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5 Great Books about Belonging within Classrooms

As we step into a new year, explore the transformative power of these five compelling books, compiled by librarian Allyson Mower, that delve into the theme of belonging within classrooms, offering insights and inspiration for fostering inclusive and connected educational spaces.

The Impact of a Sense of Belonging in College
Edited by Erin Bentrim and Gavin W. Henning

This edited volume offers excellent definitions of the many elements that comprise belonging. It also provides concrete, practical advice about engaging with the many facets both within a classroom as well as on a university campus.

Reconnect: Building School Culture for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging
By Doug Lemov, Hilary Lewis, Darryl Williams, and Denarius Frazier

With a focus on K-12 schools and young people during the pandemic, this creative volume brings together basic tips and impactful visuals about best practices for educators and community members to build up the whole student.

Educating a Diverse Nation
By Clifton Conrad and Marybeth Gasman

Drawing from a range of minority serving institutions (MSIs), this excellent pre-pandemic volume discusses important practices that faculty and administrators can employ on campus to more fully educate members of our diverse nation.

We Belong: 50 Strategies to Create Community and Revolutionize Classroom Management
By Laurie Barron and Patti Kinney

This book also draws from K-12 teaching, but has a unique focus on ways of developing positive learning environments that can be applicable to other age ranges and settings.

Literacy Essentials: Engagement, Excellence and Equity for All Learners
By Regie Routman

Geared to K-12 teachers, this title guides readers through 10 key factors for educators to adopt for the purpose of influencing a school’s culture.

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