4 Books Teachers and Educators Should Add to Their Summer Reading List

Teachers often assign summer reading to our students, but when was the last time you assigned summer reading to yourself? During your summer break, why not take a few moments out of your day to learn and grow as an educator by reading books that will help prepare you for the coming school year? Here are 4 books we recommend adding to your personal summer reading list right now.

1. The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact

Imagine what kind of impact teachers could leave on our students if we knew the best way to create memorable experiences in the classroom? The Power of Moments by Chip and Dan Health discusses the importance of these types of experiences. The book aims to teach readers how to change lives with brief experiences and interactions with others. This book is a great read for teachers looking for ways to give their students meaningful memories in the classroom that can help them blossom into their full potential.

2. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Atomic Habits might just be one of the most popular self-help books right now, and for good reason. Author James Clear claims to be an expert in habit formation. In this book, he teaches techniques for building habits that actually stick. While this book isn't specifically aimed at teachers, one of the key concepts Clear teaches in Atomic Habits is creating a space built for success. These tips could be easily applied to the classroom, fostering a space for both teachers and students to shine. If you're an administrator at your school and want to gift Atomic Habits to your teachers, you can purchase it in bulk here.

3. It Won't Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching

If you're about to start your first year as a teacher, It Won't Be Easy was written for you. In this book, author Tom Rademacher doesn't hold back, giving new and prospective teachers the honest truth about the profession. His goal? To build strong educators who are ready for whatever the school day brings them. This book includes advice on how to establish yourself at a new school, keep students a priority, make learning meaningful, navigate difficult topics, and more. 

4. Happy Teachers Change the World: A Guide for Cultivating Mindfulness in Education

If you've ever flown on a plane, you've probably heard the flight attendant tell everyone, should the plane go down, put your own oxygen mask on before helping others. After all, how can you help others if you can't even help yourself? Yet despite this seeming like common sense, as educators, we put others' needs above our own daily. Happy Teachers Change the World by Thich Nhat Hanh and Katherine Weare helps teachers learn mindfulness and how to take care of their own mental state first in order to better serve the needs of their students.

Being a teacher is a difficult but extremely rewarding job. If you're an educator, consider adding these four books to your summer reading list and see how much you can grow this summer break.