to read: Ideas for students entering high school and college
time for a good book or two during the summer is a great way for students
about to enter high school or college to enrich their education, according
to Philip Nel, an associate professor of English at Kansas State University.
Nel, who specializes in children's literature, offers lists of books he
thinks students should read before entering high school or heading off
to college; included are his thoughts on each selection.
"The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963" by Christopher Paul Curtis,
to see why the past is worth studying.
* "The Sea of Trolls" by Nancy Farmer, to think about politics,
terrorism and hope.
* "The Story of Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf, because you should
* "Moominsummer Madness" by Tove Jansson, because it is fun.
* "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson, to liberate
* "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster, to be reminded why
learning is exciting.
* "Frederick" by Leo Lionni, because art is necessary.
* "Grandfather's Journey" by Allen Say, to consider memory and
* "The Three Pigs" by David Wiesner, because you should be aware
of your perspective.
* "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss, to respect the environment.
* "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson, because you should be aware
and speak up.
* "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison, to experience beautiful,
layered prose that challenges you.
* "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook
Got Wrong" by James W. Loewen, to think critically about what you
think you know.
* "The Golden Compass" by Philip Pullman, to provoke thinking
about your beliefs.
* "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi, to broaden your knowledge
of the world.
* "The Elements of Style" by William Strunk Jr., E.B. White
and Roger Angell, to learn how to write more efficiently.