Books for Teachers – Summer Reading List

Looking for books for teachers? During TCI’s 2023 Back to School Summit, educators across the country shared what was on their reading lists. Check out the 2023 summer reading list for insightful nonfiction and fiction books.


  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
  • Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better by Brant Hansen
  • Who Moved My Cheese? By Spencer Johnson
  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Make Your Bed by Admiral William McRaven
  • Cry of the Kalahari by Mark & Delia Owens
  • The Eye of the Elephant by Delia & Mark Owens
  • Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • Educated by Tara Westover

Fiction for Teachers

  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
  • The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer
  • The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • Demon Cooperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
  • The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
  • Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  • The Man Who Loved Clowns by June Rae Wood
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Middle-Grade Fiction

  • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
  • The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin
  • One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Want more books for teachers? Explore last year’s summer reading list. To get more classroom inspiration or for teacher professional development, check out the other sessions from TCI’s 2023 Back to School Summit.

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