Common Reader

2025 Common Reader Suggestions

The NEHS Advisory Council is seeking recommendations for the Common Reader for the 2024-2025 school year. The texts, fiction or nonfiction, should be of sufficient challenge to engage rising seniors in critical thinking and to prompt excellent written analysis.

What books have you or your NEHS members read recently that made you think, moved you, or filled you with wonder?

Recommendations may be prose (fiction in any genre or nonfiction), collections of poetry, drama, or graphic novels; we tend not to select from the classics, works commonly found in the high school literature canon, or texts that have been translated into film. We are particularly interested in selecting works that highlight underrepresented communities and that give student members the opportunity to learn about other cultures and social groups.

Learn more about the 2024 Common Reader, Kayte Nunn’s The Botanist’s Daughter and our previous selections.

Please send your suggestions, including a few sentences explaining your rationale for recommending the text, to Christopher Lockwood at before February 14, 2024.

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