My New Year’s celebration occurs in June instead of January 1. This may be true for many educators as this is the time when our school year has come to an end and we find time to reflect on our experiences, rest, regroup, and begin making plans for the next school year.

During this time, I collect my “stack of books” that I will begin reading in the summer and continue to reference throughout the months that follow. My stack usually includes a variety of books that are of interest to me on a personal and professional level.

Below is a list of books in my summer stack and a brief description about why I chose the particular title:

I watched Will Richardson’s TED talk last year and was inspired by his vision for a different educational experience for our children. I follow him on Twitter, appreciate his insights, and was excited to learn he had put his thoughts and ideas into a book.

Head of School Doreen Kelly gave this book to the school leadership team and I believe it will be an important book to help further my understanding of the leadership skills the next generation will need in order to thrive in a complex and interdependent world.

As we look to continue our Community Conversations in Lower School next year, this book was recommended to me as a resource to help me stretch and grow in my confidence and ability to facilitate conversations about diversity (which extends well beyond race).

The North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) hosts an annual Women in Leadership conference and this book was the title recommended to all participants. I was not able to attend the conference this year, but third grade instructor Jennifer Baccus was, and she thought I would enjoy this book.

This titled showed up on several of the summer reading lists for educators that I came across on Twitter, and I was intrigued as a parent and educator trying to raise strong, confident children with solid moral compasses.

The entire Ravenscroft faculty and staff are reading this book this summer so we are able to have school-wide book discussions in the fall and broaden our perspectives through this powerful true story about the civil rights struggle in the south.

This book was one I read last summer and then discussed with fifth graders during lunch groups. It was such a powerful experience that I plan to repeat the lunch book clubs with fifth graders again this year, so I felt it was important to reread the book. I hope to gain new insights that will help our students understand the impact mistreatment has on others.

I have all the Pete the Cat books and absolutely love the positive messages that are innate to all of them. This book shares with children the importance of a positive outlook on life and how we have this gift inside each of us. This book is not available for purchase yet, but it is in my stack so I am ready the minute it is released!

I found this book at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference and thought it would be a great resource for me as a parent raising two multiracial children.

I read Good to Great by Jim Collins years ago and thought it was time to reconnect with the work of this author as we focus on ensuring Ravenscroft’s Lower School remains GREAT!

 So many of the best books I have read were recommendations from a friend or colleague. We are blessed to be part of a community of readers and benefit greatly when we not only share the great books we are reading, but what we are learning from them.

What are you reading this summer?

Please share your stack of books in the comment section

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