National Council of Teachers of English Logo

INBOX Ideas - Previous Revision

Savory Summer Reads
NCTE INBOX 6-18-13

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


picture of a book by a lakeSometimes the things we read during "down times" like summer breaks and holidays can turn out to be the most memorable and influential reads of the year. It could be because we're more relaxed and better able to focus, or for some of us, because we cherish these small breaks in routine and use them to savor books we've been waiting to read for months. Here are some books NCTE members, leaders, and volunteers have set aside to savor this summer, including both fiction and nonfiction titles. What's on your list?

Doug Fisher, one of the editors of Voices from the Middle, would like to read Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scot Berkun this summer.

Nancy Frey, another editor of Voices from the Middle, is planning to read

  • Distributed Leadership by James Spillane, as well as
  • Andrew Solomon's Far from the Tree. (After reading more about that title, I think I will add it to my list too!)

David Bloome, NCTE past president, current Board of Directors member, and co-chair of the Jewish Caucus, is planning to read

  • Singer's Typewriter and Mine: Reflections on Jewish Culture by Ilan Stavans,
  • Until We Are Strong Together: Women Writers in the Tenderloin by Caroline Heller, and
  • A Search Past Silence: The Literacy of Young Black Men by NCTE member David E. Kirkland and Pedro Noguera.

Roxanne Henkin, former NCTE journal editor and current co-chair of the Jewish Caucus, is planning to read

  • Technology and Critical Literacy in Early Childhood by NCTE member Vivian Vasquez,
  • Teaching and Learning Multiliteracies: Changing Times, Changing Literacies by Michele Anstey and Geoff Bull,
  • Sticks and Stones by Emily Bazelon, and
  • Endings & Beginnings: A Story of Healing by Redi Tlhabi.

Jeff Sommers, editor of Teaching English in the Two-Year College, has on his reading list the May issue of Teaching English in the Two-Year College, in addition to

  • The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson,
  • All Other Nights by Dara Horn, and
  • News from Heaven by Jennifer Haigh.

Patty Dunn, chair of the NCTE College Section, plans to read some books to teach in upcoming classes. For her YA Lit class, she wants to read

  • Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition, by Karen Blumenthal and
  • the graphic novel Blankets, by Craig Thompson.

For her Disability Studies class, Patty hopes to read

  • Simi Linton's new book, My Body Politic.


Share your suggestions in the Connected Community, on Facebook, and by Twitter (@ncte #summerreading)!

-- Lisa Storm Fink,


Sign up now for an RSS feed of each week's INBOX Ideas!


Document and Site Resources

Share This On:

Page Tools:

Join NCTE Today


Copyright © 1998-2018 National Council of Teachers of English. All rights reserved in all media.

1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, Illinois 61801-1096 Phone: 217-328-3870 or 877-369-6283

Looking for information? Browse our FAQs, tour our sitemap and store sitemap, or contact NCTE

Read our Privacy Policy Statement and Links Policy. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use

Visit us on:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Linked In
  • Pinterest
  • Instagram

Document Owner

Organization Name

NCTE - The National Council of Teachers Of English

A Professional Association of Educators in English Studies, Literacy, and Language Arts