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NCTE Members Share More Summer Reading Suggestions
NCTE INBOX 6-11-13

See our Summer Reading page for suggestions from earlier INBOX issues, too!


picture of a book by a lakeI like to set reading goals for myself in the summer. I try to read a certain number of titles or I attempt to complete an entire series. One summer, I challenged myself to only read nonfiction. Donalyn Miller publicly announced her intention to read a book for every day of summer break. One book every day! Here are some additional summer reading lists shared by NCTE members, leaders, and volunteers.

Carol Jago tweeted as @CarolJago, "Series books make fabulous summer reading: Ender's Game, Gossip Girls, Breadwinner, Encyclopedia Brown, Alexandra Quartet!"

A few responders mentioned that they wanted to read books that had turned into films. Peggy Albers, Caitlin McMunn Dooley, Amy Seely Flint, Teri Holbrook, and Laura May, editors of Language Arts, are planning to read The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. Nancy Frey, one of the editors of Voices from the Middle, said she is planning to read The Great Gatsby. (Isn't everyone?!) I invited my daughter to read it so we could see the film together. In turn, she asked me to read Bruiser by Neal Shusterman so we could talk about it together.

Some folks are planning to read award-winning texts. Doug Fisher, another of the Voices from the Middle editors, is planning to read In Darkness by Nick Lake, recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award, and Every Day by David Levithan, winner of the Young Adult Choice Award. Leslie Rush, co-editor of English Education, would like to read books that were nominated for the 2013 Literacy Research Association's Edward B. Fry Book Award.

Several of the titles shared with me can be read on a mobile device like a Kindle. Some were professional readings that can be considered white papers or books: Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century and Digital Media and Technology in Afterschool Programs, Libraries, and Museums. Another was Growing Up With Technology: Young Children Learning in a Digital World.

NCTE members Shari Frost, Katherine Sokolowski, Clare Landrigan, Tammy Mulligan, Donalyn Miller, and Jennifer Vincent share these additional reading suggestions, both personal and professional titles. 

Facebook iconIf you like to discuss what you're reading with other educators, consider signing up for one or more of the upcoming NCTE Principles in Practice Facebook book clubs. Each free, two-week club focuses on a different title in this popular series, with topics like culturally relevant writing instruction, digital literacies, and reading assessment.

Do you find there is a theme to your reading list? Share your suggestions in the Connected Community, on Facebook, and by Twitter (@ncte #summerreading)!

--Lisa Storm Fink,


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