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#1: We Want to Do More Than Survive
Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom
Narrated by Misty Monroe / 7 hours 48 minutes
Winner of the 2020 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award
Drawing on personal stories, research, and historical events, an esteemed educator offers a vision of educational justice inspired by the rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists.
Drawing on her life’s work of teaching and researching in urban schools, Bettina Love... Read more »
#2: Defining Moments in Black History
Reading Between the Lies
By Dick Gregory
Narrated by James Shippy / 7 hours 37 minutes
With his trademark acerbic wit, incisive humor, and infectious paranoia, one of our foremost comedians and most politically engaged civil rights activists looks back at 100 key events from the complicated history of black America.
A friend of luminaries including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Medgar Evers, and the forebear of today’s popular... Read more »
#3: The Newcomers
Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom
By Helen Thorpe
Narrated by Kate Handford / 15 hours 9 minutes
Offering a nuanced and transformative take on immigration, multiculturalism, and America's role on the global stage, The Newcomers follows and reflects on the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers throughout the course of their 2015-2016 school year at Denver's South High School. Unfamiliar with American culture or the English language, the... Read more »
#4: Excellent Sheep
The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life
Narrated by Mel Foster / 8 hours 34 minutes
As a professor at Yale, William Deresiewicz saw something that troubled him deeply. His students, some of the nation's brightest minds, were adrift when it came to the big questions: how to think critically and creatively, and how to find a sense of purpose. Excellent Sheep takes a sharp look at the high-pressure conveyor belt that begins with... Read more »
#5: The Good Neighbor
The Life and Work of Fred Rogers
By Maxwell King
Narrated by LeVar Burton / 14 hours 7 minutes
“A wonderful biography of an American icon who seemed too good to be true. And yet, believe it or not, he was an even better, more caring man than he portrayed on television. If you are a fan of Fred Rogers and want to understand what drove him to create Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, this is an essential read. Learning more about Rogers’ life through the words of his family and friends in this well-researched and comprehensive biography will give you even more reason to admire the man. And when’s the last time a biography made you cry tears of joy?”James Wilson, Octavia Books
#6: How We Learn
The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens
Narrated by Steve Kramer / 7 hours 20 minutes
In the tradition of The Power of Habit and Thinking, Fast and Slow comes a practical, playful, and endlessly fascinating guide to what we really know about learning and memory today—and how we can apply it to our own lives.
From an early age, it is drilled into our heads: Restlessness, distraction, and ignorance are the enemies of success. We’re... Read more »
#7: The Self-Driven Child
The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
Narrated by Kaleo Griffith / 11 hours 35 minutes
“Instead of trusting kids with choices . . . many parents insist on micromanaging everything from homework to friendships. For these parents, Stixrud and Johnson have a simple message: Stop.” —NPR
“This humane, thoughtful book turns the latest brain science into valuable practical advice for parents.” —Paul Tough, New York Times bestselling... Read more »
The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Narrated by Angela Duckworth / 9 hours 22 minutes
In this instant New York Times bestseller, Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” “Inspiration for non-geniuses everywhere” (People).
The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Angela... Read more »
#9: Permission to Feel
Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive
Narrated by Marc Brackett, Ph.D. / 7 hours 55 minutes
This program is read by the author.
The mental wellbeing of our children is shockingly poor. Marc Brackett, author of Permission to Feel, knows why. And he knows what we can do.
"We have a crisis on our hands, and its victims are our children."
Marc Brackett is a professor in Yale University’s Child Study Center and founding director of the Yale... Read more »
#10: The Opposite of Spoiled
Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money
By Ron Lieber
Narrated by Ron Lieber / 6 hours 42 minutes
In the spirit of Wendy Mogel’s The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman’s Nurture Shock, New York Times “Your Money” columnist Ron Lieber delivers a taboo-shattering manifesto that explains how talking openly to children about money can help parents raise modest, patient, grounded young adults who are financially wise... Read more »
#11: Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
By Debby Irving
Narrated by Debby Irving / 9 hours 23 minutes
Debby Irving is an emerging voice in the national racial justice community. Combining her organization development skills, classroom teaching experience, and understanding of systemic racism, Irving educates and consults with individuals and organizations seeking to create racial equity at both the personal and institutional level.
Irving grew up... Read more »
#12: Teaching To Transgress
Education as the Practice of Freedom
By bell hooks
Narrated by Robin Miles / 7 hours 28 minutes
"In Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks–writer, teacher, and insurgent black intellectual–writes about a new kind of education, educations as the practice of freedom. Teaching students to “transgress” against racial, sexual, and class boundaries in order to achieve the gift of freedom is, for hooks, the teacher’s most important goal.
Bell hooks... Read more »
#13: The Absorbent Mind
Narrated by Grace B Jarnson / 11 hours 8 minutes
The Absorbent Mind was Maria Montessori's most in-depth work on her educational theory, based on decades of scientific observation of children. Her view on children and their absorbent minds was a landmark departure from the educational model at the time. This book helped start a revolution in education. Since this book first appeared there have... Read more »
#14: Pedagogy of the Oppressed
50th Anniversary Edition
Narrated by Dennis Kleinman / 7 hours 41 minutes
First published in Portuguese in 1968, Pedagogy of the Oppressed was translated and published in English in 1970. Paulo Freire's work has helped to empower countless people throughout the world and has taken on special urgency in the United States and Western Europe, where the creation of a permanent underclass among the underprivileged and... Read more »
#15: From What Is to What If
Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want
By Rob Hopkins
Narrated by Rob Hopkins / 6 hours 48 minutes
“Big ideas that just might save the world”—The Guardian
The founder of the international Transition Towns movement asks why true creative, positive thinking is in decline, asserts that it's more important now than ever, and suggests ways our communities can revive and reclaim it.
In these times of deep division and deeper despair, if there is a... Read more »
Privilege, Deceit & the Making of the College Admissions Scandal
Narrated by Brittany Pressley / 12 hours 19 minutes
An explosive true crime story of fraud, corruption, greed, celebrity, and justice in the cheating scandal that shattered the myth of meritocracy.
The largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice broke on March 12, 2019, sending shock waves through American schools and families. In Unacceptable, veteran Wall Street... Read more »
#17: Small Teaching
Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning
Narrated by Daniel Thomas May / 7 hours 27 minutes
Research into how we learn has opened the door for utilizing cognitive theory to facilitate better student learning. But that's easier said than done. Many books about cognitive theory introduce radical but impractical theories, failing to make the connection to the classroom. In Small Teaching, James Lang presents a strategy for improving... Read more »
#18: Becoming a Marine Biologist
Masters at Work
Narrated by Gabra Zackman / 3 hours 52 minutes
A fascinating guide to a career in marine biology written by bestselling journalist Virginia Morell and based on the real-life experiences of an expert in the field—essential reading for someone considering a path to this profession.
For the last two decades, Dr. Robin Baird has spent two months out of each year aboard a twenty-four-foot Zodiac... Read more »
#19: Helping Children Succeed
What Works and Why
By Paul Tough
Narrated by Paul Tough / 3 hours 42 minutes
In How Children Succeed, Paul Tough introduced us to research showing that personal qualities like perseverance, self-control, and conscientiousness play a critical role in children's success. Now, in Helping Children Succeed, Tough takes on a new set of pressing questions: What does growing up in poverty do to children's mental and physical... Read more »
#20: Reading with Patrick
A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship
By Michelle Kuo
Narrated by Michelle Kuo / 8 hours 28 minutes
“I loved this memoir, both because the story of Patrick and the other kids Kuo teaches is so moving, and because Kuo is honest and perceptive about her own failings and motivations. Highly recommend.”Kathy, Belmont Books
#21: What We Talk About When We Talk About Books
The History and Future of Reading
By Leah Price
Narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers / 5 hours 35 minutes
“ What We Talk About When We Talk About Books healed some real cracks in my relationship with reading, and reinforced my love and optimism for the written word. Book historian Leah Price guides you through all the myths, melodrama, and baggage modern culture is carrying around about books. Through a humorous and curiosity-filled tour of book history, she unpacks why so many of us feel so much pressure to read the right things in the right way, and why we've come to feel like doing so would whip our brains into shape and make us into zen, hyper-focused superhumans. Price's measured take on things made me feel like it's all going to be okay. Elisabeth Rodgers' cool, clear voice was the perfect narration.”Tova, Busboys and Poets Books
#22: The Knowledge Gap
The hidden cause of America's broken education system--and how to fix it
Narrated by Natalie Wexler / 9 hours 15 minutes
The untold story of the root cause of America's education crisis--and the seemingly endless cycle of multigenerational poverty.
It was only after years within the education reform movement that Natalie Wexler stumbled across a hidden explanation for our country's frustrating lack of progress when it comes to providing every child with a quality... Read more »
#23: The Call of the Wild and Free
Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child's Education
Wild and Free
Narrated by Piper Goodeve / 9 hours 6 minutes
Allow your children to experience the adventure, freedom, and wonder of childhood with this practical guide that provides all the information, inspiration, and advice you need for creating a modern, quality homeschool education.
Inspired by the spirit of Henry David Thoreau—”All good things are wild and free”—mother of five Ainsley Arment founded... Read more »
By Dave Itzkoff
Narrated by Dave Itzkoff & Fred Berman / 16 hours 15 minutes
This program includes a prologue and epilogue read by the author.
From New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, comes the definitive audiobook biography of Robin Williams – a compelling portrait of one of America’s most beloved and misunderstood entertainers.
From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy... Read more »
#25: Charter Schools and Their Enemies
Narrated by Brad Sanders / 4 hours 33 minutes
A leading conservative intellectual defends charter schools against the teachers' unions, politicians, and liberal educators who threaten to dismantle their success.
The black-white educational achievement gap -- so much discussed for so many years -- has already been closed by black students attending New York City's charter schools. This... Read more »
#26: The Cult of Smart
How Our Broken Education System Perpetuates Social Injustice
Narrated by Sean Patrick Hopkins / 8 hours 1 minute
Leftist firebrand Fredrik deBoer exposes the lie at the heart of our educational system and demands top-to-bottom reform.
Everyone agrees that education is the key to creating a more just and equal world, and that our schools are broken and failing. Proposed reforms variously target incompetent teachers, corrupt union practices, or outdated... Read more »
#27: Move Your Bus
An Extraordinary New Approach to Accelerating Success in Work and Life
By Ron Clark
Narrated by Ron Clark / 4 hours 1 minute
New York Times bestselling author and award-winning educator Ron Clark applies his successful leadership principles to the business world in this effective and accessible guidebook, perfect for any manager looking to inspire and motivate his or her team. Includes a foreword by bestselling author and FranklinCovey executive Sean Covey.
Teamwork is... Read more »
#28: We Got This. - Abridged
Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be
Narrated by Cornelius Minor / 6 hours 27 minutes
In We Got This Cornelius Minor describes how this conversation moved him toward realizing that listening to children is one of the most powerful things a teacher can do. By listening carefully, Cornelius discovered something that kids find themselves having to communicate far too often. That “my lessons were not, at all, linked to that student’s... Read more »
#29: The Brave Learner
Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life
Narrated by Julie Bogart / 10 hours 1 minute
Publishers Weekly bestseller · A joyful and accessible homeschool guide to making learning a part of everyday life
Parents who are deeply invested in their children's education can be hard on themselves and their kids. When exhausted parents are living the day-to-day grind, it can seem impossible to muster enough energy to make learning fun or... Read more »
#30: Tell Me Who You Are
Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, & Identity
By Winona Guo & Priya Vulchi
Narrated by Winona Guo, Priya Vulchi, Elizabeth Liang & Dominic Hoffman / 10 hours 47 minutes
An eye-opening exploration of race in America
In this deeply inspiring audiobook, Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi recount their experiences talking to people from all walks of life about race and identity on a cross-country tour of America. Spurred by the realization that they had nearly completed high school without hearing any substantive... Read more »
#31: The Read-Aloud Family
Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
Narrated by Sarah Mackenzie / 7 hours
You will never regret reading aloud to your kids.
The stories we read--and the conversations we have about them--help shape family traditions, create lifelong memories, and become part of our legacy. Reading aloud not only has the power to change a family--it has the power to change the world.
But we all know that connecting deeply with our... Read more »
#32: The Meritocracy Trap
How America's Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite
Narrated by Fred Sanders / 14 hours 13 minutes
A revolutionary new argument from eminent Yale Law professor Daniel Markovits attacking the false promise of meritocracy
It is an axiom of American life that advantage should be earned through ability and effort. Even as the country divides itself at every turn, the meritocratic ideal – that social and economic rewards should follow achievement... Read more »
What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life
Narrated by Pamela Dillman / 7 hours 22 minutes
A blueprint for how parents can stop worrying about their children’s future and start helping them prepare for it, from the cofounder and CEO of one of America’s most innovative public-school networks
BILL GATES’S HOLIDAY READING LIST • “A treasure trove of deeply practical wisdom that accords with everything I know about how children... Read more »
#34: Other People's Children
Cultural Conflict in the Classroom
By Lisa Delpit
Narrated by Lisa Reneé Pitts / 9 hours 6 minutes
Winner of an American Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Award and Choice Magazine's Outstanding Academic Book Award, and voted one of Teacher Magazine's "great books," Other People's Children has sold over 150,000 copies since its original hardcover publication. This edition features a new introduction by Delpit as well as new... Read more »
#35: Middle School Matters
The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond--and How Parents Can Help
Narrated by Lauren McCullough / 8 hours 59 minutes
A counselor and popular Washington Post contributor offers a new take on grades 6-8 as a distinct developmental phase--and the perfect time to set up kids to thrive.
Middle school is its own important, distinct territory, and yet it's either written off as an uncomfortable rite of passage or lumped in... Read more »
#36: Attack of the Teenage Brain
Understanding and Supporting the Weird and Wonderful Adolescent Learner
By John Medina
Narrated by John Medina / 6 hours 16 minutes
Marvel at the neuroscientific reasons why smart teens make dumb decisions!
Behold the mind-controlling power of executive function!
Thrill to a vision of a better school for the teenage brain!
Whether you're a parent interacting with one adolescent or a teacher interacting with many, you know teens can be hard to parent and even harder... Read more »
#37: Free to Learn
Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life
By Peter Gray
Narrated by Dan Woren / 9 hours 57 minutes
A leading expert in childhood development makes the case for why self-directed learning -- "unschooling" -- is the best way to get kids to learn.
In Free to Learn, developmental psychologist Peter Gray argues that in order to foster children who will thrive in today's constantly changing world, we must entrust them to steer their own learning... Read more »
#38: The Years That Matter Most
How College Makes or Breaks Us
By Paul Tough
Narrated by Paul Tough / 12 hours 29 minutes
The best-selling author of How Children Succeed returns with a devastatingly powerful, mind-changing inquiry into higher education in the United States
Does college work? Does it provide real opportunity for young people who want to improve themselves and their prospects? Or is it simply a rigged game designed to protect the elites who have power... Read more »
#39: How Children Learn, 50th anniversary edition
A Merloyd Lawrence Book
By John Holt
Narrated by Matt Kugler / 9 hours 25 minutes
This enduring classic of educational thought offers teachers and parents deep, original insight into the nature of early learning. John Holt was the first to make clear that, for small children, "learning is as natural as breathing." In this delightful yet profound book, he looks at how we learn to talk, to read, to count, and to reason, and how... Read more »
#40: Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents
By Russell A. Barkley & PhD
Narrated by Abby Craden / 16 hours 59 minutes
From distinguished researcher/clinician Russell A. Barkley, this treasured parent resource gives you the science-based information you need about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its treatment. It also presents a proven eight-step behavior management plan specifically designed for 6- to 18-year-olds with ADHD. Offering... Read more »
#41: The Book Whisperer
Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
Narrated by Hillary Huber & Sean Runnette / 5 hours 35 minutes
Donalyn Miller is a dedicated teacher who says she has yet to meet a child she couldn't turn into a reader. In The Book Whisperer, Miller takes us inside her sixth grade classroom to reveal the secrets of her powerful but unusual instructional approach. Rejecting book reports, comprehension worksheets, and other aspects of conventional... Read more »
#42: Not Light, but Fire
How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom
Narrated by David Sadzin /
Do you feel prepared to initiate and facilitate meaningful, productive dialogues about race in your classroom? Are you looking for practical strategies to engage with your students? Inspired by Frederick Douglass's abolitionist call to action, "it is not light that is needed, but fire" Matthew Kay has spent his career learning how to lead... Read more »
#43: It Won't Be Easy
An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching
Narrated by Roger Wayne / 5 hours 47 minutes
Tom Rademacher wishes someone had handed him this sort of book along with his teaching degree: a clear-eyed, frank, boots-on-the ground account of what he was getting into. But first he had to write it. And as 2014's Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Rademacher knows what he's talking about. Less a how-to manual than a tribute to an impossible and... Read more »
#44: Bright Kids Who Can't Keep Up: Help Your Child Overcome Slow Processing Speed and Succeed in a Fast-Paced World
Narrated by Lisa Cordileone / 6 hours 13 minutes
Do you find yourself constantly asking your child to "pick up the pace"? Does he or she seem to take longer than others to get stuff done--whether completing homework, responding when spoken to, or getting dressed and ready in the morning? Drs. Ellen Braaten and Brian Willoughby have worked with thousands of kids and teens who struggle with an... Read more »
The Secret Life of Sororities
Narrated by Alexandra Robbins / 12 hours 57 minutes
Alexandra Robbins wanted to find out if the stereotypes about sorority girls were actually true, so she spent a year with a group of girls in a typical sorority. The sordid behavior of sorority girls exceeded her worst expectations -- drugs, psychological abuse, extreme promiscuity, racism, violence, and rampant eating disorders are just a few... Read more »
#46: $10,000 per Month Passive Income Strategies: Tips, Tricks & Hacks To Wealth Creation And Financial Freedom
Transform Your Lifestyle Within 30 days
By Jason Morgan
Narrated by Eric Burr / 3 hours 12 minutes
Do you want financial freedom and to live life on your terms?
Do you want to learn the truth about passive income and how you can have recurring cash-flow month after month with minimal effort? Are you tired of being lied to by all these supposed financial "gurus" who claim they make $10,000 per month?- But in reality they only make a fraction of... Read more »
#47: How to Learn Any Language
Fast and Smart Methods to Speed Up Your Language Learning
By Peter Ashton
Narrated by R Gore / 2 hours 13 minutes
You’ve been doing it all wrong! Trust me!
So you’ve taken some German classes. Whoop-de-do! Are you good at it yet? Maybe mediocre at best, right?
So you’ve learned all the ways to conjugate a Spanish verb. Do you think you can understand those Mexicans now when they talk rapidly to each other? Probably not.
Get this: the problem is that... Read more »
#48: Organize Your Money With Quicken Training Course - Advanced
How to use Quicken Home and Business technical parts
Organize Your Money With Quicken Training Course
Narrated by Matthew Adams / 51 minutes
If you’re like most people, you’re going to be super excited about what you’re about to learn about putting your own business financial system in order.
But, it’s possible that you also may be like most people in that the “boring detail” stuff slows you down. In fact, it makes some people give up altogether.
This audio-course will take you step by... Read more »
#49: Organize Your Money With Quicken Training Course
How to use Quicken Home and Business to keep your funds organized
Organize Your Money With Quicken Training Course
Narrated by Matthew Adams / 56 minutes
- How to use Quicken Home and Business
There really is a reason that large companies, publicly traded, privately held, start ups and long time business owners ALL rely on financial statements.
Whether you are just learning how to use financial software, or you'r an old pro, understanding how to use it to get organized is vital to help you to make... Read more »
The Science Transforming How We Learn
Narrated by Neil Shah / 12 hours 28 minutes
A groundbreaking look at the science of learning: how it works both in the mind and in the classroom, which teaching techniques are most effective, and how schools should (and absolutely should not) use instructional technology. This is an essential resource for teachers, anyone interested in cutting-edge research into learning, and parents... Read more »