The Radical Leap by Steve Farber. Because if you want to change education, you've got to be bold! This book is an inspiration to be the change you want to see in any conditions. Billy C at Design39Campus in San Diego, California
Currently, The Keys by DJ Khaled. It will make you inspired to go out and do the important work of teaching while teaching you, or at least reminding you, of some important lifelong lessons. Julie W - Ed Tech Consultant in Exeter, Maine
The "Praying" Mantis, A Misnomer This book is written with factual information about the life of a praying mantis in a poem with great illustrations. It has been shared with students from Grade 1 to Grade 5, as well as adults. Pat L, retired classroom teacher from Maine
It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig-this is recommended for teachers to improve their health and wellness and learn more about preventing diseases that are so prevalent in our American society. Kelly B at Canal School in Westbrook, Maine
These are older books, but I think that Choice Words by Peter H. Johnston and Difficult Conversations by Douglas Stone are excellent reminders of the power and efficiacy of our words and how we speak to both students and colleagues. Lorrie K at Yarmouth HIgh School in Yarmouth, Maine.
For personal reading: Tony Judt, Post-War: The story of Europe after World War II -- nations who participated in World War I and World War II strive to attain mono-cultural societies. (Are we headed back to the 1930's?). Alan C teacing 9-12 English and AP Literature in Greenville, Maine.
A book that should be read over the course of a relaxing vacation is One In-A-Million Boy by Monica Wood. While the story tugs at your heart strings you can't help but smile about Ona's asides and one liners. A close second, that could find its way onto classroom reading lists, is Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton. A wonderful story of a multi-racial girl making her way in 1960's Vermont. My favorite mentor text, Twilight Comes Twice by Ralph Fletcher. Tim H, 4th and 5th grade in Portland, Maine.
K-2: The Infamous Ratsos (great for character change/development; first in a new series) 3-5: Unbound: A Novel in Verse (really more appropriate 4th & up; mentor text for word choice, imagery; little known piece of African American history); 6-8: Wolf Hollow (calling it for 2017 Newbery; not one wasted word to be found in this beauty!); 9-12: The Serpent King (beautiful writing; unforgettable characters) Professional Text: Story; Still the Heart of Literacy Learning (focus on how reading different texts, writing across genres, & speaking/listening with purpose all start with 'story'. Susan D., K-5 in RSU 5.