Joey Murphy The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Huckleberry Finn are all books that we’ve read in High School. But why do we read these books? The books we read in highschool are some of the most important in shaping our love for reading books. However the process of creating a curriculum around the books that we read is very difficult and time consuming. In How Do We Select Books Students MUST Read author Sarah Tantillo suggests that teachers try to find books that students will enjoy however there are things that teachers must incorporate in order to make sure that the book is worth reading for their students education. Some of these things include cultural relevance, text complexity, the demographic of the school, all have an important role in choosing what books they have their students read. However Francine Prose has another idea on why we read the books we do in high school. In I know why the caged bird cannot read Prose suggests that books in highschool are picked for all the wrong reasons. Prose says that these reasons can be harmful to the way high school students view these works of literature. These reasons include making it easy for them to discuss in class, having easy characters that don't challenge the reader, and they pick characters that have no relatable experiences to the reader and their experiences. Prose says that this can be damaging to high school students because it can destroy their respect for reading books. Whether you believe that teachers pick books for their text complexity, cultural relevance, for the topics and themes that the literature has, or if you believe that the way teachers pick these books could be potentially damaging to high school students. You have to realize that the books we read in high school are some of the most important books we read in shaping our love for reading.