School is almost over, and the moment has come when we finally have some time to read what we really love and not what we have to. Have you noticed that we tend to turn to the same authors and genres we have always enjoyed reading? Reading book recommendations lists can help us find titles which might improve our holiday book stack. We have collected some of our most anticipated holiday reads for you. Some of them are novels, some are plays, and we also have young adult fiction ideas for you. And, since we are teachers, we finally get to become familiar with some fun educational and ELT resource books we haven’t had the chance to read during the school term. Pick a resource book or book about education, mark the activities which you would love to try when you are back in school, they will help give yourself fresh ideas for the new term.
Here are the books we would like to read in the coming months.
Fiction (both old and new) and poetry
- Julian Barnes: The Noise of Time
- Mike McCormack: Solar Bones
- Han Kang: The Vegetarian
- Eleanor Catton: The Luminaries
- Wislawa Szymborska: Collected Poems
- William Boyd: Any Human Heart
- Angela Carter: The Bloody Chamber
Young adult novels
- Patrick Ness: The Rest of Us Just Live Here
- Louise O’Neill: Only Ever Yours
- Benjamin Zephaniah: Refugee Boy
- Janne Teller: Everything and Nothing
- Catherine Johnson: The Curious Tale of Lady Caraboo
For more YA ideas, check out our website www.101yans.com
- Maurice Sendak: Where the Wild Things Are
- Ludwig Bemelmans: Madeline
- Matt de la Peña: Last Stop on Market Street
- Lewis Carroll: Alice Through the Looking Glass (Film tie-in)
We will also read stories written by Roald Dahl as this year marks the 100th anniversary of his birthday! Learn more about him and his great stories here: Roald Dahl 100.
We also recommend The Routledge Companion to Children’s Literature written by David Rudd.
We are definitely reading a Shakespeare play this summer.
- Jhumpa Lahiri: In Other Words
- Charles Taylor: The Language Animal: The Full Shape of the Human Linguistic Capacity
- Rachel Swaby: Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World
- Sandra M. Gilbert and Roger Porter: Eating Words: A Norton Anthology of Food Writing
- Rebecca Solnit: A Field Guide to Getting Lost
- Clare Painter, Jim Martin, and Len Unsworth: Reading Visual Narratives: Image Analysis of Children’s Picture Books
- Ken Robinson: Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education
- Paul Solarz: Learn Like a PIRATE: Empower Your Students to Collaborate, Lead, and Succeed
- Peter Smagorinsky: Vygotsky and Literacy Research: A Methodological Framework
- Clare Painter: Learning through Language in Early Childhood
- Kieran Egan: Imagination in Teaching and Learning
English language teaching
- Susan Hillyard: English Through Drama
- David Rose and Jim Martin: Learning to Write, Reading to Learn
- John McRae: Literature with a small ‘l’
And we recommend the whole The Resourceful Teacher Series.