My Favorite Book about Teaching and Learning is . . . 33 Books to Inspire You!

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Here's the list of 33 favorite books about teaching and learning as recommended by colleagues throughout my network.

The fall semester is in full swing as I write this blog post. Fall always reminds me of new starts, new semesters, and new books!

That's why I recently posted this fill-in-the-blank question to all of my social media pages:

My favorite book about teaching and learning is ______________________.

The response has been fantastic! Professors, instructors, teachers, educators, and faculty development professionals from a variety of disciplines from around the world responded with their favorite book about teaching and learning.

I’ve compiled the list and here are the 33 books recommended by colleagues throughout my network (many books were recommended more than once).

Time to update your Amazon wish list! Here we go!

The List!  Favorite Books about Teaching and Learning

Sorted alphabetically by author’s last name because ranking these in any sort of order would be impossible:

  • How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching* by Ambrose, Bridges, Lovett, DiPietro & Norman

  • Il n'y a pas d'éducation sans projet by Jacques Ardoino

  • What the Best College Teachers Do* by Ken Bain

  • The Skillful Teacher: On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom* by Stephen Brookfield

  • Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning* by Peter Brown

  • The College Fear Factor: How Students and Professors Misunderstand One Another by Rebecca D. Cox (Author)

  • Design for How People Learn* by Julie Dirksen

  • A Guide to Collaborative Communication for Service-Learning and Community Engagement Partners by Rebecca Dumlao

  • How Humans Learn* by Joshua Eyler

  • A Connected Curriculum for Higher Education by Dilly Fung

  • Write Like This by Kelly Gallagher

  • Free to Learn by Peter Grey

  • Teaching Struggling Students by Laura Harrison

  • Made to Stick* by Chip and Dan Heath

  • Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks

  • Impro: Improvisation and the Theater by Keith Johnstone

  • Small Teaching by James Lang

  • Creating Space for Democracy: A Primer on Dialogue and Deliberation in Higher Education by Nicholas V. Longo & Timothy J. Shaffer (Eds.)

  • Teach Students How to Learn by Sandra Yancy McGuire

  • Understanding by Design* by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe

  • Teaching at Its Best by Linda Nilson

  • I Teach, But Do They Learn? by Michel Saint-Onge

  • An Urgency of Teachers: the Work of Critical Digital Pedagogy by Jesse Stommel and Sean Michael Morris

  • How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School by the National Research Council

  • Learning and Assessing with Multiple-Choice Questions in College Classrooms by Jay Parkes

  • Deliberative Pedagogy by Timothy Shaffer

  • Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement by Timothy J. Shaffer, Nicholas V. Longo, Idit Manosevitch, and Maxine S. Thomas (eds.)

  • Rosenshine's Principles in Practice by Tom Sherrington (Author), Oliver Caviglioli (Illustrator)

  • Toward a Composition Made Whole by Jody Shipka

  • Writing Across Contexts by Taczak, Yancey and Robertson

  • Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education* by Thomas Tobin and Kirsten T. Behling

  • Why Students Don’t Like School by Daniel Willingham

  • Why Don't Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom by Daniel Willingham


I may have to make this an annual blog post since there are so many new books about teaching and learning that have recently been published! And, be sure to look for a few of these authors as guests on my Lecture Breakers podcast!

Do you have other books you’d like to add to the list? Share your recommendations below, on Twitter @barbihoneycutt, or send me an email (

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