CEE Reads

As the saying goes, reading is “fun-damental”! Nowhere is that truer than at The Center for Early Education, where reading is a core part of everything we do.
Students aren’t the only ones who bring a passion for reading to CEE; faculty and staff are avid readers, too. For some inspiration, check out some of the great books that members of our community have been reading lately!

Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz

“Sally Shaywitz is the leading expert on reading and dyslexia. This book is a comprehensive, updated text that helps teachers and parents understand, identify, and address reading challenges. Dr. Shaywitz demystifies the subject of dyslexia and explains how with early identification and support, a child can become a proficient reader. Dr. Shaywitz also goes on to instruct parents and educators on scopes and sequences of targeted intervention. I always have this book on hand to lend out or re-read for advice! (P.S. My copy is signed by Sally Shaywitz herself!)” -Maggie Yolen, Lower Elementary Learning Specialist

RANGE: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein

“I found the studies Epstein referenced to be fascinating. In our fast-paced, over-scheduled world, it was reassuring to read that not specializing early was a great choice for a lot of people.” -Kirstin McDonald, Systems Administrator

Becoming by Michelle Obama

“Learn about the challenges in life and how when working hard, sometimes we can make a difference!” -Delmy Jovel, Food Coordinator

“Michelle Obama at her best. What an inspiration.” -Penny Landreth, Upper Elementary Art Teacher

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

“A beautifully written and compelling story about a young girl who essentially raises herself and becomes a survivor. I couldn't put it down.” -Penny Landreth, Upper Elementary Art Teacher

“An engaging story of one child's own education in a totally unstructured world.” -Kirstin McDonald, Systems Administrator 

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

“A great book about family, relationships and self-discovery. I really enjoyed it!” -Rosalie Schuller-Alonzo, Toddler Teacher

When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors

“This memoir by a founder of Black Lives Matter illustrates how Black and brown communities in the US are targeted by the criminal legal system. Khan-Cullors, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley (in my hometown of Van Nuys), dispels the narrative that heroic individualism is required to make change in our communities. Each tragedy and each triumph in her story lays the groundwork for the leadership she is known for today.” -Angel Villalta, Library Clerk

Severance by Ling Ma

“This page-turner is not what you'd expect from a post-zombie-apocalypse novel. Even when New York City is nearly empty of human inhabitants, Candace just keeps coming to work. This book explores the comfort and certainty of routine in an uncertain world.” -Angel Villalta, Library Clerk

Maybe You Should Talk with Someone by Lori Gottlieb

“I loved this memoir of a therapist writing about herself and her patients. She writes about her own therapeutic relationship with her therapist and really delves into the complexity of human relationships.” -Natalie Adams, Director of Elementary Programs

“Venture out, read something different and you'll be pleasantly surprised. This was one of the most interesting books I read all year!” -Luis Herrera, Technology Support Associate

The Best We Could Do: an Illustrated Graphic Memoir by Thi Bui

“With so many of our students reading graphic novels, I have worked to connect with the genre. Adult literary graphic novels are a great way to realize that the medium is not "fluff" but can be real and vital. This complex graphic novel delves into the author’s parent’s upbringing in Vietnam and traces the ways that her parents' childhood traumas impact the way that she was raised.” -Natalie Adams, Director of Elementary Programs

Educated by Tara Westover

“It's about finding the will to be completely in charge of your education.”
-Melissa Hoang, Technology and Innovation Specialist

“It’s a perspective that we don’t always get to hear about a part of the US population. If you read with an open mind, there are things to learn from this memoir. One of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read.” -Jerrie Lowe, EC2 Teacher

Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, PhD

“This book was a fascinating look at some of the latest science and research behind why sleep is so important and how we can improve our rest.”
-Matt Arguello, Director of Innovation

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

"A thrilling look into how Phil Knight built one of the biggest companies in the world - Nike - from a small Japanese sneaker import gig he ran out of his car. Surprisingly page-turning." -Jessica Levin, Director of Communications

Eleanore Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

“A great, interesting read!” -Ellen Gerstell, Upper Elementary Music

“A humorous and compelling (fictional) take on mental health and modern life.”
-Jessica Levin, Director of Communications
The Center for Early Education, a socio-economically and culturally diverse independent school for children, toddlers through grade six, strives to graduate students who are joyful, resilient, life-long learners. The Center embraces a philosophy of education that combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that addresses the developmental needs of each child.