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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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Bruce Deitrick Price's picture
Bruce Deitrick Price

Google my Listmania list on Amazon titled "40 Important Books About Education." Most of the big books from the last 50 years. You can read the titles and small blurbs in a few minutes. If you are curious about a book, then read the reviews, and decide from there. Most of these books are older but still kicking. Often quite cheap.

Don Doehla, MA, NBCT's picture
Don Doehla, MA, NBCT
2015 California Language Teacher of the Year, Co-Director Berkeley WL Project at UC Berkeley Language Center

Hi Hubert - my list is a long one! Stuff has been piling up.

1) Catch up on all my Edutopia materials!
2) Teach like a Champion by Lemov, cited above
3) Project Based Second and Foreign Language Education by Beckett and Miller
4) Results, Results Now, and Focus by Schmoker
5) Qualities of an Effective Teacher by Stornge
6) Curriculum 21 by Heidi Hayes Jacobs
7) 21st Century SKills by Bellance, Brandt et al
8) Teaching Digital Natives by Prensky
9) 21st Century Skills by Trilling and Fadel
10) Never Work Harder than Your Students by Jackson

And some comic books, some historical fiction and all my back issue magazines. Can't wait - is it June yet???

Enjoy everyone. Summer is a time for renewal.

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

Hi Bruce,

Got it! Thanks for sharing your reading list! Extremely interesting topics.

Hi Don,

Wonderful! I want to also check out your comic book list too. =)

We had two other educators share these books.

Making the Journey: Being and Becoming a Teacher of English Language Arts by Leila Christenbury

Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian with Practical Advice for Aspergians, Misfits, Families & Teachers by John Elder Robison

Are there any books that you would recommend for readers interested in teaching in special education?

Bruce Deitrick Price's picture
Bruce Deitrick Price

A book most teachers would like, "Faces of Learning" consists of statements from 50 teachers, thinkers, community leaders, etc. A buffet of anecdotes about education.

The editor is Sam Chaltain, a moderate education reformer trying to build a consensus. You can find out about his crusade on

(Much to my surprise, my own statement ended up in this book, right next to Arne Duncan! My crusade on is more contrarian and critical than Sam's. I think it speaks well of him that he included me in his book.)

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

Great recommendation! I love publications that compare and contrast perspectives. I think This would be an awesome read for teachers who are looking to see through other people's lens.

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