11 Winter Reads for the Holiday Break

There’s nothing better to keep you warm, cozy, and entertained over the holiday break than a good book! Check out some of these all-time favorite winter reads from Remind’s Social Media Superstar teachers and send some recommendations to your colleagues through a Remind message:

1. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez – Melissa Tucker, high school English teacher

“One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women — brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul — this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.”

2. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum – Laurie Hall, special education teacher

We all know the story, but read the exciting novel, first in the series, to discover more about the magical land of Oz. “Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and a host of other curious creatures come to life as they set out on an exciting quest down the Yellow Brick Road in search of the elusive Wizard.”

3. Victoria: A Life by A.N. Wilson – Mary Keating, high school social studies teacher

“When Queen Victoria died in 1901, she had ruled for nearly sixty-four years. She was a mother of nine and grandmother of forty-two and the matriarch of royal Europe through her children’s marriages. Wilson’s Victoria is a towering achievement, a masterpiece of biography by a writer at the height of his powers.”

4. The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson – Steven Anderson, former Director of Instructional Technology and #EdChat co-founder

It’s a fascinating look at how how the technology industry really developed and all the people that made it happen. Not the Steve Jobs or the Mark Zuckerburgs, the names we know, it looks at the names we don’t know or realize the impact they had on our lives. Really great book!” – Steve Anderson

“Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens.”

5. The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius in Our Schools by Liz Wiseman – Kyle Pace, Instructional Technology Specialist

“Why do some leaders double their team’s effectiveness, while others seem to drain the energy right out of the room? Using insights gained from more than 100 interviews with school leaders, this book pinpoints the five disciplines that define how Multipliers bring out the best across their schools.”

6. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace – Lee Araoz, 6th grade ELA teacher

“A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the pursuit of happiness in America. Set in an addicts’ halfway house and a tennis academy, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.”

7. Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess – Manel Trenchs i Mola, high school art history teacher

“Based on Dave Burgess’s popular “Outrageous Teaching” and “Teach Like a PIRATE” seminars, this book offers inspiration, practical techniques, and innovative ideas that will help you to increase student engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life as an educator.”

8. Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand – Kathy Iwanicki, 4th grade teacher

“In bestseller Elin Hilderbrand’s first Christmas novel, a family gathers on Nantucket for a holiday filled with surprises. Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket’s Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray.”

9. The Job by Janet Evanovich – Jena Sherry, 8th grade math teacher

“The FBI had one demand when they secretly teamed up Special Agent Kate O’Hare with charming con man Nicolas Fox—bring down the world’s most wanted and untouchable felons.”

10. The Escape by David Baldacci – Jennifer Owen, middle school Academic Support Coordinator

“A combat veteran and special agent with the U.S. Army, Puller is the man called to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. But all his training, all his experience, all his skills will not prepare him for his newest case, one that will force him to hunt down the most formidable and brilliant prey he has ever tracked: his own brother.”

11. Edge of Eternity by Ken Follet – Andrew Reid, 8th grade teacher

“Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy follows the fortunes of five intertwined families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they make their way through the twentieth century. Edge of Eternity, the finale, covers one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the 1960s through the 1980s, encompassing civil rights, assassinations, Vietnam, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution—and rock and roll.”

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