Great Books for Teachers and Parents

There are many great books for teachers and parents out there, with new education books coming out almost daily. These are just a few unique resources that are helpful to educators and parents.  This group of books can help you think different about how you learn and teach.  If you have suggestions for additional books to add send to

The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing
by Ruth Culham   

The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing by Ruth Culham

Ruth Culham the author describes how to use mentor texts to improve your students writing.  Learn about instructional strategies that support deep reading that will lead to deep writing by reading and analyzing the works of others.  Included in the book are more than 90 authentic mentor texts that are a good starting point for your writing.   Teachers should add this to your professional library and parents can also get insight on how to improve your child’s skills.  Even reputable authors use mentor texts to help them form their own pieces of work.

ISBN: [easyazon_link identifier=”0345472322″ locale=”US” tag=”dfwbirthphoto-20″]872070999[/easyazon_link]

Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching
by Jo Boaler 


Traditional methods of teaching math are challenging at every level.  This book centers around fixed vs growth mindset from Carol Dweck’s book titled Mindset.  Removing math anxiety helps students get a clear roadmap to success.  With strategies and activities that help parents and teachers that students can enjoy math.  The author Jo Boaler is a Standford researcher and expert on learning math and has followed thousands of students as  they learn how to unleash there math potential.

ISBN: 470894520





Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed

Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed

Award-winning teacher and best-selling author Debbie Silver addresses the relationship between student motivation and risking failure, calling failure a temporary “glitch” that provides valuable learning opportunities. She explains motivational theory, provides down-to-earth—often humorous—real life examples, and outlines concrete, applicable guidelines for helping students overcome setbacks and failure to foster lifelong success.

ISBN: 978-1412998772


The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller 

The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

Donalyn Miller says she has yet to meet a child she couldn’t turn into a reader. No matter how far behind Miller’s students might be when they reach her 6th grade classroom, they end up reading an average of 40 to 50 books a year. Miller’s unconventional approach dispenses with drills and worksheets that make reading a chore. Instead, she helps students navigate the world of literature and gives them time to read books they pick out themselves. Her love of books and teaching is both infectious and inspiring. The book includes a dynamite list of recommended “kid lit” that helps parents and teachers find the books that students really like to read.

ISBN: 978-0470372272

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck  

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Carol Dweck, with decades of research on achievement and success, discovered a truly groundbreaking idea, the power of our mindset.
It’s not just abilities and talent that bring success but whether you approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals (personal and professional). In this brilliant book, Dweck shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we approach our goals. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are far less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed through hard work, good strategies, and mentorship. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.

ISBN: 978-0345472328

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