Library Picks for the Week of September 2nd – School is Starting!

It’s that time of year again! The kids are going back to school! Moms and dads around the country are often filled with mixed emotions as their children leave for the first day of classes. Visit any grade school this time of year and you’ll find parents tearing up with a mix of sadness and joy.


Kids often have mixed emotions as they leave the comfort of their homes to attend classes too. The prospect of meeting new friends is exciting, but the unknown can make even the toughest of stomachs turn a little queasy.


The Jackson District Library has resources for all ages that can make the back to school adjustment a little easier. Children attending school for the first time will know what to expect after being read Henry’s 100 Days of Kindergarten by Nancy Carlson. From show and tell to holiday concerts, this book explains what children will encounter at Kindergarten in an amusing and encouraging way.


Kids just starting to learn cursive may find that the practice sheets in Handwriting: Cursive by School Specialty Publishing give them a head start. Filled with worksheets that can be copied and practiced again and again, this book can help children improve their handwriting skills.


If your child struggles with math or science, Spark Your Child’s Success in Math and Science by Jacqueline Barber, Nichole Parizeau and Lincoln Bergman may be just the book for you. Written around the belief that a parent’s involvement is the single most important factor in a child’s academic success, this book provides easy to follow instructions that can turn your child’s struggles into successes.


Another book that parents might find helpful as kids head back to school is The Mom Book Goes to School: Insider Tips to Ensure Your Child Thrives in Elementary and Middle School by Stacy DeBroff. With chapters containing everything from how to avoid report card surprises to what to do if your child becomes embarrassed of you, this book is filled with practical advice that can help both parents and kids adjust to the new school year.


If your child ends up falling prey to aggressive peers, Bullying: How to Deal with Taunting, Teasing and Tormenting can help him or her take control of the situation and be a victim no more. The Girls Guide to AD/HD by Beth Walker can be useful to both guys and girls suffering from attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. If there are other areas where your child is struggling, come down to the library and we will help you find helpful material.


While you’re at the library, take some time to check out our internet databases. Full of academic journals, popular magazines, reference books, historical images, newspaper articles and more, the Jackson District Library’s databases are valuable homework helpers and, for your convenience, most of our databases can be accessed at home through Have your library card and pin number handy to log in. Don’t have a library card and pin? Then come down to the Jackson District Library and we’ll set you up with that too! The Jackson District Library is here to help everyone have a happy and successful school year.


And if you aren't sure if you SHOULD send your child to school

And for any one that isn't sure if they are doing the right thing by sending their child to school, I recommend reading Dumbing Us Down: The hidden curriculum of compulsory schooling, by John Taylor Gatto.