Summer is around the corner (and already here for some educators) and it is a great time to dive into some reading that you have been meaning to get to throughout the school year. Here is my list:

**Teaching Practices:**

The first two books on my list will be discussed this summer in Twitter Slow Chats. This is is a great motivator for me to get reading and join a thought-provoking discussion with other educators. This chat format is very accessible since you can be part of the discussion anytime during the week; there is not a particular time of day or week that you must be available.

**Necessary Conditions** by Geoff Krall (@geoffkrall) will be discussed starting May 27, with one chapter each week through August. Use the hashtags #NecessaryConditions and #StenhouseMath to join in.

**Math Recess** by Sunil Singh (@Mathgarden) and Christopher Brownell (@cbrownLmath) will be on a faster pace, starting May 29 and finishing up in early July. Use the hashtag #MathRecessChat.

**Routines for Reasoning** by Grace Kelemanik (@GraceKelemanik), Amy Lucenta (@AmyLucenta), & Susan Creighton is my third book focused on teaching practices. This past winter Connecticut’s ATOMIC math organization did a book study on the book which I facilitated. The prompts and discussions were open to all and still available **here**. You can download a sample chapter from **this link**. I am overdue writing a blog post containing my thoughts on the book and our discussion, but I will link it here as soon as I get to write it.

In case you missed them, some other wonderful books on teaching practices include **Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had** by Tracy Zager (@TracyZager), and **Motivated** by Ilana Horn (@ilana_horn).

### Cognitive Science:

I am extremely interested in the power of applying cognitive science research to education practices, and I’ve been trying to use these ideas in my work with students. I’m looking forward to the upcoming release of **Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning** by Pooja Agarwal (@PoojaAgarwal) and Patrice Bain (@PatriceBain1). Here is a link to their planned summer book discussions.

Others in this genre that I’d recommend are **Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning** by Brown, Roediger, & McDaniel; **Why Don’t Students Like School** by Daniel Willingham and **How I Wish I’d Taught Maths** by Craig Barton (@mrbartonmaths). Also check out the great cognitive science resources and podcasts on his website.

### Equity & Race

It is becoming increasingly clear that issues of social justice and equity cannot be sidelined away from discussions of pedagogy and math teaching practice. We teach our students within the context of their lived experiences, background, and perceived privilege, and it is urgently important that we consider this factor in our teaching. Therefore, I have several books on my list this summer that consider equity, privilege and race.

**This Is Not A Test**by Jose Luis Vilson (@TheJLV)**Multiplication is For White People**by Lisa Delpit**White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism**by Robin DiAngelo**Building Equity: Policies and Practices to Empower All Learners**by Smith, Frey, Pumpian, Fisher (ASCD)**Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People**by Mahzarin Banaji & Anthony Greenwald

If you are diving into some of this work, check out the Twitter account @ClearTheAirEdu, and use the hashtag #ClearTheAir. Val Brown (@ValeriaBrownEdu) has posted a complete discussion guide for White Fragility here, and there are other discussions and resources on the **Clear The Air** website.

### The Joy and Influence of Math:

This category includes a range of books, all touching on the power of math and its influence on us as individuals and on society.

**Infinite****Powers**by Steven Strogatz (@stevenstrogatz)**The Art of Logic in an Illogical World**by Eugenia Cheng (@DrEugeniaCheng)**Hello World: Being Human in the Age of****Algorithms**by Hannah Fry (@FryRsquared)**Mind and****Matter:A Life in Math and Football**by John Urschel (@JohnCUrschel)**Math with Bad Drawings**by Ben Orlin (@benorlin)

### Puzzles and Fun:

I am a huge fan of number and geometry puzzles for entertainment, and I buy way too many books in this category. Some of these book authors post puzzles on Twitter (for free!), and people post their various solutions and methods.

**Geometry Puzzles in Felt Tip**by Catriona Shearer (@Cshearer41)**Geometry Snacks**and**More Geometry****Snacks**by Ed Southall (@solvemymaths) and Vince Pantaloni (@panlepan)**Yohaku**by Mike Jacobs (@YohakuPuzzle)**Area Mazes**by Naoki Inaba (English versions on TES website; Japanese website)- any book of
**KenKen**puzzles (website)

So, as school winds down and summer days stretch out ahead of you, please join me in picking a few books for reading, learning, and enjoyment. There’s something for everyone on the list!

**Notes:**

My post “**Summer Assignment**” from 2016 also has book recommendations.

Another list of math-related books is from Math Frolic **here**.

I could not fit this into another category, but wanted to mention **Adding Parents to the Equation: Understanding Your Child’s Elementary School Math** by Hilary Kreisberg (@Dr_Kreisberg) and Matthew Beyranevand (@MathWithMatthew).