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Tips to help parents judge books for children
While the book-protesting actions of motivated parents and school boards make headlines, what gets lost in the shuffle is what goes on in each of our homes. As Banned Books Week begins, one librarian offers tips for parents weighing what kind of reading material to share with their children.
“Beautiful Unbroken: One Nurse’s Life” by Mary Jane Nealon
The first step of the journey was easy: packing.
You’d been thinking about change lately, vacation or permanent. You needed to see something different outside your window, to eat food you’ve never tasted, to meet new people, to satisfy the restlessness you’d been feeling. And now - you’re packed. Ready to go. It’s a fresh start, if only for a week.
Need a summer read? 10 best books so far this year
Whether you’re hitting the road or planning a staycation this summer, you’ll need some reading material. Here’s a list of the 10 best books so far this year, chosen by the editors at Amazon.com.
“The Chicken Chronicles” by Alice Walker
People call you a “Dog Person” and you kind of like that.
It’s no reflection on you, personally, of course. That moniker just says to the world that you have a love for anything canine, that you probably have a few pups of your own, and that you’ve never known a dog you didn’t like. You probably also know a lot of other Dog People and maybe a few Cat People and Horse People, too.
How We Age
There may be a correlation, but you’re not sure.
Do wrinkles directly contribute to crabbiness? Can the sprouting of gray hair cause a general miasma? And why do people think “Senior Moments” are so darn funny? You wonder, because you’ve spotted another wrinkle and two more grey hairs, you forgot where your keys are, and there’s nothing humorous about that.
“You Know When the Men Are Gone”
Rumors have been flying around for days, but you don’t need them to know that something’s going on with the neighbors.
You’ve got two eyes, and you can plainly see that he’s deploying soon. He’ll be gone for awhile, so he’s fussing at the house, doing small chores, cleaning up, making sure she won’t have to worry about anything. But she’s worrying anyhow and – as you can see – crying an awful lot, too.
“Natural Born Hustler”
No money? No worries.
Even in a bad economy, you’re a survivor. You got connections, friends, and you got your game on. You won’t starve. A little ingenuity and a few tips, and you can hustle up what you need. It’s all good.
“For Horse-Crazy Girls Only: Everything You Want to Know About Horses”
Horsing around is the best thing in your life.
How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing
Every year, you say you’re going to do it, but you never do.
- Tips to help parents judge books for children