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Read Across America Day is right around the corner on March 2nd!
My family loves, loves, loves reading and have become frequent visitors and supporters of our library. I’m proud to be raising little readers who, even before they could read, respect, and get joy from, books. Read Across America Day helps celebrate everything that books bring into our lives (which, if you’re a bookworm like me, is a lot!).
I’ve rounded up some of my favorite book picks for moms, dads, kids, and teens for you to add some new selections to your bookshelves.
Best Books for Dads
Dads Know Best by John Luzzi & Don Miggs
Anyone who’s going into parenthood for the first time has questions. A lot of ’em. But these guys answer every soon-to-be-dad’s most pressing questions in a lighthearted manner that is brutal in honesty but also hilarious. Every newbie dad can learn something from this book, which covers everything from labor and delivery to handling the big issue of screen time with your toddler.
How to Raise a Superhero by Joe Grutzik
This book gives dads some emotional support in the emotional support department. Emotions are something that dads can struggle with, especially when raising boys, but Grutzik talks about the subject with grace to help dads boost their kids’ emotional security.
The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World by Simon Winchester
If you love learning about how things work and how technology has shaped the world we live in now, then this book is perfect (and it has nothing to do with parenting!). Winchester explores a lot of important questions that won’t leave information-seekers disappointed.
Best Books for Moms
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
If you haven’t heard of this book by now, you’re likely hiding under a rock. But Hollis’ refreshing look into everything that tends to make women feel unworthy is more than just a new trend; it’s a necessity for your bookshelf. Although it’s not geared toward moms, Girl, Wash Your Face is a book moms, who tend to feel like failures about 2,000 times a day, shouldn’t ignore.
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
I recently picked up this book from the library and I couldn’t put it down. Picoult is a master of storytelling, obviously, but this one went beyond a story.
As a mom, you know that one of the scariest things ever is the possibility of something happening to your child. This story follows teenagers as they experience a school shooting and the details that unravel after. It’s scary, it’s eye-opening, and it’s a necessary read.
Looking for some serious laughs? This book has them. And they definitely won’t make you feel like a crappy mom for ending up in a sticky parenting situation because, NEWSFLASH….we all do.
Best Books for Teens
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
This book is set to become a movie soon, but if your teen prefers to read the full story in book form first, then snatch this up. There won’t be a dry eye after they learn more about Stella and Will, two extremely ill hospital patients who aren’t supposed to get within a few feet of each other, much less fall in love.
But that’s exactly what they do, and their story is riveting.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
It’s a scary, but necessary, topic to tackle: Racism and its connection with law enforcement. This book provides a touching look into one girl’s quest to find answers about the death of her childhood friend at the hands of a police officer.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
My daughter had to read The Giver in her advanced language arts class. Although she wasn’t fond of it at first, it seemed to grow on her as her class spent more time on it, prompting me to read it too. It’s so different that it’s captivating, and it’ll definitely have your teen really thinking about the issues as a society we face today.
Best Books for Kids
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A few days ago, I actually had an editor comment on an article I wrote. It said: "Do libraries even exist anymore?" This was in response to a suggestion I made about using libraries to research content to study. I wasn't sure what to say. I know the editor was being part facetious and part serious. No hard feelings, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't take that comment to heart. I begrudgingly deleted the line in my article, but I never responded to that comment. I wish I had. Of course libraries exist. My kids and I visit ours all the time. I'd be devastated if we didn't have a place to go for after school fun, lazy weekends spending time with books, and all the special activities our library hosts. The place is incredible. Besides all that, isn't it up to us adults to MAKE them exist? Technology shouldn't replace books, ever. I love technology. But kids should have the experience of digging their noses into a good book. Of browsing through rows and rows of books to find that perfect pick. Of being responsible with a library card. Of having everything they ever wanted to learn about at their fingertips. Yep, libraries sure do exist, and I'll make sure my children take full advantage of them. #bookworm #booklover #librarylover #digintoagoodbook #freelancewriter #momlife #parenting #wahm #wahmlife #mompreneur #freelancer #librariesstillexist
Guided Journals by Jess Volinski
I was introduced to Jess Volinski and her amazingly innovative journals and coloring and activity books marketed to tweens, ages 8 to 12 over a year ago and I continue to fall in love with her stuff. These guided journals are filled with prompts that get preteens thinking, talking, and drawing about stuff they love, goals, they have, and more.
Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection by Dr. Seuss
Read Across America Day is on March 2nd every year. Why is that important? Because it’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday!
Celebrate the legend himself with this collection of some of his very best works to build your young reader’s book inventory. It comes with favorites like Hop on Pop and The Cat in the Hat.
National Geographic Kids Why?: Over 1,100 Answers to Everything by Crispin Boyer
Kids sure do love answering questions, which is why they’ll probably get a kick out of this fun book. It covers some of the most interesting facts about animals, places, space, the human body, and just about anything else your child would normally ask you to ask Google.
What are some of your favorite books you’d recommend for dads, moms, kids, and teens? Let me know in the comments!
Amy is a mom of two, freelance writer, and blog manager who works with family-focused businesses to improve their content strategies. You can find her published work on Reader’s Digest Online, MSN, Niche, Frugal For Less, and other lifestyle publications.