50 Best Books for New Teachers

The 50 Best Books for New Teachers

Education and teaching website TopMastersInEducation.com has published a list of the 50 Best Books for New Teachers. The list is a compilation of the books most recommended for new teachers by experienced teachers and principals. The goal is to provide new K-12 teachers with a ready-made list of books they can turn to for inspiration and guidance.

Books on the list cover a broad range of subjects and styles, from pedagogical theory to practical how-to, novels to autobiography, history to classroom discipline, politics to reading, writing, and arithmetic. The full list and descriptions can be viewed on The Top Masters in Education website.

General Inspiration and How-To

1. 1000 Best New Teacher Survival Secrets (Kathleen Brenny and Kandace Martin)

2. The Courage To Teach (Parker Palmer)

3. The Elements of Teaching (James M. Banner)

4. The First Days of School: How to Be An Effective Teacher (Harry K. Wong)

5. First Year Teacher’s Survival Kit (Julia G. Thompson)

6. From Surviving to Thriving (Marcia Bromfield)

7. Learning to Teach (Linda Shalaway)

8. Letters to a New Teacher (Jim Burke)

9. Never Work Harder Than Your Students (Robyn Jackson)

10. The New Teacher Book (Rethinking Schools)

11. The Passionate Teacher: A Practical Guide (Robert Fried)

12. Road to Teaching (Eric Hougan)

13. The Skillful Teacher (Stephen Brookfield)

14. Teaching Content Outrageously (Stanley Pogrow)

15. Teaching Outside the Box (LouAnne Johnson)

16. Tools for Teaching (Fred Jones)

17. What Great Teachers Do Differently (Todd Whitaker)

18. Why Didn’t I Learn This in College? (Paula Rutherford)

Fiction and Biography

19. Educating Esme (Esme Raji Codell)

20. The Emergency Teacher (Christina Asquith)

21. Horace’s School (Theodore R. Sizer)

22. Teacher Man (Frank McCourt)

23. Up the Down Stair Case (Bel Kaufman)

Race, Poverty and Social Justice

24. A Framework for Understanding Poverty (Ruby Payne)

25. Black Teachers on Teaching by Michele Foster

26. The Freedom Writers Diary (Erin Gruwell)

27. Holler if you Hear Me (Gregory Michie)

28. My Posse Don’t Do Homework (Louanne Johnson)

29. There Are No Children Here (Alex Kotlowitz)

30. Nothing’s Impossible (Lorraine Monroe)

31. Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Paulo Freire)

32. The Shame of the Nation (Jonathan Kozol)

33. Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope (bell hooks)

34. Why Are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? (Beverly Daniel Tatum)

Theory, Politics and History

35. Bad Students, Not Bad Schools by Robert Weissberg

36. City Schools and the American Dream (Pedro Noguera)

37. The Death and Life of the Great American School System (Diane Ravitch)

38. Happiness and Education (Nel Noddings)

39. School: The Story of American Public Education (Sarah Mondale)

40. Teachers as Intellectuals (Henry A. Giroux)

Motivation and Discipline

41. Discipline with Dignity (Richard Curwin)

42. Getting the Buggers to Behave (Sue Cowley)

43. Motivating Students Who Don’t Care (Allen N. Mendler)

44. Reluctant Disciplinarian (Gary Rubinstein)

45. Teaching With Love & Logic (Jim Fay and David Funk)

46. The Tough Kid Book (Ginger Rhode, William R. Jenson, Kenton Reavis)

Math and Reading

47. Every Minute Counts (David R. Johnson)

48. How 2 Gerbils, 20 Goldfish, 200 Games, 2000 Books and I Taught Them How to Read (Steven Daniels)

49. I Read It, But I Don’t Get It (Cris Tovani)


50. Learn to Relax (Mike George)

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