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Top 20 Summer Reading Titles!

What's on your summer reading list?


What do teachers read over summer break?

I took a poll of our awesome OC readers and here are the results!
  Teacher summer reading lists: You either typically read for pleasure or professional development titles to get a jump start on next school year. #summerreading #teacherbooklist Looks like the majority of our readers do tend to read both fiction and nonfiction throughout the summer break.

Great books for teachers to read over the summer will depend on your personality and your preferences - and the best part:  no one is judging you either way.  :)

Even the most effective teacher does not necessarily need to learn more about the achievement gap, how to write the nest lesson plan, or differentiating learning for every child during the school year.

My favorite comment from the survey results when I asked what you planned on reading over summer break?   "Trashy romance novels."   That truly made me giggle because even teachers need some time to shut down and recharge.

And trashy romance titles aren't exactly award-winning literature, so feel free to unplug and relax without analyzing the data or scrutinizing whether the capitals and punctuation is correct within the text.

A former professor in college (eons ago mind you) said something that stuck with me still to this day.  He mentioned how his wife, a very successful psychologist, would begin her weekend on Saturday morning by watching kids cartoons.  For several hours, she would be completely thoughtless about her high-stress clients and workweek past.  Instead she tuned in to some old school cartoons and just watched.  It was her way of decompressing so that she was able to truly be present with her family in her downtime.

Are you being present in your life over summer vacation?

With that said, I am personally a nonfiction book junkie.  I should probably start a support group.  Ha!

I LOVE reading about new ways to be better.  Personally, socially, emotionally, and even professionally.  Now, since we don't have a ton of "free time" throughout the school year, learning something that can help me to be a better educator is something I enjoy.

Even better?  It's on my terms and my topic choice.  No forced PD session here.

Typically, before the end of the school year, I choose something I would like to improve/implement in my classroom or instruction for the following school year.  Then, I pick up a handful of books related to that topic to peruse throughout the summer as I please.

One year, it was student led conferences.  Another was setting up better math centers.  Of course, early on I started with looking at multiple classroom management solutions to help me as I was starting out as a novice teacher. 

Need some good book suggestions for your summer reading list?

Here are 20 of the most popular suggestions from the OC readers.  Thanks so much to all who submitted their ideas!


Nonfiction Books for Teachers to Read Over the Summer




Fiction Books for Teachers to Read Over the Summer



  • Lilac Girls is another WWII era writing.  I think I see a theme from our readers.
  • Nora Roberts was mentioned and her #1 best seller is Shelter in Place.
  • How about David Baldacci for my mystery thriller readers?   True Blue has you covered.
  • Can you really get through a summer reading list for a female majority without mentioning at least something from Nicholas Sparks?  I don't think so.
  • Fish in a Tree

Many of the above titles can also be found at the local library if you are short on funds.  Or maybe you just love visiting your local library like I do.  It's always a great place to spend a stormy afternoon when the beach isn't an option.

Download and print off this super cute reading log to track books you would like to read, as well as those you have read.  Write in the titles on the spines of your "want" list.  Highlight them as you finish.

  Teacher summer reading lists: You either typically read for pleasure or professional development titles to get a jump start on next school year. #summerreading #teacherbooklist


 What else is on your reading list for this summer?  We would love to hear in the comments below! 

~Charity



This article originally appeared at Organized Classroom.