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20 Best Education Books for Your Professional Development Library

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Looking for some great professional development books to dive into this summer?  Check out 20 of the must-have education/teaching books below.  Is your favorite not listed?  Leave a comment below and let us know which ones you would recommend!

  1.   The First Days of School by Harry and Rosemary Wong
  2.   Literacy Work Stations by Debbie Diller
  3.   Classrooms that Work:  They Can All Read and Write by Patricia Cunningham and Richard Allington
  4.   Teach Like a Champion:  49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College by Doug Lemov
  5.   What Great Teachers Do Differently:  14 Things That Matter Most by Todd Whitaker
  6.   The Differentiated Classroom:  Responding to the Needs of All Learners by Carol Ann Tomlinson
  7.   Never Work Harder Than Your Students and Other Principles of Great Teaching by Robyn Renee Jackson
  8.   Punished by Rewards:  The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes by Alfie Kohn
  9.   The Mind of Boys:  Saving Our Sons from Falling Behind in School and Life by Michael Gurian
  10.   Teaching Outside the Box:  How to Grab Your Students by Their Brains by LouAnne Johnson
  11.   The First-Year Teacher’s Survival Guide by Julia Thompson
  12.   Teaching with Love and Logic:  Taking Control of the Classroom by Jim Fay and David Funk
  13.   Learn Me Good by John Pearson
  14.   Teaching As Leadership:  The Highly Effective Teacher’s Guide to Closing the Achievement Gap by Steven Farr, Wendy Kopp, and Jason Kamras
  15.   The Daily Five by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser
  16.   Reluctant Disciplinarian:  Advice on Classroom Management from a Softy Who Became (Eventually) a Successful Teacher by Gary Rubinstein
  17.   The Organized Teacher:  A Hands-On Guide to Setting Up and Running a Terrific Classroom by Steve Springer and Brandy Alexander
  18.   Ask the Teacher:  A Practitioner’s Guide to Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom (2nd Edition) by Mark Ryan
  19.   The CAFE Book:  Engaging All Students in Daily Literary Assessment and Instruction by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser
  20.   Making Words by Patricia Cunningham and Dorothy Hall

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I have many if these! One of my other favorites is Teaching with the brain in mind.

Jami Pryor
Jami Pryor

I would add The Book Whisperer by DonaLyn Miller.


I would add "The Book Whisperer" to the list.


Hi! I want to know if there are any ebooks that you can recommend me about this topic: books for professional development.


I have quite a few of those, but one I would add to the list would be: Guiding Readers & Writers Grade 3-6 by Irene Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell.