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Take some time out of your busy summer to read the College of Education and Human Development's faculty-recommended books. From politics to science fiction, there's a book for everyone! Many of these fantastic books can be found in the Charles Library. Check out the library website to see if any of the ones that interest you are available!


While Justice Sleeps 

By Stacy Abrams 

Recommended by Professor Cathy Fiorello

"Sometimes you just need to relax with a legal thriller (or at least, I do)! Written by Stacey Abrams, a political powerhouse you've seen in the news. I love to read about strong Black protagonists written by strong Black women," said Fiorello. 

Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons For Our Own

By Eddie S. Glaude Jr. 

Recommended by Professor Christine Woyshner

"This is a beautiful reflection on James Baldwin's reckoning with and writing about race from 1963 to 1972. It makes the reader reflect on today's racial and political struggles," said Woyshner.


Gideon the Ninth 

By Tamsyn Muir

Recommended by Associate Professor Tim Fukawa-Connelly

"It's science fantasy. There's technology and magic. There's an immortal emperor. But, it's really a coming-of-age story featuring two young women. Also, lots of blood and guts. It won a silly number of awards as best books of 2019," said Fukawa-Connelly. 

The Fifth Season

By N.K. Jemisin

Recommended by Associate Professor Tim Fukawa-Connelly

"It's an amazing piece of work. The storytelling is tight, the world-building is great, and the critical questions that are raised about difference, race and neurodiversity are so integral to the plot. I feel like everyone has read this already, but if you haven't, what are you waiting for?"


The History and Growth of Career and Technical Education in America

By Howard Gordon & Deanna Schultz

Recommended by Associate Professor Elizabeth Diamond

"If you're interested in the history of and current trends in education in America, you don't want to miss out on career and technical education (CTE). This book provides a history of career and technical education and early education leaders, such as John Dewey, Booker T. Washington, and Charles Prosser, who influenced career and technical education curriculum development. The impact of land-grant institutions and the Morrill Acts are also evaluated. Other topics reviewed include: Legislative History and the Changing Workforce, History and Trends in Community Colleges, Participation of Women and Underrepresented Students in CTE, Connecting with the Next Generation and the Globalization of CTE. It's an easy read and separated into chapters so you can pick and choose your interests," said Diamond.


If at Birth You Don't Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny

By Zach Anner

Recommended by Assistant Professor Allison Gilmour

"Zach Anner's videos have cracked me up for years. He uses humor to shed light on the ableism built into society," said Gilmour.


We Want to do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom

By Bettina Love

Recommended by Associate Director of Clinical Practice Amy Millett Scallon

"Bettina Love persuasively argues that educators must teach students about racial violence, oppression, and how to make sustainable change in their communities through radical civic initiatives and movements." 


Motivated: Designing Math Classrooms Where Students Want to Join In

By Ilana Seidel Horn

Recommended by Clinical Assistant Professor Sue Kelley

"This book provides excellent examples of teachers in real math classrooms and the strategies they use to encourage participation and interaction among their students. CEHD students who are not math teachers will also benefit from this book as it provides general ideas about what it means to create a classroom that motivates students to engage in learning."

Such a Fun Age

By Kiley Reid

Recommended by Assistant Director of Career Development Erica Johnston

"It's a coming of age story about a Temple alumna navigating life in Philadelphia in her early 20s," said Johnston.


Black Identity Viewed from a Barber's Chair Nigrescence and Eudaimonia

By William E Cross Jr.

Recommended by Associate Professor Jessica S. Reinhardt

"This book integrates psychology and Africana studies. Cross updates his past work with greater attention to intersectionalities and disrupts existing deficit perspectives with  a nod toward where our fields need to go," said Reinhardt.