Summer Reading Ideas for Teachers

Summer is a great time for teacher’s to spend some time catching up on all of the great books they didn’t have time for during the school year. As the summer is well under way – and some of us are starting to think about Back to School – you may have finished all of the books that were on your summer reading list. If that’s the case, you’re sure to appreciate this list of great summer reading books for teachers! Consider picking up one of these before heading back to school in just a few short weeks.

  • Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul by Mark Victor Hansen
  • Doing by Learning: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work by Richard Dufour
  • Teach like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College by Doug Lemov
  • Why I Teach: Inspirational True Stories from Teachers Who Make a Difference by Esther Wright
  • Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
  • Finding Mrs. Warnecke: The Difference Teachers Make by Cindi Rigsbee
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Star Teachers of Children in Poverty by Martin Haberman
  • The Book Whisperer: Awaken the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller
  • The First Days of School: How to be an Effective Teacher by Harry Wong and Rosemary Wong
  • Fred Jones Tools for Teaching: Discipline, Instruction, Motivation by Fredric H. Jones, Patrick Jones, Jo Lynn and Fred Jones
  • Teaching Outside the Box: Hot to Grab Your Students By Their Brains by LouAnne Johnson
  • The Gigantic Book of Teachers’ Wisdom by Erin Gruwell
  • The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership by John Merrow
  • The Homework Myth by Alfie Kohn

Hopefully this list provides you with a few more books to add to your summer reading list. We’d love to hear the other books that are on your list or the ones you’ve already read this summer. Share them with us in the comments section!


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