This compilation of reading assigned to students everywhere will expand your horizons — and your bookshelves

The book “The Gutsy Girl” opens with an author’s note that starts, “Dear Gutsy Girl” while all of the drawings inside the book feature girls. But that doesn’t mean boys won’t learn anything if they pick up a copy, as author Caroline Paul explains.

Author Ann Morgan invites book lovers to follow her on a literary journey through 196 countries.

In her second TED Talk, “Success, failure and the drive to keep creating,” Elizabeth Gilbert came clean about the often unglamorous life of a writer. The one thing that never wavered: her love of the written word. Here, she shares seven books that have sustained her through it all.