Here are a few of our reading picks from August. As Fall approaches and we resume more regular school and work routines, we were thinking about growing up and some of life's greatest lessons, such as dealing with bullying, overcoming adversity, things we wish we knew then or that we  need to be reminded of now and of course life's greatest lesson of all -- handling the inevitable loss of someone we hold dear. Enjoy!
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Chrysanthemum
by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.


"A perennial favorite in my house." - Heidi

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Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book
by Diane Muldrow

An adult refresher course from the more than 70-year-old line of children's books which covered real-life situations - from managing money, to the importance of exercise, to finding contentment in the simplest things.

A humorous "guide to life" for grown-ups! - Crystal

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The Harry Potter Series
by J.K. Rowling

A series that captivated readers of all ages as they witnessed a most extraordinary young boy, and perhaps the greatest fictional wizard of all time, face the ordinary challenges of growing up.

"Navigating
the trials and triumphs of school, friends, evil wizards, love interests, you know, the norm." - Kaitlin

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50 Rules Kids Won't Learn in School : Real World Antidotes to Feel-Good Education
by Charles J. Sykes

Identifies fifty life lessons about surviving in the real world that parents can use for a range of constructive benefits, in a primer that features such tips as "Life is not fair. Get used to it" and "Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity."

"My personal favorite is Rule 48: Tell yourself the story of your life. Have a point." - Kate

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OPTION B
by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant

A powerful, inspiring, and practical book about finding resilience and moving forward after life's inevitable setbacks.

"Optimistic and inspiring read on a tough subject - grieving the loss of a loved one - and how family and friends can really help." - Teri

~KT
 


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