Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
Most of you are probably familiar with Little Women (and if you aren't you should be!), but not as many people have read Little Men. It continues the story of the March family and the lives of several children who live and learn at Plumfield, the school run by Jo and her husband Professor Behr. (Also wonderful is the third book about the March family, Jo's Boys.
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
An American classic set in a boys' boarding school during World War II. It's an emotional and powerful coming of age story.
The Secret School by Avi
This one is short, and meant for young adults, but the themes are timeless and complex. It's the story of a young girl who must teach her classmates secretly if she wants to achieve her dream of becoming a teacher.
Why School: Reclaiming Education for All of Us by Mike Rose
This is a small book with huge ideas. Rose questions and reflects on the reasons for educating our children and ourselves. He offers critiques and powerful solutions to the education problems in our country today. It is as poetic as it is political.
The Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell
Made into a movie starring Hillary Swank, this book chronicles the lives of a young teacher and her troubled students as they use writing transform their lives despite desparate circumstances.
School as a Journey by Torin Finser
This book follows Finser, a long-time Waldorf teacher, through eight years with the same classroom of students.