Summer Reading

What follows are images and a list of some of the books I read this summer or currently reading.

This is a stunning book and I use the word “stunning” deliberately. It made my heart soar; I was engulfed in a myriad of emotions. Next on my Elizabeth Acevedo list of books to read is The Poet X.
Austin Kleon is my new hero. This book is giving me courage to push through my fear a little bit more so that I can become a courageous teacher creator. Because I loved the ideas in this book so much, I immediately borrowed Show Your Work – another gem!
I wasn’t expecting to like this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. Great story about finding your courage, uncovering corruption and becoming the best possible you along the way.
Great middle grades book. I know my students will like it. Lots to talk about with respect to friendships, unconventional families, and racial identity.
Detective novels are not usually my cup of tea, but this is a gem. I am looking forward to reading more books by this new-to-me Montreal author.
Haven’t yet read Dragon Hoops and Mañanaland; they are up next on my to read pile. I liked Not My Idea and am trying to figure out how to share it with my students when we start discussions around racism and white supremacy.
Powwow Summer was sooo good! Interwoven into the story about a girl who is trying to discover her identity on and off the reservation, are relevant pieces of information about First Nation rituals and beliefs. For example, I learned about Trust Circles, which reminded me of Restorative Justice.

In addition to the books listed above, this summer I also read Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis, City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, Start with Joy by Katie Egan Cunningham, Indian No More by Charlene Willing MacManis & Traci Sorell, On/Me by Francine Cunningham, and Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed.

I loved all of these books, which makes me wonder about the fact that I rarely abandon books. I’ve only abandoned two books that I can think of and one of them I went back to read at a later time and wondered why I ever set it aside in the first place. The second book I abandoned happened recently. This was a YA book that had gotten great reviews on social media, but for some reason I didn’t like the writing or the characters. I may pick it up to read again, but with so many great books out there I don’t have to worry about not having choices from which to make a selection.

This reminds me that I need to share these stories with my students so they can understand that we need to really love the books that we read and not read them just because someone recommended them or they’re the rave at the moment. While that may be, it may not be a book for us and with so many books out there…well, you get the picture.

Currently reading: Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park. Highly recommended!

And, finally, here’s a stack of picture books waiting to be read.

As summer comes to a close, I am thinking about how I am going to keep my reading life from falling apart. How I am going to keep my writing from becoming a once a week event. One idea I have is to make sure that I stick to a schedule that allows room for all of that. A schedule that prioritizes what’s important to me. A schedule that keeps me accountable and doesn’t let me undo everything I’ve worked so hard to do as a teacher who reads. As a teacher who writes.

Cross posted to the Two Writing Teachers Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge.

12 thoughts on “Summer Reading

  1. Very eclectic reading, and lots of good ideas for my own TBR pile there. I have been curious about Steal Like an Artist, and I also want to incorporate more books by indigenous writers into my reading.

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  2. Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski says:

    You’ve been reading so much! I love your last sentences- so powerful. You (we) are the examples for our students and it means so much to be people who read widely and write often.

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    • I’m hoping I’ll be able to keep up the momentum once I am back at school full time. Although I know that won’t be altogether possible, I don’t want to fall down on my reading or my writing. New resolution for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.


    • Thank you for your comment. I teach grades 4 & 5 and am always looking for great middle grades titles for my students. However, I also love to read YA novels and sometimes wish I taught older kids so I could share the books I’m reading with them. I find Twitter is a great place for book recommendations. Good luck adjusting your reading choices.

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    • I love it when I come across new titles. I am maxed out on holds at my public library, so I have a “for later” list on my library app and it’s over 150 books long. I can never say I don’t know what I’m going to read next. LOL!

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