Community Reading for 2016-17
Posted 06/09/2016 01:53PM

At York, we believe that summer reading supports the intellectual, social, and emotional growth of our students. Summer reading encourages students to read during the break, is a way to enrich our curriculum, and is an essential part of our teaching program. Likewise, our Community Reading titles comprise a suggested reading list for the York community (students, parents, and teachers) over the school year that enriches our understanding of the world, each other, and both the art and science of teaching and learning. The aim is to foster engagement with texts that are guided by research, speak to our mission, and inform our learning community. Whether it be over the summer or during the school year, we hope you will consider reading one or all of them. Then, join us at York during the school year as we feature discussions inspired by these texts at York Parent Meetings, Heads Up Coffees, and other community events.



All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2015 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction; a #1 New York Times bestseller; a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award; the #2 book of 2014 at; named one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review.


Grit by Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth, PhD, is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. She is also the Founder and Scientific Director of the Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. She completed her BA in neurobiology at Harvard, her MSc in neuroscience at Oxford, and her PhD in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.


How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Julie Lythcott-Haims draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.

Previous Years’ Community Reading Texts: Our Greatest Hits List

How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens by Benedict Carey
Make It Stick by Peter C. Brown
Focus by Daniel Goleman
Mindset by Carol Dweck
A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
Hamlet’s Blackberry by William Powers
The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tang
How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv