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We read more than children's books here at BTSB! Though we don't sell the titles below, we do recommend them for your examination. Perhaps you would share with us your favorite books related to education, libraries or other topics of professional interest.

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The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way, by Amanda Ripley. Published by Simon & Schuster, 2013. 320 pages.The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way (cover art)

Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits
Donalyn Miller with Susan Kelley
Published by Jossey-Bass
Year: 2013
Pages: 304
Library 2020: Today's Leading Visionaries Describe Tomorrow's Library
Joseph Janes
Published by The Scarecrow Press
Year: 2013
Pages: 161
One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined
Salman Khan
Published by Hachette Book Group
Year: 2012
Pages: 259
Children's Book-a-Day Almanac
Anita Silvey
Published by Roaring Brook Press
Year: 2012
Pages: 400
Picturing the World: Informational Picture Books for Children
Kathleen T. Isaacs
Published by ALA Editions
Year: 2012
Pages: 216
Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L'Engle in Many Voices
Leonard S. Marcus
Published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Year: 2012
Pages: 384
How Children Succeed
Paul Tough
Published by Houghton Miffin
Year: 2012
Pages: 197
Show Me a Story: Why Picture Books Matter: Conversations with 21 of the World's Most Celebrated Illustrators
Leonard S. Marcus
Published by Candlewick Press
Year: 2012
Pages: 293
Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back
Robert Levine
Published by Doubleday
Year: 2011
Pages: 320
The Death & Life of the Great American School System: How Testing & Choice are Undermining Education
Diane Ravitch
Published by Basic Books
Year: 2010
Pages: 334
Robert McCloskey: A Private Life in Words and Pictures
Jane McCloskey
Published by Smith/Kerr Associates
Year: 2011
Pages: 256
The Story of Charlotte's Web: E.B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic
Michael Sims
Published by Walker Books
Year: 2011
Pages: 320
The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
Nicholas Carr
Published by W.W. Norton & Co
Year: 2010
Pages: 280
What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read With Your Child and All the Best Times to Read Them
Pam Allyn
Published by Avery Trade
Year: 2009
Pages: 336
A Family of Readers: The Book Lover's Guide to Children's and Young Adult Literature
Roger Sutton and Martha Parravano
Published by Candlewick Press
Year: 2010
Pages: 368
The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing But the Seuss: a Visual Biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel
Charles D. Cohen
Published by Random House
Year: 2004
Pages: 361
Waiting for "Superman"
Davis Guggenheim
Published by Paramount Vantage
Year: 2010
Innovation & Imagination: The Story of Weston Woods
John Cech
Published by Scholastic Press
Year: 2009
Pages: 175
Funny Business: Conversations with Writers of Comedy
Leonard S. Marcus
Published by Candlewick Press
Year: 2009
Pages: 224
Twenty-first-century Kids, Twenty-first-century Librarians
Virginia A. Walter
Published by American Library Association
Year: 2010
Pages: 104
Born Digital
John Palfrey and Urs Gasser
Published by Basic Books
Year: 2008
Pages: 375
Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book
Anita Silvey
Published by Roaring Brook Press
Year: 2009
Pages: 240
From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Books
Kathleen T. Horning
Published by HarperCollins
Year: Revised Edition, 2010
Pages: 240
Golden Legacy
Leonard Marcus
Published by Golden Books, Inc.
Year: 2007
Pages: 245
Tested: One American School Struggles to Make the Grade
Linda Perlstein
Published by Henry Holt
Year: 2007
Pages: 302
Bookwomen: Creating an Empire in Children's Book Publishing, 1919-1939
Jacalyn Eddy
Published by University of Wisconsin Press
Year: 2006
Pages: 211
Library: An Unquiet History
Mathew Battles
Published by W.W. Norton & Co.
Year: 2003
Pages: 227
Less is More: a Practical Guide to Weeding School Library Collections
Donna J. Baumbach and Linda L. Miller
Published by American Library Association
Year: 2006
Pages: 194
Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her
Melanie Rehak
Published by Harcourt
Year: 2005
Pages: 364
Education Myths: What Special Interest Groups Want You to Believe About our Schools And Why It Isn't So.
Jay P. Greene
Published by Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Year: 2005
Pages: 267
Teacher Man
Frank McCourt
Published by Scribner
Year: 2005
Pages: 258
The Essential Guide to Children's Books and Their Creators
Anita Silvey (editor)
Published by Houghton Mifflin
Year: 2002
Pages: 542
Controversial Issues in School Librarianship: Divergent Perspectives
Nancy Everhart
Published by Linworth
Year: 2003
Pages: 150
Why Read?
Mark Edmundson
Published by Bloomsbury Press
Year: 2004
Pages: 143
Battling Corruption in America's Public Schools
Lydia G. Segal
Published by Northeastern University Press
Year: 2004
Pages: 257
The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn
Diane Ravitch
Published by Knopf
Year: 2003
Pages: 272
Book Business: Publishing Past, Present, and Future
Jason Epstein
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
Year: 2002
Pages: 204
Libraries in the Ancient World
Lionel Casson
Published by Yale University Press
Year: 2001
Pages: 177
Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever
Mem Fox. Illustrated by Judy Horacek
Published by Harcourt, Inc.
Year: 2001
Pages: 156
Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper
Nicholson Baker
Published by Random House
Year: 2001
Pages: 270
Holiday House: the First Sixty-Five Years
Russell Freedman and Barbara Elleman
Published by Holiday House
Year: 1985, revised edition 2000
Pages: 247
Tomie de Paola: His Art & His Stories
Barbara Elleman
Published by G.P. Putnam Sons
Year: 1999
Pages: 189
Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope
Jonathan Kozol
Published by Crown Publishers
Year: 2000
Pages: 375
Cataloging Correctly for Kids: An Introduction to the Tools. Fifth Edition.
Sheila S. Intner, Joanna F. Fountain and Jean Weihs, editors
Published by The American Library Association
Year: 2010
Pages: 136
High Tech Heretic: Why Computers Don't Belong in the Classroom and Other Reflections
Clifford Stoll, a Computer Contrarian
Published by Doubleday
Year: 1999
Pages: 214
Dear Genius: the Letters of Ursula Nordstrom
Leonard S. Marcus (collector and editor)
Published by HarperCollins
Year: 1998
Pages: 406
Irrepressible Reformer: A Biography of Melvil Dewey
Wayne A. Wiegand
Published by the American Library Association
Year: 1996
Pages: 403
Among Schoolchildren
Tracy Kidder
Published by Houghton Mifflin
Year: 1989
Pages: 331