What is in My Personal Professional Library.

I was told by a professor in undergrad to never sell back my textbooks because it would be the best way to amass a small professional library, which I would want as a working professional; I took that advice and ran with it. I buy every textbook required, some of the optional texts, and set aside a budget for supplemental texts recommended to me by professors, guest lecturers, mentors, and Amazon suggestions (based on past purchases and searches). This has set me up with a nice little personal professional library that I use to gain further insight or to keep me excited about the field. My cohort thinks all my knowledge either comes from my M.Ed., my year as a teacher, or my inflated ego. What they don’t know is that I have acquired a ton of books and reference them frequently.

I have not read all of the books I have, and many of them are used as reference guides rather than full beginning-to-end reads; therefore, I will not be talking about the individual books in depth in this post (plus, that would make for one way to long blog post that no wants to read). I will mark books I recommend or have been recommended to me with an asterisk. A full post on books I recommend for young professionals will be given in another post.


Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Complete Guide to Understanding Autism

In a Different Key: The Story of Autism*

Autism Spectrum Disorder: From Theory to Practice, Second Edition

The Reason I Jump

Thinking in Pictures*

The Autistic Brain*

Look Me in the Eye*

Plankton Dreams

Learners on the Autism Spectrum*


Essentials of WJ IV Cognitive Abilities Assessment*

Essentials of WISC-V Assessment*

Essentials of WAIS-IV Assessment*

Essentials of Cross-Battery Assessment*

Woodcock-Johnson IV: Reports, Recommendations, and Strategies*

Contemporary Intellectual Assessment: Fourth Edition*

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5)

Special Education Assessment

Assessing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students*


Your Complete Guide to Transition Planning and Services*

Self-Advocacy Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities: Making it Happen in College and Beyond

Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities

Transition Assessment: Planning Transition and IEP Development for Youth with Mild to Moderate Disabilities*


Psychology in the Classroom*

Adlerian Psychology (theories of psychotherapy series)

Gestalt Therapy Integrated: Contours of Theory and Practice*

The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients*

Fundamentals of Adlerian Psychology*

Subversive Dialogues*

Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?

School Psychology for the 21st Century, Second Edition

Ethics and Law for School Psychologists, Seventh Edition

Maintaining Sanity in the Classroom*

The Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler

Current Psychotherapies, 10th Edition

40 Techniques Every Counselor Should Know, Second Edition

Trauma-Informed Practices with Children and Adolescents

Trauma-Focused CBT for Children and Adolescents



Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself*

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living (A Guide to ACT)*

Human Development

The Evolving Self*

In Over Our Heads

Theories of Development: Concepts and Applications*

Universal Design for Learning

UDL Now!

Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom

Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice

Assistive Technology

The Practical (and fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in the Public Schools*

Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Fourth Edition

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Fourth Edition

Handbook of Developmental Disabilities*

Handbook of Learning Disabilities*

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Learning Disabilities

Special Education

Special Education and the Law, Third Edition

American Education, 18th Edition

Class Acts: Every Teacher’s Guide to Activate Learning

Understanding, Developing, and Writing Effective IEPs*

Understanding Families, Second Edition

Overcoming Dyslexia*

Survival Guide for the Beginning Speech-Language Clinician

Communication Sciences and Disorders: Second Edition

Routines-Based Early Intervention

IEPs: Writing Quality Individualized Education Programs*

Introduction to Special Education: Seventh Edition

Applied Behavioral Analysis

Handbook of Applied Behavior Analysis

Ethics for Behavior Analysis, Third Edition

Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers: Ninth Edition*

Disability History

When the Mind Hears*

The Story of Intellectual Disability*

Deaf in America

Good Blood/Bad Blood*


APA: The Easy Way

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

Dissertations and Theses from Start to Finish

Teach Yourself American Sign Language in 24 Hours*

Public Relations in Schools: Fifth Edition

Educational Research: Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Quantitative and Qualitative Research: Third Edition


2 thoughts on “What is in My Personal Professional Library.

  1. No mention of that superb book Neurotribes?


    1. Haven’t picked that one up yet. Its on list, so hopefully it will be added soon.


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