Reading List

A curated list of books that make us better parents, educators, students, and conscientious members of society.

10 Books To Help Your Child Cope With Difficult Issues
09 February, 2021
All children are bound to experience difficult events as they grow up: family members becoming ill or passing away; divorce or separation; moves that takes them away from the familiar comfort of home. In these moments of great sadness and struggle, parents and caregivers might wonder what can be done to ease children’s pain. When complex situations arise before children develop the ability to articulate their emotions, books can help them feel less alone and more at ease with feelings of anger,
Feminism for First-Graders, and Other Ways to Support Early Gender Equity
20 October, 2020
Experts in child development and social psychology tell us that most children don't embrace a gender identity until they're about 2 or 3 years old. If you are not fixed on relatively recent trends in color palettes, a baby’s sex should really only be an issue at diaper-changing or bath times.
5 Tech Tools That Help Improve Reading Comprehension
05 October, 2020
Students who are struggling with reading comprehension— whether or not they have learning disabilities — can use these great tools to hear, map, annotate, and see their books, stories, and other assignments in new ways.
5 Recommended Books For Parents Of Twice Exceptional Kids
05 January, 2018
Parenting a twice exceptional child can be a challenge, so it’s important to remember that you are not facing this alone. There are many resources [https://www.noodlepros.com/blog/2017/10/20/2e-resources/] available for parents of 2E kids, from after school enrichment programs [https://www.thequadmanhattan.com/after-school], to apps [http://www.2enewsletter.com/article_green_2012-01.html], to family support groups [https://www.teca2e.org/basic-programs-services/]. Your child’s school administrat
10 Books To Help Your Child Cope With Difficult Issues
19 November, 2017
All children are bound to experience difficult events as they grow up: family members becoming ill or passing away; divorce or separation; moves that takes them away from the familiar comfort of home. In these moments of great sadness and struggle, parents and caregivers might wonder what can be done to ease children’s pain. When complex situations arise before children develop the ability to articulate their emotions, books can help them feel less alone and more at ease with feelings of anger,
11 Picture Books That Are Inclusive Of LGBTQ Families
06 November, 2017
For many decades, the concept of “family” in children’s books has been narrowly represented. As society becomes more accepting of the multiplicity of family structures, more children’s books have started to represent lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) characters. These titles teach children that family isn’t about gender or sexuality, but about the people who love and raise you. Look to the following books to expand your child’s understanding of “parents” and “family”: 1. Heathe
9 Young Adult Books That Teach Teens About Difficult Issues
04 September, 2017
Fiction can offer comfort and guidance to those confronting struggles. These nine young adult reads can help preteens and teens through difficult times. *** Young adult fiction allows teens to read about characters facing challenges that may resemble ones they’re dealing with in their own lives, such as confronting the death of a loved one; a traumatic or violent encounter; the pressure to make a difficult choice; or an all-consuming question about their identity. Books can serve as a lighthou
6 Books To Kick Off Post-College Learning
24 July, 2017
With your college education and these books, you’ll know everything worth knowing. *** You went to a good college. Learned a lot. (Certainly paid a lot.) But did you acquire the entirety of knowledge necessary to be a fully functioning contributor to the betterment of society? (Or at least someone who can contribute to the victory of your pub trivia team?) No? That’s ok!Check out these exceptional compendiums of erudition. These books offer much more than the simple accumulation of trivia; th
10 Inspiring American College Libraries
04 July, 2017
The Alexandria Library may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find an inspiring space of your own. *** Just ask Euclid, who is considered the father of geometry. He spent his days studying in the Great Library of Alexandria. Not to mention Karl Marx, Mahatma Gandhi, or Oscar Wilde, all of whom chose to work in the magnificent British Museum Reading Room. For these great thinkers, inspiring spaces inspired the mind. The Alexandria Library may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean
9 Family-Friendly Audiobooks For Your Summer Road Trip
23 June, 2017
As you are preparing for your 4th of July road trip, keep in mind – audiobooks are the unsung heroes of the road. You may find 10 hours of a beautifully-read stories, sometimes narrated by the greats such as Emma Thompson or Jim Dale (of “Harry Potter” fame). Audiobooks not only pass the time on road trips, but they also help kids hear and process stories in a way that visual reading alone does not. Audiobooks encourage better reading skills and may captivate kids who aren’t otherwise keen on bo
8 Great Books To Get Your Teen Interested In Reading This Summer
21 June, 2017
For every teen who’s under the impression that reading during the summer isn’t really their thing, there are dozens of books out there — from newer graphic novels to 500 page classics — ready to change their mind. With the school-less summer months upon us, we have rounded up eight awesome books that will keep your teen reading into the summer months and beyond. 1. An Abundance of Katherines [http://www.amazon.com/An-Abundance-Katherines-John-Green/dp/0142410705/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=14043268
5 Books That Will Inspire Your High Schooler Before College
14 June, 2017
As recent graduates begin to look ahead to college, many will wonder what kinds of experiences lie in front of them. Some may even seek advice from great authors. If you’re looking for those off-the-beaten-path books for a teen who will soon embark on this important step towards independence, check out these five recommendations. 1. A Crash Course in Culture The Last Samurai [http://www.powells.com/book/last-samurai-9780676973266] by Helen DeWitt Not to be confused with the Tom Cruise movie by