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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Summer Reading List

I couldn't help but join the other fabulous bloggers at Clutter Free Classroom in their Summer Reading List Linky party!  Go check them out and join up yourself- it's painless :)

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This is my summer reading list!

There are a TON of school books in there...normally I don't like to be tied down during the summer but this summer I am making an exception!  

I have the opportunity to spend the last week of June training with Anita Archer- so Explicit Instruction will be the first book that I read this summer.

Jonathan Kozol is a favorite of mine and I have been re-reading Letters to A Young Teacher bit by bit throughout this school year.  I will finish it during the summer though- so it counts as a summer read!

When Teaching Gets Tough was passed out by my principal with the expectation that we would read it this summer.  I know nothing about this book- it doesn't even have any amazon reviews! So, if you know about this book, leave me a comment! :)

I have wanted to read The Courage to Teach for a while and I am thinking that this summer will be my year.  "This book is for teachers who have good days and bad — and whose bad days bring the suffering that comes only from something one loves. It is for teachers who refuse to harden their hearts, because they love learners, learning, and the teaching life." — Parker J. Palmer [from the Introduction]

The other three are on my "if I get the chance" summer reading list.  I have them and I want to read them but, like I said, I don't like to be tied down in the summer!

Here is what I probably will read instead

I LOVE Terry Pratchett and I am a bit of a nerd about it.  After our wedding my husband and I had to drive the 36 + hours from Michigan to Washington and we listened to me- reading Terry Pratchett out-loud- the WHOLE trip! :)  It is one of my favorite memories and every summer I add at least another Terry Pratchett book to my repertoire.  There are a TON of them so it isn't difficult.  Terry Pratchett writes parody fantasy books- as in, the books follow the "rules" of fantasy but he does it in a hilarious way.  He has this whole Discworld collection of books where he invented this whole universe and many of the characters pop up in each others books.  I am terrible at describing Terry Pratchett but if you are looking for something to read that will make you laugh in the vain of Douglas Adams or Neil Gaiman then I highly recommend it! 

Okay- now your turn! Go link up! :)


  1. Looks like you'll be busy. I'm chomping at the bit to get started on my summer reading.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. I, too, will be at the Anita Archer conference in June. We should meet up and talk blog!
    Susan at RodriguezRockStars.blogspot.com

    1. Wow! That would be great! We'll have to connect before we leave :)

  3. I love Fantasy, so I will have to check out Terry Pratchett. Stop by and say hello.

    April @ The Idea Backpack

  4. The only one I have read is "Teach Like Your Hair is on Fire" - loved it! I hear Rafe speak last year at a conference and he is so inspirational! I hope to reread it this summer- just to getme motivated!

    1. I had the opportunity to hear him this winter- you are so right, he is totally motivational! I am excited to read it!

  5. Just read Snuff (the newest Commander Vimes, Blackboard Monitor)---loved it. I guess I must be a nerd to. Happy reading!!!

  6. It looks like you are going to be very busy this summer! :)
    Conversations in Literacy

  7. I always bring professional reading material home for the summer but I get dragged in by the other books on my nook. ;) This is my 2nd official day of summer vacation and I've already read 4 books! Love reading!!

    WILD About First Grade!

  8. Good luck with your reading! I have so many books that I would like to read too, both professional and just for fun. I just seem to end up reading blogs! ;-)