What to Read in 2019

So last week I turned 49…nice! I had a great birthday and I was spoiled rotten by friends and family, and the best gift that I received (the same gift that I get every year) came from my beautiful wife…money for books! You see, we have this deal that I’ve written about before, whereby I get to order books each year on my birthday, and if I finish them all before my next birthday then I get more money to do it all again…awesome! Anyway, I finished my last couple of books from 2018 over the holiday break, and I’ve spent the last two weeks or so compiling my birthday list for 2019…I’ve pored over book reviews and online articles, I’ve combed through book stores, and I’ve asked around for recommendations from friends and colleagues from all around the world, and I now have a preliminary list of 15 books that I’m super excited to read…see below.


I’m encouraging you all to take a few minutes this week to look through these titles, and to order one (or five) that resonate with you…or, do your own research and share those titles with me so I can add them to this list. The suggestions below revolve around the themes of education, leadership, creativity, innovation and culture building, with an overarching focus on becoming a better person for our world through a few small and simple life changes. Anyway, happy reading in 2019, and please let me know if you have a suggestion or two of your own so I can add it to my shopping cart…a good book can be transformative in so many ways, so please make the time…I promise you it will be time well spent. Have a wonderful week everyone and remember to be great for our students and good to each other.

Quote of the Week…

I guess there are never enough books – John Steinbeck

What School Could Be – Ted Dintersmith

Educated – Tara Westover

Atomic Habits – James Clear

Be Fearless – Jean case

Brave Leadership – Kimberly Davis

Dare to Lead – Brene Brown

Digital Minimalism – Cal Newport

Loonshots – Safi Bahcall

Brave New Work – Aaron Dignan

Fully Human – Susan Packard

Nine Lies About Work – Marcus Buckingham

The Culture Solution – Matthew Kelly

10 Perspectives On Education Innovation – Todd Whitaker

Unlocking Creativity – Michael Roberto

The Happiness Advantage – Shawn Achor

About Daniel Kerr

Dan Kerr is now Lower School Director at the American School of Paris. He previously served as Intermediate Division Principal at Academia Cotopaxi American International School in Quito, Ecuador, and prior to that was the Middle School Principal at SCIS in Shanghai, China. Dan has also worked at JIS in Jakarta, Indonesia and he began his International career in Abu Dhabi. Dan is thrilled to be joining the ASP family and will be accompanied by his wife, Jocelyn, who will be working as a counselor, and his two children, Max and Gabby. 
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