What’s On Our Summer Reading List

Recently, we asked our Teacher Advisory Council members what they’re most looking forward to reading this summer. Here’s what a few of them had to share, and we hope it gives you some inspiration for your own summer teacher reading list!


“I’m looking forward to reading Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success by Baruti Kafele.” –Carlin McGlown, 7th grade ELA and social studies teacher at Munford Middle School in Tipton County.

Lori Farley

“Every summer I have more books on my reading list than I get accomplished!  However, my must education reads for this summer are The Power of a Teacher by Adam L. Saenz, Teach with Heart by Stacey Roshan, and two books by Angela Watson, Fewer Things Better and Unshakeable.” –Lori Farley, media specialist at North City Elementary in Athens City Schools.

“I got an exciting opportunity to attend a conference with Dr. Anita Archer and receive her book Explicit Instruction by Anita Archer and Charles Hughes, so this will be my first summer read. While at the conference we delved into learning with Dr. Archer on quality instruction to help become an effective and efficient teacher which heightened my interest in studying this book. I can’t wait to pour myself into the rich information she has collected from research to lay out teacher best practices! Other noteworthies that are on my list: Teach Like A Champion by Doug Lemov, finish Educated by Tara Westover, the book of Ruth, and Lincoln: Team of Rivals by Doris Goodwin because I love biographies.” –Susan Reeder, third and fourth grade teacher at Union Heights Elementary School in Smith County.

Nancy Miles

“There are three books on my ‘to be read’ list for this summer. First is Reading to Make Difference by Lester Laminack and Katie Kelley.  I recently heard Laminack speak at a conference, and he is passionate about helping children become empathetic to the communities in which they live. This title goes beyond just exposing children to multicultural literature by providing ideas for using books as a means for children to find ways to show kindness and become caring citizens of their community. My second pick is The Curious Classroom by Harvey “Smokey” Daniels. This book was recommended by a science educator I recently met at the NSTA conference and includes 10 inquiry structures that help you connect the things kids wonder about to the curriculum you have to teach them. My third title is We Got This: Equity, Access, and the Quest to be Who Our Students Need Us to Be by Cornelius Minor, a book about really listening and connecting with our students and making changes to the way we teach to make learning equitable and accessible for all students.” –Nancy Miles, third grade teacher at South Side Elementary School in Johnson City Schools

Carol Nanney

“I’ve got several books for my ‘to be read’ summer list: Fact vs. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News by Jennifer LaGarde and Darren Hudgins, Kids Deserve It! Pushing Boundaries and Challenging Conventional Thinking by Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome, Be the One for Kids: You Have the Power to Change the Life of a Child by Ryan Sheehy, and Sparks in the Dark: Lessons, Ideas and Strategies to Illuminate the Reading and Writing Lives in All of Us by Travis Crowder and Todd Nesloney.” –Carol Nanney, media specialist at McKenzie Elementary School in McKenzie Special School District

“My summer reading list includes Talk to Me by Kim Bearden, Everybody Always by Bob Goff, The Teacher of the Year Handbook by Alex Kajitani, and Think Like Socrates by Shanna Peeples.” –Melissa Miller, first grade teacher at Franklin Elementary School in Franklin Special School District

“I am revisiting Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics with research from Van de Walle and Lovin (a true must-read for elementary and middle grades teachers of mathematics!) as well as NCTM’s Principles to Actions. If you are looking for ways to strengthen your mathematics instruction and help bring your high-quality instructional materials to life – these are two of the best resources I can recommend! My classroom instruction greatly benefited from both of these.” –Adam Moss, RTI2 coordinator at Arnold Memorial Elementary in Cleveland City Schools


Whether you choose one or several, we wish you a summer filled with great reads!