As summer draws to a close, it can be difficult to get kids back into the rhythm of school. Heck, it can be a lot for you too. The last-minute scramble to get to Target and Walmart for supplies that match the list you just got the day before. The expense of having to invest in school uniforms or buy new clothes because somehow your child has apparently grown over the summer.
While we may not have the answer to everything that’s plaguing you right now – take a deep breath – we know that a good way to prepare young minds for class discussions and homework is to encourage children to read. To that end, here are five of our favorite books to prepare young minds for back to school this fall.
“If You’re Reading This” by Kereen Getten | We Were the Fire: Birmingham 1963 by Shelia P. Moses | “Everything in its Place: A Story of Books and Belonging” by Pauline David Sax | “The Kindergarten Queen” by Derrick Barnes | “My Little Guestbook on” Misty Copeland by Sherri L. Smith
“If You’re Reading This” by Kereen Getten
The critically acclaimed author of “When Life Gives You Mangoes”, Kereen Getten, is back with the young adult book “If You’re Reading This”. The story is told in a very detailed Caribbean setting with characters popping off the page. The coming-of-age story features Brie, who, on her 12th birthday, receives a series of letters from her late mother that takes Brie on a treasure hunt that leads to uncovered memories and… life-changing surprises. This delightful book will keep a young reader totally engaged.
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“We Were the Fire: Birmingham 1963” by Shelia P. Moses
The story is not always beautiful and yet, it must always be told. And while poet, producer and author Shelia P. Moses“We Were The Fire: Birmingham 1963” is a work of fiction, it brilliantly captures the angst and hope of Rufus, a pre-teen growing up in the segregationist town of Birmingham, Alabama in the early 1960s With the city engulfed in racial violence and adults fearing the protests will cost them their livelihoods, Rufus and his friends have the audacity to stage a protest. This inspiring book gives us a glimpse of what it can look like when a few young black men stand on the right side of history.
“Everything in its place: a story of books and belonging” by Pauline David-Sax
If you have a child who loves to read books, then “Everything in Its Place: A Story of Books and Belonging” by Pauline David Sax will surely delight your child. It tells the story of Nicky who uses her local library as a safe space. When it temporarily shuts down, Nicky has to face some of her fears and accept that being different doesn’t always mean you have to endure a life of loneliness.
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“The Kindergarten Queen” by Derrick Barnes
Being confident as an adult is tough, but for new kindergartener MJ, wearing her mom’s special tiara on the first day of school is just the bawse cape she needs to face what’s on her mind. waits. If you’ve ever felt the excitement and nervousness on the first day of school, MJ’s kindness and sweet storytelling Derrick Barnes‘ The new children’s picture book “The Queen of Kindergarten” will resonate with you.
“My Little Guestbook on Misty Copeland” by Sherri L. Smith
The Little Golden Book series has been around for over 75 years. While “My little guestbook on Foggy Copelandwas released earlier this year, its significance outweighs timing. Author Sherri L. Smith’s interpretation of Misty Copeland’s story as the first black principal dancer in the history of American Ballet Theater evokes the possibility of achieving a goal that might seem unattainable. Copeland didn’t start dancing until she was almost 13, leaving an indelible reminder to young readers to never stop believing in your dreams.