What Are EdWeek Readers Reading?
As part of our series on summer reading, we polled the Twittersphere to find out what books caught Education Week readers' attention. We invited our readers on social media to share the best book they've read this summer using #EdWeekReads. We heard from more than 50 readers with wide-ranging responses that included books for pleasure, education-related reads, fiction and nonfiction, children's and YA literature, new releases and old favorites. Check out some of the highlights below, and see the complete list of recommended reads from our readers on Storify.
Topping the list of recommendations were books (perhaps unsurprisingly) on education, specifically covering technology, student learning, and classroom resources.
(Check out author Kelly Gallagher's Commentary on the importance of in-depth learning over test preparation.)
Racial and social injustice concerns during a violent summer seem to be prompting readers' book choices. Many readers recommended nonfiction books on race. Ta-Nehisi Coates' memoir, written as a letter to his teenage son about his life and thoughts on race in America, was mentioned twice as a critical read.
Mine are the *crucial* Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Boss by Mike Royko (I am currently re-reading). #EdWeekReads— Marissa Page (@marissahpage) July 7, 2016
The teachers we heard from are favoring fiction and memoir that provide insights for life in and out of the classroom.
#EdWeekReads My first summer read is The Goldfinch be Donna Tartt. Can't help but read with the 6 traits in mind. A++ Ms Tartt!— Shannon Burns (@shabuinthepeg) July 9, 2016
Fun read in the car is the audiobook to Bill Bryson's "The Road to Little Dribbling" while I drive to summer school each day. #EdWeekReads— John Hayward (@Jhaywardtwit) July 7, 2016
In children's and YA literature, many educators picked books from their school libraries. Author John Green got two votes of confidence.
Best summer book so far: Maniac Magee. What a simple yet powerful book about the ugliness of ignorance #EdWeekReads— Crystal Paek (@paek_ela) July 6, 2016
Trying to choose books from my HS library. Starting book #8 An Abundance of Katherines By John Green. #EdWeekReads— A. Blair (@ABlair230) July 8, 2016
Need more to read this summer? See our previous coverage on the books Education Week's opinion bloggers named noteworthy.