Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

The summer is a special season for educators. Our relationship to time changes in the summer: the sense that we are racing the clock to get everything done is replaced by the pleasure of getting lost in activities that help us rest, relax, and rejuvenate. Reading exemplifies summer’s rich possibility for educators because it offers so many ways for us to recharge. A book can provide the simple joy of escapism. It can pull you into new worlds. A book can lead you down the natural paths of your curiosity or toward a new horizon of creativity. You can walk away from a book lighter or wiser, more fulfilled or more empathetic. A book can reconnect you to your community or loved ones. It can strengthen your relationship with yourself and with your sense of purpose. As you look for a book to enjoy this summer break, here are some recommendations from your fellow educators!


Books to spark your curiosity

Beyond Behavior by Mona Delahooke

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg and Deepak Chopra

Start Here, Start Now: A Guide to Antibias and Antiracist Work In Your School Community by Liz Kleinrock

Lisa Murphy on Play: The Foundation of Children’s Learning by Lisa Murphy

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Mindset by Carol Dweck

It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by Danah Boyd

Thrive by Meenoo Rami


Books to spark your creativity

The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

The Big Lie by James Grippando

The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley Ford

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce

Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny


Written by Joe Tilley, Curriculum and Instructional Designer