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The Brightening Glance
Imagination and Childhood
Written by Ellen Handler Spitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72005-2 (0-385-72005-X)

In this original, richly illuminating study of the aesthetic development of children in their primary learning years, Ellen Handler Spitz returns us to the vibrant experience of childhood to explain how the imagination emerges and develops. She looks at how children feel, sense, and relate to what is around them, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Victory in Our Schools
We Can Give Our Children Excellent Public Education
Written by John Stanford


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: August 3, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37974-7 (0-553-37974-7)

"Education is not just a matter for the politicians and professionals; it is a matter for all of us. For we are the public in public education. When we work together, we can do it. . . . We can reach and teach these children."—John Stanford

Victory in Our Schools is a... Read more >

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Undressed Art
Why We Draw
Written by Peter Steinhart


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 13, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7605-5 (1-4000-7605-6)

To draw is to understand what we see. In The Undressed Art, writer-naturalist Peter Steinhart investigates the rituals, struggles, and joys of drawing. Reflecting on what is known about the brain’s role in the drawing process, Steinhart explores the visual learning curve: how children begin to draw, how most of them... Read more >

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Make the Impossible Possible
One Man's Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary
Written by Bill Strickland and Vince Rause


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: October 20, 2009
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52055-3 (0-385-52055-7)

Selected for Common Reading
* Frank Phillips College
* Indiana University Pennsylvania
* Juniata College
* Kendall College
* Mt. Union College
* North Dakota State University
* Penn State-New Kensington
* Purdue University
* University of Southern Indiana
* Voorhees College
* Winthrop University


Commencement Address
Bill Strickland is scheduled to give 2010 Commencement Address at:
*Babson College
*Marywood University
*West... Read more >

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Can We Talk about Race?
And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation
Written by Beverly Tatum
Afterword by Theresa Perry


Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3285-5 (0-8070-3285-9)

In Can We Talk About Race? psychologist and educator Beverly Daniel Tatum, one of our leading commentators on race and schools, analyzes some of the most resonant issues in American education and race relations.

“What Tatum seeks to do above all is trigger sometimes challenging discussions about race, and infuse those discussions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Crisis on Campus
A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities
Written by Mark C. Taylor


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 31, 2010
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59329-0 (0-307-59329-0)

In Crisis on Campus, Mark C. Taylor—chair of the Department of Religion at Columbia University and a former professor at Williams College—expands on and refines the ideas presented in his widely read and hugely controversial 2009 New York Times op-ed. His suggestions for the ivory tower are both thought-provoking and rigorous... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Freedom Writers Diary
How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them
Written by The Freedom Writers and Erin Gruwell


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 12, 1999
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-49422-9 (0-385-49422-X)

Selected for Common Reading at Austin Peay State University, Bloomsburg University, Indiana University Northwest and Western New England College
Straight from the front line of urban America, the inspiring story of one fiercely determined teacher and her remarkable students.


As an idealistic twenty-three-year-old English teacher at Wilson High School in Long beach, California... Read more >

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Teaching Hope
Stories from the Freedom Writer Teachers and Erin Gruwell
Written by The Freedom Writers and Erin Gruwell
Foreword by Anna Quindlen


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 18, 2009
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3172-4 (0-7679-3172-6)

Watch Author Erin Gruwell Discuss Teaching Hope on YouTube-- click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8E5-wg3_UQ


“There are lives lost in this book, and there are lives saved, too, if salvation means a young man or woman begins to feel deserving of a place on the planet. . . . What could be more soul-satisfying? These are...
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Extreme Mean
Trolls, Bullies and Predators Online
Written by Paula Todd


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Signal
On Sale: May 21, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-8403-4 (0-7710-8403-X)

“I have nobody, I need someone. My name is Amanda Todd.” Not long after she wrote this online, 16-year-old Amanda Todd killed herself, a victim of hateful and nonstop cyberbullying that followed her wherever she went. When Paula Todd (no relation) saw this, she decided to put her formidable investigative and... Read more >
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Strike for America
Chicago Teachers Against Austerity
Written by Micah Uetricht


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-325-5 (1-78168-325-5)

The Chicago Teachers Union strike was the most important domestic labor struggle so far this century—and perhaps for the last forty years—and the strongest challenge to the conservative agenda for restructuring education, which advocates for more charter schools and tying teacher salaries to standardized testing, among other changes.

In 2012, Chicago teachers... Read more >
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For Fidelity
How Intimacy and Commitment Enrich Our Lives
Written by Catherine M. Wallace


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 2, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70072-9 (0-375-70072-2)

In this direct, eloquent, unabashed argument on behalf of sexual fidelity--its meaning, its blessing, its rewards, its necessity--Catherine Wallace addresses a major concern of our time.

At a time when emotional commitments are increasingly nervous, fragile, and short-lived, Wallace's vision of faithful lovers--with its aura of warmth, calm, and emotional continuity--is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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It's a Jungle Out There!
52 Nature Adventures for City Kids
Written by Jennifer Ward


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Roost Books
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-59030-908-7 (1-59030-908-1)

Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy nature. This compact guide offers 52 nature-focused explorations, adventures, observations, and games that can help children connect to nature while living in the city. While it may be hard to see nature through the traffic, buildings, and busyness of... Read more >

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A Scream Goes Through the House
What Literature Teaches Us About Life
Written by Arnold Weinstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7243-6 (0-8129-7243-0)

“For too long we have been encouraged to see culture as an affair of intellect, and reading as a solitary exercise. But the truth is different: literature and art are pathways of feeling, and our encounter with them is social, inscribing us in a larger community... Through art we discover that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Advice to Writers
A Compendium of Quotes, Anecdotes, and Writerly Wisdom from a Dazzling Array of Literary Lights
Written by Jon Winokur


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 9, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76341-3 (0-679-76341-4)

In Advice to Writers, Jon Winokur, author of the bestselling The Portable Curmudgeon, gathers the counsel of more than four hundred celebrated authors in a treasury on the world of writing. Here are literary lions on everything from the passive voice to promotion and publicity: James Baldwin on the practiced illusion... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Masterminds and Wingmen
Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World
Written by Rosalind Wiseman


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: July 29, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-98668-9 (0-307-98668-3)

In this essential book by the acclaimed author of Queen Bees and Wannabees, Rosalind Wiseman explains the way boys think to show parents, educators, and coaches how to reach out and help boys overcome their most common yet difficult challenges.

Queen Bees and Wannabes
, the groundbreaking book and the basis of the... Read more >

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Raising Our Athletic Daughters
How Sports Can Build Self-Esteem And Save Girls' Lives
Written by Jean Zimmerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Main Street Books
On Sale: October 19, 1999
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48960-7 (0-385-48960-9)

These first-hand accounts from small-town playing fields and inner-city gyms offer compelling evidence that participation in athletics helps girls build physical strength, academic excellence, and self-esteem, while reducing the likelihood of substance abuse, eating disorders, teen pregnancy, and dropping out of school. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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