Whether it be via a library paperback, Kindle, or Barnes and Noble - here is the latest in what every teacher needs to read.


I purchased this memoir of sorts when it first debuted. #Girlboss is the story of how Sophia Amoruso rose to the top, from dumpster diving to founding one of the fastest growing retail companies, Nasty Gal. This book shows you that your obstacles are truly just part of your commute to your final destination.

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
I heard about this book on Julie Solomon’s podcast, The Influencer Podcast. She was interviewing Allie Casazza, a mom who created a seven-figure income through her social media empire. This book, Your Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, influenced Allie to take a leap of faith. This is now on my winter break to-read list.

Dare to Lead
Who enjoys having research to back up the claims made in books? Sometimes I find myself thinking “how do I know this is true” when the book does not present where its findings came from. In Dare to Lead, Brené Brown digs deep into change makers and culture shifters of our world. Want to cultivate your leadership skills? This is for you.


It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered
How to find your strength while wrestling with disappointments, faith, and feelings. When life hits you fast and hard look to this book for some humor, guidance, and biblical insight.

Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People
Now if this title doesn’t speak to you right away I don’t know what will. Setbacks and difficult people are abound in our world as educators and this book tells you how to live through those moments and love those difficult people. Bob Goff does it again.

The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God’s Goodness Around You
This books discusses how to love your life that you currently have with the things and people your have in your life right at this moment. It teaches you how to be grateful + some, how to love people you deem as “unlovable” or “hard to love”, and how to commit and serve others throughout your life. As educators we are in the business of serving others and can sometimes be challenged to love the most difficult of people, it is part of our job to continually strive to serve and love others as God intended us to.


Happy Teachers Change the World: A Guide for Cultivating Mindfulness in Education
Is mindfulness the new buzz word in education? If it is, I’m all about it. Read all about how your attitude as an educator impacts the classroom environment and your students. From mindfulness practices to research to support the claims of how mindfulness benefits the school community, this book should be a required reading of all future + current educators.

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
This book is at the top of my teacher to-read list for winter break. This book “chronicles the experiences of black girls across the country whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged-by teachers, administrators, and the justice system…” To build stronger relationships with each of our students we as educators must first get to know them and their world.

Talk to Me: Find the Right Words to Inspire, Encourage, and Get Things Done
From the always lovely, motivating, and full of joy Kim Bearden is back at it with her second book. I have now met Kim twice and every time she speaks I seem to hang on her every word. In her second book Kim assists you in finding the right words in those difficult moments that we may have with students, colleagues, and parents.

Hannah Atmar