For teachers, the holiday break means some much-deserved “me time.” And we all know there’s no better way to spend these few weeks away from the classroom than with a good book! Whether you’re looking for a read that will transport you to another world while cozied up on the couch, or one that will deepen your knowledge on public policy, TeacherPop has put together a winter reading list with something for every teacher. Check out these 20 books to read over the holiday break.


If you’re looking to stay connected to the classroom over the holiday break, these four books will definitely help.

The Growth Mindset Coach: A Teacher’s Month-by-Month Handbook for Empowering Students to Achieve by Annie Brock and Heather Hundley

Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching by Jo Boaler

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life by Parker Palmer


There’s nothing better than a novel to help unwind during the holidays. Take advantage of your hard-earned free-time with one of these five bestsellers.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Moonglow: A Novel by Michael Chabon

Nutshell by Ian McEwan

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Swing Time by Zadie Smith


You’ll never regret devoting some free time to learning something new. These six non-fiction picks will enhance your knowledge in a variety of subjects from philosophy, to the life of a famed rocker.

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas Friedman

The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails by Sarah Bakewell

Health, Wellness, and Inspiration

These five picks are likely to inspire and encourage you to become not just a better teacher, but a better you.

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Singer

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

On Living by Kerry Egan

Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables by Anthony William

What’s on your reading list this winter break? Share your books below!