18 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

Start filling out your summer reading list with these principal-approved books.

Start filling out your summer reading list with these principal-approved books.
May 2019, Volume 42, Issue 9

We reached out to your peers in education on social media to find out what books are on their must-read lists for summer break. Principal tested—and approved—here are 18 books that have left a lasting impact on educators like you.

  1. Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones
    by James Clear
  2. Culturize: Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes.
    by Jimmy Casas
  3. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
    by Brene Brown
  4. Ditch That Textbook: Practical Strategies to Help Make Homework Obsolete
    by Matt Miller and Alice Keeler
  5. Empower Our Girls: Opening the Door for Girls to Achieve More
    by Lynmara Colon and Adam Welcome
  6. Goals: How to Get Everything You Want Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible
    by Brian Tracy
  7. Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice
    by Nathan Maynard and Brad Weinstein
  8. The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity
    by George Couros
  9. Kids Deserve It: Pushing Boundaries and Challenging Conventional Thinking
    by Adam Welcome and Todd Nesloney
  10. Lead with Literacy: A Pirate Leader’s Guide to Developing a Culture of Readers
    by Mandy Ellis
  11. One Drop of Kindness
    by Jeffrey Kubiac and Liliana Mora
  12. A Passion for Kindness: Making the World a Better Place to Lead, Love, and Learn
    by Tamara Letter
  13. The Path to Serendipity: Discover the Gifts Along Life’s Journey
    by Allyson Apsey
  14. Personality Plus: How to Understand Others by Understanding Yourself
    by Florence Littauer
  15. Positive Words, Powerful Results: Simple Ways to Honor, Affirm, and Celebrate Life
    by Hal Urban
  16. The Power of the Adolescent Brain: Strategies for Teaching Middle and High School Students
    by Thomas Armstrong
  17. Reclaiming Our Calling: Hold on to the Heart, Mind, and Hope of Education
    by Brad Gustafson
  18. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
    by Simon Sinek

Looking for even more inspiration? Check out our 2018 Winter Reading List for other helpful books that focus on professional and personal advancement, child and staff development, and leadership.

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