MTA Reads

MTA members are convening local, regional and statewide reading groups to discuss some of the critical issues confronting our students, communities and unions today

Choose from dozens of titles selected by your fellow MTA members and activists on topics such as racial and social justice, the importance of educators’ unions in the United States, the challenges facing public education and more. Local associations can request up to 30 copies of a book.

The deadline to order books for fall reading groups is Friday, Sep. 10, 2021. To suggest a new title for MTA Reads, email

order a book to start your group

The reading selection includes these titles. It is updated periodically as more books become available.
Title Author
A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School Jack Schneider & Jennifer Berkshire
An Uprising for Educational Justice Black Lives Matter at school  Denisha Jones & Jesse Hagopian
Between the World and Me  Ta-Nehisi Coates
Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit Mary Frances Winters
Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice Jesse Hagopian and Denisha Jones
Braiding Sweetgrass  Robin Wall Kimmere
Detroit:  I Do Mind Dying Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin
From #Blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation  Keeanga-Yamahtta
How to be an Antiracist  Ibram X Kendi
Humankind: A Hopeful History Rutger Bregman 
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness  Austin Channing Brown
Is Everyone Really Equal Robin DiAngelo
Juneteenth: The Story Behind the Celebration Edward T Cotham Jr
Me and White Supremacy  Layla F Saad
The Next Upsurge  Dan Clawson
The Purpose of Power  Alicia Garza
Red State Revolt  Eric Blanc
Secrets of a Successful Organizer Alexandra Bradbury, Jane Slaughter, and Mark Brenner
So You Want to Talk About Race   Ijeoma Oluo
Stamped from the Beginning Ibram X Kendi
Teacher Unions and Social Justice  Edited:  Michael Charney, Jesse Hagopian, and Bob Peterson
The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession Dana Goldstein
White Fragility  Robin DiAngelo
Women’s True Profession: Voices from the History of Teaching Nancy Hoffman  
Work Won't Love You Back Sarah Jaffe
Workbook for How to be an Antiracist Growth Hack