recommened books

Natsume’s Book of Friends (10/10)

Natsume Yuujinchou, and its manga, has a home in a very special place in my heart. A coming of age story of a modern teenage boy with no ties to this life, it’s only appropriate that he can see spirits. The youkai are not the ghosts of dead humans(in most cases). No, rather, they are natural spirits, gods, sentient beasts, sometimes even living dolls.

And while this sounds like a scary story, it’s actually the opposite- because of how Natsume looks at it. He’s lonely, and misses parents he can’t remember, but he doesn’t lash out or let his jealously control him- he is only more thankful for what he has. He was scared of youkai when he was younger- hated and feared them to the point of running in the opposite direction every time he spotted one, but by the time the anime starts, he has calmed down enough that with the help of some new friends, starts to become involved in the lives of people both youkai and human, even finding a precious home as well. Basically, in this show there is nowhere to go but up- and it does!

If you are looking for a heart lifting fantasy with an unconventional lead and unpredictable stories, look no further. The character development that progresses steadily throughout the many episodes and seasons is also so wonderful to watch. He slowly but naturally starts to trust people, value himself, and even start to express normal emotions- a luxury he never had before. Never have I seen such a realistic yet hopeful depiction of recovery after a traumatic childhood.

Check out some more recommendations here!


Recommended Education Books for June 23-29th 2014

  1. To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher 3rd Edition; By William Ayers
  2. To Teach: The Journey, in Comics; By William Ayers
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  3. An Ethic of Excellence: Building a Culture of Craftsmanship with Students
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    by Ron Berger
  4. The Power of Their Ideas: Lessons for America from a Small School in Harlem By Deborah Meier
  5. You Can’t Say You Can’t Play by Vivian Gussin Paley
  6. Our School: Searching for Community in the Era of Choice by Sam Chaltain
  7. Education and the Significance of Life by J. Krishnamurti
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My longer recommendations can be found via my new blog Adventures in Learning’s Recommendations or just by searching my archive page.

I will start up a new batch tomorrow. I am also taking recommendations for books to share. Please share books that have changed your teaching or life for the better, education or not. Also write a few reasons why you recommend the book and how it changed you. Will post guest recommendation later this week! Pick up one of these books for some good summer reading! 


 What is your favorite book to read to students?

Recommended by @unskoolery

Zen Shorts (Caldecott Honor Book) By Jon J Muth

“Michael,” said Karl. “There’s a really big bear in the backyard.” This is how three children meet Stillwater, a giant panda who moves into the neighborhood and tells amazing tales. To Addy he tells a story about the value of material goods. To Michael he pushes the boundaries of good and bad. And to Karl he demonstrates what it means to hold on to frustration. With graceful art and simple stories that are filled with love and enlightenment, Jon Muth – and Stillwater the bear – present three ancient Zen tales that are sure to strike a chord in everyone they touch.

I love this book. We read it to our kids also! Highly recommend! You can find it here

So my dash is empty and...

I need to follow blogs and I don’t know where to start. Please, if you regularly post any of the list below, reblog this so I know:

-Dead Poets Society (I love that movie and I need some anderperry in my life)

-Movies in general 

-In The Flesh (I ship siren, so you know)

-Mr Robot

-Orange is the New Black


-Les Miserables

-Books (I need book recommenations)

Thank you <3


1. The Host ~ stephenie meyer

2. Amy and Roger’s epic detour~ Morgan Maison (it’s actually really cool it has playlists and stuff and it’s cute)

3. The summer I turned pretty trilogy~ Jenny Han

4. Delirium Trilogy~ Lauren Oliver

5. Perfect Chemistry~ Simone Elkeles

6. Hush hush series~ becca fitzpatrick

7. What happened to goodbye~ Sarah Desen

8. Selection Trilogy~ Kiera Cass

9.  The godess test series~ Aimee Carter

10. Mara Dyer series~ Michelle Hodkin

acidcxlum here’s a reference thing if you’d like