It’s time for a well-deserved break and a chance to catch up on your reading. Whether it’s for professional development or relaxation, a summer reading list is a staple for educators. Let’s explore some must-reads to make the most of your summer downtime.


Professional Development

Creatively Productive: Essential Skills for Tackling Time Wasters, Clearing the Clutter, and Succeeding in School—and Life!

(Lisa Johnson, 2019)

If you struggle with organization and efficiency in today’s information-laden, hi-tech world, imagine how your students must feel. This book seeks to provide the strategies that help you, and them, navigate the demands of school and life effectively. These are the skills and resources that can help prepare students for future success.

The Fun Teacher’s Tool Kit: Hundreds of Ways to Create a Positive Classroom Environment & Make Learning FUN

(Rob Plevin, 2017)

Adaptable to any subject area, this book offers activities, resources, and ideas to bring energy, engagement, and motivation to teaching and learning. The author provides strategies to build relationships with hard-to-reach students. The author is a trainer who runs “unforgettable” courses for educators.

Hacking Classroom Management: 10 Ideas to Help You Become the Type of Teacher They Make Movies About

(Mike Roberts, 2017)

As Utah English Teacher of the Year, author Mike Roberts has been successful in creating a learning environment that engages students. His tips help maximize teaching time, reduce behavior issues, and enhance student ownership. From year-long future planning to quick tips to implement tomorrow, he offers the principles and practices that make a difference in classroom management.

Teaching with AI: A Practical Guide to a New Era of Human Learning

(José Antonio Bowen and C. Edward Watson, 2024)

Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing how we work, think, create, and learn. It’s already in the classroom, and teachers must be able to navigate this new tool in largely uncharted waters. From interactive learning to assessments, this book offers a practical guide toward integrating AI in the classroom while retaining academic integrity.

The Ten-Minute In-service: 40 Quick Training Sessions that Build Teacher Effectiveness

(Annette Breaux and Todd Whitaker, 2021)

This quick read might just revolutionize your in-service training next year. It offers quick training sessions with practical strategies that offer high-impact results. Even the best teachers can find ways to improve. If you find this book helpful, share it with your principal.


Self Help

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

(James Clear, 2018)

There are tiny changes that you can make in your life that can have big and lasting results. That’s the idea behind Atomic Habits. Author James Clear uses biology, psychology, and neuroscience to help make good habits inevitable. Despite being time-crunched or having a lack of motivation, you can be successful with this innovative approach.

Powered by Me: From Burnout to Fully Charged at Work and in Life

(Newa Sangwan, MD, 2023)

As the author states, “Burnout isn’t a failure. It’s a wake-up call.” Dr. Sangwan explains the five levels of burnout—physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual—and how to address each one. She will help you align your decision making on what matters most to you, and as a result, connect to your colleagues and your job in a new way.

Take Time for You: Self-Care Action Plans for Educators (Using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Positive Psychology)

(Tina H. Boogren, 2018)

The author is a former teacher and instructional coach who understands the challenges to mindfulness that can be present for educators. She walks you through a process that helps you reflect on your life through Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, using positive psychology as a guide toward developing a personalized plan for self-care.



Being Henry: The Fonz…and Beyond

(Henry Winkler, 2023)

Henry Winkler is an Emmy award-winning actor, author, comedian, producer, and director. He achieved these successes despite severe dyslexia. His memoir offers a vulnerable look at the challenges he faced, including the pressures of his signature role that took a life of its own and what to do when it seems your best years are behind you.

Lessons in Chemistry

(Bonnie Garmus, 2022)

This global bestseller inspired a hit television series. It follows the journey of chemist Elizabeth Zott in the early 1960’s as she navigates a male-dominated society where women are supposed to be homemakers. When she finds herself a single mother, she has to improvise. As the host of America’s beloved cooking show, she turns chemistry into delicious results.

The Lost Bookshop

(Evie Woods, 2023)

This charming and uplifting novel is a fun read for those who love books. It follows the stories of three strangers who discover a vanishing bookstore in Dublin. In search of a long-lost manuscript, the characters find themselves transported to a world of wonder where nothing is as it seems.

Do you have a book suggestion that’s not on the list? Share it in the comments.


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