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35 Books All Educators of African American and Latino Students Must Read

01/07/2014 02:25 pm ET | Updated Mar 09, 2014

Reading a body of work that offers effective insights to educators has proven to greatly assist educators with strengthening their teaching practices. We as educators must continually examine are teaching practices, and seek news ways of reaching are students.

Years of teaching with ineffective practices, as it relates to pedagogy, works to the disadvantage of your students. Additionally, teaching without understanding the population of diverse students before you is a recipe for blatant disaster.

As educators, we should always look for ways to reach the bright folks in front of us.

If you're a teacher of African American and Latino children, below is my recommended reading list of outstanding books. Some of the books also provide a very strong understanding of the African American and Latino child as it relates to home life and community, without relying on stereotypes.

Some of the recommended books can be used as a basis to understand and educate all children.

35 Books for Teaching Latino and Black Students:

-Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

-We Can't Teach What We Don't Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools by Gary R. Howard

-Marva Collins' Way by Marva Collins

-Ordinary Children, Extraordinary Teachers by Marva Collins

-Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life by Baruti K. Kafele

-Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success by Baruti Kafele

-Understanding the Language Development and Early Education of Hispanic Children by Eugene E. Garcia and Erminda H. Garcia

-The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children by Gloria Ladson-Billings

-200+ Educational Strategies to Teach Children of Color by Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu

-Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys, Vol. 1 by Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu

-Through Ebony Eyes: What Teachers Need to Know But Are Afraid to Ask About African American Students by Gail L. Thompson

-The Skin That We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom by Lisa Delpit

-Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom by Lisa Delpit

-Invisible No More: Understanding the Disenfranchisement of Latino Men and Boys by Pedro Noguera

-Unfinished Business: Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools by Pedro A. Noguera

-The Hispanic Child: Speech, Language, Culture, and Education by Alejandro E. Brice

-Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America by Mike Rose

-Holler If You Hear Me: The Education of a Teacher and His Students by Gregory Michie

-Reading for Their Life: (Re)Building the Textual Lineages of African American Adolescent Males by Alfred Tatum

-The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson

-Mentoring Young Men of Color: Meeting the Needs of African American and Latino Students by Horace R. Hall

-Helping Hispanic Students Succeed by Pat Quinn

-Leadership on Purpose: Promising Practices for African American and Hispanic Students by Rosemary Papa and Rex Fortune

-From Rage to Hope: Strategies for Reclaiming Black and Hispanic Students by Crystal Kuykendall

-Culturally Responsive Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice (Multicultural Education Series) by Geneva Gay

-I Won't Learn from You: And Other Thoughts on Creative Maladjustment by Herbert R. Kohl

-Educating Latino Boys: An Asset-Based Approach by David Campos

-Academic Profiling: Latinos, Asian Americans and the Achievement Gap by Gilda L. Ochoa

-Your First Year As a High School Teacher: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional by Lynne Marie Rominger, Suzanne Packard Laughrea and Natalie Elkin

-Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope by bell hooks

-The First Days Of School: How To Be An Effective Teacher by Harry K. Wong and Rosemary T. Wong

-Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College (K-12) by Doug Lemov and Norman Atkins

-Immigrants Raising Citizens: Undocumented Parents and Their Young Children by
Hirokazu Yoshikawa

-The New Principal's Fieldbook: Strategies for Success by Pamela Robbins and Harvey B. Alvy

-Young, Gifted, and Black: Promoting High Achievement among African-American Students by Theresa Perry, Claude Steele and Asa Hilliard III