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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:

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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. Thank you for the list of recommended books! My library will be doing some searching for me. 🙂 I have just finished reading Hal Urban’s “Lessons from the Classroom – 20 Things Good Teachers Do”. It is EXCELLENT!! I HIGHLY recommend it to teachers of all grade levels.

  2. Thanks for putting this list together. More teachers should spend more of their free time thinking about how to improve themselves and what professional development resources can help them make a difference.

    1. I agree! If we thought more about what was right instead of waisting time on what’s wrong (especially when it’s out of our control) we could perhaps be more productive!

  3. My summer reading list includes Finding the Heart of Nonfiction by Georgia Heard, Grammar Matters by Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty, The Story of My Thinking by Gretchen Bernabel, and of course Unshakeable.

  4. Looks like I’ve found the book I will be reading in October! When Teaching Gets Tough sounds as if it will be a positive, motivating, and practicall read with tips and suggestions to help with the fall slump! Thank you for this list of recommendations.

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