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Book List Articles
- 15 Book for Kids to Read About Bullying—Some kids are excited about being back at school in the fall, others worry being bullied. There may not be one solution to address those situations, but reading books about kids who are bullied can be helpful in many ways. While any time can be good to run an article about bullying, October fits in with National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. This 1,228-word article contains titles in three age groups and offers advice from authors Shannon Hale, Frank Cottrell Boyce, and Aija Mayrock. A 226-word sidebar contains a list of resources.
- Eight Books That Help Kids Learn to Be Thankful All Year Long—Parents can do more to help their kids learn gratitude than prompt them to say thanks after receiving gifts. Books help kids empathize with characters as they learn life lessons. This 425-word article compiles a list of titles that parents can read with their kids aged 3 to 12.
- 20 Great Book Series to Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long—Reading during summer is a great way for kids to keep up and even improve their literacy skills. Yet parents may be frustrated when their kids are reluctant to pick up a book. This 669-word article talks about the appeal of series and lists a wide range of titles that will appeal to all types of readers. I’ve included five suggestions that include classics and current series in four age groups along with one-line descriptions of each. A 161-word sidebar lists another 20 titles without descriptions.
- Inspire Your Kids to Go Outside, and De-Stress, With Books on Nature—Exposure to the outdoors is a great de-stresser, for both kids and parents alike. But getting kids interested in nature can be a challenge for parents, especially when time constraints and other distractions are always calling.The solution may be found in stories that present kids interacting with and enjoying nature. This 722-word article includes 14 titles geared to five age groups, from three year olds to parents.
- 15 Books to Help Kids Understand LGBTQ Issues—Kids see people who are LGBTQ all the time, either in their own families or going about their everyday lives. As they grow, some of them will need to support friends who deal with sexual identity issues, or they may even face the issue themselves. Books can help them understand what others experience as well as give them a way to process their own feelings in an age-appropriate way. This 831-word article includes recommendations in three age categories.
- 10 Short Classic Books for Teens—When teens are crunched for time, reading for pleasure may be one of the first things to fall off the list. Yet parents can help by encouraging them to find short classics to read in between activities at school and home.
This 738-word articles recommends titles teens may already be familiar with through movies and popular culture, and they may be curious about the original work.
- 12 Great Kids Books to Snuggle Up With—Winter is a great time to snuggle up alone or as a family and dive into the pages of a book. This 522-word article highlights classics and new titles that you’ll want to read while sipping a cup of hot chocolate.
- 12 Library Life Hacks Help Families Save Money, Make Life Easier—Libraries offer a host of services many patrons may not know about, including homework help, passes to local museums, music to own, magazine and newspaper subscriptions…even job search help. This 882-word article highlights these services and how they help families save money, be entertained, and more.
- Six Books to Give High School Graduates—Books as high school graduation gifts hit the mark on several fronts: they are affordable, personal, and may offer advice that’s useful to the grad about to embark on a life away from family and friends. I wrote this 479-word article to help parents looking for a stand-alone gift or one that goes well with a gift card.
- 15 Laugh Out Loud Books for Kids and Teens—Scholastic’s Kids & Family Reading Report (5th Edition) found that 70 percent of kids surveyed said they most want to read a book that makes them laugh.This 739-word article helps parents find humorous books for readers aged 6 to 14 and older.
- Ten Tips to Hook Reluctant Readers—This 725-word article offers simple suggestions for parents to try out when their child resists picking up a book. A resource sidebar of 34 words is included.
- Six Memoirs Kids Will Love—Learning about how other people approached problems or handled certain issues can give us insight into solving our own challenges. That’s one of the reasons memoirs are so popular. Kids may enjoy reading memoirs for the same reason, and this may be particularly true for reluctant readers. The article is 660 words.
- Seven Books to Challenge Kids’ Ideas on Beauty—Children start to form ideas about looks and beauty at an early age, influenced by images they see in media and reinforced with interactions among their peers. This 818-word article lists great books that explore outward appearance and how it affects those who don’t fit society’s view of the ideal.
- Six Books to Introduce Your Children to Other Cultures—Parents often want to introduce their children to cultures that are very different from their own. And while they may not be able to travel to far-away lands to visit in person, they can seek out books that bring those cultures to life. This 587-word article includes books set in diverse places, such as a Bangladeshi village and the banks of a Louisiana bayou.
- Six Books to Read With Your Kids During Women’s History Month—March is Women’s History Month, a great time for moms and dads to read books about women and their role in history. This 512-word article highlights some of the best books to read to kids about women and how they have advanced over the years.
- Ten Kids Classics That Adults Will Love to Read Too—It’s easy for moms and dads to think kids’ books are not interesting enough for them. This 406-word article highlights classic titles that both adults and children will love and why it’s a good idea for parents to read books to their kids that are above the child’s reading level.
- Eight Books Every Mother Should Read With Her Daughter—Conversations about friendship, boyfriends, and risky behaviors can be awkward for both moms and daughters. But an easy way for moms to broach these topics is by talking about how characters in a book handled similar issues. In this 773-word article I share a list of books to kick off meaningful conversations.
- 25 Can’t Miss Stories for Family Reading/Movie Time—Reading a book together then watching the movie version is a great family activity. Parents and kids can have fun talking about the differences in how the story is told and why. This list contains classics as well as new titles in three age groups. The long, 859-word version includes an intro and short descriptions of each title. The 428-word short version includes the intro and titles only.
- Bookish Gifts for Kids—This 558-word articles lists non-traditional gifts for kids who love books and reading. These items, which are appropriate for gift-giving at any time of year, go beyond books and look at creative ways to trumpet a favorite story, play games that build reading skills, or simply make reading more fun.