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Level Up Your Life (and Your Classroom) with These Summer Reads

Alex, a former DonorsChoose.org teacher, holds The Switch for summer reading

Looking for that great book to read this summer? Your colleagues have your back. We put out a call for our teachers to share their essential summer reads for 2017. Here are a few favorites.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond FearElizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert's latest is a how-to book for anyone who wants to live a more creative life. She illuminates the pleasures and benefits of tapping into your imagination, ingenuity, and authenticity—and provides a roadmap for doing so."I'm unleashing my creativity," says third grade teacher Sarah Mac, who recommends Big Magic. "This is the way I get so many zany ideas that turn out great."The Huffington Post loved Big Magic too, declaring: "Elizabeth Gilbert is my new spirit animal." High praise, indeed.

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is HardDan and Chip Heath

Switch tackles the tough topic of making lasting changes, whether in your job, your personal life, or another area entirely. The Heath brothers dig into sociology, psychology, and other fields, managing (as USA Today put it) to "smoothly synthesize it all into a formula that makes sense."Music teacher (and DonorsChoose.org board member) Genein Letford adds: "This book is awesome because it talks about how to change behavior within an individual and as a group, which [is something] teachers deal with every day."

Move Your Bus: An Extraordinary New Approach to Accelerating Success in Work in LifeRon Clark

"If you haven't read it, you need to!" declares Indiana teacher Shelly Everhart. Ron Clark—teacher, New York Times-bestselling author, and founder of Ron Clark Academy—shares the secrets to his success in his latest book Move Your Bus. (Spoiler alert: Teamwork is key.) You'd be hard-pressed to walk away from this engaging read without a boatload of ideas and concrete tips for how to make them a reality.All titles above are available through your local bookstore.What books are shaking up your summer reading list? Let us know in comments!

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