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Professional Development Books for Teachers: A 2014 Summer Reading List

2014 Summer Reading List for TeachersThe best teachers know the importance of continuing to learn and grow in their profession. While time is tight during the school year, many look for opportunities during the summer months to brush up on favorite teaching techniques, explore new methods, and re-energize themselves for the new school year. One of the best ways to do that? With a book, of course! We asked the Really Good Teachers on our Facebook page what professional development books they would recommend for a summer reading list and here are their fantastic suggestions.



A 2014 Summer Reading List for Teachers


  1. Word Nerds by Brenda Overturf, Leslie Montgomery, and Margot Holmes Smith
  2. Number Talks: Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies by Sherry Parrish
  3. Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess
  4. Launching a Primary Writing Workshop by Lucy Calkins
  5. Ending the Homework Hassle by John Rosemond
  6. Teach Like Your Hair Is on Fire by Rafe Esquith
  7. Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov and Norman Atkins
  8. The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller
  9. Note and Notice: Strategies for Close Reading by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst
  10. Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do About It by Eric Jensen
  11. Literacy Work Stations by Debbie Diller
  12. Falling in Love with Close Reading by Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts
  13. What Do You Do With An Idea? By Kobi Yomada and Mae Besom
  14. The First Six Weeks of School by Paula Denton and Roxann Kriete
  15. Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids by Chris Biffle
  16. NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
  17. Boys Adrift and Girls on the Edge by Leonard Sax
  18. Academic Vocabulary by Robert Marzano
  19. The Daily Five by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser
  20. The Cafe Book by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser
  21. No More “I’m Done!” by Jennifer Jacobson
  22. The Morning Meeting Book by Roxann Kriete
  23. Teaching with Love and Logic by Jim Fay and David Funk
  24. The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook by Jennifer Serravallo
  25. Making Sense by Thomas Carpenter
  26. Better Answers by Ardith Davis Cole
  27. Spaces and Places: Designing Classrooms for Literacy by Debbie Diller
  28. Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz
  29. The Shutdown Learner by Richard Selznick
  30. Teaching Children to Care by Ruth Sidney Charney
  31. What Great Teachers Do Differently by Todd Whitaker
  32. Guided Math: A Framework for Mathematics Instruction by Laney Sammons
  33. Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis
  34. Math Work Stations by Debbie Diller
  35. What’s Under Your Cape? SUPERHEROES of the Character Kind by Barbara Gruener


Did your favorite professional development book not make the list? Leave a comment with it below!

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Barbara Gruener
Barbara Gruener

Thank you for adding my new release to your list; so honored to be in the company of all of these must-read titles. Although a bit repetitive, Mindset by Carol Dwecks would also be a good summer read!