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Dive Into Summer and Check Out These Bestselling Nonfiction Books!

Each week, Bookstr scans bestseller lists across the Internet to learn what people are reading, buying, gifting, and talking about most — just so we can ensure consistent, high-quality recommendations. This week’s nonfiction picks center are current bestsellers, showcasing which nonfiction books are the biggest hits with audiences! Pick these up to see what everyone is talking about!


5. Wally Funk’s Race for Space by Sue Nelson


A woman holding a space helmet stands before a rocket ship taking off

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Wally Funk’s Race For Space by Sue Nelson tells the story of Wally Funk, who was one of the thirteen American female pilots in NASA’s 1961 program: Women in Space. She wanted to become one of the first women astronauts but just one week before the final phase of training, the program was cancelled. This book is a fascinating read, exploring Wally Funk’s life, before, during, and after the failed space venture. Although she may never reach the stars, her story will inspire you to reach for them.


4. Some kids I taught and what they taught me  by Kate CLanchy


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Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me by Kate Clanchy is an exploration and celebration of her thirty-year teaching career. From the pressures of explaining sex to teenagers, to nurturing a poetry group of refugees, to the regular stresses of coursework, this memoir is an honest exploration of teaching, from its highs to its lows. It is showcase of how vital teaching is and how undervalued it can be to the world at large. This novel will show you why it shouldn’t be.


3. The Corner shop by Babita Sharma


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The Corner Shop by Babita Sharma tells of the institution that is still vital to our modern world today, even with the rise of retail. The author was raised in one and had her worldview shaped by gazing out from its tiny confines. Along with learning how to stack shelves and organize items, Babita gained unique political and human insight from the shop. This book is a very interesting look at these shops from her POV, discussing how they are still vital to the world and still beloved by many.


2. ‘Superior’ by Angela Saini

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Superior by Angela Saini is a disturbing read but an essential one. After the horrors the Nazis committed during World War II, the world turned its back on eugenics and the study of ‘race science’. But not all did. Some scientists remained committed to the terrible ideas of race science, believing that certain people are inferior to others. The book explores its horrific origins and how it’s been slowly keeping itself alive thanks to a small group of scientists who remain committed to its ideals. And how, it is today experiencing a horrific resurgence in popularity. At a time where white nationalism is rising, Superior is an examination of the insidious, disturbing, and destructive nature of race science.


1. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo 


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Three Women by Lisa Taddeo is the story of women’s relationship with sex, showcased in a manner that isn’t often seen. Taddeo tells the story of three women’s unmet needs, disappointments, and obsessions. The culmination of many long hours of research over an eight year period, the women featured are: Lisa, who is in an unhappy marriage with two kids, Maggie, who has a fling with her teacher and becomes the center of a small town court case, and Sloane, whose husband likes to watch her have sex with other people. This book is an exposure of erotic fragility in modern America, frank, honest, and up front about women’s relationships with sexual desire.


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Harry Potter Classroom

This Harry Potter-Themed Classroom Has Gone Viral, and for Good Reason!

Going back to school often has a more negative reputation. You have homework, tests, and, worst of all, waking up early. Thanks, but no thanks. However, if you had Tressa Bargella as your teacher this year then I’m sure you wouldn’t mind going to school everyday.


The third grade teacher at Valley View Intermediate School in Pennsylvania went cast a spell over her classroom with amazing Harry Potter-themed decor. Check out all the work she put into this wizardly project!


Harry Potter Classroom

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Harry Potter Classroom

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Pretty sweet, right? I think all Potterheads would consider taking third grade math again if it meant they could hang out in this classroom. Check out the interview Bargella had with People Now below!






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10 Quotes To Spark Your Back to School Spirit

Back to school season is upon us and whether you’re a freshman entering high school, a senior finishing their last year of college, or a teacher, now is as good a time as any to re-energize your batteries! Here are 10 inspiring quotes on education that will spark your back to school spirit!





“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela



“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”

– Thomas Paine



“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

– Confucius



“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”

– Malcom X



“Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody.”

– Jane Austen



“True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.”

– Nikos Kazantzakis



“The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.”

– Baruch Spinoza



“A man who has never gone to school may steal a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.”

– Theodore Roosevelt



“Wisdom…. comes not from age, but from education and learning.”

– Anton Chekhov



“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”

– Malala Yousafzai




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U.S. Public Schools Say Goodbye to Librarians

If you’re thinking of becoming a librarian, or are already one, we have some bad news for you. U.S. public schools are saying goodbye to librarians as the rate of full-time hired librarians has dropped significantly in the last fifteen years and will likely continue to decline, according to NCES.


The School Library Journal recently examined statistical data gathered by the National Center for Education Statistics which found that between 1999-2000 and 2015-16 school years the percentage of full-time librarians dropped by 19%, going from 53, 659 to 43,357.



Source: School Library Journal 


As you can see in the graphics provided by SLJ, while the amount of full-time librarians have slowly dropped since 1999, the Great Recession of 2008 appears to have exacerbated the decline. 


The shortage of librarians has paid a hard blow to some states in particular, with California, Florida, Texas, New York, and Michigan coming in as the top five states which have lost the most amount of full-time librarians. 



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While the shortage of librarians remains a problem for every classroom in the United States public school system, its an even larger issue for minorities. 


According to Education Week reports, the shortage of librarians predominately affects racially diverse school districts as they have seen the most amount of librarians dismissed.  75% of school districts which haven’t lost a librarian since 2005 are white, while 78% of school districts which have lost the most librarians were comprised of minority student populations. 


This is a significant issue considering the already-existing challenges many urban and minority school districts face. According to a USDA 2013 report, “64 percent of students receive free or reduced price lunches, indicating that their families are at or near the federal poverty level.” Urban schools have also had a history of limited government funding and socioeconomic disadvantages. Therefore decreasing the amount of full-time librarians takes away beneficial educational support to students who already face educational disadvantages. 


To learn more about this decline and other vital statistics, read the rest of the report here.



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Comic Books

Reading Comic Books Shown to Help Students With Dyslexia

I used to teach, and one of the hardest things about being a teacher was trying to find something that students would actually want to read. For students with dyslexia, reading can be challenging, and they would rather avoid it. However, one seventh-grader has found a potential solution to this problem in the form of comic books.


Anthony Rota is a thirteen-year-old student at Doherty Middle School in Andover, Massachusetts. In a presentation to around thirty elementary school students, he shared how comic books helped him overcome his dyslexia and find a love of reading. In an interview with The Eagle-Tribune, Rota said, “They were short, really cool stories. I could look at the pictures. They were easy to read. You will see improvement fast — the more you read the better you get at reading.”



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Rota had to switch schools when he was in the fourth grade because of his dyslexia. He felt bad because it forced him to leave his friends behind. Luckily, he ended up with a teacher who encouraged him and his interest in comic books. For her, seeing him go on to help younger students is a teacher’s dream come true.


For Rota, dyslexia is not only no longer a burden but is actually a superpower. Rota explained to the students how dyslexia can boost creativity and makes people better at certain tasks, like spotting Waldo in the Where’s Waldo? books.



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When describing why he felt the need to help others, Rota explained, “I have dyslexia and wanted to help kids with dyslexia because I know it can be hard for them. Comic books helped me and I think it can help other kids.”


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