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Summer Reading List

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Hello Educators! I hope you are enjoying your summer so far. I know you spend a majority of the year catering to the need of your students. Summer is the time where you have a well-deserved opportunity to relax with an entertaining book or recharge with some skillful planning. Whether you’re on vacation or just want some guidance in choosing your next book, here are 10 options that I think provide a nice mix of professional growth and entertainment perfect for a summer break.

1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain:

This is an insightful look at why introverts have as equal value as extroverts in the modern world. Cain pulls from history and research to explain why quiet, studious types are multi-faceted and talented in a way that doesn’t bog down with data.

2. Birdmen by Lawrence Goldstone:

Aviation wouldn’t be the same without the Wright Brothers. If you enjoy traveling, reading about the early flight days and challenges along the way this book might inspire you to plan your next trip!

3. On the Road by Jack Kerouac:

When I think of summer, road trips come to mind. This book chronicles Kerouac’s road trip with his friend and reveals the best sights seen and people met along their journey.

4. American Gods by Neil Gaiman:

Fantasy novels are great for summer because they can be longer. In this one, magic and mythology drive the plot. Gaiman takes the idea of mythical Gods and creates “American Gods.” These beings reflect modern themes like technology and fame.

5. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough:

Inquisitive teachers are always looking for ways to understand their students better. This book poses the argument for why a child’s character, more than cognitive ability, determines a student’s probability of success.

6. The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner:

Weiner describes his book as, “a philosophical humorous travel memoir.” He highlights places around the world with the highest sense of contentment and tries to answer why some places seem happier than others.

7. Teaching for the Two-Sided Mind by Linda Verlee Williams:

A look at left-brain and right-brain learning. It stresses the importance of “how” something is taught.

8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern:

Another fantasy novel, it takes the familiar wonder of the circus and builds another kind, open at night, filled with illusions, enchantment and dark revelations.

9. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple:

This fiction novel centers around an eccentric mother and her family. Semple manages to capture the essence of the special mother-daughter bond through humor.

10. The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester:

If you’ve ever been curious about the history behind the Oxford English Dictionary, this book delivers an unusual story.

What are you reading this summer? Let us know in the comments below or Tweet us at #ProQuest!

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