15 Best Education Books of 2015

15 Best Education Books of 2015

By Elizabeth Lee , Dec 15th 2015

best education books of 2015

These best-selling books are perfect for the classroom.

With 2015 ending in just a few weeks, we’re stepping back to highlight some of our most popular and best-selling titles in business, education, health, and religion. (To see all the blog posts in our "Best Of 2015" series, click here.)

From board books and children's books, to young adult novels and literary classics, education books encourage, entertain, and inform young learners. This year's education best sellers list includes a number of classics as well as a couple of surprising titles!

BookPal's 15 Best Education Books of 2015:

1. The Giver by Lois Lowry

the giver

Twelve-year-old Jonas’ assignment as Receiver of Memory in his seemingly uniform, perfect community sheds light on what’s really going on in his world.


2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

to kill a mockingbird

Follow Scout Finch and her brother Jem as they learn about life, relationships, and race in their small Alabama town of Maycomb.


3. Clifford Makes the Team by Norman Bridwell

clifford makes the team

Clifford — aka the Big Red Dog — wants to be a part of the children’s baseball game. He has some trouble finding gear that’s big enough, but ends up learning how he can get in on the fun.


4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

The timeless love story of Daisy Buchanan and the mysterious man who waits for her — Jay Gatsby.


5. Snowball Soup by Mercer Mayer

snowball soup

Ever wonder what a snowman’s favorite snack is? The Little Critters are happy to find something yummy for their frosty friend.


6. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

the adventures of tom sawyer

Tom Sawyer is a very mischievous boy living along the Mississippi river. His hijinks, often accompanied by pal Huckleberry Finn, make this classic novel both hilarious and full of lessons.


7. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

number the stars

Witness the Holocaust and its heroes through the eyes of little Annemarie Johansen.


8. Phonics Poetry Pages by Kama Einhorn

phonics poetry pages

Poetry can be puzzling for beginning readers, but this study aid gamifies spelling, writing, and reading in a way that makes learning fun.


9. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

ender's game

Ender Wiggin is great at Battle School, but is he good enough to fight off aliens?


10. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

lord of the flies

When a group of young boys are trapped on an island, playtime turns into a dangerous, real-life allegory about society and life.


11. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

their eyes were watching god

In this literary classic (that initially wasn’t well received), Janie Crawford returns to her hometown to tell the tale of her troubled life.


12. Mr. Bounce by Roger Hargreaves

mr. bounce

It seems as though nothing, even a pair of heavy shoes, can keep Mr. Bounce down.


13. Animal Farm by George Orwell

animal farm

George Orwell tells the story of the failed Russian Revolution through the voices of barnyard animals.


14. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum


After waking up in a land of good witches, bad witches, talking scarecrows, and flying monkeys, Dorothy realizes that she is definitely not in Kansas anymore. 


15. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

esperanza rising

Esperanza uses the struggle of the Great Depression and a drastic change in lifestyle to become a stronger person.



You can buy classroom book sets of all 15 of our education bestsellers, as well as other books for the classroom with BookPal, a leading resource for schools and education programs across the country. From children's books to novels to assessment materials, BookPal can provide your classroom with books that will inform and educate your young readers.

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