Bookshelf

The Illustrated ART of MANLINESS

The Illustrated ART of MANLINESS
By Brett McKay

Hands-on guide to the lost art of being a man – This is the ultimate guide to becoming a better husband, father, friend, and citizen, and part of a new generation of great men. Learn the essentials: Survival, Self Defense, Style, Chivalry, Car Repair, and more! Learn from more than 100 practical skills every modern man should possess. These stylish illustrated how-to-guides help men live up to their full potential, while covering every facet of modern man: The Adventurer, The Gentleman, The Technician, The Warrior, The Family Man, and The Leader.

Ages: Young Men and up

The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society
By Trenton Lee Stewart

“Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear reader, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Read to learn what they had to do to accomplish it! And, if you’re gifted, creative, or happen to know Morse Code, they could probably use your help.

Ages: 8-12

52 Things Kids Need From A Dad

52 Things Kids Need From A Dad
By Jay Payleitner

You spend a lot of time with your kids, but do you know what they really need? Offering straightforward advice and step-up-to-the-mark challenges, veteran dad Payleitner empowers you to be a confident father by providing a year’s worth of focused, doable activities; uncomplicated ways to be an example; and tough, frank talk on thorny issues.

Ages: Fathers

Tender at the Bone

Tender at the Bone
By Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl discovered that food could be a way of making sense of the world. Her deliciously crafted memoir,Tender at the Bone, is the story of a life determined, enhanced, and defined in equal measure by a passion for food, unforgettable people, and the love of tales well told. A good summer read spiced with Reichl’s infectious humor and sprinkled with her favorite recipes.

Ages: Young Adults and up

Boost Your Breast Milk

Boost Your Breast Milk
By Alicia C. Simpson

An all-in-one guide for nursing mothers to build a healthy milk supply. Learn from a nutrition and lactation expert who offers practical and clear guidance on nursing and how to ensure a healthy and nutritious supply of milk for infants. Perfect for moms and soon-to-be moms; Simpson supplies everything from breastfeeding basics to in-depth information on nursing, like latching, positioning and even causes of low milk supply. Recipes to boost milk supply too!

Ages: For Nursing Moms

100 First Words

100 First Words
By DK

A great way to start your baby’s learning adventure is by introducing them to primary concepts like shapes, colors, animals, and so much more. Covers 14 themed pages covering all the familiar things little ones are interested in, with a sturdy board book format designed for small hands, 100 First Words is the perfect first book for parents and babies to share.

Ages: Parents & Babies

Fantastic Forts

Fantastic Forts
By Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks

Inspiration for wild hideaways! Building a fort, treehouse or hideaway is part of childhood’s imaginary world, where anything might be possible We all know that forts are universal places and can be made almost anywhere out of almost anything. So read and learn the basics of building a fort, how to waterproof and furnish it, and specific advice on several different sorts of forts.

Ages: All ages

Catastrophic Happiness

Catastrophic Happiness
By Catherine Newman

A book that brings to life the beauty, terror and harrowing monotony of parenthood with heart-squeezing perfection. This new addition to the literature of parenthood offers mothers of children ages 3-14 years a way of not just surviving but also savoring their children’s passing years. Warm and engaging, this book is excellent company for mothers, grandmothers and caregivers.

Ages: Parents

Laugh Out Loud

Laugh Out Loud
By James Patterson

Jimmy loves reading so much that he’s inspired to start his own book company—as marvelous and fun as Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. It’s a big dream for a twelve-year-old boy—some would even say it’s laugh-out-loud ridiculous! But Jimmy’s doubters soon learn that he’s not the kind of kid who gives up easily. Jimmy’s story is entertaining and relatable in every way – what kid wouldn’t want to be their own boss and leave the grown-ups in the dust?

Ages: 10-17

How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way, 2nd Edition

How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way, 2nd Edition
By Tim Seldin

An updated edition which includes information about the neuroscience of child development! And sensitive periods (birth to six years) in which they are primed to learn. These opportunities don’t come twice. Packed with Montessori-based preschool activities and games that build confidence and independence through active learning.

Ages: Parents and Caregivers

Whispers of Wisdom for Single Moms

Whispers of Wisdom for Single Moms
By Barbor Publishing

This brand-new devotional provides practical encouragement for single moms in the trenches of life. A beautiful book of encouragement for an entire year! 365 Whispers of Wisdom for Single Moms is a spiritual boost for those who need it most. Written by those who have been there. Brief, easy-to-read meditations are ideal for time-starved single moms and feature encouraging scriptures and prayers.

Ages: Moms

All on One Plate

All on One Plate
By Solveig Brown

This will be an invaluable resource for mothers who have internalized societal messages of obligation and might not see the big picture. “When mothers routinely feel guilty, stressed out and overcommitted, it is likely that something in our culture is contributing to this,” Brown writes. “Yet many of the mothers I interviewed thought the problem was with them and that they were doing something wrong, or that it is easier for other mothers.” Relax, Brown says. It’s not just you.

Ages: Moms

He’s Not Lazy

He’s Not Lazy
By Adam Price, PhD

Capable teenage boys often seem lazy. Impervious to academic pressure and only making time for video games, Facebook, and friends. An attitude that can be frustrating to parents and teachers. But, Dr. Price, a clinical psychologist, has a different approach. With this book, parents can learn how to avoid power struggles and empower their son to believe in himself.

Ages: Parents

The School Year Survival Cookbook

The School Year Survival Cookbook
By Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh

A wonderful book that addresses every major food dilemma parents face during the school year. Road tested and guaranteed to work - effective strategies to keep your family on track; even during the most hectic weeks. Hey, you can become a “lunch ninja” that packs lunches that will not go un-eaten.

Ages: Parents and kids

Someday, Someday, Maybe.

Someday, Someday, Maybe.
By Lauren Graham

A charming novel penned by Lauren Graham, that you may know as the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. Graham’s witty, charming, and hilariously relatable novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead and keep it together in New York City, will become your favorite read – and your friends will want you to share it when done! This book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.

Ages: Teens - Adults

Big Words for Little Geniuses

Big Words for Little Geniuses
By Susan and James Patterson

A fun book to read with your little “moppet” to learn impressively big words from A-Z. But don’t be surprised if they actually become a “flibbertigibbet” and whoo you and everyone else with conversation.

Ages: Read aloud with littles