Education Publishing Preview

Based on the advance copies I receive, education publishing is blowing up this summer and fall. My question: Why aren’t these all summer publications, so teachers can start reading now?

Questioning the elevated state of school security, Kathleen Nolan’s Police in the Hallways (Univ. of Minnesota) drops in September, right on the heels of Annette Fuentes’s must-read Lockdown High.

Russell Reich, who brought you Notes on Directing and Notes on Cooking, and educator Shellee Hendricks present Notes on Teaching (RCR Creative), which, publishing this month, will be great to dip into for summer reading.

There are plenty of education books coming out for parents, too. Steve Perry, who has made the rounds on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360¬∞ and American Morning, encourages parents to take a more direct approach to getting a good education for their children in Push Has Come to Shove (Crown, Sept.). And, with a similar approach, Peg Tyre follows up her best-selling The Trouble with Boys with The Good School (Holt) this August. In the LJ Xpress Review, our reviewer notes that this book may not find its way to the parents and guardians in low-income situations who need it most. All the more reason to promote it at your library. Tyre has spoken at libraries for her first book, so she might be worth pursuing for a program.

The End of Molasses Classes (Touchstone: S. & S.), the latest from Ron Clark‚ best-selling author of The Essential 55, a talk-show favorite, and 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year‚ publishes in August.

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