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The Periodic Table Of Educational Books To Read Today 2020

By April 9, 2020April 22nd, 2020No Comments

It was back in June last year when I first started preparing for another periodic table of books to read. Of all of the different tables that I make, it is the books one which definitely takes the most time and work.

In making this table I’ve read more than 100 books and with due diligence I have to say that I am very lucky that the following publishers have sent me many of their books for consideration. Thanks go to Bloomsbury, Routledge, Crown House and ITL Press for sending me lots of books. A huge special thanks too to John Catt who have both sent me books but also sponsored the table to give me some time to make it. For the avoidance of doubt too, John Catt have given me complete editorial control over the content of the table so whilst you will see some John Catt publications on the table, there are lots of other offerings too.

Unfortunately, not every book I buy or get sent gets put on there but hopefully, you’ll feel that this is a representative selection of some of the very best books that are out there and that have been published since the last table was created in 2018.

To give you an idea, it takes me about 15 hours to make the table from start to finish, once all of the reading, curation and deciding which books will go in. From curating all of the book covers to masking them in the design, sorting the colour scheme, aligning it all, gathering feedback, improving the overall look and feel of it all…. it’s a long process but ultimately one that I feel is worth it. I am so proud of the result! And if you’re interested in how I make them, I use Keynote on my MacBook Pro.

With this table I have set out 6 different categories:

On the previous table, I had a section specifically for books about ‘Assessment and Behaviour’. With this table and the rise of great books incorporating research-informed approaches to teaching and learning, I thought I’d concatenate the assessment and behaviour type books into ‘General Education’ so that the ‘Research Related’ books stood out a bit further. I have also added in a ‘Classic’ section for books that were on the previous table that I felt were worthy of inclusion again. Hopefully, you’ll forgive me my indulgence of including my own ‘Perfect ICT Every Lesson‘ book on the table.

So, without further ado, here is the table, I hope you find it a valuable resource. Over the next few days, I’m going to make an interactive version of the table which I will publish in a separate post. On that version of the table, you’ll be able to click on each of the books and be taken to Amazon where you can find out more about each book. I also plan to share some book reviews too.

The Periodic Table Of Educational Boks To Read Today 2020


If you like the work I do and would like to work with me too or if you’re a publisher and would like to start sending through books for consideration, please get in touch via the contact page.

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson, @ICTEvangelist. Click here to learn more.

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