Best of the Year

The New York Times recently posted their top ten list of books for the year, and only one that I’m reading made that list: Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim – if you’re a fan, you’ll appreciate his genius lyric writing and his sometimes self-critical commentary on them. He also comments on lyricists such as Irving Berlin, Noel Coward, and Cole Porter. It really is a great book and one that is made better as you listen to the music as you read it. On that same list is Jonathan Franzen’s new one Freedom, which, if like The Corrections in anyway, will be a spectacular read (I’m just waiting for either the paperback version or an e-reading device of some kind as it’s very thick and heavy).

Anyway, here’s my best list for a variety of things.

Top 10 Books somewhat related to teaching (in no particular order):

  1. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink
  2. Brain Rules by John Medina
  3. Catching Up or Leading the Way by Yong Zhao
  4. The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Sir Ken Robinson
  5. Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Stephen Johnson
  6. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable by Seth Godin
  7. Transforming Professional Development into Student Results by Douglas B. Reeves
  8. Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children’s Book: Life Lessons from Notable People from All Walks of Life (various authors)
  9. The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching & Learning (various)
  10. Mindset by Carol Dweck (Even a couple of years old, I read it again, so it counts and beats out Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion, the Heath Brother’s Switch, and Wagner’s The Global Achievement Gap)

Top 10 Chil

dren’s Books

  1. It’s a Book by Lane Smith
  2. Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown
  3. Art and Max by David Wiesner
  4. The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood
  5. Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
  6. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (thanks MB for the recommendation before it was even a Newberry winner) – one of my favorites
  7. The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
  8. Olivia Goes to Venice by Ian Falconer
  9. The Odyssey (by Homer) but the graphic novel by Gareth Hinds
  10. Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot by Silvey and Minor
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3 thoughts on “Best of the Year

    • Thanks for passing that link along. What a fantastic blog and another reason to have a twitter account and follow someone. I would love to meet Peter Brown. His illustrations are wonderful. I think the Curious Garden is one of my favorites, especially if you’ve ever visited the Highline park. It reminds me of a modern day Miss Rumphius, leaving behind a world more beautiful than before. Thanks, and if I don’t see you … have a great holiday.

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