My summer reading list

So now that I have officially started my summer holidays, I can tackle the ever-growing mountain of professional books that I have been collecting over the past school year. I have listed some below and am looking for comments and feedback from others that have perhaps read them already. Are there some that are absolute “must-read-now” books? What were your thoughts, aha moments, or game-changers for you? Are there books you have read that are not listed, but you would recommend?

Happy reading!

NurtureShock, by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Real Leadership Real Change, by Carol Hunter

Switch, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Made to Stick, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Crucial Conversations, by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler

Fires in the Mind: What Kids Can Tell Us About Motivation and Mastery, by Kathleen Cushman

Leading 21st Century Schools, by Lynne Schrum and Barbara B. Levin

Making Thinking Visible, by Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church and Karin Morrison

Why Don’t Students Like School? by Daniel T. Willingham

Innovative Intelligence: The Art and Practice of Leading Sustainable Innovation in Your Organization, by David S. Weiss

Too Big to Know, by David Winberger

21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times, by Bernie Trilling and Charles Fadel

From Good to Great, by Jim Collins

Imagine: The Science of Creativity, by Jonathan Lehrer

The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg

Shifting the Monkey, by Todd Whitaker

4 thoughts on “My summer reading list

  1. Hi Erin,

    Wow! You are going to be busy this summer! I jotted down a lot of the books you listed here. I think I may just add some of them to my list, although I do wonder how I’ll be able to get through the list I already have. I also have Shifting the Monkey on my list and have already started it. I have read (mostly) Leading 21st Century Schools. What I really like about that book is the suggestions / activities they have at the end of each chapter.

    A few on my list to read this summer include:

    Mindset by Carol Dweck
    Lost at School
    Hold on to Your Kids – Gordon Neufeld *** Really good. You can search my blog for Gordon Neufeld to get a bit of an overview of his philosophy.
    Leadership on the Line
    Power Questions
    What School Leaders Need to know about Digital Technologies and Social Media
    The Real World of Technology
    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Just Can’t Stop Talking
    The Connected Educator – Learning and Leading in a Digital Age
    Teaching 21st Century Skills

    I’ve got most of these in my iPad and the ones I don’t I have paper copies. 🙂 Not sure I’ll get through them all though, as I’d like to also catch up on reading some blogs as well.

    Would love to hear if there are some on your list that are absolute must reads.

    Happy Reading, Erin!

  2. Hi Tia – it’s definitely an ambitious list 🙂 I’ll be looking in to some of your suggestions as well. Lost at School is the foundation of my approach with a lot of the kids (and parents) at my school.

  3. I read Made to Stick and Switch a while back, and while I remember thinking they were interesting, I hardly remember anything about them. I’d really like to read Too Big to Know by David Weinberger, I read Everything is Miscellaneous a while back and it totally changed my perspective of the importance of the internet in the digital age.

    As for the rest of your books, I have a similarly-lengthed list and at the rate I’m going so far this summer, I don’t think I’m going to make it! Is it just me, or is it a lot harder to focus on reading for extended periods of time nowadays? Perhaps it’s the sun, or more likely the internet and my smartphone, but my eyes are increasingly being distracted from the page lately. I wonder if an eReader would help or hinder me?

    As for recommendations, I think that “A New Culture of Learning” by Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown ( was a game-changer for me, and think it will be considered a landmark book in the next decade or two.

    • I’m making slow progress through my list as well, especially since I keep adding to it, like Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner. I’ll look into the Thomas and Brown book too. Sounds interesting.

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