Crushing it For Kids: 5 Areas to Impact Education in Awesome Ways by Monica Genta

“It’s a quick read and a sleek volume for educators to keep on their desks or even on their clipboards if they need reminders of how they can continue crushing it for kids. It was a pleasure to read and re-read this little powerhouse, not to mention an honor since Genta is a fellow Illinois educator!”

We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy, a Very Oral History by Yael Kohen

“It’s better. But there is more journey ahead of us. The theory is that the rise of women in comedy parallels the rise of women in America. The same narrative applies to where society is when it comes to its treatment of women.”

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

“I genuinely believe that Reynolds has magical powers. One of my students (a self-proclaimed “hater” of reading) read this book for book club, finished it in one night and came in the next day to tell us how good it was. As an English teacher, this is the kind of thing I dream about!”

Full Circle: From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again by Andrea Barber

“You see, Full House (ABC) was popular when I was a kid. The character Michelle and I were around the same age. On Tuesday nights,  I got to snuggle up with my dad to watch the Tanner family in all their crazy antics. So, it’s no surprise that Fuller House filled me with joy and nostalgia.”