Fall Reads for Adults and Kiddos

23 Aug

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For little ones:

“Mrs. Bumbleberry” series:
We like “Mrs. B. Substitute Grandma” by Kathleen Beining
Available at Amazon & Barnes and Noble

Join Little Ladybug as she journeys through Happy Peaceful Forest. Discover and learn as she meets other forest animals.

One day Catalina overhears the king planning to build a wall and fears her family will never be able to visit. Catalina tricks the king into building walls that droop, drip, swirl, and swoosh away. But now the king demands a wall that will outlast even a Twinkie. Luckily, Catalina has the perfect ingredients to bake up a family reunion!

When Neeka was very little, she loved watching the crazy squirrels play in her backyard. Now five years old, she doesn’t have time for squirrels, especially since she’s busy with school and her little sister, Gel. Neeka is happy with her family and her home, but she feels so far away from her school friends. She wishes she had a playmate, and Gel is much too young.

One day, she comes home from school and finds a furry surprise on her parents’ bed. What she thinks is a pair of brown socks turns out to be a sleeping squirrel! When the squirrel sees Neeka, he is terribly frightened and tries to find a way to escape. Neeka is scared, too, having forgotten how she used to love watching the cuddly critters play when she was little.

With her family’s help, Neeka faces her fears and sets the squirrel free–after he’s had a good time exploring their house, of course. Outside, the squirrel doesn’t seem so scary anymore. In fact, Neeka begins to think maybe the little squirrel took the path inside because he wanted a friend, too. Together, Neeka and the squirrel might not be lonely anymore.

“Sophie the Skunk Who Sometimes Stunk” by Kathryn G. Evans

Sophie the Skunk is a funny, heartwarming story for young children, which emphasizes the importance of children trying new experiences and of their parents allowing children to investigate different avenues without pressure.

Sophie the Skunk is written for all those who hope to give their children the opportunity to find for themselves their talents and to have confidence in themselves as they learn that trying is good and winning is not everything.

In our world of competition, Sophie the Skunk stands out as a hope for simplicity and growth.

For Grown-Ups:

“The Ultimate New Mom’s Cookbook” by Aurora Satler

The Ultimate New Mom’s Cookbook is your guide to navigating this new world of prenatal nutrition, baby purees and picky eaters. Brimming with wholesome, satisfying recipes for every stage from the first day of your pregnancy to those tricky toddler years, this book eases your transition into parenthood and sets the foundation for your child to be a healthy and adventurous eater.

Chef Aurora Satler and nutritionist Allison Childress anticipate your every new-parent need, with recipes for stocking your freezer for those first days home from the hospital, nutritious foods mom should eat while nursing and methods for introducing your child to new flavors and food textures.

Delicious recipes like Tropical Tummy Mango Faux-’Jito soothe an upset stomach and satisfy intense pregnancy cravings, while Soba Noodle and Broccoli Rabe Buddha Bowls keep your energy up for sleepless nights filled with feedings. As your baby transitions to solids, nutrient-packed purees can be easily whipped up and repurposed into flavorful meals the whole family will enjoy, like Southwest Sweet Potato Cakes and Black Bean Salsa Fresca.

This essential manual will nourish your baby from the first day of your pregnancy through the toddler years.

“150 Best Toaster Oven Recipes” by Linda Stephen

A collection of recipes that is as versatile as your toaster oven itself.

Toaster ovens are versatile, compact and convenient, doing the job of both a toaster and a full-size oven while using far less space and far less energy. They can do so much more than just toast — they can bake, broil, brown and keep food warm. This updated edition includes 125 delicious recipes from Linda’s previous book, practical tips, and information on various toaster ovens, and, by popular demand, an all-new “Basics” section with over 25 easy recipes.

All of the recipes are designed exclusively for toaster ovens and include delicious options for any time of day. Some of the new basics include Deli Tuna Melts, BBQ Meatballs, Vegetable Bean Chili, and Chocolate Chip Muffins. Still featured are old favorites like Salmon Satays and Stuffed Baked Potatoes. With easy-to-prepare recipes and clear instructions, 150 Best Toaster Oven Recipes is perfect for students, singles and anyone looking to make a delicious meal in their toaster oven.

“Letting Go of Leo: How I Broke up with Perfection” by Simi Botic

People think you have it all together. What these people don’t understand is how exhausting it feels to make it look that way. The pressure to keep it all going is intense. You feel unfulfilled and don’t believe you measure up to others. You?re constantly searching for the secret to experience confidence in your own skin. Despite your have-it-all-together life, you can’t figure out how to accept or perfect yourself. You?ve tried diets, intense exercise, shopping, and stuffing brownies in your face. Yet nothing fills the hole deep inside, and you worry, Will I ever be enough? You?ve come to the right place. In Letting Go of Leo, Simi Botic gets personal about what she’s experienced and learned. She shares stories about eating a jar of peanut butter without choking to death. Stories about her thighs rubbing together. Stories of living a fantasy where she would marry Leo DiCaprio and win an Oscar. Stories of realizing that real life can be better than any fantasy, that she could show up for the good stuff and the hard stuff and, most importantly, for herself. Simi used to freak out about food, her body, and not being perfect enough. She freaks out a lot less now. In Letting Go of Leo, she shares how she broke up with perfection?and how you can too.

“Gone but Not Forgotten” by Jacqueline Brindle

From the Author: Without giving too much away, I’ll tell you a little about my book. Picture this: a young couple falls in love and marries. They experience a little heartache and soon start a family. Their love is strong, and life is wonderful until that fateful day that everything changes. Her fault? Maybe. His fault? Possibly. Does it matter? How do they cope? More tragedy befalls the couple. They endure it though, and eventually, life is great again until the unthinkable happens. How is it possible? Will there be peace? Will they have a happy ending or a new beginning? Perhaps . . . but then again, perhaps not.

“The Network Sage” by Glenna Crooks, PhD

Glenna Crooks’s inclusive and enlightening self-help book, The Network Sage, includes universally applicable instructions for cultivating one’s true potential by making use of networks.

Networking is typically a straightforward strategy, and is usually limited to professional, academic, or creative endeavors. Crooks broadens the notion, advocating for scrutinizing the potential in relationships with everyone from coworkers to a child’s dentist to a walking buddy.

“Treasures in Tragedy” by Kathleen Hathaway Mitchel

After Steven died, I began to read books about grieving, written by those who also had a child die. I could not get enough. I needed to feel like I was not alone. I needed to identify with somebody. I needed to know that I was not going crazy and that what I was feeling was normal — whatever normal means when your child has died. It helped knowing others had gone through what I was now experiencing. I learned that bereaved parents may do things that seem strange to others. That does not mean they are crazy or that they are not moving forward in their grief. They are coping the best way they can. They are trying to keep their child’s memory alive. Darcie Sims, a former grief counselor and bereaved parent, once said that as long as you are not hurting yourself or anyone else, then you are grieving exactly the way you need to do it.

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