At Uplift, it’s not hard to get our directors to talk about their favorite books. Below, some of our campus leaders discuss the books they enjoyed in their formative years, the books they read to scholars, the books that they enjoy now, and the books that help them enhance their leadership abilities.
Christine Denison Uplift Triumph Primary Director:
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss—this book shows that everyone plays a part in taking care of our planet and how important it is to care for our natural resources like (Truffula) trees!
One Hundred Year of Solitude—this book is about a family in a Latin American country and follows the family through centuries. It is magical realism, one of my favorite literature genres!
The One and Only Ivan—I read this because our third graders are reading it this year. It is such a touching book and although the characters are animals their struggles are very real. I was moved to tears more than once when reading this book!
There is a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom—I remember reading this when I was in 5th grade, and as a 5th grade teacher loved reading it with my scholars again.
Teaching with Love and Logic—I read this my first year teaching and it transformed the way that I approached classroom management. I still use the techniques that I learned in this book with scholars at Uplift Triumph Prep! The book encourages choices and reflection, something that we want all of our scholars to have and do!
Uplift Grand Primary Director Emily Huggins
My favorite book that I read to my scholars in kindergarten: No David & David Goes to School by David Shannon because they teach valuable lessons about how to follow school rules in a fun way & scholars are able to connect to the characters in the book in a playful and funny way
I don’t have a specific favorite book for scholars but one way to promote a scholar’s love for literacy is finding books that are about a topic they are passionate about so scholars are excited about reading.
My favorite book for scholars to have an “ah-ha” moment is Chrysanthymum by Kevin Henkes because it teaches a valuable lesson about the importance of being kind and that words can hurt feelings. It is such a great book to use to build classroom culture. Scholars are able to identify with the characters and it does have advanced vocabulary words so can be used with multiple grade levels.
Uplift Peak Middle School Director Emily Nolen: “My go-to books as a reference on how to become a better leader are:”
Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute
The Flip Side by Flip Flippen
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Servant by James Hunter
Mindset by Carol Dweck
Uplift Hampton Middle School Director Sharon Duplantier: “The Young adult genre is my favorite, therefore the following five books are my favorite in the genre.”
Harry Potter Series (#4 and #7 are my absolute favorites)
The Fault in Our Stars
The Hunger Games
Freak the Mighty
Uplift High School Director Remy Washington: “These are my top-five must read books for all High School Scholars.”
Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
The Giver by Lois Lowry
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Obasan by Joy Kogawa
Ginger Cole-Leffel Uplift Meridian Primary Director: “I have favorites within a few categories that I would like to share. My favorite books personally, for parents, scholars, and parents are the following.”
My favorite parenting Book: The Whole Child Brain
My favorite series: Harry Potter
My favorite adult read: Cutting for Stone
A fun novel to read with my scholars: Holes by Louis Sacharr
A serious novel to read with my scholars: Night by Elie Wiesel
Katie Leinenkugel Uplift Pinnacle Primary Director: “When I was a primary scholar the books that I most wanted to hear my parents read to me were”:
Where the Wild Things Are
The Napping House
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Ginger Cole-Leffel Uplift Meridian Primary Director
I have a lot of favorite books depending on the situation but if I had to choose
Parenting Book: The Whole Child Brain
Series: Harry Potter
Adult Read: Cutting for Stone
Novels I Read with my Students:
- Fun: Holes by Louis Sachar
- Serious: Night by Elie Wiesel
April Sandolph Uplift Mighty Primary Director
James and the Giant Peach
The Giving Tree
Flower’s for Algernon