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What Your First Grader Needs to Know
Fundamentals of a Good First-Grade Education
Written by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: February 9, 1998
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31987-4 (0-385-31987-8)

Revised and updated, filled with a wealth of opportunities for reading aloud and fostering discussion, this first-grade volume of the acclaimed Core Knowledge Series presents the sort of knowledge and skills that should be at the core of a challenging first-grade education. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know
Fundamentals of A Good Fourth-Grade Education
Written by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: May 31, 2005
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33765-6 (0-385-33765-5)

Grade by grade, these groundbreaking and successful books provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of a good education for first to sixth graders.

B & W photographs, linecuts, and maps throughout; two-color printing. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What Your Second Grader Needs to Know
Fundamentals of a Good Second-Grade Education Revised
Written by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: July 13, 1999
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31843-3 (0-385-31843-X)

Revised and updated, filled with a wealth of opportunities for reading aloud and fostering discussion, this second-grade volume of the acclaimed Core Knowledge Series presents the sort of knowledge and skills that should be at the core of a challenging second-grade education. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Raising Global IQ
Preparing Our Students for a Shrinking Planet
Written by Carl Hobert


Format: Hardcover, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3288-6 (0-8070-3288-3)

In Raising Global IQ, Carl Hobert calls on K—12 teachers, administrators, parents, and students alike to transform the educational system by giving students the tools they need to become responsible citizens in a shrinking, increasingly interdependent world. Drawing on his nearly thirty years teaching, developing curricula, and leading conflict-resolution workshops here... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Campus Life

Written by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 4, 2013
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-82969-6 (0-307-82969-3)

Every generation of college students, no matter how different from its predecessor, has been an enigma to faculty and administration, to parents, and to society in general. Watching today’s students “holding themselves in because they had to get A’s not only on tests but on deans’ reports and recommendations,” Helen Lefkowitz... Read more >

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The Hybrid Tiger
Secrets of the Extraordinary Success of Asian-American Kids
Written by Quanyu Huang


Format: Trade Paperback, 270 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-851-5 (1-61614-851-9)

Why do Asian and Asian-American students consistently perform so well on standardized tests? Why are students of Asian descent disproportionately admitted to America’s top colleges?

This informative and entertainingly written comparison of educational methods in America and China answers these questions and more, while assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each culture’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Raising America
Experts, Parents, and a Century of Advice About Children
Written by Ann Hulbert


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70122-1 (0-375-70122-2)

In this probing inquiry into America’s preoccupation with raising children, Ann Hulbert blends biography and critical analysis to probe the personal dramas, the scientific claims, and the social visions of a succession of experts who during the twentieth century aimed to make a science of child rearing. She describes how these... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Business Letters Made Simple

Written by Betty Hutchinson and Warner A. Hutchinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Made Simple
On Sale: July 2, 1985
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-19427-3 (0-385-19427-7)

For continuing education, home study, or review of basic concepts, the Made Simple series presents a portfolio of skills, information, and experience, with revised and updated editions of bestselling titles. Read more >

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Until It Hurts
America's Obsession with Youth Sports and How It Harms Our Kids
Written by Mark Hyman


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 1, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2119-4 (0-8070-2119-9)

Every year, more than 3.5 million children under age fifteen require medical treatment for sports injuries, nearly half of which are the result of simple overuse. Journalist Mark Hyman investigates the evolution of youth sports from mere games to full-on quests to turn children into tomorrow’s superstar athletes by pushing them... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Launching Years
Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life
Written by Laura Kastner and Jennifer Wyatt


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: August 27, 2002
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-609-80806-1 (0-609-80806-0)

Launching a child from home is second only to child-birth in its impact on a family. Parents can end up reeling with the empty-nest blues, while teens find their powers of self-reliance stretched to the breaking point. During the time of upheaval that begins senior year of high school with the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Under Deadman's Skin
Discovering the Meaning of Children's Violent Play
Written by Jane Katch


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 18, 2002
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3129-2 (0-8070-3129-1)

The five-and six-year-olds in my class have invented a new game they call suicide. I have never seen a game I hate so much in which all the children involved are so happy.

So begins Under Deadman’s Skin, a deceptively simple-and compellingly readable-teachers’ tale. Jane Katch, in the tradition of Vivian Paley... Read more >

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Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes
A Cookbook for Preschoolers and Up
Written by Mollie Katzen and Ann L. Henderson


Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
Publisher: Tricycle Press
On Sale: April 1, 1994
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-1-883672-06-5 (1-883672-06-6)

When bestselling cookbook author Mollie Katzen presented us with the idea for a cookbook for preschoolers, we were delighted. Imagine a child deep into a bowl of "Green Spaghetti," "Zucchini Moons," or "Pretend Soup"-and loving it because he made it himself. Together with her coauthor, educator Ann Henderson, Mollie believes it's... Read more >

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Games for Math

Written by Peggy Kaye


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 12, 1988
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75510-6 (0-394-75510-3)

At a time when the poor math performance of American school children has labeled us a “nation of underachievers,” what can teachers and parents—often themselves daunted by the mysteries of mathematics—do to help children? In Games for Math, Peggy Kaye—teacher extraordinaire and author of the highly praised Games for Reading—presents more... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Games for Reading

Written by Peggy Kaye


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: June 12, 1984
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-72149-1 (0-394-72149-7)

Here are over seventy games to help children love to read—and love it.

Peggy Kaye’s Games for Reading helps children read by doing just what kids like best: playing games. There is a “bingo” game that helps children learn vocabulary. There is a rhyming game that helps them hear letter sounds more... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Teens Under the Influence
The Truth About Kids, Alcohol, and Other Drugs- How to Recognize the Problem and What to Do About It
Written by Katherine Ketcham and Nicholas A M D Pace


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 26, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-45734-9 (0-345-45734-X)

Teens Under the Influence focuses entirely on adolescent alcohol and other drug use, addressing the immediate dangers that threaten teens—exploring the short- and long-term effects of their addiction and giving parents, counselors, and educators solid, sensitive, and practical advice to combat this growing epidemic.

Full of candid true stories from adolescent drug... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lost in the Meritocracy
The Undereducation of an Overachiever
Written by Walter Kirn


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27945-3 (0-307-27945-6)

From elementary school on, Walter Kirn knew how to stay at the top of his class: He clapped erasers, memorized answer keys, and parroted his teachers’ pet theories. But when he launched himself eastward to an Ivy League university, Kirn discovered that the temple of higher learning he had expected was... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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On Teaching

Written by Herbert R. Kohl


Format: Trade Paperback, 196 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 12, 1986
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0801-6 (0-8052-0801-1)

“[On Teaching] may well be the most important work of this half-century for teachers.” —Choice

Herbert Kohl is one of America’s most thoughtful and best-known writers on education. In On Teaching he explores the reasons people choose to teach in elementary and secondary schools. He describes the skills and techniques they must... Read more >

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Feel-Bad Education
And Other Contrarian Essays on Children and Schooling
Written by Alfie Kohn


Format: Trade Paperback, 196 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0140-0 (0-8070-0140-6)

Arguing that our schools are currently in the grip of a “cult of rigor”–a confusion of harder with better that threatens to banish both joy and meaningful intellectual inquiry from our classrooms–Alfie Kohn issues a stirring call to rethink our priorities and reconsider our practices.

In nineteen recently published essays–and in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What Does It Mean to Be Well Educated?
And More Essays on Standards, Grading, and Other Follies
Written by Alfie Kohn


Format: Trade Paperback, 212 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3267-1 (0-8070-3267-0)

Few writers ask us to question our fundamental assumptions about education as provocatively as Alfie Kohn. Time magazine has called him “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.” And The Washington Post says he is “the most energetic and charismatic figure standing in the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Amazing Grace
The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation
Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 26, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3566-0 (0-7704-3566-1)

The author of Savage Inequalities, a New York Times best-seller, and Rachel and Her Children, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, tells the stories of a handful of children who have--through the love and support of their families and dedicated community leaders--not yet lost their battle with the perils... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fire in the Ashes
Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America
Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: August 28, 2012
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5246-2 (1-4000-5246-7)

In this powerful and culminating work about a group of inner-city children he has known for many years, Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize-winning books Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace, and to the children he has vividly portrayed, to share with us their fascinating journeys and... Read more >

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Letters to a Young Teacher

Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 5, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39372-2 (0-307-39372-0)

“What a wonderful book! Anyone who cares about rebuilding our public education system should read it. I could not put it down!”
—Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University

“This book cuts to the heart of the matter of what it means to be a teacher today. The truth about... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Savage Inequalities
Children in America's Schools
Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 24, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3568-4 (0-7704-3568-8)

A searing examination of the extremes of wealth and poverty, cities and suburbs and the question of equal opportunity in the American educational system.
In 1988, Jonathan Kozol set off to spend time with children in the American publication education system. For two years, he visited schools and spoke with children... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Shame of the Nation
The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America
Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 1, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5245-5 (1-4000-5245-9)

"The Shame of the Nation is a national wake-up call... It should be required reading."--Marian Wright Edelman, CEO and Founder, Children's Defense Fund

Over the last 15 years, the state of inner-city public schools has been in a steep and continuing decline. Since the federal courts began dismantling the landmark ruling in... Read more >

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A Mighty Long Way
My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School
Written by Carlotta Walls Lanier and Lisa Frazier Page
Foreword by Bill Clinton


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: August 25, 2009
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51100-3 (0-345-51100-X)

"Carlotta Walls LaNier's A Mighty Long Way is a riveting account of nine brave high school students and their families in a quest for quality desegregated public education. What happened in Little Rock in 1957 resulted in America's greatest constitutional crisis since the Civil War. Carlotta's account of events inside and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
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