SUMMER! WELCOME! There’s lots of reasons to enjoy being a teacher, and a high one up on the list is summer break. I hope you are sitting next to a pool somewhere with a tasty beverage in hand while you are reading this list of summer book reads for teachers. If not, get there! You deserve it!
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I also hope that you have a nice selection of books piled up next to you. My favorite things about summer are catching up on books, TV shows, and sleep! So lots of reading, Netflix binging and napping going on over here!
I hope that you are not spending too much time doing school stuff. But, if I know you, I’m sure you have a few things in mind to work on this summer. If you are planning on doing some work this summer for the new year, I’d love to have you join my course Kickstart Your School Year: A Teacher’s Guide to Organizing and Planning for the New Year!
Today I want to share a few teacher books that I have read and recommend to add to your reading literature for this summer. The first few books are books related to teaching, but I also decided to throw in a few fiction and “self help” or “personal growth” type books that I think can help us to become better versions of ourselves thus making us better teachers for our kiddos!
Books Related to Teaching
Teacher Misery by Jane Morris
Oh my! This book was a HILARIOUS read. The author writes under a pseudo-name about all of the crazy things she encounters from students, parents, and admin at her high school. But, beware, this book is not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of language and perhaps a bit of negativity in this book.
I Am a Pencil by Sam Swope
I read this book a couple of summers ago. It is written by a teacher who looped with his kids from third grade until fifth. He writes about he encouraged his students to become better writers. It was really encouraging, although not many of us get the opportunity to spend that much time with a group of kids. But man, what if we did? Think of all the amazing things you could do with them!
Regardless, it still has a ton of great ideas from improving the writers in your class.
The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller
I also read this book two summers ago and I still think about it to this day. I need to go back and reread it because she does an amazing job of giving her kids of a love of reading. It is so easy to get stuck in the routine of telling kids what level they are and having them read from that selection of books. I know I am guilty of limiting my kids when going to the classroom library.
The following books are education related books that I have not personally read *yet* but are on my list!
The Wild Card by Hope and Wade King
I haven’t read the book, but I have been to Get Your Teach On and can vouch 100% for the things I learned at the conference so I know the book will be so helpful to a teacher as well!
Language at the Speed of Light by Mark Seidenberg
My friend Julie (@schoolhousesocial on Insta) just posted about this book and I look up to her as a teacher and trust anything she recommends. This book came highly recommended by her!
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Fiction Books to Read this Summer
If you are anything like me, you probably want to read some books that let you escape into another world. I have a whole list of books I read in 2016 on my personal blog, Kelly Michelle Blog, along with my ratings for each book. But here are a couple of my favorites:
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
OMG. Any of her books are amazing. But this one was especially good. The setting is an elephant sanctuary. I learned a lot about elephants and the gentle giants that they are. (And I may or may not have tried to convince Cody that we need to give money to support elephant sanctuaries…) The main character is a young girl who mysteriously loses her mother and seeks to find out what happened to her. Read this, you won’t be disappointed!
Going along with Jodi Picoult, I can also highly recommend A Spark of Light and Small Great Things. Both deal with really hard topics (abortion and racism, respectively) and allow the reader to view arguments from both sides.
The Nightengale by Kristen Hannah
This book has been going around for a while now but I can recommend it wholeheartedly. It was hard for me to get into at the beginning, but once I got in, I was hooked! This story takes place during World War II as the Germans are invading France and a young girl works to save children from the terrors of the war.
Personal Growth Books
Rhythms of Rest by Shelly Miller
I am currently in the middle of this one but I am LOVING it! I don’t think I have ever highlighted/underlined so much as I have in the first three chapters of this book. It is important to note that this is a Christian book and written about the importance of the Sabbath. But oh man is this book convicting me in ways that I need it!
The Road Back to You by Suzanne Stabile and Ian Morgan Cron
If you’ve listened to the podcast at all then you have heard my talk about The Enneagram. A tool to use to help understand how you and others see the world around you. Essentially there are nine ways of seeing the world and we all fall into one of them (but with many variations!).
This book has been SO helpful in my marriage and friendships. I only discovered it in the last year or so of my time in the classroom so I didn’t really get a chance to use the knowledge from it in my classroom or with my teaching peers but I think it would be a GREAT book for admin to have their teachers read as a summer read.
Do Less by Kate Northrup
I am just a few chapters into this book but my mind is being blown. This book is written for women who want to understand how looking at your cycle can actually help you do less because you use the gifts your body gives you during certain times of the month to accomplish things best suited for that time of the month.
Yeah, I know…WHAT?!? Highly recommend!
What books are you reading this summer? I’d love to know! Leave a comment below with any teacher books or pleasure books you are diving into this summer!
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Until next time,
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