Updating the Best Books for New Teachers


Today is publication day for the paperback version of Steve Silberman’s Neurotribes, which was one of the best nonfiction titles I read last year, and this is the first week of school throughout much of the country. Signs are pointed to annual updates for my Best Books for New Teachers! Though I’m headed to the classroom as a student this time around, I’m still pointed toward improving education. These four titles may seem different from usual “teacher books”, but just like I said in my original post, I’m a firm believer in teachers reading to understand their students just as often (if not more!) as they read to improve themselves.

Broken Three Times by Joan Kaufman

An incredibly insightful book that follows a family through child protective services, from first contact to adulthood. At each point, Kaufman highlights the ups and downs of a system intricately tied to many students and their ability to succeed.

Pushout by Monique W. Morris

A vital read that highlights the way our education system struggles to understand the unique positions of black girls, which leads to criminalization and failure.

Girls and Sex by Peggy Orenstein

Though Peggy Orenstein’s book is best in the hands of parents, her close-up look at our rapidly changing sexual landscape is invaluable for anyone working with teenagers.

Neurotribes by Steve Silberman

An amazingly thorough and fascinating history of autism, the research surrounding it, and the more inclusive shift toward the concept of neurodiversity.

Which new books would you suggest for teachers?

  • I so loved NeuroTribes when I listened to it earlier this year – I’m so glad you put it on my radar and I found it on sale on Audible!

    I haven’t made it to any of the others, though Pushout sounds particularly up my alley. Kaufman’s book sounds heartbreaking but so important, too. I’ll keep my eyes peeled!

    • I think you’d really appreciate both, though I’m sure you’ll have your fair share of reading headed your way soon (good, interesting reading if it looks like your school’s book list!).

  • I literally almost picked up Girls & Sex earlier this week. I have a micro-problem with the idea that we need to focus on girls and sex, and not just talk about sex in the teen years, but I suppose girls and sex sells better.