School's Out!

Many places are currently struggling with the decision to keep schools closed right now. While we can't provide everything you need to suddenly start learning from home or on your own, we've got plenty of books to learn from. This list is a mix of traditional subjects, like history, and more skills-focused learning like how to repair a bike. Most books are aimed for high schoolers and parents.

A People's History of the United States

A People's History of the United States

by Howard Zinn Author

This is a classic for good reason. The US history book you wish you'd had as a textbook in college, or high school, …

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A Young People's History of the United States

A Young People's History of the United States

by Rebecca Stefoff Author and Howard Zinn Author

Now in paperback, this is the new, illustrated, and updated single-volume young adult edition of Howard Zinn's …

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Lies My Teacher Told Me: Young Readers' Edition: Everything American History Textbooks Get Wrong

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Young Readers' Edition: Everything American History Textbooks Get Wrong

by James W. Loewen Author with Rebecca Stefoff

Look, let's face it - your teachers lied. To be fair, so did theirs. This book looks to dismantle those lies for …

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People's Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements

People's Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements

by Nicolas Lampert Author

Rediscover the radical potential of art with this antidote to those purply grey old art history textbooks they …

$35.00

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How and Why: A Do-It-Yourself Guide

How and Why: A Do-It-Yourself Guide

by Matte Resist Author

“I dream of a better world,” writes zinester and How and Why author Matte Resist in the intro to his new …

$14.00 4 comments

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Making Stuff and Doing Things: DIY Guides to Just About Everything

Making Stuff and Doing Things: DIY Guides to Just About Everything

by Kyle Bravo Editor

When you’re young, broke, and in search of a life of adventure, Making Stuff and Doing Things is the most useful …

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The Simple History Series

The Simple History Series

by John Gerlach Author

Included in this seven-zine, 336-page, sleeve-bound boxset is Simple History author J. Gerlach's Nez Perce …

$19.95 4 comments

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All the Sh*t You Should Have Learned: A Digestible Re-Education in Science, Math, Literature, History...and All the Other Important Crap

All the Sh*t You Should Have Learned: A Digestible Re-Education in Science, Math, Literature, History...and All the Other Important Crap

by Paul Kleinman Author

If you’ve forgotten a thing or two since school, now you can go from knowing jack sh*t to knowing your sh*t in no …

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Firebrands: Activists You Didn't Learn About in School

Firebrands: Activists You Didn't Learn About in School

by Justseeds Illustrator, Shaun Slifer Editor, Bec Young Editor and Josh MacPhee Contributor

These American heroes hail from Canada to Chile and everywhere in between, from the 1500s to today. Instead of the …

$14.95 10 comments

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$30 Superpack: The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting

$30 Superpack: The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting

by Joe Biel Author, Joseph E. Green Author, Mia Partlow Author, Nate Powell Author, Super Pack! Author and Michael Hoerger Author

Get all the in-print entries in this long-running zine series about always weird, often scary, and sometimes hilarious …

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Chainbreaker Bike Book: An Illustrated Manual of Radical Bicycle Maintenance, Culture, & History

Chainbreaker Bike Book: An Illustrated Manual of Radical Bicycle Maintenance, Culture, & History

by Ethan Clark Author and Shelley Lynn Jackson Author

An updated and expanded edition of our hand-illustrated and accessible introduction to the world of bike repair! …

$17.95 27 comments

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Homesweet Homegrown: How to Grow, Make, And Store Food, No Matter Where You Live

Homesweet Homegrown: How to Grow, Make, And Store Food, No Matter Where You Live

by Robyn Jasko Author and Jennifer Biggs Illustrator

A simple DIY guide to growing, storing, and making your own food, no matter where you live. An ideal companion to …

$9.95 16 comments

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Fix Your Clothes: The Sustainable Magic of Mending, Patching, and Darning

Fix Your Clothes: The Sustainable Magic of Mending, Patching, and Darning

by Raleigh Briggs Author

Ever had to say goodbye to a favorite item of clothing because of a busted zipper, fallen hem, or gaping hole? Want to …

$6.95 10 comments

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Introducing Capitalism: A Graphic Guide

Introducing Capitalism: A Graphic Guide

by Dan Cryan Author, Graphic Guide, A Author, Piero Author and Sharron Shatil Author

The history, philosophy and politics of one of the biggest, most successful but most controversial ideas ever. …

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Introducing Economics: A Graphic Guide

Introducing Economics: A Graphic Guide

by Graphic Guide, A Author and David Orrell Author

What is economics exactly? Glad you asked—this great little book explains it in comics format. Cuts through the …

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From Chaos to Creativity: Building a Productivity System for Artists and Writers

From Chaos to Creativity: Building a Productivity System for Artists and Writers

by Jessie L. Kwak Author

Art and writing can be the most fulfilling part of our lives. But it's often difficult to make space for …

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Educating for Insurgency: The Roles of Young People in Schools of Poverty

Educating for Insurgency: The Roles of Young People in Schools of Poverty

by Jay Gillen Author

A manifesto for today’s broken schools.Desegregation has failed. The schools filled with black and brown students …

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Katrina's Sandcastles: New Hope From The Ruins of New Orleans Schools

Katrina's Sandcastles: New Hope From The Ruins of New Orleans Schools

by Kaycee Eckhardt Author

“The first thing I need you to know is that becoming a teacher was the most important thing that ever happened to …

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1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

by Charles C. Mann Author

Contrary to what Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine …

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

by Betty Edwards Author

I love this book -- I discovered it at age 10 or 11, and after half-assedly doing a few of the exercises I turned in a …

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The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living

The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living

by Wendy Jehanara Tremayne Author

If all the world's a stage, then maybe all of life is just an experiment. The Good Life Lab is the story …

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Best of Enemies: A History of U.S. and Middle East Relations, Part One: 1783-1953

Best of Enemies: A History of U.S. and Middle East Relations, Part One: 1783-1953

by David B Illustrator and Jean-Pierre Filiu Author

Ever since U.S. Americans coined the term "The Middle East" to describe the regions surrounding the …

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Not Your Mother's Meatloaf: A Sex Education Comic Book

Not Your Mother's Meatloaf: A Sex Education Comic Book

by Liza Bley Author and Saiya Miller Author

Teens and adults alike will appreciate and learn a ton from this amazing sex ed comic book, Not Your Mother's …

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Teenage Rebels: Stories of Successful High School Activists From the Little Rock 9 to the Class of Tomorrow

Teenage Rebels: Stories of Successful High School Activists From the Little Rock 9 to the Class of Tomorrow

by Dawson Barrett Author

Teenage Rebels provides a glimpse into the laws, policies, and political struggles that have shaped the lives of …

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Make It Last: Sustainably and Affordably Preserving What We Love

Make It Last: Sustainably and Affordably Preserving What We Love

by Raleigh Briggs Author

Make It Last: Sustainably and Affordably Preserving What We Love is an illustrated guide to clothes and food and home. …

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The Global Economy as You've Never Seen It: 99 Ingenious Infographics That Put It All Together

The Global Economy as You've Never Seen It: 99 Ingenious Infographics That Put It All Together

by with Adrian Garcia-Landa, Thomas Ramge Author and Jan Schwochow Author

A huge book to help you visualize and understand a huge topic. These gorgeous, detailed infographics get right tothe …

$35.00

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OMG WTF Does the Constitution Actually Say?: A Non-Boring Guide to How Our Democracy is Supposed to Work

OMG WTF Does the Constitution Actually Say?: A Non-Boring Guide to How Our Democracy is Supposed to Work

by Ben Sheehan Author

The entire United States Constitution plus its amendments and Declaration of Independence are printed here, with …

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Color the Pacific Northwest

Color the Pacific Northwest

by Zoe Keller Author

A rad coloring book that's primarily focused on the natural history, plants, and wildlife of Oregon, Washington, …

$12.95

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Open Your Heart blank book

Open Your Heart blank book

by Kelli Refer Author

Kelli Refer designed these blank journals as a companion to her book Pedal, Stretch, Breathe: The Yoga of Bicycling. …

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Big Ideas in Brief: 200 World-Changing Concepts Explained in an Instant

Big Ideas in Brief: 200 World-Changing Concepts Explained in an Instant

by Ian Crofton Author and In Minutes Series Editor

Want a classical education, in brief? Or just to know what authors and experts are talking about or what assumptions …

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Sprouts: Live Well with Living Foods

Sprouts: Live Well with Living Foods

by Ian Giesbrecht Author

Got a grumbly gut? A healthy distrust for modern large-scale agriculture? Or just want to have nourishing food on hand, …

$9.95 2 comments

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Civil Rights for Beginners

Civil Rights for Beginners

by Paul Von Blum Author, For Beginners Series Editor and Frank Reynoso Author

In this illustrated introduction, Paul Von Blum chronicles the Civil Rights movement in America, beginning with the …

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Women's History for Beginners

Women's History for Beginners

by Bonnie J. Morris, Ph.D Author, Phill Evans Author and For Beginners Author

Women’s History For Beginners offers a lively, revealing, and provocative overview of this important (and …

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Chicano Movement for Beginners

Chicano Movement for Beginners

by For Beginners Author and Maceo Montoya Author

As the heyday of the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s to early 70s fades further into history and as more and more of …

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Fight Like a Girl: 50 Feminists Who Changed the World

Fight Like a Girl: 50 Feminists Who Changed the World

by Laura Barcella Author

These short profiles of important figures in feminist activism from around the globe are designed to give a …

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Hew, Screw, and Glue: How Stuff Is Made

Hew, Screw, and Glue: How Stuff Is Made

by James Innes-Smith Author

Did you know that the sap from the Hevea brasiliensis species of tree is transformed into condoms? That lipstick was …

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March (Trilogy Slipcase Set)

March (Trilogy Slipcase Set)

by Andrew Aydin Author, John Lewis Author and Nate Powell Author

Discover the inside story of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of one of its most iconic figures, Congressman …

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