Teacher Book Recommendations


by Molly Krulewitch, Business Manager

Want to read some cool books this summer? We asked the Shorewood staff to give us some suggestions. Here are the book recommendations:


“How the Word is Passed” by Clint Smith 

  • Kelly Gade, English

“Remote Control” by Nnedi Okorafor

  • Clark Youmans, Social Studies

“The Murmur of Bees” by Sophia Segovia

  • Elaine Swanson, Assistant Principal

“Misery” by Stephen King

  • Joel Reese, Directed Studies

“The Poison Thread” by Laura Purcell

  • Laura Steiner, Attendance Secretary

“Highly Illogical Behavior” by John Corey Whaley

  • Pam Richards, Counseling

“Ship of Destiny” (Liveship Traders) by Robin Hobb

  • Kellie Stitch, Science

“Caste” by Isabel Wilkerson

  • Casey Bent Callaghan, Teacher Coach

“Noise” by Daniel Kahneman

  • Nate Stearns, English

“Ariadne” by Jennifer Saint

“Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley

  • Kaitlin Aswege, Math

“The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern

  • Amy Gonzalez, Math

“Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss

  • Brian Fleischman, Computer Science

“A Children’s Bible: A Novel” by Lydia Millet

  • Tim Murray, English

“A Promised Land” by Barack Obama

  • Diana Dillard, Culinary Arts

“The Other Black Girl” by Zakiya Dalila Harris

“Muertes Imaginarias” by Roberto Castillo Sandoval

  • Jill Chelimer, Spanish

“Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren

  • Alisan Giesy, Science

“Whereas” Poems by Layli Long Soldier

  • Sally Thomas, MLL

“The Book of Lost Names” by Kristin Harmel

  • Sharon Roma, Counseling

“How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States” by Daniel Immerwahr

“The Hired Man” by Aminatta Forna

“A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win WWII” by Sonia Purnell

  • Jamie Fletcher, Social Studies

“Deacon King Kong” by James McBride

  • Stacey Carr, Directed Studies

“Whereabouts” by Jhumpa Lahiri

  • Leslie Silver, English

“The Hidden History of American Oligarchy: Reclaiming Our Democracy From the Ruling Class” by Thom Hartmann

“Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell

  • Brenda Gilman, Librarian


Reading during the summer is crucial in order to sharpen and/or retain your reading comprehension skills. These books are awesome choices for anyone who’s looking for a next read this summer and beyond. 

A big thank you to all staff who contributed.