Reading List

Being the English teacher, I am, of course, a massive nerd. I read as much as I can about basically everything I can find. So, for my fellow bookworms out there, this page is a compilation of books that I’ve really enjoyed. All of the books relate in some way to learning, education, or teaching. They’re categorized, but not placed in any particular order. I plan to continually add and edit this list as I read more. Enjoy!

Currently reading: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Books on the Brain:

  • Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention by Stanislas Dehaene
  • Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain by Dana Suskind
  • Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman
  • Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks

Books about education:

  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen
  • Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession by Dana Goldstein

Memoirs from students or educators:

  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
  • I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot By the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
  • Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama (obviously more than education, but education plays a crucial part!)

Books for teachers but should be read by everyone:

  • Letters to a Young Teacher by Jonathan Kozol.
  • It Won’t Be Easy by Tom Rademacher