Summer is quickly coming to an end for teachers, parents, and students, but it is not over yet.  If your children are like mine they have a summer reading list, do you?

Yes, during the summer I always try to read or reread at least two or maybe, maybe three books.  I know how important reading is because it develops the mind.  Understanding the written word is one way the mind grows in its ability.  Reading is healthy for your mind, body, and soul. Teaching young children to read helps them develop their language skills and it also helps them to learn how to listen.

When my boys were younger we had a set reading time for everyone to read their books.  Try to find time to read with your kids and let your kids read to you. By doing this you are modeling the importance of reading to your kids.  During my summer break I try to read books that may fit into three different categories; personal/self help, professional, or just for fun/elementary!  Not only do the books fit into a category but, I read them in a special place in my house depending on the category.

Usually on my nightstand you will find a personal or self-help book about healthy eating, marriage, or parenting. Right now I am enjoying The Love Dare by Alex and Stephen Kendrick.  The Love Dare is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love.  Yes, after 21 years of marriage, we are still working to make our good marriage better. 

When I sit in my big comfy chair in my office I am reading books or articles for my professional life.  This girl loves teaching and the challenge of running a business so right now, I’m in the middle of this book, Customer Acquisition; 465 Ways to Gain and Retain Customers by Amanda Bracks.  Lots of highlighting, folded corners, and rereading.

My just for fun book can be anywhere inside or outside the house.  My favorite reading choice is a elementary book, fiction of course.  I like to read to the kids I tutor, and of course being a guest reader at schools, community organizations etc..  Reading elementary books allow me to stay up to date with the kids likes and dislikes.  Also, I am able to recommend books to teachers, parents, and kids. 

So, before the summer slips away read a few good books and share them with someone.  I have listed a few of my favorite books for you to read or at least get started.  

  1. The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher by Rosemary T. Wong  and Harry K. Wong 
  2. Today I Made a Difference: A Collection of Inspirational Stories from America’s Top Educators by Joseph W. Underwood 
  3. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith 
  4. The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt 
  5. Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive by T. D. Jakes


Happy Summer Reading!