What Do You Stand For? For Kids: A Guide to Building Character by Barbara A Lewis. What do You Stand For? For Kids contains true stories and thought-provoking scenarios that help build character traits like honesty, fairness, responsibility, respect and courage. The activities help kids grow into caring, strong adults.
“Yes, and…” A Journey of Hope Through Tragedy by Matthew Croke. The author shares his very personal journey as his pregnant wife and his mother-in-law were both dying of cancer, while he cared for his two young daughters. For anyone dealing with a loss such as this, or with the anxiety of a high-risk birth, this book will bring you insight and consolation. Mr. Croke
In A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman has written a heartwarming tale about a cranky old man who finds fault with most everyone and everything. Ove sees no point in smiling all the time, or making small talk with people, yet some new smiling, chatty neighbors somehow show how one person’s life can have a profound impact on the lives of others.
Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence by Rosalind Wisemen combines the voices of girls and parents into a compelling basis for conversation in families. It offers insight and tools we all need to help our daughters “feel empowered and make smarter choices.” Also equally important is the author’s book Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World
The Sea is so Wide and My Boat is so Small: Charting a course for the next generation – Marian Wright Edelman. Our country has too many children affected by poverty, poor health, illiteracy, violence, and injustice. The author, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, tells of the work that must be done to build a nation that protects and nurtures all of its children. Edelman addresses policies and programs that help achieve racial and social justice, encourage the good health and promising futures of our children, and lift up and support the adults who care for them.
Irena’s Children: A True Story of Courage by Tilar J. Mazzeo. Irena works in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II as a public health specialist. From her unique position, she embarks on a mission to smuggle Jewish children out of the ghetto and hide them in homes, coffins, sewers and secret passages, facing danger and taking great personal risks. The courage and self-sacrifice of Irena is an incredible and heroic story.
Joy for Beginners – Erica Bauermeister’s novel tells of seven women who want to change their lives. They challenge each other to set personal goals and embark on individual journeys to accomplish them. Each woman’s story interweaves with the others to illustrate the joys of love, support and friendship.
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis – J.D. Vance This New York Times bestseller gives a deep and clear analysis of the poor, white Americans who have been, and are, struggling to survive the demands of everyday life, with little opportunity to achieve the American dream. The author was born and raised in a culture of decline and hopelessness, and yet through profound sacrifice of his family, was able to graduate from Yale Law School and now write his memoir.
In Papa’s Birthday Gift, by Lynn Downey, a little girl receives a very special gift from her father. Although he was snowed in at the airport and couldn’t make it to her birthday party, her prayers are answered when he gives her his love and his special sense of adventure on a night time sled ride on the night of her birthday – a truly good gift.
The Possibility of Angels: A Literary Anthology, edited by Sophie Biriotti features poetry and short fiction from favorite writers, as well as biblical, Babylonian, Native American and African writers, and gorgeous illustrations by Peter Malone. Each selection gives the reader a glimpse into the sacred, surprising, sometimes irreverent behavior of angels – from fairy tales and mythology to memoirs and earthly encounters. Authors include Leo Tolstoy, John Updike, Emily Dickinson and many others.