Tuned In: The Power of Pressing Pause and Listening
by Art Bennett and Laraine Bennett
The authors explore listening to others, listening to your heart, and listening to God while making the point that “listening is becoming a scarce commodity in our fast-paced, efficiency-minded, technologically driven society.”
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
by Susan Cain
Cain aptly delineates the differences between introverts and extroverts with the objective of enabling the reader to have “a new sense of entitlement” to be one’s own self.
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
In this classic text first written in 1936, Carnegie makes the simple point that, to make people like you, “be a good listener.”
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen R. Covey
Covey describes Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood and the principle of empathetic listening which gets you into other people’s frame of reference so that “you look out through it, you see the world the way they see the world, you understand their paradigm, you understand how they feel.”
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism
by Robin DiAngelo
In a forceful and compelling way, DiAngelo explains white fragility and how it has been developed, how it protects racial inequality, and what might be done about it.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
by Carol Dweck
Dweck discusses how mindsets are in fact belief systems and how a person with a fixed mindset can work to attain a growth mindset.
The Art of Communicating
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Hanh believes that a powerful path to happiness is provided through mastering life’s most important skill: communication. In the book, he helps readers move beyond the perils and frustrations of misunderstanding to learn the listening and speaking skills that will forever change how people experience and impact the world.
“I Want to Hear You”: 22 Tips for Artful Listening, before, during and after a Conversation
by John G. Igwebuike with Peter Malik
This book provides readers with a wealth of practical ways to improve their listening skills and interact more fruitfully with their loved ones, friends, and coworkers.
The Sacred Art of Listening: Forty Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice
by Kay Lindahl
Lindahl explains how deep listening is nurtured by silence, reflection, and presence and how a person can practice a few minutes every day to achieve a greater understanding of listening.
Listening, Thinking, Being: Toward an Ethics of Attunement
by Lisbeth Lipari
Lipari brings together a variety of historical, literary, and intercultural perspectives to analyze how important listening is to the human experience.
You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters
by Kate Murphy
In cogent prose, Murphy describes how “truly listening to someone is a skill many seem to have forgotten or perhaps never learned in the first place.”
The Lost Art of Listening: How Learning to Listen Can Improve Relationships
by Michael P. Nichols
Nichols shares his experiences as a therapist along with a great deal of wisdom about listening (“a good listener is a witness not a judge of your experience”); he also includes a variety of helpful exercises in the book to enable the reader to become a better listener.
Listening in Everyday Life: A Personal and Professional Approach (second edition)
edited by Michael Purdy and Deborah Borisoff
This book is a compilation of articles on effective listening in such diverse professions such as health care and journalism.
by James Baldwin
A young man who is misunderstood by the people around him finds a way to communicate to the world through his music.
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank
While hiding from the Nazis, Anne and her family learn to be silent, and Anne discovers how to listen to herself.
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
by James Weldon Johnson
Johnson brings forth the theme of listening as he describes the life of a character who felt invisible living in the Jim Crow South.
“In the Penal Colony”
by Franz Kafka
In this short story, a prisoner’s sentence is written onto his flesh; one of the messages of the bizarre tale is about the need to be heard.
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Lee tells the classic story of Atticus Finch as he defends a Black man who has been wrongly accused of a serious crime. (To listen to the complexities of understanding this classic through an antiracist lens, listen to this Teaching White White podcast episode)
The Tell-Tale Heart
by Edgar Allen Poe
What happens when a heart starts talking?
The Catcher in the Rye
by P. J. Salinger
A young man named Holden Caulfield, after not being listened to by the people around him, finally experiences the joy of being heard.
Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen
by Howard Binkow
The first book in this award-winning series chronicles the tale of a little rabbit that gets into all kinds of trouble for failing to listen properly to his teacher and friends.
The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Children discover a mysterious garden.
I Just Don't Like the Sound of No!
by Julia Cook
R. J. can’t stand the word “no” and tries to turn every negative answer into “maybe” or “we’ll see” by arguing.
I Have a Little Problem, Said the Bear
by Heinz Janisch
Bear needs help, but none of the animals in his village will listen long enough to hear what his problem is before offering solutions.
by Helen Lester
Buddy constantly misunderstands his parents’ requests until he finally learns to listen just in time.
Oink, Oink Benny
by Barbro Lindgren
Benny, an incorrigible little pig, falls into a mud hole after disregarding his mother’s instructions demonstrating the consequences of not listening.
Why Should I Listen?
by Claire Llewellyn
This book takes young readers step by step through the reasons why listening at all times is essential.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
by Bill Martin, Jr.
By reading this book, young people learn the value of hearing.
Listen and Learn
by Cheri J. Meiners
Share this colorful book with your preschooler to illustrate the importance of listening during school.
The Listening Walk
by Paul Showers
The young narrator notes, “I hear many different sounds when I do not talk.”
The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein
The story is about a tree that gives of itself to a person through the many stages of that person’s life showing how good listening necessitates that both the speaker and the listener must surrender their needs in order for each of them to be heard.
The Trumpet of the Swan
by E. B. White
This book describes a swan with a disability that prevents it from being able to articulate its thoughts as the other swans in the story do.