What We Are Reading

Looking for good books to read? Get recommendations from IFL. Each month we post a list of what IFL Fellows are reading. Our list includes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children, young adults, and adults. We'd love to hear what you're reading too!

February 2017

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff
  • The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
  • And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
  • The Warden's Daughter by Jerry Spinelli

Readings for Adults

Education

  • Visible Learning for Teachers by John Hattie
  • Partnering with Immigrant Communities: Action Through Literacy by Gerald Campano, Maria Paula Ghiso, and Bethany J. Welch
  • Harlem on Our Minds: Place,Race and the Literacies of Urban Youth by Valerie Kinloch

Fiction

  • Zero K by Don Delillo
  • Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich
  • When Nietzsche Wept: A Novel of Obsession by Irvin D. Yalom

Nonfiction

  • Private Empire: ExxonMobil and America Power by Steve Coil
  • The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
  • March by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Poetry

  • Curandera by Carmen Tafolla
  • Dead Man's Float by Jim Harrison

January 2017

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada
  • It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt
  • The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin

Readings for Adults

Education

  • Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools by Glenn E. Singlton
  • Radical Equations: Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project by Robert Moses and Charles E. Cobb
  • Becoming Multicultural Educators: Personal Journey Toward Professional Agency by Geneva Gay

Fiction

  • Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole
  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  • The Mothers by Brit Bennett
  • The Flame Throwers by Rachel Kushner

Nonfiction

  • The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about by Jesmyn Ward
  • Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy
  • Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley and David Kelley

Poetry

  • ShallCross by C.D. Wright
  • Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay

December 2016

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • Which One Doesn't Belong?: A Shapes Book by Christopher Danielson
  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  • As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds
  • Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

Readings for Adults

Education

  • The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness by Todd Rose
  • Ways of Reading, 11th Edition by David Bartholomae, Anthony Petrosky, and Stacey Waite
  • Who’s Doing the Work? How to Say Less So Readers Can Do More by Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris

Fiction

  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
  • Reputations by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Nonfiction

  • Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude M. Steele
  • Free to Make: How the Maker Movement is Changing Our Schools, Our Jobs, and Our Minds by Dale Dougherty
  • Grunt by Mary Roach

Poetry

  • Rapture by Sjohnna McCray
  • Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire

November 2016

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  • Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis by Jabari Asim and E.B. Lewis
  • The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes by Duncan Tonatiuh

Readings for Adults

Education

  • The Art of Slow Reading by Thomas Newkirk
  • Anytime, Anywhere: Student-Centered Learning for Schools and Teachers by Rebecca E. Wolfe, Adria Steinberg and Nancy Hoffman
  • Balancing the Equation: A Guide to School Mathematics for Educators and Parents by Timothy D. Kanold and Matthew Larson

Fiction

  • Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Loving Day by Mat Johnson

Nonfiction

  • Voracious Science and Vulnerable Animals: A Primate Scientist's Ethical Journey by John P. Gluck
  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Poetry

October 2016

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs by Cylin Busby
  • The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation by Edwidge Danticat

Readings for Adults

Education

  • Distributed Leadership Matters: Perspectives, Practicalities, and Potential by Alma Harris
  • Learning and Not Learning English: Latino Students in American Schools by Guadalupe Valdes
  • A Reason to Read: Linking Literacy and the Arts by Eileen Landay and Kurt Wootton, foreword by Shirley Brice Heath

Fiction

  • Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • The Sellout by Paul Beatty
  • The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Nonfiction

  • The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies by Scott E. Page
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

Poetry

  • Look by Solmaz Sharif

September 2016

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • My Name is Maria Isabel by Alma Flor Ada
  • Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
  • Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
  • When Miles Got Mad by Sam Kurtzman-Counter
  • School Days According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

Readings for Adults

Education

  • Mission High: One School, How Experts Tried to Fail It, and the Students and Teachers Who Made It Triumph by Kristina Rizga
  • Tell Me So I Can Hear You: A Developmental Approach to Feedback for Educators by Eleanor Drago-Severson and Jessica Blum-DeStefano
  • “Multiplication Is for White People": Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children by Lisa Delpit
  • Thinking and Acting Systemically: Improving School Districts Under Pressure edited by Alan J. Daly and Kara S. Finnigan

Fiction

  • House of Thieves by Charles Belfoure
  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Top-Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich
  • Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

Nonfiction

  • The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough
  • All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister
  • The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams

Poetry

  • Head Off and Split by Nikky Finney
  • Rice by Nikky Finney

August 2016

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • Black River Falls by Jeff Hirsch
  • Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
  • Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Young Readers Adaptation) by Daniel James Brown and adapted by Gregory Mone

Readings for Adults

Education

  • Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student by Alan M. Blankstein, Pedro Noguera, Lorena Kelly
  • Teaching What Really Happened: How To Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and Get Students Excited About Doing History by James W. Loewen
  • Revitalizing Read Alouds: Interactive Talk About Books with Young Children, Pre K–2 by Lisa Hammet Price & Barbara A. Bradley

Fiction

  • Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
  • White Light by Vanessa Garcia
  • What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
  • Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Nonfiction

  • It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario
  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

Poetry

  • Engine Empire by Cathy Park Hong

July 2016

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • Confessions of an Imaginary Friend by Jacques Papier
  • Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
  • Feed by M.T. Anderson

Readings for Adults

Education

  • The Light in Their Eyes: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities, 10th Anniversary Edition by Sonia Nieto
  • The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education by Diane Ravitch
  • Educating African-American Students: And How Are the Children by Gloria Swindler Boutte
  • Whole Novels for the Whole Class: A Student-Centered Approach by Ariel Sacks

Fiction

  • Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh
  • Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman
  • In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
  • The Girls by Emma Cline

Nonfiction

  • Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
  • The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life by Bernard Roth
  • The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club by Eileen Pollack
  • Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe

Poetry

  • Elegy for a Broken Machine by Patrick Phillips

June 2016

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
  • The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Fist in a Tree by Lynda Mullay Hunt

Readings for Adults

Education

  • Teaching History Then and Now: A Story of Stability and Change in Schools by Larry Cuban
  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
  • Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why by Paul Tough

Fiction

  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
  • Euphoria by Lily King

Nonfiction

  • Social Physics: How Social Networks Can Make Us Smarter by Alex Pentland
  • Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment by Sandra Steingraber
  • From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America by Elizabeth Hinton

Poetry

  • Application For Release From The Dream by Tony Hoadland

May 2016

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • George by Alex Gino
  • The Absolutely True Story of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Readings for Adults

Education

  • What's Math Got to Do with It?: How Teachers and Parents Can Transform Mathematics Learning and Inspire Success by Jo Boaler
  • Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom by Lisa Delpit
  • Schooling Beyond Measure and Other Unorthodox Essays About Education by Alfie Kohn

Fiction

  • Bourne Trilogy by Robert Ludlum
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • H is For Hawki by Helen Macdonald

Nonfiction

  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Strengths-based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow by Tom Rath
  • The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Poetry

  • Heaven by Ricardo Phillips

April 2016

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Shane W. Evans
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  • The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
  • Booked by Kwame Alexander

Readings for Adults

Education

  • Summer Melt: Supporting Low-Income Students Through the Transition to College by Benjamin L. Castleman and Lindsay C. Page
  • For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education by Christopher Emdin
  • Partnering with Immigrant Communities: Action Through Literacy by Gerald Campano, Maria Paulo Ghiso and Bethany Welch

Fiction

  • The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
  • The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
  • The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

Nonfiction

  • Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread-The Lessons from a New Science by Alex Pentland
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  • A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry and Race by Laura McCullough
  • From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives by Jeffrey E. Garten

Poetry

  • Notes on the Assemblage by Juan Felipe Herrera

March 2016

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • The Stray by Dick King-Smith
  • When Sophie Gets Angry- Really, Really, Angry... by Molly Bang
  • Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez

Readings for Adults

Education

  • Meeting Wise: Making the Most of Collaborative Time for Educators by Kathryn Parker Boudett and Elizabeth A. City
  • Teaching in the Flat World: Learning from High-Performing Systems by Linda Darling-Hammond and Robert Rothman
  • Brooklyn Dreams: My Life in Public Education by Sonia Nieto

Fiction

  • The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Nonfiction

  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
  • Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
  • The Year of Yes by Shonda Rimes
  • Sisters in Law by Linda Hirshman

Poetry

  • Marvelous Things Overheard: Poems by Ange Mlinko
  • Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greeks Myths by Marilyn Singer

February 2016

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
  • Luna by Julie Anne Peters
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski
  • Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx by Sonia Manzano

Readings for Adults

Education

  • Cutting Through the Hype: The Essential Guide to School Reform by Jane L. David and Larry Cuban
  • Latino Immigrant Youth and Interrupted Schooling: Dropouts, Dreamers and Alternative Pathways to College by Marguerite Lukes
  • Creating Math Talk Communities by Erin L. Wagganer

Fiction

  • The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness by Kyung-Sook Shin, translated by Ha-Yun Jung
  • The Incarnations by Susan Barker
  • Your Heart is Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa

Nonfiction

  • Katrina: After the Flood by Gary Rivlin
  • Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  • Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays by Eula Bliss
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Poetry

  • Felicity by Mary Oliver
  • Vivas to Those Who Have Failed by Martin Espada

January 2016

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • Elena's Serenade by Campbell Geeslin and Ana Juan
  • Jacob's New Dress by Sarah Hoffman and Ian Hoffman
  • Shakespeare Bats by Ron Koertge
  • Ada Bryon Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark

Readings for Adults

Education

  • Uncommonly Good Ideas: Teaching Writing in the Common Core Era by Sandra Murphy and Mary Ann Smith
  • Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College by Doug Lemov and Grover Gardner
  • Why Teach? Notes and Questions from a Life in Education by James Nehring
  • Rethinking Education and Poverty by William G. Tierney (Editor)

Fiction

  • Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement
  • A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson
  • The Cork O'Connor Mysteries by William Kent Krueger

Nonfiction

  • The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers by Mike Sacks
  • Radioactive, Marie Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss

Poetry

  • Forest Primeval: Poems by Vievee Francis

December 2015

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • Cloudette by Tom Lichenheld
  • Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Firebird by Misty Copeland
  • Illuminae by Afmie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Readings for Adults

Education

  • What Connected Educators Do Differently by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, Jimmy Casas
  • Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning: A Proven Approach to Rigorous Classroom Instruction by Buck Institute for Education, John Larmer, John Mergendoller, Suzie Boss
  • Questioning for Classroom Discussion: Purposeful Speaking, Engaged Listening, Deep Thinking by Jackie Acree Walsh, Beth Dankert Sattes

Fiction

  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  • A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
  • The Whispering City: Barcelona 1952 by Sara Moliner

Nonfiction

  • Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths About Aging by Dick Van Dyke
  • Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World by Bill Nye
  • Our Only World: Ten Essays by Wendell Berry

Poetry

  • Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts by Lawrence Raab

November 2015

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • Smiffy Blue: Ace Crime Detective by Walter Dean Myers
  • The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
  • The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Readings for Adults

Education

  • Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching by Jo Boaler
  • The Problem of College Readiness by William G. Tierney and Julia C. Duncheon (Eds.)
  • Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools by Joel Klein
  • Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools by Amanda E. Lewis and John B. Diamond

Fiction

  • Redeployment by Phil Klay
  • Family Life by Akhil Sharma
  • The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

Nonfiction

  • Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet by Andrew Blum
  • King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild
  • The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

Poetry

  • Citizen by Claudia Rankine
  • A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying by Laurie Ann Guerrero

October 2015

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • Augie and Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio
  • Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, and Some Other Things That Aren't as Scary, Maybe, Depending on How You Feel About Lost Lands, Stray Cellphones, Creatures from the Sky, Parents Who Disappear in Peru, a Man Named Lars Farf, and One Other Story We Couldn't Quite Finish, So Maybe You Could Help Us Out — a collection of short stories
  • Life on Mars: Tales from the New Frontier edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant

Readings for Adults

Education

  • Early Childhood Governance: Choices and Consequences by Sharon L. Kagan and Rebecca E. Gomez
  • Writing with Mentors: How to Reach Every Writer in the Room Using Current, Engaging Mentor Texts by Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O'Dell
  • Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid For Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims
  • Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith

Fiction

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel by David Lagercrantz
  • Purity by Jonathan Frazen
  • Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

Nonfiction

  • Reckless: My Life as a Pretender by Chrissie Hynde
  • Love and Other Ways of Dying: Essays Michael Paterniti
  • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Poetry

  • Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón
  • Dome of the Hidden Pavilion by James Tate

September 2015

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • Work: An Occupational ABC by Kellen Hatanaka
  • Luna & Me: The True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest by Jenn Sue Kostecki-Shaw
  • The Tree that Time Built: A Celebration of Nature, Science, and Imagination – a book of poems selected by Mary Ann Hoberman and Linda Winston
  • Paper Towns by John Green

Readings for Adults

Education

  • Research and Practice in Education: Building Alliances, Bridging the Divide edited by Cynthia E. Coburn and Mary Kay Stein
  • Loving Learning: How Progressive Education Can Save America's Schools by Tom Little and Katherine Ellison
  • Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classroom by H. Richard Milner IV and Tyrone Howard
  • Embedding Formative Assessment: Practical Techniques for K-12 Classrooms by Dylan Wiliam and Siobhán Leahy

Fiction

  • Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman
  • The Cartel: A Novel by Don Winslow
  • God Help the Child: A Novel by Toni Morrison
  • The Martian by Andy Weir

Nonfiction

  • Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock
  • Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success David B. Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz
  • The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey
  • The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

Poetry

  • The Morning of the Poem by James Schuyler
  • Like A New Sun: New Indigenous Mexican Poetry edited by Víctor Terán and David Shook

August 2015

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • Pool by Jihyeon Lee
  • Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
  • Saving Mr. Terupt by Robert W. Buyea

Readings for Adults

Education

  • Challenging Standards: Navigating Conflict and Building Capacity in the Era of the Common Core edited by Jonathan Supovitz and James Spillane
  • The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact by Michael Fullan
  • Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do by Daniel Willingham
  • Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools by Michael Horn and Heather Staker

Fiction

  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • Gathering Prey by John Sandford
  • The New Neighbor by Leah Stewart

Nonfiction

  • Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan
  • How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg
  • How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson
  • The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Los Angeles Dodgers' Wild Struggle to Build a Baseball edited by Molly Knight

Poetry

  • A Few Days by James Schuyler

July 2015

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell
  • On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
  • The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  • Skink—No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Readings for Adults

Education

  • The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century edited by Steven Pinker
  • Connecting Mathematical Ideas: Middle School Video Cases to Support Teaching and Learning by Jo Boaler and Cathlee Humphreys
  • NutureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
  • Where You Go is Not Who You Will Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni

Fiction

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique
  • NW by Zadie Smith
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Nonfiction

  • The Mathematics of Love by Hannah Fry
  • The Trip to Echo Springs: On Writers and Drinking by Olivia Laing
  • The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer
  • Worn Stories edited by Emily Spivack

Poetry

  • The Three Einsteins by Sarah Galvin

June 2015

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
  • Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica Brown
  • Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
  • Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

Readings for Adults

Education

  • Socializing Intelligence Through Academic Talk and Dialogue edited by Lauren B. Resnick, Christa Asterhan, and Sherice Clarke
  • What Are They Thinking? Promoting Elementary Learning Through Formative Assessment by Page Keeley
  • Writing and Revising the Disciplines edited by Jonathan Monroe
  • The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere by Kevin Carey

Fiction

  • Great Jones Street by Don DeLillo
  • A Multitude of Sins by Richard Ford
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Nonfiction

  • This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works edited by John Brockman
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
  • On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

Poetry

  • All Talk by Richard Smith

May 2015

* This writer is a speaker at our national conference, Writing in ELA and Mathematics: Setting Students Up for Success.

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • Lulu and the Duck in the Park written by Hilary McKay & illustrated by Priscilla Lamont
  • Dragons Love Tacos written by Adam Rubin & illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
  • Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Readings for Adults

Education

  • Who Governs Our Schools? Changing Roles and Responsibilities by David Conley *
  • Learning to Improve by Anthony S. Bryk, Louis M. Gomez, Alicia Grunow, and Paul G. LeMahieu
  • Writing, Mathematics, and Metacognition: Looking for Connections Through Students’ Work in Mathematical Problem Solving by David Pugalee
  • Education and the Environment by Gerald A. Lieberman

Fiction

  • The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard by J.G. Ballard
  • The Children Act by Ian McEwan
  • Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

Nonfiction

  • The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s by Mary Helen Washington
  • Wild Things!: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter D. Sieruta
  • Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman, and P. Clark Newell, Jr.

Poetry

  • The Cold by Jaime Saenz, translated by Kit Schluter

April 2015

* This writer is a speaker at our national conference, Writing in ELA and Mathematics: Setting Students Up for Success.

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • Kokopelli's Flute by Will Hobbs
  • Wild by Emily Hughes
  • The Flat Rabbit by Bardur Oskarsson
  • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Adapted for young adults)

Readings for Adults

Education

  • Literacy Tools in the Classroom: Teaching Through Critical Inquiry by Richard Beach, Gerald Campano *, Brian Edmiston, & Melissa Borgmann
  • Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, & Mark A. McDaniel
  • The Teaching Brain: An Evolutionary Trait at the Heart of Education by Vanessa Rodriguez & Michelle Fitzpatrick

Fiction

  • All Stories Are True: The Stories of John Edgar Wideman by John Edgar Wideman *
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Nonfiction

  • The Best Creative Nonfiction, Volume 1, edited by Lee Gutkind *
  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  • How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson
  • The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport
  • The Accidental Universe by Alan Lightman

Poetry

  • Brand New Ancients by Kate Tempest

March 2015

* This writer is a speaker at our national conference, Writing in ELA and Mathematics: Setting Students Up for Success.

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • Locomotive by Brian Floca
  • Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch
  • Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo
  • Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Readings for Adults

Education

  • Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core: What Every Educator Needs to Know by David Conley *
  • You Can't Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction by Lee Gutkind *
  • Designing for Science: Implications from Everyday, Classroom, and Professional Settings edited by Kevin Crowley, Christian Schunn *, & Takeshi Okada
  • The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession edited by Dana Goldstein

Fiction

  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • Life on Earth by E.O. Wilson
  • Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes

Nonfiction

  • How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Bernice Kert
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Poetry

  • The Best of It: New and Selected Poems by Kay Ryan

February 2015

* This writer is a speaker at our national conference, Writing in ELA and Mathematics: Setting Students Up for Success.

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc
  • Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman
  • Skippyjon Jones, Snow What by Judith Byron Schachner

Readings for Adults

Education

  • Immigrant Students and Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Remembering by H. Gerald Campano *
  • Writing to Learn Mathematics: Strategies That Work by Joan Countryman *
  • Science Matters by Robert M. Mazen & James Trefil

Fiction

  • Briefs by John Edgar Wideman *
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fickry by Gabrielle Zevin
  • The Time of Our Singing by Richard Power
  • Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

Nonfiction

  • Abby Aldrich Rockefeller: The Woman in the Family by Bernice Kert
  • The Civil War Letters of Joseph Hopkins Twichell: A Chaplain's Story, edited by Peter Messent & Steve Courtney
  • Flow Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Poetry

  • Travels by W. S. Merwin

January 2015

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid
  • Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Readings for Adults

Education

  • The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got that Way by Amanda Ripley
  • Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America by Allan Collins and Richard Halverson

Fiction

  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Tenth of December by George Saunders

Nonfiction

  • On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
  • The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014 edited by Deborah Blum and Tim Folger
  • The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki

Poetry

  • Blue Horses by Mary Oliver

December 2014

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  • Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke
  • All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Katherine Tillotson

Readings for Adults

Education

  • Exchanging Writing, Exchanging Cultures: Lessons in School Reform from the United States and Great Britain by Sarah Warshauer Freedman
  • How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens by Benedict Carey
  • What Writing Does and How it Does It: An Introduction to Analyzing Texts and Textual Practices by Charles Bazerman and Paul Prior
  • Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst

Fiction

  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  • One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

Nonfiction

  • Sightlines: A Conversation with the Natural World by Kathleen Jamie
  • The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall
  • Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? by William Poundstone
  • Stitches by David Small

Poetry

  • Exposure by Barbara Edelman

November 2014

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  • Peace Week in Miss Fox's Class by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Anne Kennedy

Readings for Adults

Education

  • I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America's Education Gap by M. Night Shyamalan
  • How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, and Marie K. Norman
  • A Search Past Silence: The Literacy of Young Black Men by David E. Kirkland and Pedro Noguera
  • The Construction of Negotiated Meaning: A Social Cognitive Theory of Writing by Linda Flower

Fiction

  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • The Secret Place by Tana French
  • The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

Nonfiction

  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  • How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times by Roy Peter Clark
  • Several Short Sentences About Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Poetry

  • Hemming the Water by Yona Harvey

October 2014

Readings for Children and Young Adults

  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Readings for Adults

Education

  • Writing Instruction that Works: Proven Methods for Middle and High School Classrooms by Arthur Applebee and Judith Langer
  • Start Where You Are, But Don’t Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, and Teaching in Today's Classrooms by H. Richard Milner IV
  • 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions [NCTM] by Mary Kay Stein and Margaret Schwan Smith
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Fiction

  • Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nemesis by Jo Nesbø
  • Nonfiction

    • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
    • Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives by Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler
    • Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work by Jeanne Marie Laskas
    • Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace by Gordon MacKenzie

    Poetry

    • Lighthead by Terrance Hayes