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.

Fiction

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

Adult

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 (ASD)
  • Bride Test, Helena Hoang (ASD)
  • Get A Life, Chloe Brown, Talia Hibbert (Chronic illness)

Non-Fiction

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

Math

  • Young Children’s Mathematics, Thomas P. Carpenter
  • What’s Math Got To Do With It?, Jo Boaler
Disability
  • 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
Miscellaneous
  • Tested: One American School Struggles to Make the Grade, Linda Perlstein
  • Three Little Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter