BookWorks Back to School Recommended Reading

Can you believe it’s September already! (We hope you caught some of the titles in the July and Aug posts.) The air feels crisper, the days are getting shorter and there’s a sense of greater energy/urgency as Nature and we prepare to collect on the efforts and bounty of another year. September also means new… [Read More]

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Can you believe it's September already! (We hope you caught some of the titles in the July and Aug posts.) The air feels crisper, the days are getting shorter and there's a sense of greater energy/urgency as Nature and we prepare to collect on the efforts and bounty of another year. September also means new beginnings for those heading back to school with a mix of excitement and trepidation.

They say one should never stop learning (and we agree wholeheartedly) so here are some edifying reads from our BookShop for scholars of all ages and ilks:

Elementary Fundamentals

Back to School Recommended Reading from"School days, school days, dear old golden rule days...". Much may have changed since that song, yet the thrill and challenge of the first day of school remain. Kids today are smarter, but the power of a good book to enlighten young minds and summon a giggle can still trump anything on mass media.

Any Two Can Be Twindolicious by Natasha Danna (Twins Violet and Kelly discover their own uniqueness despite their look alike appearance in this charming illustrated book.)Back to School Recommended Reading from

The Day My Fart Followed Me to Hockey by Ben Jackson and Sam Lawrence (Part of a series about a friendly fart who shows up in the most unlikely places. Irresistible because let's face it...fart humor never gets old.)

Bumbling Bea by Deborah Baldwin (A would-be thespian has to contend with the drama that takes place outside the school play. 3rd graders and up will relate.)

Little Miss History Travels to Ellis Island by Barbara Ann Mojica  (An illustrated series that takes young readers to famous places and events where Little Miss History shares the important facts.)Back to School Recommended Reading from

Mr. Pete Where Are Your Feet? by Katherine Bartlett (Delightful rhyming verse about a little blue parakeet for beginning readers.)Back to School Recommended Reading from

Ava the Monster Slayer: A Warrior Who Wears Glasses by Lisa Maggiore (Don't mess with Ava! She may be small and cute and wear glasses, but she gets the job done when someone messes with her favorite stuffie.)

If You Were Me and Lived in Kenya by Carole P. Roman (Another fun illustrated series that teaches young readers about their peers who live in countries around the world.)

The In-Betweens

Back to School Recommended Reading from BookWorks.comIn the middle and halfway to graduation, in the zone between little kids and adolescents, middle schoolers have active imaginations—which won't be disappointed by these:

Greg's First Adventure in Time by C.M. Huddleston (Greg experiences history and archaeology firsthand when he ends up time traveling to visit early Native Americans. Book 1 of a series of time travel adventures for young explorers.)Back to School Recommended Reading from

The Mystery of the Masked Marauder by Peter Cox (Kidnapping, mystery and the secret life of pets—can Nate and his trusty companion Basset solve the crime? Maybe the animals know.)

Billy Bedivere in the Quest for the Dragon Queen by Alan Sproles (An unexpected cry for help sends Billy on a fantastical adventure that will change his life forever.)Back to School Recommended Reading from

Kin Seeker, Book One of Dragon Calling and Kin Seeker Companion Guide by N.R. Eccles-Smith (A little something for all lovers of myth, magic, adventure, mystery. and suspense...with more to come.)

A Little Wicked by Janet Macreery (Young Dory's tale begins in 17th century Scotland and takes her across the sea to colonial America during the Salem witch trials in this riveting historical adventure.)

Too Cool for School

Back to School Recommended Reading from BookWorks.comTeens are practically their own species, navigating a pivotal age that is quite a ride. They deserve books that inspire, entertain and acknowledge the complex emerging adult they are.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake (An uplifting story of a young heroine who copes with loss and grief by literally hurling herself skyward as a competitive pole vaulter.)

Storm Born by Amy Braun (A plucky heroine confronts strange, dark, alien forces from an alternate realm in this action/adventure novel.)Back to School Recommended Reading from

The Queen of England: Coronation by Courtney Brandt (Fans of steampunk, romance and legend will be hooked on this alt-reality tale set in 1840 London, which happily, is the first of a series.)Back to School Recommended Reading from

The Packing House by G. Donald Cribbs (Dealing with the challenges many teens face from bullying and a broken home, Joel runs away but his nightmares follow unless he can find the key to set himself free.)Back to School Recommended Reading from

A Gift of Wings by Stephanie Stamm (Sci-fi/urban fantasy novel with another strong female protagonist, that combines romance, danger, ancient forces and the paranormal.)

Never Too Old for Back to School

Back to School Recommended Reading from BookWorks.comHumans are a curious bunch, always looking to acquire new knowledge and improve our skills. Here are just a few titles that will get those mental gears working, expand your intellectual toolbox and maybe even help you with your next book. So back to school with you!

Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders (Third Edition) by Susanne Alleyn (Indispensable to anyone writing historical fiction or using historical references in their books who want to avoid historical incongruities.)Back to School Recommended Reading from

Closest to the Fire, A Writer's Guide to Law and Lawyers by Karen A. Wyle (By a lawyer, for students and authors of legal thrillers or anyone who wants to understand and write about the legal system.)Back to School Recommended Reading from

Compelling Conversations and Compelling American Conversations by Eric H. Roth (If you are not a native speaker this series compiled by a team of English teachers will help intermediate and advanced ESL students to master their conversation skills.)Back to School Recommended Reading from

The 7-Step Guide to Authorpreneurship by Rochelle Carter (Award-winning guide that takes the author from concept to execution to create a sustainable writing business.)

101 Medical Word Search Puzzles by Joseph C. Kunz (Challenge your medical word prowess with these entertaining and vocabulary-building puzzles.)

What's in Your Back to School Book Bag?Back to School Recommended Reading from

So there you have it, a few selections to get your September off to a great start. These are just some of the excellent offerings in our BookShop. Have a look and pick a few of your own. Let's read each other's work and support our collective indie endeavors. Submit your suggestions in the comments or on the Discussion Groups topic "Read Any Good Books Lately?".


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9 thoughts on “BookWorks Back to School Recommended Reading”

  1. Thank you for including Little Miss HISTORY Travels to ELLIS ISLAND in your Back to School Choices. I am looking forward to checking the other authors out.

  2. Profile photo of Ben Jackson Ben Jackson says:

    Thanks so much to the BookWorks team! What are your children reading when they head back to school?

  3. This is fabulous! Thank you so much. All the best to you at BookWorks and thanks for the good work you do, connecting emerging authors to readers who can benefit from our stories. — Grant Overstake

  4. What a great list of recommended books. Thank you, BookWorks team! –G. Donald Cribbs

  5. Thank you for including my latest release — a great selection to be part of!

  6. Helen Picca says:

    I’d love for my book to be included in an upcoming list. My books is historical fiction as well as a romance. “The Last Frontier of the Fading West,” spans 50 years beginning in WWII in the life of Jennifer and captures life in a small rural seaside community. Filled with history and romance, it is “a memoir of a life well-lived.”

    1. Helen, Your book must be listed on your profile (and your profile complete) in order for it to be considered. You can find more information on how to do both in the user guides under the Help tab.

  7. Hi.

    Please consider my picture book, “Three Best Friends,” for the list of Recommended Reading for kids.

    1. Hi Robbin, Only books in the BW BookShop are eligible for consideration.

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