Educators

Pick up one of these if you’re looking to inject your classroom with renewed energy.

  • Always Running

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Readers interested in a memoir on East Los Angeles' gang culture. Fans of redemptive stories in which violence makes way for poetry. Those looking for an insightful coming-of-age story.


  • This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Fans of touching, real-life stories. Readers looking for a collection of essays, journal entries and stories by and about a talented young girl who passed away at the age of 16. Anyone with a heart who’s looking to use it.


  • The Smartest Kid in the World: And How They Got That Way

    American journalist, Ripley, conducts this captivating search into the lives of three American teenagers who travel to learn abroad for a year. The results of how / why failure is good, valuing teachers is essential, and why other countries are further ahead in producing better students, are investigated through wonderful...


  • Let the Elephants Run: Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything

    Talented Canadian singer-songwriter, David Usher, gets in touch with his inner 3-year-old in this quirky book that examines how creativity rests within everyone’s grasp. Perfect for: Anyone looking for sound inspiration regarding how to devote time to a creative project. Business executives interested in tapping into his / her inner creativity....


  • The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined

    A hedge-fund analyst creates algebra mini-lectures for his niece on YouTube: enter millions of hits and the creation of the Khan Academy or ‘access to education' for all. Perfect for: • Readers interested in alternative / supplementary forms of education. • Lovers of education-related non-fiction. • A pretty cool story...


  • Nervous Conditions (Nervous Conditions #1)

    Set in 1960s Rhodesia, this superb coming-of-age novel follows two cousins, Tambu and Nyasha, as they struggle with identity. Perfect for: • Lovers of post-colonial, feminist, African literature. • Anyone looking for a coming-of-age story of two cousins. • Fans of stories that investigate the deep scars caused when one...


  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    Sure, you know what the periodic table looks like. But did you know that it has a section called the ‘poisoner’s corridor’? Or that aluminum used to be more valuable than gold? Or how the periodic table influenced the outcome of WWI and WWII? If this piques your curiosity, then...


  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

    Named for the Chinese proverb – Women hold up half the sky – this compelling investigation exposes the oppression of women across the world. Award-winning writers (and husband-and-wife), Kristof and WuDunn, tackle disturbing subjects including sex trafficking and other forms of mistreatment, while offering ideas on how to find solutions.Perfect...


  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

      Henrietta Lacks, a poor African American woman from Virginia, died young from an aggressive form of cancer; however, her cells, known as HeLa, lived on. Taken without her knowledge, HeLa cells played a role in many medical breakthroughs, including the cure for polio. Here is the story of Henrietta’s...


  • The End of Your Life Book Club

    When Will Schwalbe’s mother is diagnosed with cancer, he accompanies her during many chemo sessions: this lays the backdrop against which mother-and-son forms an impromptu book club. Different chapter, different book. Among this thoughtful memoir’s main explorations, exists a wonderful testament to the power of literature and its role in...


  • In Search of April Raintree

    In Manitoba, two Metis sisters, April and Cheryl grow up separately – having been removed from their Aboriginal community and placed in the foster care system. Raintree provides a disturbing look into the cultural trauma of one Aboriginal family, and the intricate process of forming an identity when it has...


  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    This was the LAST book that I thought I would love: it’s about endurance running. But that’s not really all it’s about. McDougall researches the Tarahumara Indian tribe in Mexico to understand how they’re able to run so far – and for so long. Through his research we meet wonderful...


  • Wonder

    August was born with a facial deformity: his endearing personality and loving family cannot protect him from the harsh judgments of his fellow students. Told through different characters’ perspectives – Palacio weaves together a touching, compelling and funny story of how isolation means different things to all of us –...


  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

    Who knew grammar could be this fun? Anticipating the inevitable groans that come from the words: ‘it’s time to work on our grammar,’ Truss combines humerous anecdotes with accessible lessons on all things topical ranging from the apostrophe to the comma to that hard-to-master semicolon. Great for: • English language...


  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

    A fascinating look into the power of introverts – and why our world places too much emphasize on people who are outspoken. A must-read for parents and educators. Great for: • Developing empathy for someone who doesn’t feel like speaking all the time. • Any teacher. • A different perspective...


  • The Sexual Paradox: Extreme Men, Gifted Women and the Real Gender Gap by Susan Pinker

    An intelligent, thought-provoking and mind-bending look into our assumptions about gender – including why men still get paid more, why we mistakenly think the genders are the same, and more – Pinker weaves together interviews, data and findings from in-depth studies in this comprehensive read. Great for: • Parents and...


  • But How do you Teach Writing?

    Thank you to the lovely Jennifer Irwin for introducing this essential – and accessible – book on creative ways to stimulate writing in the classroom. Great for: • Writing teachers of all ages • Creative writers looking for an unorthodox source of writing advice • Anyone interested in exploring how...


  • Deeper Reading

    Gallagher provides phenomenal exercises on all types of reading from the reading guru himself. Great for: • Teachers of texts • Homeschoolers • Adults with a fractured relationship to reading


  • A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League

    The intriguing book about Cedric Jennings’ struggles to get himself out of his violent neighborhood in Washington D.C. and into the Ivy League. This remarkable – and disturbing – story covers the imbalances in the American education system, and one boy’s tremendous effort to give himself the same opportunities that...


  • Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of New Hollywood

    Harris (one of my favourite former writers at EW), offers a delicious and astute cultural investigation into five movies that changed the 1960s (and Hollywood) forever. A rollicking good read.Great for:Readers of media historyFilm buffsThose looking for a great history of the counterculture combined with some movie madnessIf you like...


  • Where the Girls Are: Growing up Female with the Mass Media

    By deconstructing the media’s messages to young women, Douglas encourages her readers – through examples ranging from music to film to the history of feminism – to take a step back from the millions of images and texts bombarding us every day, to see what’s really going on.Great for:Anyone interested...


  • You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself

    Based on the popular blog, this fantastic read is perfect for anyone interested in psychology in small snippets: dig in to learn everything from the way advertising hooks us to the biases we live with (of which we are completely oblivious, of course). Perfect for: • Learning complicated lessons in...


  • Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It

    Gallagher – a much-loved teacher and walking educational resource –examines the destructive culture of standardized testing and the necessity towards encouraging students to read material that’s high-interest. A fascinating, honest look at the problem with today’s literacy mandates.  Great for:  All teachers Anyone finding it difficult to read or to...


  • The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life

    Zander and his wife co-wrote this beautiful book that contains nuggets on how we get in our own way: ranging from how to deal with difficult situations to creative ways of adopting a new perspective, Possibility is a must-read for anyone looking to develop practical skills for appreciating the moment....


  • The Film Club

    When David Gilmour (former film critic at the CBC), sees his son, Jesse, hating high school, he comes up with an unusual deal: Jesse may stay at home for the rest of the year, but he must watch three movies (of Gilmour’s picking) per week,  and get ready to discuss...


  • The Art of Choosing

    Social psychologist, Sheena Iyengar, examines the role of choice in our lives through subjects as varied as the power of advertising to the ideas behind arranged marriages.Great for: • Readers who enjoy social psychology using interesting examples • Anyone looking to reexamine the way they make choices • Those who...


  • Teacher Man

    The famed writer of Angela's Ashes, McCourt offers humour, inspiration and quirkiness in this generous tale of his time as a public-school teacher in NYC. Great for: teacherslovers of Irish humoursomeone in need of inspirationIf you liked the book, rent the movie(s): Angela's Ashes; In America