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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer Reading List for and by Teachers

From The Washington Post's Blog
"The Answer Sheet"

By Valerie Strauss
June 17, 2014

Here are books for and recommended by teachers, from Scholastic Instructor magazine and titled the “Ultimate Summer Reading List for Teachers:”

We searched far and wide to come up with a list of great books for you to crack open during the summer break—and, most important, we asked our teacher advisers and Facebook teachers what they were looking forward to reading (or rereading!). We received an avalanche of interesting responses. It was hard to choose just a few but here are some newer releases that you can pick up at your bookstore or download to an e-reader, plus teachers’ dog-eared favorites.

For Lessons on Life and Teaching
—Amy Bennett-Rosado, teacher adviser

“Should be mandatory reading for parents and teachers alike.”
—Susie E., via Facebook

Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess

“Behind the funny title is a book full of creative ideas that will help you have fun while becoming a more effective teacher.”
—Grady Doane, teacher adviser

Professional Development: Get Inspired

Reading Unbound: Why Kids Need to Read What They Want—and Why We Should Let Them by Jeffrey D. Wilhelm and Michael W. Smith with Sharon Fransen

—Lyssa Sahadevan, teacher adviser

—Stefania H., via Facebook

Falling in Love With Close Reading by Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts
—Laura Lai, teacher adviser

—Recommended by numerous teachers

“I have dog-eared so many pages.”
—Ellen Palmer, teacher adviser

Time to Teach by Rick Dahlgren and Judy Hyatt
—Jenny Letson, teacher adviser

Some of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers by Judith Wynn Halsted
—Kim F., via Facebook

4 for Fun (and You Can Discuss with Students!)

“The Divergent series by Veronica Roth: There is a mile-long wait list for these books at school, which definitely sparks my interest!”
—Leann Parrish, teacher adviser

“For pleasure, I want to reread many Agatha Christie and Jan Karon novels. Both provide a well-deserved escape into a different world.”
—Marsha Rains, teacher adviser

“I just finished the Parallel Trilogy—Gone, Imprisoned, Hunted—by Christine Kersey. I love young adult fiction!”
—Kathy S., via Facebook

“For fun? Matilda.
—Jennifer H., via Facebook

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1 comment:

  1. Unfortunately summer is over, nevertheless I'll read some of these books in winter. Now I am reading "10 Inspirational Books Recommended By Highly Successful People". May be you'll also like this list of books.