5 Books For Your Summer Reading List

Summertime is coming up and that means catching up on reading! Here are a few good reads that we hope will inspire you this Summer:

Creative Quest by Questlove

Questlove takes us on a journey on how to consistently be creative. Some of our favorite practices include micro-meditation: meditating briefly for 10 to 20 seconds before performing or a creative process. Remixing other artists’ work: Questlove would look up his favorite chef’s recipes and re-create dishes with his own twist as a way to stoke his inner creativity.

The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince by Mayte Garcia

Mayte García was Prince’s first wife and this memoir was about her time being in a relationship with him and the ups and downs that came with it. She opens up about his weaknesses, irrationality, and the humanly aspects of a musical genius revered for his Godlike creative abilities.

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta Hammond

This one is for all the teachers! Learn the science about how using culturally responsive pedagogy can be helpful students’ development. Getting a grasp of a young person’s life journey and background can help you, as an educator, connect learning themes that make sense to their perception of the world. 

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

This novel follows a family through the journey of immigration from the early 1900’s Korea to Japan. It’s a story about love and duty to family, and a glimpse into living in Japan throughout the 20th century as a Korean immigrant.

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker

Do you have an intention or guide for every gathering you organize? From small groups of 4 to a party of 100, this book answers all the questions to make sure you facilitate the best result for your community get-togethers. "Don’t be a chill host, a chill host is an excuse to be selfish.” With the power innate in a host of a party, it is up the host to make sure the attendees have a memorable experience, whether it’s a team meeting or a casual gathering.

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