The books I’m reading, want to read, reading with my kids, reading about parenting, my kids are reading, etc. What are you favorite books?

Back-to-School Stories

Some of the favorite books my children and I read together about starting school and fitting in with your class. What are your favorites?

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes. Poor Wemberly worries about everything: What if the tree in the front yard falls on her house? What if no one comes to her birthday party? Or worse: what if too many friends come and there isn’t enough cake? Now, her newest worry is her biggest one yet: the first day of nursery school. But when she meets another mouse who is just like her, she has one less worry: Now she has a friend — and school is fun. Wemberly Worried offers a reassuring look at starting school, making friends, and growing up.

Tom Goes to Kindergarten by Margaret Wild. Tom’s parents are always too busy working to play monsters or astronauts with him. But on the first day of kindergarten, when Tom won’t let go of his parents’ legs and his teacher invites his parents and Baby to stay and play, they join right in. They listen to a story, play dress up, paint pictures and build castles in the sandbox. On the second day, Tom is ready to be independent, but his parents want to stay. As Tom’s mother reluctantly goes home to wash the windows and weed the garden, and his father heads to the office to “sign a lot of papers,” even Tom feels sorry for them. This humorous story about adults rediscovering the satisfaction of creative play will likely allay any anxieties children may have about starting kindergarten.

Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London. Froggy’s mother knows that everyone’s nervous on the first day of school. “Not me!” says Froggy, and together they leapfrog to the bus stop — flop flop flop. Froggy’s exuberant antics, complete with sound effects, will delight his many fans and reassure them that school can be fun.

A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon. Camilla Cream worries too much about what others think of her and tries desperately to please everyone. First stripes, then stars and stripes, and finally anything anyone suggests including tree limbs, feathers, and a tail appear vividly all over her body. The solution: lima beans, loved by Camilla, but disdained for fear they’ll make her seem weird to her classmates. This very original, funny, colorful tale shares an important message about being true to who you really are.


Parenting Books

Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline – Dr. Becky Bailey. How to practice self-control, which than translates into positive discipline for your child. Very practical. Easy to read and implement. I review it over and over and over….

How to Talk so Kids Will Listen / How to Talk so Teens Will Listen – Adele Faber.


Family Travel Guides 

Taking a family road trip? Here are some resources to help you plan your trip or have fun while traveling.

Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know (Arcadia Publishing) - Kate Boehm Jerome – a great little series of books that encourages kids to explore special things in their own city and state. I’ve seen Charleston & Savannah – they are fun, bright, great little travel guides with tips about what to see, where to eat, local history. Other cities including Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa, Dallas, Houston, Cincinnati, and Buffalo.

Fun With the Family Virginia: Hundreds of Ideas for Day Trips with the Kids is divided by area such as Shenandoah Valley, Northern Virginia, etc., and includes “Amazing Facts” on George Washington, Chincoteague/ponies, Williamsburg, etc., throughout the book.

Fun With the Family North Carolina: Hundreds of Ideas for Day Trips with the Kids is presented in the same format as the Virginia book above.

AlbemarleFamily’s Let’s Go! Guide to Charlottesville lists almost every attraction in the Charlottesville area — from parks to historic sites to museums.

Around Washington D.C. With Kids, published by Fodor’s, is handy and easy to use.  There are two pages on each attraction, and each one includes the notes “Eats for Kids” and “Make the Most of Your Time.”


Teen Reading (what my kids are reading and enjoying)

The Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman

Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Brave New World

The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald (Incidentally, I re-read this one while my HS junior was reading it…so glad I did! Fabulous!)





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