The Spirited School Counselor

Summer Reading for School Counselors


Summer ReadingDisclosure of material connection: Some of the links in the post below are “affiliated links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item I will receive a small commission. With that said, I only recommend items that I have found useful as a school counselor and educator. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


I recently tweeted out a question to school counselors: “If you were asked to recommend 1 book to a new school counselor what would it be?” I received some excellent book recommendations! I actually just placed an order for 2 of the books, but wanted to share the list here.


1. The Use of Data in School Counseling: Hatching Results for Students, Programs, and the Professionby Trish Hatch (@TrishHatch &

This book received rave reviews from school counselors and was suggested several times. The @CounselingGeek made a great point: “data is key and best to use from start.” I can’t wait to receive my copy tomorrow!

2. 101 Solutions for School Counselors and Leaders in Challenging Times by Stuart F. Chen-Hayes, Melissa S. Ockerman (@MSOckerman), and E.C.M. Mason (@ecmmason).

This is the other book I decided to order. It looks like it is going to be especially helpful since I am new to the profession. According to the table of contents it covers a variety of topics including solutions to the achievement gap, technology solutions, and safety solutions.

3. Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray (facebook)

This was recommended to me by Lori Morrell (@LoriMorrell1). She shared that the school counselors used this in their after school book club (what a great idea, by the way!).  The book is a memoir of Murray’s story from homelessness to Harvard. This is on my summer reading list, for sure. It sounds like such an amazing story worth sharing with students.

4.  Impact Therapy: The Courage to Counsel by Ed Jacobs and Christine J. Schimmel (

I actually already purchased this book following the Virginia School Counselors Association (@VSCA) conference in March. Several of the school counselors I met there mentioned this book and it was mentioned again as a reply to my tweet. The school counselors emphasized how helpful these techniques have been with students. I haven’t finished the book yet but I already cannot wait to put these techniques to practice next year. If you are looking for ways to reach your students and have an impact then check this book out.


I also received several suggestions that are more focused to working with students at a specific level. Once I am hired as a school counselor I will definitely be adding these to my bookshelf if they apply to the age group I am working with.

Grab Bag Guidance: And Other Small-Group Counseling Topics for Middle School Students (grades 5-9)

Any Julia Cook book (elementary)

Hunter and His Amazing Remote Control (elementary)

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids (Bucketfilling Books) (elementary)


Looking for even more suggestions? Head on over the The Helpful Counselor’s blog. She has a great list too!


What books would you suggest for school counselors to add to their reading list?

Thanks for stopping by!


Check out the 2016 summer reading list here!


Author: thespiritedschoolcounselor

Hey there! I started blogging about my experiences through graduate school and now have continued as a working school counselor. I am currently working in an elementary school but try hard to keep up-to-date on all things school counselor, as well as topics in education. I hope to share ideas, document what I am doing, network, be inspired, inspire, and collaborate with others through this blog. My professional portfolio can be found here: Thanks for stopping by!

8 thoughts on “Summer Reading for School Counselors

  1. So glad to have found your blog! 🙂

    No elementary counselor’s bookshelf is complete without (any/all) Trudy Ludwig books…Juice Box Bully by Maria Desmondy is excellent as well.

    I’m a total counseling book addict. I’ve started a support group of sorts on Facebook: and we are also on Goodreads if you would like to join us:

    You might also want to check my blog if you are wanting to discover more good books to use with kiddos!

    Best Wishes!

  2. I’m a parent who felt there was a need for a book to help middle school kids deal with their social and emotional dilemmas.

    My book, Gaby and The Best Middle School Self-Defense Book Ever combines humorous fiction with practical tips on middle school nightmares: stress with friends, bullies, cliques, work, self-image and more.

    I have received positive feedback from a few school counselors across the country

    It’s available from in paperback and on Kindle.

    I hope you enjoy and share.
    Linda Elki

  3. The book that I have on my bookshelf that is very helpful with bullying and mean behavior is “Say Something” by Peggy Moss, Lea Lyon.

  4. Thanks Shellie! I just looked it up on Amazon. It looks like a great resource! Thank you for recommending it.

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