What We’re Reading: Summertime, Any Time


Pleasure, professional and current events reading, and the books our own children are reading – Pediatric Therapeutics readers do it all; everybody who works at Pediatric Therapeutics reads books, professional journals, and articles related to selected interests. Almost everybody reads magazines too. A few of us read poetry and there’s one short story reader among us.

With summertime reading often considered “leisure time” reading, we’ve compiled a Pediatric Therapeutics’ “picks” list for you, based on practitioner/staff recommendations, in case you’re searching for another good book or two.

The Letter, Kathryn Hughes
Almost Sisters, Joshilyn Jackson
Sometimes a Great Notion, Ken Kesey
A Natural Woman, Carole King
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Dan Millman
The Gene, Siddhartha Mukherjee
Four Elements, John O’Donohue
You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, Jan Sincero
Girl Waits With Gun, Amy Stewart
A Gentleman of Moscow, Armor Towles


While most of us at Pediatric Therapeutics prefer our books and magazines in print, many of us routinely rely on digital media to help us stay informed and to inspire us in areas of self awareness and care. This trio of online resources, based on what some of us read ourselves, may include something that aligns with you and just may fit into your full schedule.

optimize.me – a subscription only online resource, with a 30 day limited free subscription, that delivers daily tips to optimize yourself, offers ideas from optimal living books distilled into pdfs & practical lessons and book suggestions, and provides “How to Live” classes

sciencedaily.com – an online resource available by way of free subscription that covers breaking research and top science stories, covering a wide variety or topics and interests including health, medicine, neuroscience and more

theweek.com – available in print or online, by subscription, and covers news, current events, special interest stories, people, entertainment and more


Regardless of our professional reading responsibilities, interests and needs, reading for pleasure is a lifestyle choice. Oprah Winfrey has referred to books as her “pass to personal freedom”. Now, who wouldn’t take that pass if it was offered, or find a way to get one of those passes? That’s something to think about! You know that 15-20 minutes of reading most students are required to do daily? Maybe a “daily reading requirement” is, like “summer reading” is something that’s just the ticket for all of us at any age!

–Sheila Allen, MA, OT

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