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What If Schools™ Recommended Reading List for Educators

This eclectic collection of titles curated by What If Schools™ includes a wide range of recommendations to inspire, challenge, and support educators, from books for young people that capture the first-person experiences of children who are differently abled, neurodiverse, and English language learners, to pedagogical handbooks, social theory and practice, inclusive historical narratives, and antiracist children's books. Some titles are particularly recommended for educators who identify as white, white-privileged, or white-passing. For more information, please reach out to imagine@whatifschools.com.

Out of My Mind Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781416971719
Availability: Available to order
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2012

Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501101496
Availability: Available to order
Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2014

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education (Race, Education, and Democracy) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807028025
Availability: Available to order
Published: Beacon Press - January 3rd, 2017

Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781595580740
Availability: Available to order
Published: New Press - August 1st, 2006

Pedagogy of the Oppressed: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Paulo Freire, Donaldo Macedo (Foreword by)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781501314131
Availability: Available to order
Published: Bloomsbury Academic - March 22nd, 2018

$16.00
ISBN: 9780807062654
Availability: Available to order
Published: Beacon Press - October 4th, 2016

Harbor Me Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399252525
Availability: Available to order
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018

Pie in the Sky Cover Image
By Remy Lai, Remy Lai (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250314109
Availability: Available to order
Published: Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks - May 14th, 2019

How to Raise a Reader Cover Image
By Pamela Paul, Maria Russo, Dan Yaccarino (Illustrator), Lisk Feng (Illustrator), Vera Brosgol (Illustrator), Monica Garwood (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781523505302
Availability: Available to order
Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 3rd, 2019

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work (Empower the Future #1) Cover Image
By Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780711245211
Availability: Available to order
Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People (ReVisioning History for Young People #2) Cover Image
By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Jean Mendoza (Adapted by), Debbie Reese (Adapted by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780807049396
Availability: Available to order
Published: Beacon Press - July 23rd, 2019

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
Availability: Available to order
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor Cover Image
By Layla Saad, Robin Diangelo (Foreword by)
$25.99
ISBN: 9781728209807
Availability: Available to order
Published: Sourcebooks - January 1st, 2020

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools Cover Image
By Monique Morris, Mankaprr Conteh (Foreword by), Melissa Harris-Perry (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781620973424
Availability: Available to order
Published: New Press - January 16th, 2018

How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509288
Availability: Available to order
Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807047415
Availability: Available to order
Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices Cover Image
By Wade Hudson (Editor), Cheryl Willis Hudson (Editor)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780525580454
Availability: Available to order
Published: Yearling - December 31st, 2019

Teaching for Black Lives Cover Image
By Dyan Watson (Editor), Wayne Au (Editor)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780942961041
Availability: Available to order
Published: Rethinking Schools - April 16th, 2018

Cultivating Genius: A Four-Layered Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy Cover Image
$35.99
ISBN: 9781338594898
Availability: Available to order
Published: Scholastic Teaching Resources (Teaching Strat - January 1st, 2020

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students Cover Image
$36.95
ISBN: 9781483308012
Availability: Available to order
Published: Corwin Publishers - December 1st, 2014

Courageous Conversations about Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools Cover Image
Email info@boogiedownbooks.com for more information.
ISBN: 9781483383743
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Corwin Publishers - October 21st, 2014

The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing Cover Image
By Anneliese A. Singh, Tim Wise (Foreword by), Derald Wing Sue (Afterword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781684032709
Availability: Available to order
Published: New Harbinger Publications - August 1st, 2019

An Incomplete List of Names: Poems Cover Image
By Michael Torres, Raquel Rivera (Foreword by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780807046746
Availability: Available to order
Published: Beacon Press - October 6th, 2020

We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807028346
Availability: Available to order
Published: Beacon Press - February 4th, 2020

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812984965
Availability: Available to order
Published: One World - August 18th, 2015

Let's Talk About Race Cover Image
By Julius Lester, Karen Barbour (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064462266
Availability: Available to order
Published: HarperCollins - December 23rd, 2008

Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years Cover Image
By Bill Bigelow (Editor), Bob Peterson (Editor)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780942961201
Availability: Available to order
Published: Rethinking Schools - October 7th, 2003

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9781119364894
Availability: Available to order
Published: Jossey-Bass - May 8th, 2018

Coaching for Equity: Conversations That Change Practice Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9781119592273
Availability: Available to order
Published: Jossey-Bass - August 11th, 2020

The Onward Workbook: Daily Activities to Cultivate Your Emotional Resilience and Thrive Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781119367383
Availability: Available to order
Published: Jossey-Bass - May 8th, 2018

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything American History Textbooks Get Wrong Cover Image
By James W. Loewen, Rebecca Stefoff (Adapted by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781620974698
Availability: Available to order
Published: New Press - April 23rd, 2019

Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature (Studies in African Literature) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780852555019
Availability: Available to order
Published: James Currey - January 15th, 2011

The ABCs of Black History Cover Image
By Rio Cortez, Lauren Semmer (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781523507498
Availability: Available to order
Published: Workman Publishing Company - December 8th, 2020

Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781642592702
Availability: Available to order
Published: Haymarket Books - December 8th, 2020

An African American and Latinx History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY #4) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807005934
Availability: Available to order
Published: Beacon Press - December 11th, 2018

My Video Game Ate My Homework Cover Image
By Dustin Hansen, Dustin Hansen (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781401293260
Availability: Available to order
Published: DC Comics - April 1st, 2020

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781849352604
Availability: Available to order
Published: AK Press - April 18th, 2017

Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781849354189
Availability: Available to order
Published: AK Press - May 25th, 2021

Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom (Harvest in Translation) Cover Image
$44.95
ISBN: 9780415908085
Availability: Available to order
Published: Routledge - September 12th, 1994

Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope Cover Image
$44.95
ISBN: 9780415968188
Availability: Available to order
Published: Routledge - August 25th, 2003

Rac(e)Ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms Cover Image
$32.00
Unavailable
ISBN: 9781612507866
Published: Harvard Education PR - April 1st, 2015

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594634932
Availability: Available to order
Published: Riverhead Books - April 14th, 2020

Mockingbird Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142417751
Availability: Available to order
Published: Puffin Books - February 3rd, 2011

Learning in Public: Lessons for a Racially Divided America from My Daughter's School Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316428262
Availability: Available to order
Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 3rd, 2021