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[Fall Reading List] An Educator’s Reading List for Self-Care

[Fall Reading List] An Educator’s Reading List for Self-Care

Fall is in the air! As the nights get longer and the weather gets cooler, one of the best things to do this cozy season is curl up with a good book. We know the life of a teacher can have its days that feel draining, especially in 2020. We also know that teachers don’t always take enough time for themselves in a given day. Self-care isn’t just a trend; it should be a priority for everyone. That’s why we compiled a list of our favorite books that are not only entertaining, but will also build your coping skills as we enter the colder months of the year.

Now, Discover Your Strengths by Donald O. Clifton and Marcus Buckingham

Now, Discover Your Strengths teaches you how to succeed using your most powerful natural talents. The book gives you practical tools, insights and examples so you can: understand why strengths are so important to success, learn how to build strengths using your natural talents, manager others based on their unique strengths, and create a strengths-based culture in your organization.

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

Braving the Wilderness challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture. Social scientist and author Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, argues that what we’re experiencing today is a spiritual crisis of disconnection and introducing four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other.

The Trauma of Everyday Life by Mark Epstein

In The Trauma of Everyday Life renowned psychiatrist and author Mark Epstein uncovers the transformational potential of trauma, revealing how it can be used for the mind’s own development. He explains that trauma does not just happen to a few unlucky people; it is the bedrock of our psychology. So long as we don’t let trauma destroy us, it can wake us up to both our minds’ own capacity and to the suffering of others. It makes us more human, caring, and wise.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes is the creator and producer of some of the most groundbreaking and audacious shows on television today. Her iconic characters live boldly and speak their minds. So, when Shonda found herself too afraid to say yes to the things that scared her, she challenged herself to say yes to everything for a year. This book reveals how the mega talented Shonda Rhimes finally achieved badassery worth of a Shondaland character and, as stated in the Chicago Tribune, “will motivate even the most determined homebody to get out and try something new.”

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Part inspiration, part memoir, Untamed explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet the expectations of the world and instead dare to listen to and trust the voice deep inside of us. It is the story of how one each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honor our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Author Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon. She realized time is passing and she wasn’t focusing enough on the things that really matter. In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project. In this account, Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.

Perfect is Boring by Tyra Banks and Carolyn Landon

In Perfect is Boring, Tyra Banks and her mother, Carolyn, get real as they share what they’ve learned on Tyra’s journey from an insecure preteen to supermodel and entrepreneurial powerhouse. This mother-daughter memoir is a must-read for anyone who needs a pick me up or a good reason to laugh out loud.

We appreciate all you do as educators and we hope that as the school year settles in, you find time to take care of yourself. If you’re looking for more self-help techniques, join us for our upcoming webinar: Trauma, Burnout, and Compassion Fatigue: How to Support Yourself and Students.'s picture
Haley Peterson

Haley Peterson studied Marketing at Winona State University in Minnesota, and has worked with Edmentum since March 2018. She currently serves as a Digital Marketing Specialist, and believes knowledge is power.