What’s on your wish list this summer? Lots of downtime, we’re guessing, which means lots of opportunities to read books! We offer an eclectic mix here, ranging from artsy—how to make hand-drawn maps, a skill you might pass along to your students—to inspiring, a story about a woman who hits the road with her rescue dog to heal her broken heart. Ready to gear up your practice? Try Fresch and David L. Harrison’s lively guide to the nexus between research and writing, a hands-on workbook for teaching content vocabulary, and Colby Sharp’s buzzworthy The Creativity Project.

 

The Creativity Project: An Awesome-tastic Story Collection
Edited by Colby Sharp
This joyous collection has a brilliant premise: Have writers and artists come up with a prompt, and put it in the hands of another writer or artist. The result is poems, drawings, short stories, and more from folks like Dav Pilkey, Kate DiCamillo, and Bob Shea.

 

How to Make Hand-Drawn Maps: A Creative Guide With Tips, Tricks, and Projects
By Helen Cann
A fascinatingly illustrated book makes maps of everything you can imagine: text, family trees, negative space, and more. A delightful project you’ll want to share with students.

 

The Wild Card: 7 Steps to an Educator’s Creative Breakthrough
By Hope and Wade King
Ron Clark Academy educators Hope and Wade King give you great ideas for playing the “wild card” in your practice and identifying the “ace up your sleeve” by tapping into your own past experiences, interests, and personality quirks “to create classroom magic.”

 

If I Could Tell You Just One Thing…: Encounters With Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice
By Richard Reed
Tune in to words of inspiration from some of the world’s most accomplished people, ranging from Noëlla Coursaris Musunka, a model who runs a girls’ education organization in Africa, to actress and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax. It is a refreshing dose of depth and optimism.

 

Conquering Content Vocabulary: A Hands-On Approach to Learning Academic Vocabulary
By Chelsea Tornetto
Learning vocabulary for content areas is key to deeply understanding concepts. This book features concept sorts for grades 4 and up in 16 topic areas.

 

Bodie on the Road: Travels With a Rescue Pup in the Dogged Pursuit of Happiness
By Belinda Jones
A funny and profound girl-meets-dog memoir to ignite our wanderlust and pull our heartstrings. Reeling from a breakup, best-selling Brit author Jones sets off on a journey up the U.S. West Coast, where both she and Bodie heal their hearts and find their mojo.

 

Images: Center: Adam Chinitz (photo)/Mark Ward (illustrations);
Sidebar: Lynn Leitch

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