How do you win MLB baseball games with a measly $44M payroll? By using mathematics to outsmart the competition. I loved this book, and I’m not even a huge baseball fan.

The Riddle of Scheherazade

The cover describes this book as “225 Fiendishly Clever Brain Benders,” and after trying them, I’m inclined to agree. Challenge yourself, and if you’re a teacher, your classes.

What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Ever wonder what a mole of moles would be like? A cartoonist with a physics degree answers with hilarity and lots of great science.

Scientists Greater Than Einstein: The Biggest Lifesavers of the 20th Century

These ten scientists may be the greatest heroes you’ve never heard of. I can’t remember when I’ve read a more inspirational science book.

Make It Stick

Tired of seeing students forget everything they “learned” as soon as the test is over? Packed with research on teaching for retention, this book has improved my teaching like no other.

Multiple Pathways to the Student Brain

Neuroscientist Janet Zadina explains how to bolster student engagement, harnessing everything from the sensory motor pathway to emotion, from social pathways to rewards.

Sweet Dreams Lullaby

There’s a reason author-illustrator Betsy Snyder wins awards. This book’s soothing rhymes and colors make it my favorite bedtime book for my baby boy.

Happy Hippo, Angry Duck

Can you really go wrong with Sandra Boynton’s silly illustrations? Check out her Amazon author page and try to choose your favorite.

Smash Up

Since we got this for Christmas, my wife and I have played over and over. With eight unique factions—dinosaurs, ninjas, zombies, etc.—the strategies are legion.

Race For The Galaxy

This was the game my wife and I played the most before we got Smash Up. It’s quick to set up, and more importantly, fun to play, with ever shifting strategic plans.

Recommendations from Donovan (GraphFree creator)