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March 3, 2020

6 Great Books for Spring Break

Time to Read and Relax!

Spring break is just ahead, we promise. In celebration of this momentous occasion, we’d like to offer our reading recommendations for your consideration as you:

1) Visit the restroom any time you want.

2) Drink coffee in your PJs (all day long if you so choose).

3) Grade nothing and create zero lesson plans.

4) Binge watch your favorite shows.

5) Rest, rejuvenate, and relax, oh—and of course read!

Eric Cohen

From our CEO, Eric Cohen:

The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee (with contributor David John)  

This story is told from the point of view of a young girl and recounts her life and harrowing escape from North Korea. 

From our Executive Vice President, Julie Yaeger (and many others on staff):

Where The Crawdads

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 

This book is an excellent cross between a coming-of-age story and a story about survival. Stir in some romance, crime, and mystery, and it becomes a true page-turner. Where the Crawdads Sing has been passed around at Teaching Channel, and there is still a wait list to read it!  

From our Lead Course Specialist (and former English Teacher), Betsy Butler: 

The 10th Muse

The 10th Muse by Catherine Chung 

The 10th Muse is a fictional story about a mathematician who, despite the world working against her, helps to solve some of the most difficult and intriguing problems in the field. It’s inspiring and emotional! 

From our Lead Curriculum and Staff Specialist (and former Parent Educator), Susanne Leslie: 

Maybe You Should Talk

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb 

This book is written by a therapist. Whether you have been to therapy, or not, you get a good look inside what it is like to go to therapy and what it is like to be a therapist through the stories about her clients and herself. Loved it! 

From our Professional Learning Specialist (and former 3rd-grade teacher), MarceeHarris:

The Water Dancer

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

It’s a beautiful and magical story that follows the main character’s journey out of the coffin of the Deep South through the underground during one of the darkest times in our nation’s history.  

From our Director of Professional Learning (and this blog writer), Keely Keller:


Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover 

This story follows a young girl, denied access to formalized schooling, as she grows, learns and pursues education on her own, culminating with a PhD from Cambridge. This is a great read for so many reasons! 

We hope you enjoy our recommendations and have some time to refocus and recharge during your time off. You deserve it!


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