Summer Reading

  • #UKEdChat session 559
  • Teachers need to think carefully how to approach this so to gentle promote reading, but not to make it a chore over the summer break
  • Finding the right book is key for both teachers and learners.
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Summer is looking like it will be different again this year as travel restrictions are largely in place for overseas holidays, and the twin difficulties of health worries and over-pricing makes domestic travel over the summer challenging.

Yet, there is nothing quite like a warm summer read, whether that is in a park, on the beach, or just in a back garden. Finding the right book is key. Many teachers use summer holiday reading for some well-earned escapism, while others use this time to up their game by reading the latest in educational ideas and research. As you can see from our book reviews, there are plenty to choose from.

Over the summer, learners take the opportunity to switch-off and relax. Many teachers like for pupils to keep reading ticking over during and I fondly remember receiving my summer bundle of books from my primary school teachers as they herded the class out of the door in July for the final time that academic year. However, not all pupils have a positive relationship with reading, and teachers need to think carefully how to approach this so to gentle promote reading, but not to make it a chore over the summer break.

In this #UKEdChat session, which took place on Thursday 1st July 2021 at 8pm(UK), we discussed all things reading for both teachers and pupils, how to get the balance right for pupils over the summer, as well as sharing the best titles to choose for those long, warm summer days (or wet, soggy days if the UK weather is true to form!)


  1. Should summer time reading be for escapism or learning?
  2. Where is your favourite summertime place to read? Why?
  3. Where do you get your book choice ideas from?
  4. Which CPD books are you planning to read over the summer?
  5. Which fiction books are on your list to read over the summer?
  6. What is your approach to reading over the summer for your students?
  7. How can teachers help learners who have a difficult relationship with reading over the summer?
  8. What is your ideal beach book, past or present?

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