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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, neuro-atypical, 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
$36.95
ISBN: 9781483383743
Availability: Available to order
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: Backordered
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
$58.44
ISBN: 9780415908085
Availability: Available to order
Published: Routledge - September 12th, 1994

Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope Cover Image
$58.44
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