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book reviews

Whether they’re taking their first steps into a kindergarten classroom or attending their final classes towards graduation, back-to-school time is a memorable moment for all students. Start the school year off right with four fantastic reads all about zany characters and their unforgettable school adventures.

How to Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan (Starting at $12, Random House Children’s Books, Ages 4-8) Teacher

This lighthearted how-to picture book about students giving their teacher school year tips is a great way to help your little ones get ready themselves. It’s a guaranteed giggle for kids and parents alike.


The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer… by Davide Cali (Starting at $9, Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 6-9) summer

What did your kids do during summer break? This fast-paced illustrated adventure will captivate your bedtime reader with Cali’s outrageous storytelling and the characters’ unbelievable shenanigans about a summer break no one will forget.


Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume (Starting at $6, Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 8-12) Fourth Grade Nothing

Fall in love with this quirky tale about a nine-year-old boy’s troubles with his mischievous four-year-old brother. Your kiddos will learn the values of sharing and treating everyone with kindness.


Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (Starting at $14, Random House Children’s Books, Ages 12-17) Stargirl

There’s an unspoken rule at Mica Area High School: don’t stand out, no matter what. Enter Stargirl, an explosion of a girl ready to take on the world. This young adult novel is perfect to help break teens out of their shells and value their individuality.

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