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The 10 best summer reads for teachers

By Angela Watson

Founder and Writer

The 10 best summer reads for teachers

By Angela Watson


If you’re an avid reader, I’m sure you’re looking forward to summer and having more free time to relax with some good books…preferably by a pool or on a beach or in a hammock. You’ve probably got some good easy, fun reads you’ve been meaning to get to for awhile. And maybe you’re also looking for a book that will challenge you to think about the way you taught last year, and what kind of changes you want to make so that next year is even better.

It’s rare that teachers get the opportunity to step back from the day to day tasks of the classroom and really reflect on the educational system as a whole and the role that we play in it. Here are 10 of my favorite books to help you do just that, and get you excited about improving your practice and connecting with students on a deeper level. Click any book cover for more info:

Join us for an online book club for teachers in July!


Will you be doing any professional reading this summer? Share your book list in the comments!

Angela Watson

Founder and Writer

Angela created the first version of this site in 2003, when she was a classroom teacher herself. With 11 years of teaching experience and more than a decade of experience as an instructional coach, Angela oversees and contributes regularly to...
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  1. Read each of these – finishing Teach Like a Pirate and then I’ll read the last, Readicide – and I can’t recommend them highly enough. As a teacher of 30 years, I feel it’s our responsibility to keep learning and always strive to improve our students potential for success – thank you!

  2. Thank you thank you for including The Passion-Driven Classroom! You totally made my day and I hope some more people take the time to read it this summer! Thank you for spreading the word!

  3. These look great. Any way that I can get the list in a format that can be printed out? I would like to post it in our teachers’ room to see if I can get some summer reading groups going.



    1. Books for Suggested Summer Reading Book Club:

      The Passion-Driven Classroom: A Framework for Teaching & Learning by Angela Maiers (Author), Amy Sandvold (Author)
      Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink (Author)
      Why Don’t Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom by Daniel T. Willingham (Author)
      The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller (Author), Jeff Anderson (Foreword)
      Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator by Dave Burgess (Author)
      Stop Stealing Dreams: Free eBook from Seth Godin
      Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It by Kelly Gallagher (Author)
      Rethinking Homework: Best Practices That Support Diverse Needs by Cathy Vatterott
      When Teaching Gets Tough: Smart Ways to Reclaim Your Game by Allen N. Mendler (Author)
      The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life, 10th Anniversary Edition by Parker J. Palmer (Author)
      Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching by Angela Watson (Author)

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