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There are two kinds of Summer Reading for teens in Beverly: the library’s program that rewards teens for reading and participating in summer activities with prizes and includes a variety of fun events, and the summer reading requirement for schools, including Beverly Middle School and Beverly High School. On this page, you will find books lists and summer reading requirements for students entering grades 5-12, but please visit your student’s respective websites for all of the details!

Beverly Middle School

5th Grade

Students entering grade 5 at BMS are to:

  • Read at least one book from the Grade 5 & 6 list (from the Mass. Children’s Book Award)
  • Keep track of the title(s) of any books you read and a few things you liked about it. Your teachers will have activities for you in September relating to your summer reading.
  • Read a graphic novel of your own choice!

6th Grade

Students entering grade 6 at BMS are to:

  • Read at least one book from the Grade 5 & 6 list (from the Mass. Children’s Book Award)
  • Do a response piece. Your ELA teacher will have directions about turning it in in early September. It will count toward your T1 grade.
  • Read a graphic novel of your own choice!

For Students Entering Grades 5-6 (Mass. Children’s Book Award)


7th and 8th Grade

Here’s what you need to know about summer reading!

  • Read at least one book from the selection for 7th and 8th grade.
  • Do a response piece. Your ELA teacher will have directions about turning it in in early September. It will count toward your T1 grade.
  • Read a graphic novel of your choice (no assignment to do with this)

While these are minimum expectations, we definitely hope you will read much more all summer long!


For Students Entering Grades 7-8

Beverly High School

Your assignment is to read a book this summer that you have not read before and show evidence that you read and thought about it. The summer reading list is a group of books that have been selected and are available at the Beverly Public Library, but you are not confined to this list. Feel free to read anything that sparks your interest.

After reading the book you need to show you have read it. You can create a project in response to the book. There are many different options for this. The more creative the better! You can explore the summer reading website, or come up with your own. You can also attend one of the Beverly Public Library reading groups or take part in their summer reading program for credit. 


For Students Entering Grades 9-12

The Massachusetts Teen Choice Book Award nominees are also available at the library and if you choose one (or more) of them, voting (via the BHS summer reading form) will count as your summer reading project. Printable MTCBA list.