Recommended Reads

I’ve been reading since I was 2 years old. It’s an essential part of who I am — as a person, as a mom, and as an educator. Both fiction and non-fiction can challenge us to view the world from a different perspective, change the way we do things, or more deeply empathize with those around us. It’s also really important to me that our libraries — both at home and at school — reflect the students we serve. Representation matters. This is a cultivated list of some of my favorites I’ve read over the years.

I also periodically review books that teachers or students might be reading. These will be linked with each book. But you can also find all of my reviews here.


Picture Books

  • Red, by Michael Hall
  • All The Ways to Be Smart, Davina Bell
  • Jacob’s New Dress, Sarah Hoffman
  • Beautiful Oops, Barney Saltzberg

Middle Grades

  • Roll With It, Jamie Sumner
  • Planet Earth is Blue, Nicole Panteleakos
  • OCDaniel, Wesley King
  • Fish In A Tree, Linda Mullaly Hunt
  • Song for a Whale, Lynne Kelly
  • The War That Saved My Life, Kimberly Brubraker Bradley
  • The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James, Ashley Herring Blake
  • You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P!, Alex Gino
  • A Good Kind of Trouble, Lisa Ramee
  • Ghost Boys, Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Amal Unbound, Aisha Saeed
  • Paper Things, Jennifer Richard Jacobson
  • Track series by Jason Reynolds

Young Adult

  • A Curse So Dark & Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer
  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea, Tahereh Mafi
  • The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
  • The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • All American Boys, Jason Reynolds
  • There’s Something About Sweetie, Sandhya Menon
  • Let Me Hear A Rhyme, Tiffany Jackson


These books have scenes and themes that are not appropriate for children. However, they feature disabled protagonists and so it was really important for me to highlight them.

  • Kiss Quotient, Helena Hoang (autism)
  • Bride Test, Helena Hoang (autism)
  • Get A Life, Chloe Brown, Talia Hibbert (Chronic illness)
  • Act Your Age, Eve Brown (autism)


Teaching, Parenting, & Supporting Children
  • The Whole Brain Child, Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
  • No Drama Discipline, Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
  • The Yes Brain, Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
  • The Explosive Child, Ross Greene
  • The Beyond Access Model, Cheryl Jorgenson
  • Helping Your Child with Extremely Picking Eating, Katja Rowell
  • Free to Learn, Peter O. Gray
Literacy & Language
  • Seeing All Kids as Readers, Christopher Kliewer
  • Practically Speaking, Gloria Soto & Carol Zangari
  • Children with Disabilities: Reading & Writing…, Koppenhaver & Erickson


  • Young Children’s Mathematics, Thomas P. Carpenter
  • What’s Math Got To Do With It?, Jo Boaler
  • Far From the Tree, Andrew Solomon
  • Neurotribes, Steve Silberman
  • Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking, Julia Bascom
  • Ghost Boy, Martin Pistorius
  • Learning to Listen, Herb Lovett
  • And Straight On Til Morning, Autistic Self-Advocacy Network
  • Implementing Person-Centered Planning, John O’Brien
Issues of Social Justice
  • White Fragility, Robin D’Angelo
  • Other People’s Children, Lisa Delpit
  • Multiplication is for White People, Lisa Delpit
  • The Spirit Catches You & You Fall Down, Anne Fadiman
  • The 57 Bus, Dashka Slater
  • We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Between the World & Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Tested: One American School Struggles to Make the Grade, Linda Perlstein
  • Three Little Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter