Category Children

Her Next Chapter

Her Next Chapter
By Lori Day and Charlotte Kugler
Chicago Review Press
Retail Price $16.95
Amazon Price: $12.23

Book Description: 

Mother-daughter book clubs are a great way to encourage reading, bonding, and socializing among mothers, daughters, and their friends. But these clubs can do more than that, suggests educational psychologist and parenting coach Lori Day. They can create a safe and empowering haven where girls can freely discuss and navigate issues surrounding girlhood. In Her Next Chapter, Day draws from experiences in her own club and her expertise as an educator to offer a timely and inspiring take on mother-daughter book clubs. She provides overviews of eight of the biggest challenges facing girls today, such as negative body image, bullying, gender stereotypes, media sexualization, unhealthy relationships, and more, while weaving in carefully chosen book, movie, and media recommendations; thoughtful discussion questions; and group activities and outings that extend and enrich conversations and make clubs fun. Her Next Chapter outlines how mothers can use the magic of books to build girls’ confidence and sense of possibility as leaders, allies, and agents of change. A list of further resources and reflections and observations from Day’s now-adult daughter, Charlotte, round out this indispensible resource for anyone who cares about, teaches, or works with girls.


This is a great resource for mothers looking for a different and valuable way to connect with their daughters. Just leafing through the pages of this book will inspire you to consider how fun, meaningful, and engaging a mother-daughter book club can be.  It provides moms with all the information they need to start, maintain, and spice up their book clubs.

~Reviewed by Clarice K.


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    Dyslexia: Time for Talent
    By Carolina Frohlich
    Frohlich Publishing
    Retail Price $19.99
    Amazon Price: $17.71

    Book Description: 

    FINALLY, the much needed dyslexia guide for parents!Dyslexia: Time for Talent is a wealth of information for parents of children with dyslexia. It guides and empowers parents through dyslexia, from the early years through to adulthood. It is the first book of its kind to address dyslexia from a holistic perspective: academically, emotionally, behaviourally, socially and spiritually.The author, Carolina Frohlich, is a qualified specialist teacher, educational cognitive/abilities/attainment assessor of learning difficulties and educational consultant to schools. The author has dyslexia and is the parent of 2 children with dyslexia and dyspraxia.

    From personal and professional experience, the author knows that if dyslexia is not addressed early, considerately or holistically, it can affect children’s self-esteem, morale, achievement potential and self-confidence. Time For Talent empowers parents and children by providing proven learning strategies that work for parents and children at home and in the classroom.

    ~ Discover how children can learn successfully

    ~ Identify children’s strengths and talents

    ~ Identify Multiple Intelligences and Learning Preferences

    ~Learn excellent strategies for home and in the classroom

    ~Find proven learning solutions

    ~ Boost your child’s self-confidence and self-esteem

    ~ Raise achievement potential

    ~ Access emotional support (parents and children)

    ~Manage behaviour and survive homework time

    ~Get physical’: health, nutrition and exercise

    As dyslexia often co-exists with other ‘conditions’, there is information about dyspraxia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, ADHD, Speech and Language, Sensory Processing Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorder, Visual Processing difficulties, Asperger Syndrome, Irlen Syndrome, Primitive Reflexes, among other learning difficulties.





    This book is informative and easy to read. It seems to really cover all the bases. The author gives a thorough explanation of what scientific research has revealed about dyslexia. This book also has practical information and suggestions for dealing with dyslexia. It has taught me to understand and deal with what my son is going through and finding ways to help him. This helps me to support him and develop his self-esteem. It has taught me a lot and I refer back to it often.

    ~Reviewed by Deb M.


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      The Brainy Bunch

      The Brainy Bunch
      By Mona Lisa Harding and Kip Harding
      Retail Price $21.99
      Amazon Price: $16.65

      Book Description: 

      Having six out of ten kids go to college is no small feat on its own, but having six kids in college by the age of twelve— that’s nothing short of incredible. Meet Kip and Mona Lisa Harding, high school sweethearts whose simple homeschooling method produced exactly those extraordinary results. Kip and Mona Lisa are parents to an engineer (who earned her BS in mathematics at 17), an architect (who finished her five-year program at 18 and became the youngest member of the American Institute of Architects), a Navy physician (who earned her biology degree at 17), an entrepreneur (who earned a BA in English at 15 and an MS in computer science at 17), a 15-year-old college senior studying music theory and performance, a 12-year-old Middle Ages scholar with the highest average in his college class, and four others who are following fast in their siblings’ footsteps! No wonder the family is so used to being asked: How did you do it?

      The Hardings are the first to say they’re not geniuses. Nor do they run a strict, high-pressure household. Instead, they find out early what really motivates their children, instill their kids with dreams, and allow those dreams to blossom. In a remarkable, down-to-earth narrative that is part captivating memoir, part invaluable guidebook for parents, Kip and Mona Lisa reveal with warmth and humility the strategies behind their family’s amazing educational accomplishments. Filled with daily regimens, advice for providing children with fulfilling experiences that go beyond the home, and tips for making the transition to college, theirs is an inspirational real-life success story that anyone can achieve—whether you homeschool your children or not.

      The Brainy Bunch is uplifting and ultimately relatable proof of what any family can accomplish through dedication, love, faith, and hard work.



      I enjoyed this book immensely and highly recommend it for those who want their children to succeed academically, whether at public school, private school, or home school. Think of it as a cafeteria style meal as you read. You may not agree with or would be willing to try every tip, but you will find something new you will be interested in implementing. The Hardings’ story is very much one of putting love and family first. They are not pushing their children to overachieve, but they are helping them to find their own unique potential by using different approaches to learning and teaching that fit each child. Not everything in it will fit your situation, but you will certainly find enough to glean to use in your own family. This both an easy and enlightening read.

      ~Reviewed by Liz S.

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        Make Social Learning Stick!

        Make Social Learning Stick!
        By Elizabeth A. Sautter
        AAPC Publishing
        Retail Price $27.95
        Amazon Price: $19.65

        Book Description: 

        This book offers a social learning diet of concepts and actions that can be used in everyday life to increase verbal and nonverbal language, listening skills, understanding of hidden rules, perspective taking,executive functioning, and more. The activities are recipes for social and emotional learning for which parents, teachers, and therapists typically already have the ingredients. With close to 200 fun and easy activities, including contributions from leading experts, this book offers numerous ways to embrace teachable moments throughout daily routines without having to do extra work! Events like getting ready for school, preparing dinner,going to the doctor, and celebrating Thanksgiving become opportunities for teaching and reinforcing expected social behavior. Geared toward children in preschool through elementary school, the ideas are meant to inspire creativity that suits each specific child. Activities can be easily tailored to meet a child s developmental level, needs, or challenges.


        This book is perfect to use with children who have difficulty interacting socially.  Many of these kids have trouble communicating and feel awkward in a group setting, never really fitting in.    This book is for those who work with children who have social difficulties, whether a parent, a counselor, or a teacher.  There are plenty of ideas here to use and the author shows you how to use teachable moments, so you don’t have to spend time reinventing the wheel! The guide is informative, and very well organized so you can find the information you need effortlessly.  This is an excellent resource.

        ~Reviewed by Helen M.

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          The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet

          The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet: Make Lunches Your Kids Will Love with More Than 200 Deliciously Nutritious Meal Ideas

           The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet
          by Laura Fuentes
          Fair Winds Press
          Retail Price $24.99
          Amazon Price: $19.28

          Book Description: 

          We all know that kids need to eat right and get the nutrition they need to be their best all day long. So why not make lunches that will power their growing brains and bodies? Making lunches at home is a great way to keep your child healthy. Not only does it allow you to nourish your child with the most pure and wholesome ingredients, but it also gives you the peace of mind of knowing what has gone into every bite your little one takes. Full of recipes to suit every age and stage, The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet shows you how simple and easy it is to prepare food that’ll be the envy of the lunch table. The 200+ adorable and inspiring recipes in this book are just as much a joy to make as they are to eat! There are even entire lunchbox meals that are gluten-, soy-, and/or nut-free. Make your own super-delicious, super-nutritious homemade lunches today—it’s guaranteed to be at the top of the class!


          Kids are constantly changing. They get taller, bigger, faster…and naturally, their food choices need to reflect this unique period of growth. What we feed our children can surely affect their health, wellness, and eating habits for years to come.  When it comes to preparing and creating tasty lunchtime meals for your kids to enjoy, coming up with something new and exciting every day can be quite a challenge! How do we create nutritious and delicious meals our kids will actually love to eat? This book has the answer!  The author offers so much variety and ideas your kids will never be bored. The recipes are easy to make with step by step directions. I am so glad I found this book…it is awesome!

          ~Reviewed by Beth G.


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            A Still Quiet Place

            A Still Quiet Place: A Mindfulness Program for Teaching Children and Adolescents to Ease Stress and Difficult EmotionsA Still Quiet Place
            By Amy Saltzman
            New Harbinger
            Retail Price $49.95
            Amazon Price: $34.78

            Book Description: 

            Teaching kids stress management skills early in life will help them to grow into happy and healthy adults. And if you work with children or adolescents, you know that kids today need these skills more than ever. The pressures they face in the classroom, on the playground, in their extracurricular activities, and at home can sometimes be overwhelming. So how can you help lay the groundwork for their success?A Still Quiet Place presents an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program that therapists, teachers, and other professionals can use to help children and adolescents manage stress and anxiety in their lives, and develop their natural capacities for emotional fluency, respectful communication, and compassionate action. The program detailed in this book is based on author Amy Saltzman’s original curriculum, which has helped countless children and adolescents achieve significant improvements in attention and reduced anxiety.

            One of the easiest ways to find the still quiet place within is to practice mindfulness—paying attention to your life experience here and now with kindness and curiosity. The easy-to-implement mindfulness practices in this guide are designed to help increase children and adolescents’ attention, learning, resiliency, and compassion by showing them how to experience the natural quietness that can be found within.

            The still quiet place is a place of peace and happiness that is alive inside all of us, and you can find it just by closing your eyes and breathing. For more information, visit


            Today’s world is full of stress.  Even for kids.  Author Amy Saltzman condenses her curriculum on mindfulness for children and teens into a program that is manageable and useful for those who work with kids and teens, helping them manage stress and anxiety in their lives.  It works great for parents to use with their kids as well.  I used it with my ADHD son and it helped him deal with his anger, anxiety, and  impulse control problems. I recommend that you begin using this book and techniques to start teaching your child relaxation and self calming skills early.  If you start practicing what you are teaching your kids, you will find your owns stress/anxiety level improved as well!

            ~Reviewed by Karleigh C.

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