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Summer Reading List for New Teachers

Summer Reading List for New Teachers

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Summer is around the corner so we compiled a list of "summer reads" for teachers recommended by community members from a previous discussions here on Edutopia. What other "classic" educator books do you think should be a "must read"? What do you like about these and other recommended books?

1) Why Didn't I Learn This in College? by Paula Rutherford

2) Beyond Smarter: Mediated Learning and the Brain's Capacity for Change by Reuven Feuerstein, Rafael S. Feuerstein, Louis H. Falik

3) Fred Jones Tools for Teaching: Discipline, Instruction, Motivation by Fredric H. Jones, Patrick Jones, Jo Lynn, Fred Jones

4) Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year by Esme Raji Codell

5) Star Teachers of Children in Poverty by Martin Haberman

6) Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College by Doug Lemov

7) Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin

8) The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children by Gloria Ladson-Billings

9) The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher by Harry Wong and Rosemary T. Wong

10) The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller

11) A Mind at a Time by Mel Levine

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Lisa Dabbs's picture
Lisa Dabbs
Educational Consultant. Author. Speaker. Blogger.

I liked your initial list. Think it's important to remember we're focusing on newbies, here. Don't want to overwhelm with tons of theory and pedagogy heavy books at the beginning.
( are you able to use italicized print here?)
Summer break/or Off Track time for year round newbies should also be a time to relax. Would love to see us suggest non-educational Summer Reading titles too!
Here are some of mine:
Water for Elephants-by Sara Gruen
Bossy Pants-Tina Fey
She walks in beauty (poetry compilation)-Caroline Kennedy
A Night without Armor-(poetry compilation)-Jewel
Eat, Pray, Love-Elizabeth Gilbert
The Happiness Project-Gretchen Rubin
Stop Saying You're Fine-Mel Robbins
10-10-10-Suzy Welch
The Tipping Point-Malcolm Gladwell

Will post more later this week.
Thanks, Hubert.

Hubert V. Yee's picture
Hubert V. Yee
social media and marketing manager of startup

Good call Lisa!

I'm finishing up Iconoclasts and hope to get to The Happiness Project.

Danielle's picture
Kindergarten Teacher M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction

Young Investigators, The Project Approach in the Early Years- Judy Helm & Lillian Katz

Teaching with Meaning- Debbie Miller

Any other early educators out there with good summer reading suggestions?

Jill Lebiedzinski's picture

Anything by Ron Clark- Essential 55, Excellent 11, and his new book titled The End of Molasses Classes, coming out in early summer.

Eric Mandel's picture
Eric Mandel
Author, Educator, Curmudgeon

I really do hate the shameless promoting aspect of marketing one's book, but I sincerely believe The Accidental Teacher is an worthwhile, entertaining and provocative read for anyone interested in education. This critically acclaimed book is the story of my first-year struggles teaching high school English at age 58, without any experience or training.

Online University listed The Accidental Teacher as one of the top-ten education memoirs of all-time and renown educational reformer, Deborah Meier has recommended the book as a must read to anyone interested in the state of our public education system. Learn more at:

Gaetan Pappalardo's picture
Gaetan Pappalardo
Teacher, Author, Guitar––Word.

On Writing-Stephen King
Holding on to good ideas in a time of bad ones- Thomas Newkirk

Diane Cotton's picture
Diane Cotton
Literacy Specialist

Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz
The Power of Our Words by Paula Denton
Reading Reasons by Kelly Gallagher
Teaching the Brain to Read by Judy Willis
When a Child Struggles in School by Tom Jenkins
In a Reading State of Mind by Fisher, Frey and Lapp
Extraordinary Parents by Lynn Fielding
Multi sensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills by Judith Birsh (3rd edition comes out this summer)
Explicit Instruction by Anita Archer and Charles Hughes

Specifically related to Autism:
You're Going to Love This Kid! By Paula Kluth
Real Life, Real Progress by Christina Whalen
Just Give Him the Whale! By Kluth and Schwarzenegger

Molly McCloskey's picture
Molly McCloskey
Managing Director of Whole Child Programs at ASCD

Definitely worth reading

* Eric Jensen's Teaching with Poverty in Mind - a must for teachers in high poverty situations

* James Comer's Maggie's American Dream - part biography, part school reform motivational text

* Mike Anderson's Well Balanced Teacher - for yourself!

* Chip Wood's Yardsticks - the best developmental reference ever for elementary and middle grades teachers. Easy to use and share with parents, this is a great book to keep right next to your lesson planner.

teachtoinspire's picture

[quote]Anything by Ron Clark- Essential 55, Excellent 11, and his new book titled The End of Molasses Classes, coming out in early summer.[/quote]
I would also recommend Ron Clark's Essential 55. It was given to me my first year teaching and it was an invaluable resource.

Ann Wolff's picture
Ann Wolff
Child Development teacher, from CT

Those are actually on MY summer reading list.
Here are my recommendations for newbies:
1. Theories of Childhod: Intro to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget, and Vygotsky by Carol Garhart Mooney
2. Use Your Words by same author (Garhart Mooney)--both are really fast easy reading!!!
3.Learning from the Children: Reflectin on Teaching by Cindyless Villareale.

All are excellentt!!!!!!

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