Teacher’s Holiday Relax & Recharge Package

Illustration from the Helbling Reader adapation of To the Lighthouse written by Virginia Woolf. Illustrated by Francesca Protopapa. © Helbling

What are the most inviting things on your imaginary (or real) holiday to-do list? Most people in education will mention ‘reading’ among their most anticipated holiday activities. Although reading is one of the skills teachers most often engage in, it is also the activity we turn to when we want to relax and recharge. After the busy last days of school we might want to stuck into stories and texts which are very different from our everyday reading experiences, and then we might want to dedicate some time to reading something to motivate us and help us with our own professional development. Then again there are other forms of reading and gaining information – videos, talks, picture books and films, which we finally get to explore without having to rush off to prepare for or teach a class or correct home assignments.

We have collected some titles in various categories to help you find some exciting content.
Read fiction
  • The Ministry of Utmost Happines by Arundhati Roy
  • Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gysasi
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Read novels which have been adapted to popular TV series or films
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman (2004)
  • Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery (1908)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale written by Margaret Atwood (1985)
  • The Cormoran Strike series by J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith (2013)

Explore websites

  • Khan Academy: free online courses
  • Visual Arts Circle: learn about the visual arts and how you can use them in your classroom
  • CLELE Journal: informative research papers about classroom research and text analysis
  • YouTube Play: Online videos from all over the world selected by the Guggenheim Museum curators
Watch talks
Read original stories
  • Dan, the teenage detective series for teens, written by Richard MacAndrew
  • The Right Thing and A Single Shot, two political thrillers for young adults and adults written by Scott Lauder and Walter McGregor
  • The Beach written by Rick Sampedro: a story for Very Young Learners about a summer trip to the beach which becomes a much more meaningful experience.
Read picture books
  • Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois by Amy Novesky, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault (Abrams)
  • Show & Tell Me the World by Tom Schamp
  • This is a Poem That Heals Fish by Jean-pierre Simeon, illustrated by Olivier Tallec
  • We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio
We hope to read your recommendations as well. Share your favourite reads and talks with us.

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