Stack of Books

Summer is an awesome time of year for so many reasons.

One of the things I like best about summer is the extra time I have to read.

I seem to build my biggest stack of books in the summer, and most of the titles in my stack are recommendations from family, friends, and colleagues.

Reading is such an important component in the process of learning and growing, and talking about what you are reading increases your level of understanding and application of what you have read. These conversations also often introduce you to the next book that will be added to your stack.

I am blessed to be surrounded by people who share my love of reading and are willing to engage in conversations about what they are reading.

So to return the favor, I am sharing my current stack of books and why I have chosen them:

What’s Math Got To Do With It? by Jo Boaler

Our Lower School faculty has been working hard to enhance our math curriculum and instruction and this book was written by a Stanford professor, Jo Boaler who has done a lot of research on the most effective practices for teaching math.  Some of our teachers saw her speak at a conference where she mentioned this book and recommended it to educators and parents.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

I loved The Secret Life of Bees by this same author and also enjoy reading historical fiction books that share stories about the struggles our country faced during the time of slavery.  These stories often have inspiring, strong characters that remind me of the strength, hope, and light in each one of us.

The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley

This books was given to me by one of our Academic Skills teachers, Suzanne Carothers and the book interested me because it discusses what other countries are doing successfully in the field of education.

Make It Stick by Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel

This was my choice for Ravenscroft’s summer reading–every faculty member got to choose a book to read over the summer and will join a book discussion with others who read the same book when we return in August. I chose this book because it combines my love of science with my love of teaching and learning.  I am hopeful it will provide new ways of thinking about how to support our learners in Lower School.

The Myth of the Perfect Girl by Ana Homayoun

Head of School, Doreen Kelly recommended this book at last year’s book fair, and as a mother and educator, I am always looking for ways to empower young women to live successful, happy lives.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Assistant Head of Lower School, Marianne Stapleton is my reading mentor.  She ensures I have really good fiction titles in my stack, and this book was her latest recommendation (the bonus with Marianne is that she actually gives me the book along with the recommendation!)

Quiet by Susan Cain

This is another one of the choices for Ravenscroft’s summer reading. I have a husband who is a bit of an introvert, so one of the reasons I want to read this book is to better understand the world as he experiences it.

This is Not a Test by Jose Vilson

Jose Vilson (@TheJLV) is one of the many educators who I follow on Twitter. He tweets a lot about race, class, and the future of education, and I have heard a lot about this book and the strong voice advocating for a more just and democratic educational system and society.

#EdJourney by Grant Litchman

Grant Litchman actually visited Ravenscroft on his journey that led to the publication of this book. He is a leading expert in educational innovation and this book highlights and provides concrete examples that I hope will inspire new ideas for innovation and design in Lower School.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tart

I can’t lie…this book has been in my stack for quite awhile! I started reading it a year ago and keep picking it up and putting it back down.  It has moments that draw me in and then its pace slows down and that is when I put it back down.  After spending a weekend with some of my college friends and hearing them rave about this book, I vowed to pick it back up and finish it…wish me luck!


My stack is a big one this summer, and I am hopeful I will get through all the titles!

What are you reading??????




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Thanks @ChristyBrenn for the inspiration for this post!  

I hope to add some of the titles in your stack of books to my own!

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