Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer 2017 Reading List

Summer just officially began for me - my last day of school was just last week! I am in the midst of my annual beginning of summer clean-up and clean-out at home!! I got to my bookshelf and found some must reads I wanted to pass along to you. 

All of these are easy, super QUICK reads packed with loads of relevant and useful information. These books get you thinking and give ideas you can put into place right at the start of the next school year! 

When you click on the Amazon links, do some exploring to find the best price for these gems. Some of them were written some time ago and prices can fluctuate greatly for new and used books - there are some great deals out there! Don't worry, the amazing information found inside these books,  very much, still holds true today!

Barbara Gruener knocked it out of the ballpark with this amazing book What's Under Your Cape? Superheroes of the Character Kind. Click on the link to find it at Amazon. Not only did it bring back memories of my childhood, I wrote notes all over the pages inside - to help me remember how to translate the ideas into my everyday school counseling life. A must read!

 This was another one of those books in which I took notes and flagged the pages like crazy. Schools Where Everyone Belongs by Stan Davis will really help you to think through your entire school environment. This book will give you helpful information in how to create a caring environment while giving students boundaries. LOVE this book!

I am in the midst of reading this book, Fostering Resilient Learners by Kristin Souers with Pete Hall, but boy does it pack-a-punch right off the bat. Being trauma-informed  and trauma-sensitive is a hot topic right now and rightfully so. As educators and helper folks, we need to understand all we can about the effects of trauma on our students AND on ourselves. This book will help you do just that!

I read this book some time ago and it really helped to remind me of the power of working with the bystanders in a bullying situation. Find Empowering Bystanders in Bullying Prevention by Stan Davis and Julia Davis by clicking here and visiting Amazon. The bystanders being the largest group in these types of situations, and also affected along with those who are bullied, also need attention. Take some time to read this book to help you effectively plan your interventions.

Happy Summer and Happy Reading!