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8 Back-to-School Books for Moms and Kids to Enjoy

I love to read.  Regardless of the many books I currently own, I cannot keep away from the local bookstore or library sales.  This love of books has also trickled down to my children.  Admittedly, we don’t always have as much opportunity to read as we would like, due to family activities and obligations.  When we can, however, and I catch my kids reading in their man-made tents, or under tables, or even – while doing a handstand, I am ridiculously proud.

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With school starting soon, I am excited to share with you not only the books that my kids and I have loved throughout the years during this season, but also, the novels I have enjoyed while they are in school.  I hope that you find these books to be as enjoyable as I have!

To Read Together:

  1. Have You Filled a Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud

This book teaches compassion and kindness in the best way, because it gives the visual symbol of each of us having a bucket inside. If you are kind to someone, you fill their bucket.  If you are unkind, you are dipping into their bucket.  Kindness always wins!

  1. If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff

This is the tale of a mouse who follows it’s human friend to school and there is one catastrophe or mess after another. Y0u might be relating as a Mom in a big way to this book and the crazy adventure (because they all are as a Mom, right?) while the kids giggle at the building story and it’s silliness!

  1. Pete the Cat, Rocking in my School Shoes by Eric Litwin

This cat is SO groovy.  And musical. He teaches your kids as they read, that as they are in school and face some changes, it is “..all good.”  There are great messages on how to have fun and be a good student!

  1. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

This is the first chapter book I get to share about, that my oldest son and I loved. He was in complete denial when we had finished it – he simply wanted the story to go on.  The main character, Auggie, has a rare condition that effects his face and therefore, others perception and treatment of him.  You will find yourself engulfed in his journey and the chapters where his family shares their experiences.  Not only does this book remind you to be kind, it teaches you that we ALL have worth.  As parents, we need helpful reminders like this book, to teach our kids how to be among students that are not the “same” as them and to be a good friend to all.

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Books for Mom and the empty-house blues….or bliss…

  1. Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle Melton

I Love Glennon and her message.  This book gives you loads of relatable, real moments as she parents in life. Follow her amazing blog at

  1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

This book stirred up controversy, but don’t all the good ones?  It is a beautiful, fictional love story between a woman who has suddenly become a caretaker, and a man who was injured in an accident and requires constant support.  It is quirky, bittersweet, funny & raw.

  1. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

My eyes were opened with this story of a young girl in the past, who is quarantined in a leprosy settlement with others affected.  She is completely separated from her family and is raised within the settlement.  She is a fierce, inspiring character and her life and that of her friends and family, will inspire you.

  1. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A.J. has a set, pretty regular life until a baby is left at his bookstore, with no trace of parents or family.  Though he typically runs by routine, he finds happiness in raising her, and she brings new life and connection to his customers and community.  (I think I may just read this one again…)

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Cheers to you, Moms!  I hope this time with your kids and these books is rewarding!  Please feel free to share your own favorite reads for this time of year (or anytime, really) in the comments!  



6 Responses to 8 Back-to-School Books for Moms and Kids to Enjoy

  1. Shala Waneen Carter August 27, 2018 at 5:11 pm #

    Hi Sarah!
    Great first blog!

    SBSK had a kid on their show recently who has Treacher/Collins Syndrome. I think the movie “Wonder” was shared there.

    There is this wonderful girl in England who has multiple physical disabilities and she was very angry the other day about Hollywood using able-bodied people to play disabled people. I agree with her…to a point. For example, I would be annoyed for an actor who does not have Downs to play a person with Downs. But, the worse the disability, the worse it would be for the person to be on set.


    • Sarah August 29, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

      Hi Shala,

      Thank you for your message! I understand what you are saying. I think if there are people who have the disability that a role comes available for, agents should certainly look into these folks first before casting someone who has not been effected by the diagnosis. I do agree with you that for some folks, being on set and going throughout the day might be a bit harder, varying on their needs. However, if they are available, it should be up to them! I am certain casting is not as cut and dry as we would like to believe and, I hope they do their best as with many situations where accessibility should be considered.

      Have a great fall!

  2. Christine August 27, 2018 at 8:11 pm #

    A fun one for elementary school is We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins. It’s about getting along.

  3. Sarah August 29, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

    Ha! This sounds adorable. I will have to look into it. Thank you!

  4. Aisha August 29, 2018 at 10:19 pm #

    Good book tips! I actually just read one of Laura’s books “If you give a moose a muffin” to my son at breakfast today and we laughed all the through it!

  5. Nikola September 5, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

    This is great!!! My toddler is a huge fan of Pete the Cat!