Prepared for school days? | On the bookshelf

The school bell is about to beckon kids back to the classroom. Are they ready? These books can help students and parents prepare and provide assistance to the entire family after school is in session. One text even offers an entertaining bit of “postgraduate” education.

The school bell is about to beckon kids back to the classroom. Are they ready? These books can help students and parents prepare and provide assistance to the entire family after school is in session. One text even offers an entertaining bit of “postgraduate” education.

“The Happiest Kid on Campus: A Parent’s Guide to the Very Best College Experience (For You and Your Child),” by Harlan Cohen (softcover, Sourcebooks, 2010, 618 pages, $14.99). If you’ve got a child heading to college, be prepared for “a surprise around every corner,” says the publisher. This book will help you be prepared, providing facts, statistics, tips and advice from parents, students and experts.

“Back To School For Grown-Ups,” by Stephen Evans and Ian Whitelaw, (hardcover, Barron’s Educational Series, 2010, 256 pages, $18.99). Aimed at “anyone who spent his school days gazing out the window,” “Back To School” teaches the reader “Everything You Should Have Learned in Class,” says its subtitle. Who was Shakespeare? What is calculus? Why does 1+1=2? Read carefully. There is a quiz.

“The Organized Student: Teaching Children the Skills for Success in School and Beyond” by Donna Goldberg, with Jennifer Zwiebel (softcover, Simon & Schuster, 2005, 263 pages, $14.95). “The overstuffed backpack, the missing homework, the unused planner, the test he didn’t know about. Sound familiar?” asks the book’s cover. It’s a query that likely attracts the attention of countless weary parents.

“Busy Family Recipes,” by Crock-Pot, the Original Slow Cooker (hardcover, Publications International, 2010, 192 pages; $12.98). Especially when school rolls around, “it may seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything,” say the people at Crock-Pot, who want to help. “When you’re juggling job, kids, and errands, nothing is better than coming home after a hectic day to a hot, homemade meal from your Crock-Pot slow cooker.”

“Lighting Their Fires: How Parents and Teachers Can Raise Extraordinary Kids in a Mixed-up, Muddled-up, Shook-up World,” by Rafe Esquith (softcover, Penguin Group, 2009, 195 pages, $15). Esquith, the author of the New York Times best-seller “Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire,” was called “the most interesting and influential classroom teacher in the country” by the Washington Post. Here he “translates the secrets of his inspiring classroom techniques into tips for parents,” the publisher promises.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass