emerging wisdom is “enlightened by intellectual curiosity, discernment and openness; she thinks critically, reflects regularly, broadens her perspectives, and embraces the challenges of new ideas.”

To nurture this characteristic, each student will choose one book from the list of titles below. The list includes titles at various reading levels, from various genres, and on an array of topics to meet the needs and interests of our student population. The Summer Reading Committee chose the selections on the list from suggestions that were gathered from all members of the Saint Joseph Academy community—including students, faculty and staff, and parents/guardians. As always, students are encouraged to read more than one title on the list.

Wisdom is often gained through strife. Therefore, many of the books deal with difficult and complex problems; we invite parents/guardians to read along with their student. Students and parents should carefully discern which book is most appropriate for the student’s intellectual and maturity level.

1McCombs, Jennifer Sloan, et al. "Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children's Learning." Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed For Quick Review 77.6 (2012): 47-52. ERIC. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.

Emerging Wisdom Discussion Day

In the fall of 2018, students will further explore the topic of emerging wisdom by engaging in small group discussion sessions to talk about emerging wisdom as it connects to the books they have read. Integrity and wisdom will be incorporated into many different events and opportunities during the academic year as well.

Questions to Consider While Reading

As you read your book, prepare to discuss the following questions:

  • How do you define wisdom? Does the book/author define wisdom? If so, how does it defined? What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? How did your understanding of wisdom grow or change as a result of reading this book?
  • How did the characters demonstrate or grow in wisdom? What caused the change or growth? Did any characters/people NOT display wisdom? What could they have done differently?
  • What passages or quotes had an impact on you or your way of thinking? What were your favorite “Words of Wisdom”? Write them down somewhere for the fall discussions or annotate the text.
  • What connections can you make between the themes of your book and the world around you? Globally (in the world around you) and locally (in your community and family)? Whom do you consider wise? Where is there opportunity for wisdom in the world?
  • When in your life have you demonstrated wisdom? Where is there opportunity in your life to grow in wisdom?

Summer Reading Options

Students should choose one or more of the following books to read this summer.

Books of Wisdom

Books of Wisdom


Titles available in the Nazareth Library's eBook collection are linked.

Additional Summer Reading Opportuniites

In addition to the required summer reading, the Nazareth Library provides a list of recommended titles for students to enjoy over the summer break. Students, faculty and staff have made suggestions to this annual list. It is categorized by genre, subject area and interest. Just click on the "bookshelves" listed to the left of the list to view. And don't forget to submit what you are reading to our Sursum Libros reading program.