Hey Teacher Friend,
I hope you are sitting next to a pool somewhere with a tasty beverage in hand while you are reading this post. If not, get there! You deserve it!
I also hope that you have a nice selection of books piled up next to you. My two favorite things about summer are:
1.Time to Read
Although number 2 is tied with sleeping in and not having to wear make up!
I hope that you are not spending too much time doing school stuff. But, if I know you, I’m sure you have a few things in mind to work on this summer. I shared all about my summer plans for an ebook last week. But this week I wanted to share a few teacher books that I have read and recommend to add to your reading literature for this summer.
Teacher Books to Read
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1. Teacher Misery by Jane Morris- Oh my! This book was a HILARIOUS read. The author writes under a pseudo-name about all of the crazy things she encounters from students, parents,and admin at her high school. But, beware, this book is not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of language and perhaps a bit of negativity in this book.
2. I Am a Pencil by Sam Swope- I read this book a couple of summers ago. It is written by a teacher who looped with his kids from third grade until fifth. He writes about he encouraged his students to become better writers. It was really encouraging, although not many of us get the opportunity to spend that much time with a group of kids. But man, what if we did? Think of all the amazing things you could do with them!
3. The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller- I also read this book two summers ago and I still think about it to this day. I need to go back and reread it because she does an amazing job of giving her kids of a love of reading. It is so easy to get stuck in the routine of telling kids what level they are and having them read from that selection of books. I know I am guilty of limiting my kids when going to the classroom library.
Fun Books to Read
If you are anything like me, you probably want to read some books that let you escape into another world. I have a whole list of books I read last year on my personal blog, Kelly Michelle Blog, along with my ratings for each book. But here are a couple of my favorites:
1. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult- OMG. Any of her books are amazing. But this one was especially good. The setting is an elephant sanctuary. I learned a lot about elephants and the gentle giants that they are. (And I may or may not have tried to convince Cody that we need to give money to support elephant sanctuaries…) The main character is a young girl who mysteriously loses her mother and seeks to find out what happened to her. Read this, you won’t be disappointed!
2. The Nightengale by Kristen Hannah- This book has been going around for a while now but I can recommend it wholeheartedly. It was hard for me to get into at the beginning, but once I got in, I was hooked! This story takes place during World War II as the Germans are invading France and a young girl works to save children from the terrors of the war.
3. Rhythms of Rest by Shelly Miller- I am currently in the middle of this one but I am LOVING it! I don’t think I have ever highlighted/underlined so much as I have in the first three chapters of this book. It is important to note that this is a Christian book and written about the importance of the Sabbath. But oh man is this book convicting me in ways that I need it!
What books are you reading this summer? I’d love to know! Leave a comment below with any teacher books or pleasure books you are diving into this summer!
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