Some people say that the top three reasons to become a teacher are as follows: June, July, and August. While our post-spring-break-tired-teacher-selves might be inclined to agree, generally that particular characterization of our professional motivation can be a little demeaning.
Nonetheless, there’s no denying that the respite of the summer months is a pretty significant perk of the job, especially when it comes to freeing up the headspace for one of my favorite summer activities: reading! Call me a nerd, but I eagerly look forward to the annual summer book binge, and my many trips to the local library and bookstores are truly a hallmark of the season.
I like to have books from a few different genres on hand at any given time so that there’s always something interesting to accompany my present mood. Sometimes I like taking advantage of the time away from the daily chaos of teaching to reflect on my practice with professional development books, sometimes I’m in a mood to expand my mind with nonfiction and current events, and other times I just want that silly escapist beach-read that gives me a whole new world of people and places to explore in my mind.
My husband may not love the stacks of books teetering on every flat surface of our house, but I insist that I am reading them all simultaneously and no, I can’t just do one at a time!
So, if you’re like me and looking for some great reads to dive into this summer, here’s a list to get you started. Some I’ve read personally over the years, and some I’ve heard great things about from others. We’d love to hear what you’re reading this summer as well, so feel free to leave a comment below, and happy summer reading!
Svea Schreiner has been teaching middle and high school English and Language Arts in public schools for ten years. She has worked in suburban and rural settings in New Hampshire and West Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree in English Education from SNHU and her Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy from Boston University.