We didn’t forget you! Now that you’ve looked through our top 50 books to send kids packing with this summer, you’re probably ready for a few of your own. Explore your muse with maker projects or read hilarious (and wise) “grown-up” tips. Pick up an inspiring book of girl-centric photos on how “strong is the new pretty.” Then, at summer’s end, turn back to your practice. Read about how to help kids thrive and develop a love for inquiry, or get down to brass tacks with our quick and easy formative assessments. Happy summer, and happy reading!

Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves
By Kate T. Parker. $17.95.

You’ll want to page through this gorgeous book of portraits—with section headings like Fearless Is Strong and Kind Is Strong—again and again. Then, put it in a special spot in your classroom, so your girls can see themselves.

Teaching Kids to Thrive: Essential Skills for Success
By Debbie Silver and Dedra A. Stafford
. $31.95.
The newest by Silver (Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8) covers student resilience, integrity, mindfulness, and more in a takeaway format that mixes just enough theory with real-deal teacher tips, activities, and FAQs to help kids thrive in your classroom.

How to Make It: 25 Makers Share the Secrets to Building a Creative Business
By Erin Austen Abbott. $24.95.

If Pinterest is any indication, teachers are creators. And the creators here are teachers, of a sort. Each profile features a can-do mini-project, from making watercolor paint to yearbook art, illustrated with beautiful project photos.

Inspiring Young Minds: Scientific Inquiry in the Early Years
By Julie Smart
. $29.95.
Science comes naturally to kids—who doesn’t like picking up leaves or watching a homemade “volcano” explode? Yet it falls to the wayside in many schools. This book has common-sense ideas for getting students to see science in the everyday.

25 Quick Formative Assessments for a Differentiated Classroom (2nd edition)
By Judith Dodge and Blanca E. Duarte
. $21.99.
From QuickWrite/QuickDraw to S-O-S Summary, get step-by-step instructions and tips for meeting each student at his or her own level. This edition is updated to include more ideas for supporting ELLs and teaching with tech.

The Secret Art of Being a Grown-Up: Tips, Tricks, and Perks No One Thought to Tell You
By Bridget Watson Payne. $14.95.
Whether you’re just out of college or have been on the job for 20 years, you’ll love this clever and quite wise little book on the art of being a “grown-up” (different from an adult, you know). Tips range from how to do the perfect high-five (a necessity in an elementary classroom) to how to trust your gut—oh, and how to open a bottle of champagne!


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