Summer Reading – Recommendations From Educators

Summertime and the reading is easy – well, at least a little easier than it is during the jam-packed school year when reading even a grocery list can seem too time-consuming. With at least a few weeks of lazy, hazy days ahead, we’ve got educator-approved picks for your summer reading lists. Some are fun, others functional, and we encourage you to also leave your top picks in the comments section.

NEA Today Facebook fans’ beach-reading picks:

Debbie Brink recommends Ghost Story and Skin Game by fantasy novelist Jim Butcher, and the Brother Cadfael Mysteries by Ellis Peters.

Pamela Lefko recommends any of the historical novels by Philippa Gregory, author of the bestselling The Other Boleyn Girl.

Ransom Rigg’s sequel to Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children is Bryan Joseph’s pick for the summer.

Alicia Outen Hammock doesn’t usually read nonfiction but is inspired by the story The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks about a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more.

Lori Heller is picking up suspense thriller Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King this summer.

Erin Strunk Dal Porto plans to read Under the Banner of Heaven, by investigative journalist Jon Krakauer, about the Mormon fundamentalist communities where polygamy is still practiced.

Elizabeth Carroll Nahom recommends the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness.

Janet Lovell Phillips is taking one of the recommendations of her gifted eighth graders — The Book Thief.

NEA Today Facebook fans’ professional development picks:

Adam Scott is reading The Underground History of American Education: A School Teacher’s Intimate Investigation Into the Problem of Modern Schooling by John Taylor Gatto.

Tamara Cooley recommends Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids.

James Six recommends the reading workshop guides by Lucy Calkins and The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literary Assessment and Instruction.

Tracy Seremak’s list includes Teach With Your Strengths, Never Work Harder Than Your Students, and a couple of sci-fi novels thrown in for fun.

Bridget Seery will be reading about the corporate reform movement in Reign of Error by Diane Ravitch.

Preventing Failure in Primary Grades by Siefried Engleman is Mel Palmer’s pick.

Want more ideas? Check out education program and advocacy organization ASCD’s summer reading list.

“ASCD’s list of summer reads is packed with tools, strategies, and best practices that will help every educator improve classroom instruction,” said ASCD Executive Director and CEO Dr. Gene R. Carter. “We hope educators around the world take advantage of these summer months to grow professionally in their career and reinvigorate their practice.”


Align to the Common Core State Standards

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Get Organized and Energized for a New School Year

In addition to the summer reading list, ASCD is offering a sales promotion on more than 200 professional development publications and DVDs. To learn more, visit the ASCD store.

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