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2023 Summer Reading List for Teachers

Seasonal, Summer

Written by: Krys Warstillo

Summer is here and it’s time to curl up with a nice book- or two or three! Our awesome community of teachers on Facebook had some great ideas for reading material. We’ve compiled a summer reading list of everything on the spectrum from professional development to fun beach reads. Check it out and join our Lucky Little Learners Facebook groups for 1st grade and 2nd grade teachers to join the conversation!

Summer Reading List For Teachers

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I) Just For Fun Books

II) Professional Development Books

III) Must Read Recommendations From Team Lucky Little Learners

Fun Books for Your Summer Reading List

This crazy year has meant a lot of constant learning and growing for us as teachers. Our brains deserve a break! This list has got a little of everything. Take a look and choose a new world to immerse yourself in.

Historical Fiction

historical fiction book recommendations for teachers

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

This amazing story takes place in France during World War II. It’s all about two sisters and the challenges they face as they try to survive the German occupation of their country. It’s a really emotional story that explores themes like love, family, courage, and sacrifice. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction or just a really good story would love this book!

America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

This is a captivating story based on the life of Thomas Jefferson’s daughter, Patsy. Through Patsy’s eyes, the book explores the struggles and triumphs of the early American republic, as well as the complex relationships and political intrigue of one of America’s most iconic figures. If you’re a fan of historical fiction or love learning about American history, this book is definitely worth checking out!

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A stunning novel about a young man who possesses a mysterious power to transport himself and others through time and space. Set during the era of slavery in America, the book tells a powerful and moving story about freedom, family, and the enduring human spirit. If you love historical fiction with a touch of magical realism, this book is definitely one to add to your reading list!


fiction book recommendations for teachers

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This page-turning novel follows the glamorous and enigmatic Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo as she recounts her rise to fame and her seven marriages. Through Evelyn’s story, the book explores themes of love, loss, ambition, and identity, making it a must-read for fans of historical fiction and compelling character-driven narratives.

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin (book 1 of 2)

This one is a fun and engaging romantic comedy that follows the story of a successful lawyer who falls in love with her best friend’s fiancé. As the wedding approaches, she must grapple with her feelings and decide whether to pursue her true love or stay loyal to her friend. If you love chick lit and stories of complicated relationships, this book is definitely worth checking out!

Pretty Little Things by Janelle Brown

Here’s a gripping thriller that follows the story of two teenage girls, Nina and Benny, who are kidnapped by a dangerous predator. As their families and the police race to find them, Nina and Benny must use all their wits and courage to stay alive and outsmart their captor. The book is a tense and emotionally-charged read that explores themes of survival, family, and the dark underbelly of society. If you’re a fan of fast-paced thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat, this book is definitely worth checking out!

Fantasy & Sci-Fi

science fiction book recommendations for teachers

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (book 1 of 4) epic fantasy

The first book in an epic fantasy series called “The Stormlight Archive”. It’s set in a world ravaged by magical storms, following the stories of several characters, as they navigate the complex political and social landscape of their world and uncover dark secrets that threaten to destroy everything they hold dear. With intricate world-building, compelling characters, and plenty of action and magic, this book is a must-read for fans of epic fantasy.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown (book 1 of 5) sci-fi

This is the first book in a thrilling science fiction series that follows the story of Darrow, a young miner who lives beneath the surface of Mars. When he discovers that his entire life has been a lie and that his people have been oppressed by a ruling class of “Gold” elites, Darrow embarks on a dangerous mission to infiltrate their society and bring it down from within. With heart-pumping action, political intrigue, and richly-drawn characters, this book is a must-read for fans of science fiction and dystopian novels.

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout (book 1 of 3) YA fantasy

This one is a captivating fantasy romance novel that follows the story of Poppy, a young woman who is chosen to be the Maiden, a sacred role in a society ruled by the Ascended, immortal gods who demand obedience and worship. However, Poppy begins to question everything she has been taught when she meets a mysterious guard named Hawke, who challenges her beliefs and ignites a forbidden passion within her. This book is a must-read for fantasy and romance fans, thanks to its intricate world-building, sizzling romance, and heart-racing action.


nonfiction book recommendations for teachers

How Stella Learned to Talk by Christina Hunger

An inspiring memoir that chronicles the author’s journey teaching her dog, Stella, how to communicate using a customized soundboard with over 40 buttons. Through detailed anecdotes and personal insights, Hunger explores the profound implications of Stella’s ability to communicate and the potential it holds for transforming our understanding of animal intelligence and the nature of language itself. The book is a must-read for dog lovers, animal enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the fascinating relationship between humans and animals.

1491 by Charles Mann

A thought-provoking non-fiction book that challenges many of the conventional beliefs about the Americas prior to the arrival of Europeans. Through a mix of historical research and scientific analysis, Mann argues that the indigenous peoples of the Americas were far more numerous, sophisticated, and ecologically influential than previously thought. The book sheds new light on the pre-Columbian history of the Americas and its impact on the development of human societies around the world. If you are interested in history, anthropology, or environmental studies, “1491” is definitely a book worth reading.

The Spy and The Traitor by Ben Macintyre

A thrilling true story about one of the most significant espionage cases of the Cold War. The book tells the story of a KGB officer who secretly worked as a double agent for a British intelligence agency, and the dangers they faced in their attempt to help the West understand Soviet plans and intentions. With a wealth of fascinating details and insider knowledge, the author offers a compelling portrait of the double agent and the high-stakes world of espionage during the tense era of the Cold War. If you are a fan of spy thrillers or true crime stories, this book is definitely one you won’t want to miss.

Professional Development Summer Reading List

professional development book recommendations for teachers

This year was tough but the name of the game is growth! If your recharging includes honing your skills or sharpening new ones check out some of professional development recommendations from our teacher community.

Unpack Your Impact by Naomi O’Brien and LaNesha Tabb

A practical guide for educators on creating a more inclusive and empowering learning environment by addressing issues of equity and social justice. It is a must-read for anyone committed to creating a more just and equitable society.

Speech to Print by Louisa Moats

A comprehensive guidebook for educators on essential components of literacy development, offering practical strategies for supporting students of all ages and abilities. It is an invaluable resource for improving literacy instruction and helping students achieve success in reading and writing.

Lost at School by Ross W. Greene

A book that challenges traditional approaches to behavior management and offers practical strategies for addressing the underlying causes of challenging behavior in children. It is a must-read for parents and educators seeking to create positive and productive learning environments.

Culturize by Jimmy Casa

A practical guidebook for educators on building a positive and inclusive school culture. With real-life examples and actionable strategies, it is a must-read for those seeking to transform their school environment and promote student success.

Fostering Resilient Learners- Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom by Kristin Souers with Pete Hall

An essential guidebook for educators on creating a trauma-sensitive classroom, providing practical strategies and insights for building a safe and supportive learning environment. It is a must-read for educators seeking to promote resilience, well-being, and academic success in all students.

Must Read Recommendations From Team LLL

The Art of Taking it Easy by Brian King

We love the concept behind this book – full of practical tips and strategies for reducing stress and increasing relaxation. This book emphasizes the importance of slowing down, being present, and finding joy in simple pleasures. It also encourages readers to prioritize self-care and establish healthy boundaries to improve their overall well-being. In fact, we love all of this so much, we are hosting a book club on Zoom during the month of June. We hope you’ll join us!

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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

This was such a moving story and so fun to read all about a different lifestyle than my everyday!

Alayne J, LLL Integrator & Curriculum Manager

The Housemaid by Freida McFadden

This book is the perfect summer page turner that will keep you guessing. I NEVER saw the twist at the end coming. So good!

Jess D, LLL Website Manager

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jeannette McCurdy

Crying in H Mart by  Michelle Zauner

I don’t typically read memoirs, but the last few memoirs that I’ve read were soooo good.  Not sure if these are summer reads, as they’re a bit heartbreaking, but they’re completely engrossing!

Stacy G, LLL Photographer

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

A beautiful story about a family living during the Great Depression. Very powerful story about the bond between family & making tough choices.

Melanie H, Curriculum Designer

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A fun story about a band from the 70’s. This is told more as an interview format, but so interesting to read. This is also just became a series on Prime, which is fun to watch play out in a TV format.

Melanie H, Curriculum Designer

Meant to Be by Emily Giffin

An interesting fictional story that mirrors the relationship between JFK Jr & Caroline Bessette. Beautiful story about finding your way and a life that could have been. A great summer read!!

Melanie H, Curriculum Designer

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

If you haven’t read this yet, you should! This story is both beautiful and captivating. It’s all about a girl who grows up in the marshes of North Carolina, and the trials and tribulations she faces as she tries to survive and find love. If you’re into literary fiction or coming-of-age stories, you definitely don’t want to miss this one!

Katie P, Content Writer & Community Specialist

Now, that you’ve got some good books in your cart or library wait list check out our ideas for summer self-care. You’ve earned it!

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