Seven Best Non-fiction Books I Read in 2016
Hello readers! I read some awesome books this year! What about you? I’m going to eventually make a fiction list, but I read a lot of non-fiction this year, so here it goes! In order of awesomeness…
1. Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos: I loved this memoir by Nia Vardalos, the star and author of the “My Big, Fat Greek Wedding” movie. Nia writes about adopting her daughter from foster care. This book truly touched me, but was also very informative.
2. Take Control of the Noisy Class: From Chaos to Calm in 15 Seconds by Rob Plevin: This was the best classroom management book I have ever read. The author worked in both general and special education and some tough environments, so he really gets challenging students.
3. The People v. Disneyland by David Koenig: I loved this book about the various lawsuits against Disneyland over the years and how they resulted in changes in the park. Surprisingly not dry for a book about lawyers and lawsuits.
4. For the Love by Jen Hatmaker: This book is a collection of essays on a large variety of topics, including parenting, church, and social media. It’s very funny and many of her points are refreshing.
5. Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave by Shyima Hall and Lisa Wysocky: This book really opened my eyes to modern-day slavery. It is so insane to me that she was a slave in Southern California for 21 months before she was rescued. The depravity of some humans and the resiliency of other humans is shocking.
6. Another Place at the Table by Kathy Harrison: I loved this very real look at the American foster care system from a woman who has been fostering for 13 years. She is brutally honest and an inspiration.
7. How to Talk to Kids Can Learn by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish: This was a great book for anyone who works with children. It was also the most engaging book about teaching I have ever read, as it is full of comic strips. This book has a lot of practical strategies for changing your language to improve your relationships with children.