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Winter is quickly approaching and there's nothing better to keep teachers and students warm than a good book. I usually like to alternate between fiction and nonfiction books. Here's a few that are on my list this winter:

And the Mountains Echoed: A Novel by Khaled Hosseini
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelley
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida.

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What's on your winter reading list? What are you assigning to your students? Do you have a go-to winter reading list that you send home over the holidays? Feel free to share!

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Dan Callahan's picture
Dan Callahan
Professional Learning Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

I'm with Kevin on Invent to Learn. That's one I need to wrap my head around sometime soon, especially because Sylvia is coming to speak nearby soon.

Fiction-wise, I've got Crux, the sequel to Nexus, by Ramez Naam ahead of me, and for KidLit I've got Star Wars Jedi Academy.

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

I've been pretty focused on my kids' reading this winter- they go through books so quickly that it's hard to find new things for them. Two books that came across my radar lately (and that I can't wait to pick up) are:

"Amelia & Me" by Heather Stemp- the author is doing a book signing locally and I can't wait to get a signed copy for my 10 year old.

The second book "Hatch" intrigues me as a read for my 12 year old, fantasy-loving son. It's supposed to be similar to the Harry Potter books in that it's enjoyable for kids and adults alike.

In terms of grow-up reads, I just finished Mary Coin and loved it and I'm looking forward to the new Diana Gabaldon when it comes out in March- but the next professional text on my nightstand is The New American High School, by Ted and Nancy Sizer and Deborah Meier. I've been putting off reading it for personal reasons, (I miss Ted very much these days), but I think it's time so I picked up a copy at the CES Fall Forum last week.

Ashley Cronin's picture
Ashley Cronin
Digital Resource Curator

I noticed Common Sense Media recently put out a list of New Kids' Books Just in Time for Thanksgiving Break with some suggestions for kids of different ages. Also, I always find the The Horn Book Magazine to be a useful source of book recommendations for children and young adults. As for myself, I just finished the second book in Patrick Rothfuss's The Kingkiller Chronicle series. He's an excellent storyteller, and I imagine his books would be good for young adults who enjoy fantasy, too.

Kristen Swanson's picture
Kristen Swanson
Teacher, Leader, Edcamper, Learner

I just finished reading Adam Grant's Give and Take. It was wonderful. Really engaging stories and really engaging ways of thinking about collaboration, PD, and people. Check it out!

Gwen Pescatore's picture
Gwen Pescatore
President Home & School Assoc, #ParentCamp Organizer, Co-Moderator #PTchat

Like Laura, I have spent the last few weeks doing a lot of reading with my kids...

Rump by Liesl Shurtliff

The Grimm Conclusion by Adam Ginwitz

For me during the upcoming breaks...I Am Malala is a must, The Talk Funny Girl by Roland Merullo and a book waiting patiently to be read...Mindset by Carol Dweck

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Online Community Engagement Manager

I'm in the middle of reading Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane. The story is engaging and beautifully written. I highly recommend it.

For nonfiction, I'm long overdue to read The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.

Gwen Pescatore's picture
Gwen Pescatore
President Home & School Assoc, #ParentCamp Organizer, Co-Moderator #PTchat

You are the 2nd person to mention The Tipping Point this week....have to add it to my list.

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Online Community Engagement Manager

@Gwen, @Whitney--I've read good things about his new book David & Goliath too, but Tipping Point has been on my reading list for so long, I have to get through it first before I buy anymore.

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