This is a list of books I currently have on my bookshelf related to education, in no particular order. I love these books — I’ve highlighted, underlined, and annotated them all up 🙂 — I’ll list them here and work my way through the list, providing small summaries and “best of” quotes from each book. (Notes: I’ve read most of these and can definitely recommend them. The ones here that are still on my to-read list come highly recommended by others. Also, none of these are affiliate links. I’m just sharing resources that I’ve found incredibly thought-provoking and inspiring.)

I will gladly take your recommendations on any other good education books!


Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life — by Peter Gray

Waiting for Superman: How we can save America’s Failing Public Schools — Edited by Karl Weber (this is also a movie)

Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education — by Ken Robinson, Ph.D. and Lou Aronica (Ken Robinson is well known for his TED talk entitled, “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”)

Beyond Measure: Rescuing an overscheduled, overtested, underestimated generation — by Vicki Abeles with Grace Rubenstein (from the director of Race to Nowhere)

Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling — by John Taylor Gatto

Instead of Education: Ways to Help People Do Things Better — by John Holt

Mathematician’s Lament: How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form — by Paul Lockhart

The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and “Tougher Standards” — by Alfie Kohn

Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools — by Diane Ratvich

Radical: Putting Students First — by Michelle Rhee

Schools on Trial: How Freedom and Creativity Can Fix Our Educational Malpractice — by Nikhil Goyal

The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined — by Salman Khan (This is the founder of Khan Academy)

The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think and How Schools Should Teach — by Howard Gardner (famous for his theory on multiple intelligences)

The Normal Accident Theory of Education: Why Reform and Regulation Won’t Make Schools Better — by Andrew K. Milton

The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education — by Grace Llewellyn

Will Standards Save Public Education? — by Deborah Meier

Letters to a Young Teacher — by Jonathan Kozol