Book Recommendations from NACSA’s National Advisory Board Members

If you’re seeking a good summer read, look no further. At our recent National Advisory Board meeting, we asked members to share the name of a book that has meaning for them. From classics to a children’s book to unexpected treasures, you’ll find something for everyone in the list below.

Editor’s Note: Although NACSA does not endorse any particular book or author, we do endorse the idea of reading. Enjoy!

  • As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
  • Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James McPherson
  • The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935 by James D. Anderson
  • Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon
  • The Federalist Papers: A Collection of Essays Written in Favour of the New Constitution by Alexander Hamilton and James Madison
  • Five Miles Away, a World Apart: One City, Two Schools, and the Story of Educational Opportunity in Modern America by James E. Ryan
  • The Grapes of Wrath by James Steinbeck
  • Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
  • High Schools with Character by Paul T. Hill, Gail E. Foster, Tamar Gendler
  • Inherit the Wind: The Powerful Drama of the Greatest Courtroom Clash of the Century by Jerome Lawrence
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics: Teachers’ Understanding of Fundamental Mathematics in China and the United States by Liping Ma
  • Letter from a Birmingham Jail by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Letters to a Young Education Reformer by Frederick M. Hess
  • Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney (or La llama llama rojo pajama in Spanish)
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
  • The Power of One: A Novel by Bryce Courtenay
  • The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? By Rick Warren
  • Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream by Andy Stern
  • Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher
  • Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools by Jonathan Kozol
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman
  • Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements
  • The Troubled Crusade: American Education, 1945-1980 by Diane Ravitch
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig