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Why We Make Mistakes
How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average
Written by Joseph T. Hallinan


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 9, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2806-9 (0-7679-2806-7)

Human beings have design flaws. Our eyes play tricks on us, our stories change in the retelling, and most of us are fairly sure we’re way above average. In Why We Make Mistakes, journalist Joseph T. Hallinan sets out to explore the captivating science of human error—how we think, see, remember... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Answers to Distraction

Written by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey, M.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45639-7 (0-307-45639-0)

After decades of being unfairly diagnosed, children and adults with attention deficit disorder are now recognized as having a common and treatable neurological condition. Drs. Hallowell and Ratey answer the questions most frequently asked at their nationwide workshops and seminars, resulting in an easy-to-read reference that covers every aspect of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Delivered from Distraction
Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder
Written by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey, M.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: December 27, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44231-4 (0-345-44231-8)

In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. Widely recognized as the classic in the field, the book has sold more than a million copies. Now a second revolution is under way in the approach to ADD, and the news is great. Drug therapies... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Driven to Distraction (Revised)
Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder
Written by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey, M.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 13, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74315-2 (0-307-74315-2)

Groundbreaking and comprehensive, Driven to Distraction has been a lifeline to the approximately eighteen million Americans who are thought to have ADHD. Now the bestselling book is revised and updated with current medical information for a new generation searching for answers.

Through vivid stories and case histories of patients—both adults and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Your Child's Growing Mind
Brain Development and Learning From Birth to Adolescence
Written by Jane Healy


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: May 25, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1615-8 (0-7679-1615-8)

The classic guide to understanding children’s mental development--now updated.

Hailed by parents and educators, Your Child’s Growing Mind is a window into the fascinating process of brain development and learning. It looks at the roots of emotion, intelligence, and creativity, translating the most current scientific research into practical suggestions for parents and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Switch
How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
Written by Chip Heath and Dan Heath


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: February 16, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52875-7 (0-385-52875-2)

Chip and Dan Heath, the bestselling authors of Made to Stick, are back with a groundbreaking book that addresses one of the greatest challenges of our personal and professional lives--how to change things when change is hard.

In Switch, Chip and Dan Heath have written a thoroughly engaging narrative about the... Read more >

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Abused Boys
The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse
Written by Mic Hunter


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 25, 1991
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90629-3 (0-449-90629-9)

After defining exactly what sexual abuse is, Hunter examines the physical and emotional impact of abuse on its victims and the factors affecting adult recovery. Abused Boys includes the stories of adult men and their loved ones, who describe the experience of childhood abuse, the after-effects that last well into adulthood... Read more >

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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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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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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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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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The Essential Conversation
What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other
Written by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 28, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-47580-0 (0-345-47580-1)

With the insights she has gleaned from her close and subtle observation of parent-teacher conferences, renowned Harvard University professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot has written a wise, useful book about the ways in which parents and teachers can make the most of their conversation.

“The essential conversation” is the crucial exchange that occurs between... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Educating for Character
How Our Schools Can Teach Respect and Responsibility
Written by Thomas Lickona


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: September 1, 1992
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37052-2 (0-553-37052-9)

Winner of the 1992 Christopher Award "for affirming the higest values of the human spirit."

Drawing on 20 years of research and day-to-day classroom management, Dr. Lickona shows how to construct a curriculum that wins parental support and reports on scores of practical, successful programs that are turning schools around... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Social
Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect
Written by Matthew D. Lieberman


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88910-2 (0-307-88910-6)

In Social, renowned psychologist Matthew Lieberman explores groundbreaking research in social neuroscience revealing that our need to connect with other people is even more fundamental, more basic, than our need for food or shelter. Because of this, our brain uses its spare time to learn about the social world—other people and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Consuming Kids
Protecting Our Children from the Onslaught of Marketing & Advertising
Written by Susan Linn


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 9, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7999-5 (1-4000-7999-3)

The average American child sees about 40,000 television commercials every year. Companies target younger viewers all the time, selling everything from sugar cereals to minivans, and cross-promotional marketing influences everything from the food stocked in school vending machines to the characters who appear in children’s books. Kids are requesting specific brands... Read more >

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Let Me Hear Your Voice
A Family's Triumph over Autism
Written by Catherine Maurice


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: July 19, 1994
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90664-4 (0-449-90664-7)

Let Me Hear Your Voice is a mother's illuminating account of how one family triumphed over autism. It is an absolutely unforgettable book, as beautifully written as it is informative.

"A vivid and uplifting story . . . Offers new strength to parents who refuse to give up on their autistic children."... Read more >

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The Power of Their Ideas
Lessons for America from a Small School in Harlem
Written by Deborah Meier


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 16, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3113-1 (0-8070-3113-5)

Teaching the lessons of New York’s most famous public school, Deborah Meier provides a widely acclaimed vision for the future of public education. With a new preface reflecting on the school’s continuing success.

“The founder and principal of excellent small schools in East Harlem . . . Meier wants to make... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Discovery of the Child

Written by Maria Montessori


Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 12, 1986
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-33656-9 (0-345-33656-9)

Maria Montessori went beyond the conventions of the day to seek a new way of knowing and loving a child. In The Discovery of the Child, she describes the nature of the child and her method of working more fully with the child's urge to learn. With 16 pages of photographs... Read more >

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Secret of Childhood

Written by Maria Montessori


Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 12, 1982
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-30583-1 (0-345-30583-3)

Maria Montessori describes the inner-workings of children with warmth and the exactness of a scientist. She also discusses the array of materials and techniques needed to release a child's learning potential. Read more >

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The Other Wes Moore
One Name, Two Fates
Written by Wes Moore


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52820-7 (0-385-52820-5)

Winner, 2011 BCALA (Black Caucus of ALA) Literary Award, Nonfiction
A 2011 Booklist Top 10 Black History Nonfiction Book


Selected for Common Reading at:

Colleges & Universities
Bay Path College (Springfield, MA)
Becker College (Worcester, MA)
Berry College (Mount Berry, GA)
Blue Ridge Community College (Flat Rock, NC)
Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH)
Brookhaven College (Farmers Branch, TX)
Bunker... Read more >

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The Geography of Childhood
Why Children Need Wild Places
Written by Gary Nabhan and Stephen Trimble


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 30, 1995
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8525-7 (0-8070-8525-1)

In this unique collaboration, two naturalists ask what may happen now that so many more children are denied exposure to wildness than at any other time in human history.

“This thoughtful presentation, testifying to children’s need for direct contact with nature, has value for parents and those who work with children.”... Read more >

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The Hardest Questions Aren't on the Test
Lessons from an Innovative Urban School
Written by Linda Nathan


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0615-3 (0-8070-0615-7)

The Boston Arts Academy comprises an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse student body, yet 94 percent of its graduates are accepted to college. This remarkable success rate, writes Principal Linda Nathan, is in large part due to asking the right questions and being open to seeking solutions collaboratively with faculty, parents, and... Read more >

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Positive Discipline

Written by Jane Nelsen, Ed.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 30, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-48767-4 (0-345-48767-2)

For twenty-five years, Positive Discipline has been the gold standard reference for grown-ups working with children. Now Jane Nelsen, distinguished psychologist, educator, and mother of seven, has written a revised and expanded edition. The key to positive discipline is not punishment, she tells us, but mutual respect. Nelsen coaches parents and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Flickering Mind
Saving Education from the False Promise of Technology
Written by Todd Oppenheimer


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: December 7, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6843-9 (0-8129-6843-3)

The Flickering Mind, by National Magazine Award winner Todd Oppenheimer, is a landmark account of the failure of technology to improve our schools and a call for renewed emphasis on what really works.

American education faces an unusual moment of crisis. For decades, its schools have been beaten down by a series... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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