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1.  Power of Reading: Insights from the Research, 2nd ed./Stephen Krashen/Explores 
new and original research done on free voluntary reading 

2.  Queen Bees and Wannabes/Rosalind Wiseman/Helping your daughter survive cliques, 
gossip, boyfriends, and other realities of adolescence

3.  The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander/Barbara Coloroso/From preschool to 
high school - how parents and teachers can help break the cycle of violence 

4.  Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls/Rachel Simmons/Through 
interviews with over 300 girls and 50 women this book offers a detailed portrait of 
girls bullying

5.  Meet Me in the Middle/Rick Wormeli/Becoming an Accomplished Middle-Level Teacher

6.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time/Mark Haddon/Christopher, a 
mathematically gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the 
murder of a neighbor's dog. 

7.  10 Traits of Highly Effective Teachers/Elaine K. McEwan/How to hire, coach, and 
mentor successful teachers

8.  Teaching in the Block/Robert Lynn Canady and Michael D. Rettig, 
editors/Strategies for engaging active learners - useful for block scheduling

9.  Why Do They Act That Way; a Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and 
Your Teen/David Walsh and Nat Bennett/This book combines science, psychology, and 
direct experience with adolescents to create an intelligent and practical guide. 

10.  The Mind of Boys: Saving Our Sons from Falling Behind in School and 
Life/Michael Gurian and Kathy Stevens/Offers practical ways for parents and 
educators to change the development course for boys at risk.

11.  The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon/David Elkind/A classic book on 
how and why we hurry our children into adulthood.

12.  "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together?": A Psychologist Explains the 
Development of Racial Identity/Beverly Daniel Tatum/Discusses why talking about 
racism is so hard and what we can do to make it easier.

13.  Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx/Adrian 
Nicole LeBlanc/An important portrait of people living in deep urban poverty, beyond 
the statistics, hip-hop glamour, and stereotypes.

14.  Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom/Lisa 
Delpit/Discusses how minority students are erroneously labeled "underachievers" due 
to failures of communication between teachers and students.

15.  The Bookseller of Kabul/Asne Seierstad/A portrayal of the lives of Afghani 
living under fundamentalist Islam after the fall of the Taliban.

16.  World on Fire/Amy Chua/How exporting free market democracy breeds ethnic 
hatred and global instability.

17.  The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community/Mary 
Pipher/Pipher writes directly and movingly about the complications of people's 
lives in a constant culture clash.

18.  I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla/Marguerite A. Wright/Raising healthy black and 
biracial children in a race-conscious world - for parents and educators.

19.  "Race," Writing and Difference/Henry Louis Gates, Jr./A collection of essays 
that provide a provocative overview of the complex interplay between race, writing, 
and difference.

20.  Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter (Hinges of History)/Thomas 
Cahill/Ancient Greek civilization is examined through a number of specific roles 
that underpinned society, such as the warrior, the politician, and the philosopher.

21.  Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide (Grades 3 and Up)/Ruth Culham/This book 
is a highly respected, essential tool for evaluating student writing and planning 
instruction - used worldwide.

22.  The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and 
"Tougher Standards"/Alfie Kohn/The author advocates challenging students to 
relinquish their passive role in the learning process and to think critically.

23.  Teaching Children to Care/Ruth Sidney Charney/Classroom management for ethical 
and academic growth, K-8.

24.  Too Much of a Good Thing/Daniel J. Kindlon/Raising children of character in an 
indulgent age.

25.  Subject Matters /Harvey Daniels and Steven Zemelman/Every teacher's guide to 
content-area reading.

26.  A Mind at a Time/Mel Levine/Recognizing each child's intellectual, emotional, 
and physical strengths--and teaching directly to these strengths. Tsculpting "a 
mind at a time,"

27.  Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America/Stephen G. Bloom/This book 
proves an illuminating meditation on contemporary U.S. culture and what it means to 
be an American.

28.  Zen and the Art of Knitting/Bernadette Murphy/Exploring the links between 
knitting, spirituality, and creativity.

29.  Power of Mindful Learning/Ellen J. Langer/This book seeks to deflate seven 
myths of learning that the author contends have undermined American education. 

30.  Best Practices, Third Edition/Steven Zemelman, Harvey Daniels, and Arthur 
Hyde/Today's standards for teaching and learning in America's schools.

31.  Understanding by Design/Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe/Offers teacher-designers 
a clear path to the creation of curriculum that ensures better learning and a more 
stimulating experience for students and teachers alike.

32.  How Race is Lived in America: Pulling Together, Pulling Apart/Joseph 
Lelyveld/Probes America's racial struggles, posing as many solutions as it does 
questions, shining light on one of the nation's toughest challenges.

33.  Why Do They Act That Way?/David Walsh/A survival guide to the adolescent brain 
for you and your teen.

34.  Boys and Girls Learn Differently/Michael Gurian/A guide for teachers and 

 The Human Side of School Change: Reform, Resistance, and the Real-life Problems of 
Innovation/Robert Evans/A unique, superb, and penetrating analysis of the human 
side of educational change. 

35.  21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader/John C. Maxwell/Becoming the person 
others will want to follow.

The Flickering Mind /Todd Oppenheimer/The false promise of technology in the 
classroom and how learning can be saved.

36.  The Elements of Teaching/James Banner and Harold Cannon/Outlines the 12 
qualities students should possess to get the most out of their educational 
experience and the who's, what's, and how's of learning.

37.  Life's Greatest Lessons: 20 Things That Matter/Hal Urban/A great book about 
character for kids, teachers, and parents.

38.  Educating for Character/Thomas Lickona/How our schools can teach respect and 

39.  How the Brain Learns, 2nd Edition/David A. Sousa/The bestseller on brain 
research and education - a vital tool for school leaders, staff developers, and 

40.  Teacher: The One Who Made a Difference/Mark Edmundson/ This memoir tells of an 
extraordinary teacher who touched his students' souls and steered at least one of 
them (Edmundson) toward the life of the mind.



Marghe Tabar
Library Media Specialist
St. Paul Academy and Summit School
1712 Randolph Ave.  St. Paul, MN 55105
library phone:  651 696 1304
school website:
"If school librarians ruled the world, 
reading would be a varsity sport."


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