10 Books I'm Reading This Summer (as an ELA teacher)

Looking to do some personal professional development during your summer break? This post shares a list of 10 books that English language arts teachers should consider reading during the summer when they've got some spare time. Check out the list to improve your ELA teaching!
In another post, I talked about how I'm going to try to read what I'm calling a summer "trifecta": one book for me, one teacher book, and one book to recommend to students.

But, truthfully told, I'm reading more than three, and some of those categories overlap a bit.

So, here are some of the titles I'm going to try (with links to Amazon).

Here are a few that I'm reading for the first time (some recently published, some not):
  1. Talk Like TED, by Carmine Gallo
  2. 501 Things YOU Should Have Learned About Grammar, by Sonia Mehta
  3. Setting Limits in the Classroom, by Robert J. Mackenzie
  4. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel H. Pink
  5. The Game Believes In You: How digital play can make our kids smarter, by Greg Toppo
  6. The Natty Professor, by Tim Gunn
  7. In the Best Interest of Students: Staying True to What Works in the ELA Classroom, by Kelly Gallagher
I'm also going to be REreading some favorites from grad school:
  1. Deeper Reading, by Kelly Gallagher
  2. Mechanically Inclined, by Jeff Anderson
  3. Energize Research Reading & Writing, by Chris Lehman
What are you reading this summer? Share your recommendations below, and I might read and/or post about it! :-)


  1. I'm currently reading Learn like a Pirate. It's all about student led classrooms. I also have Word Nerd (all about vocabulary) and Unshakeable (20 ways to enjoy teaching everyday).

    1. I'm working on finding a copy of Unshakeable now! Thanks!

  2. Hi Sara, I was hoping to get your thoughts on Deeper Reading by Kelly Gallagher. I just purchased Readicide and Write Like This and was considering picking up Deeper Reading as well. I'm a 2nd year teacher and need all the help I can get.

    1. Hi! I'm a bit biased - I like all of his work and enjoyed getting to hear him speak at a conference - but Deeper Reading is actually my favorite of the three! It's very similar to Write Like This in that it has a lot of activity ideas you could take away and use tomorrow. I hope that helps! (Also, welcome to teaching! You rock!)


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