Summer Reading: Memoirs, Biographies, and Personal Experience

By Catherine A. Cardno — May 21, 2013 2 min read
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I imagine that you are all champing at the bit, ready for summer to be here so that you can rest, relax, and spend some time outside of the classroom.

If you are looking for material to read that has a little weight to it, I’ve been collecting titles that seemed like they’d be interesting to peruse over the summer. They are all education-based, so you can enjoy (or dislike) them guilt-free! And once you’ve read them, feel free to drop us a note here at BookMarks. We’d love to hear what you thought.


The Autistic Brain : Thinking Across the Spectrum, by Richard Panek and Temple Grandin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013).

Born to Rise: A Story of Children and Teachers Reaching Their Highest Potential, by Deborah Kenny (HarperCollins, 2012).

Confessions of a Bad Teacher: The Shocking Truth from the Front Lines of American Public Education, by John Owens (SourceBooks, Forthcoming: August 2013).

Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy, by John Wood (Viking, 2013).

Educating All God’s Children: What Christians Can—and Should—Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids, by Nicole Baker Fulgham (Brazos Press, 2013).

From Village School to Global Brand: Changing the World through Education, by James Tooley (Profile Books, 2012).

Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America’s Children, by Sarah Carr (Bloomsbury Press, 2013).

Lessons from the Heartland: A Turbulent Half-Century of Public Education in an Iconic American City, by Barbara J. Miner (The New Press, 2013).

May This Be the Best Year of Your Life, by Sandra Bornstein (CreateSpace, 2012).

Memoirs of a Recovering Teacher, by David Peterson with Peter Davidson (Sweet Memories Publishing, 2013).

No Citizen Left Behind, by Meira Levinson (Harvard University Press, 2012).

Raising the Curve: A Year Inside One of America’s 45,000* Failing Public Schools, by Ron Berler (Berkley Publishing Group, 2013).

Saving the School: The True Story of a Principal, a Teacher, a Coach, a Bunch of Kids and a Year in the Crosshairs of Education Reform, by Michael Brick (The Penguin Press, 2012).

Searching for Hope: Life at a Failing School in the Heart of America, by Matthew Tully (Indiana University Press, 2012).

A Teacher Grows In Brooklyn, by Albert Mazza (Mill City Press, 2011).

Teaching in the Terrordome: Two Years in West Baltimore with Teach for America, by Heather Kirn Lanier (University of Missouri Press, 2012).

Tilting at Windmills: School Reform, San Diego, and America’s Race to Renew Public Education, by Richard Lee Colvin (Harvard Education Press, 2013).

“We Live in the Shadow” Inner-City Kids Tell Their Stories through Photographs, by Elaine Bell Kaplan (Temple University Press, 2013).

A version of this news article first appeared in the BookMarks blog.