There are hundreds of books and manuals about Restorative Practices (Justice) and one can be overwhelmed by the choice. Schools often look to purchase resources to assist them in the journey of implementation as well as the practical application in classrooms and playgrounds. This can be a daunting task given the extensive choice on offer. Below I have listed and/or critiqued some resources I have found particularly useful both in implementation and practice. This is by no means extensive but one must start somewhere!
- Restorative Practices in Classrooms: Rethinking Behaviour Management by Margaret Thorsborne and David Vinegrad
This resource manual is especially suited to classroom teachers. It is very explicit in how to prepare and conduct restorative chats and problem solving circles.
- Restorative Practices in Schools: Rethinking Behaviour Management by Margaret Thorsborne and David Vinegrad
This resource manual is great for leadership/administration as it looks at the bigger picture around implementation.
- Restorative Practice and Special Needs by Nick Burnett and Margaret Thorsborne
This book is practically one of a kind in the restorative world and is a must purchase for all schools. The book explains a number of special needs in an easy to understand way. The authors kindly provide flow charts outlining challenges students with each special need might face during restorative processes and then gives examples of how to combat those challenges. This material is well researched and has been shown to be successful for students with special needs.
- A Practical Introduction to Restorative Practice in Schools: theory, skills and guidance by Bill Hansberry
This book is a comprehensive guide for schools implementing restorative approaches. Bill examines the continuum of approaches and provides realistic case studies to explore how and when the continuum is applied. A must purchase for schools.
- The Psychology of Emotion in Restorative Practice Edited by C.Kelly, Jr. and Margaret Thorsborne
If you are wanting to know more about WHY restorative practices work from a theoretical perspective and really add some depth to your knowledge in this area then this book is for you. The work of Silvan Tompkins and those following in his footsteps on Affect Script Psychology (ASP) is a must read for all restorative practitioners and schools leaders alike.
- Punished by Rewards: the trouble with gold stars, incentive plans, A’s, praise, and other bribes by Alfie Kohn
In this groundbreaking book, Alfie presents a compelling case against the use of punishment and rewards based on years of empirical evidence. Furthermore, he suggests what schools (and parents) can do instead!
- Restorative Practices and Bullying: Rethinking Behaviour Management by Margaret Thorsborne and David Vinegrad
- Working Restoratively in Schools by Bill Hansberry
- Restoring Safe School Communities: a whole school response to bullying, violence and alienation by Brenda Morrison
- Building and Restoring Respectful Relationships in Schools: A Guide to Using Restorative Practice by Richard Hendry
- Restorative Justice Pocketbook by Margaret Thorsborne and David Vinegrad
- Just Schools: A Whole School Approach to Restorative Justice by Belinda Hopkins
- Little Book of Restorative Justice by Howard Zehr