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:
"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.)
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.)
Mr. Pete Where Are Your Feet? by Katherine Bartlett (Delightful rhyming verse about a little blue parakeet for beginning readers.)
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.)
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.)
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.)
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
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.)
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.)
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.)
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
Humans 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.)
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.)
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.)
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?
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?".