School’s out! It’s time to put your feet up and enjoy some mindful entertainment. We’ve rounded up a list of must-reads for teachers to delve into over the holidays. Wrap your hands around a mug of hot cider and settle in, these reads will captivate you from cover to cover.

  1. The Children Act by Ian McEwan

Follow Fiona Maye, a High Court judge, as she immerses herself in an especially challenging case. Maye presides over the Family Court case as a distraction from her own family strife. But her marital dilemma stays with her as she fights to solve the case of a 17-year-old boy who requires live saving medical treatment, treatment his parents refuse to allow due to religious beliefs.


  1. The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change by Adam Braun

The incredible story of Adam Braun and the organization he founded, Pencils for Promise. Read about how Braun went from a Wall Street darling to building over 200 schools all over the world, starting with just $25 and a child’s simple request for a pencil.


  1. The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

Marina Keegan is best known for her essay written for the Yale Daily News which went viral a few days after her sudden passing. At the age of 22 Marina had become a posthumous legend and voice for her generation. This collection of prose by Keegan captures our voice of struggle and hope as we try to leave our mark on the world.


  1. Not That Kind Of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned by Lena Dunham

From the creator of HBO’s Girls comes a collection of stories and essays full of hilarity, quirkiness and life lessons in what it means to be a girl in this world. A fun, light read with a meaningful message of believing your story deserves to be told.

More Suggestions:

  1. Adult Onset by Ann-Marie Macdonald
  2. Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014 by Alice Munro
  3. Stronger by Jeff Bauman
  4. The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory
  5. My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories by David Lebovitz

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