Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
Changeable: How Collaborative Problem Solving Changes Lives at Home, at School... by J. Stuart AblonWhat it is: a fresh approach to tackling problem behaviors without exacerbating them, relying on empathy, skill-building, and collaborative communication.
About the author: J. Stuart Ablon is a renowned psychologist and the author of The School Discipline Fix.
Why you might like it: Featuring illuminating research in neuroscience, Changeable offers a "useful paradigm" (Library Journal).
Landwhale: On Turning Insults into Nicknames, Why Body Image Is Hard, and How Diets Can... by Jes BakerWhat it's about: Body positivity advocate Jes Baker chronicles her journey to self-acceptance in this candid and courageous memoir.
Chapters include: "In Praise of Loud and Fat Women;" "6 Ways to Love Your Body;" "Maybe I'm a Hobbit?"
Reviewers say: "A funny, frank, and thoughtful exploration of how one woman sets a good example of how to live your best life" (Booklist).
Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and... by Alison GreenWhat it is: a straightforward advice book collecting 50 difficult workplace situations and explaining how best to navigate them.
Topics include: how to address racist and sexist comments, coworkers taking credit for your ideas, and communicating decisions that you don't agree with.
Who it's for: new hires, new managers, and anyone looking to improve their workplace environment.
Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World by Deborah ReberWhat it is: an optimistic guide for parents facing the "lonely and difficult" challenges of raising neurodiverse children in a world not always ready to accept them, written by a bestselling author and mother of a neurodiverse child.
What's inside: 18 "tilts" (paradigm shifts) that encourage families to change their actions and behaviors to improve relationships and embrace the strengths of differently wired family members.
Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (And How To Teach It To Everyone) by Elizabeth GreenWhat it is: a survey of education trends and instructional methods -- from Teach For America to the Japanese practice of jugyokenkyu ("lesson study") -- that examines what makes an effective teacher.
What sets it apart: Author Elizabeth Green includes perspectives from economists, psychologists, and entrepreneurs.
Try this next: Kim Bearden's Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me.
Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You're Not) by Beth KoblinerWhat it is: a thorough and practical guide for parents to help their children develop financial literacy skills, empowering kids and parents alike to make informed decisions on everything from incentivizing chores to paying for college.
Did you know? Research shows that money habits are formed by the age of seven.
The Parent Backpack for Kindergarten through Grade 5 by ML NicholsWhat it is: an approachable and insightful how-to for parents navigating early childhood education, packed with advice to support academic success.
Topics include: communicating with teachers; recognizing developmental milestones and different learning styles.
Don't miss: sample scripts for interacting with teachers; the "Top Ten Takeaways" that conclude every chapter.
The Perfect Score Project: One Mother's Journey to Uncover the Secrets of the SAT by Debbie StierWhat it's about: Hoping to motivate her underachieving son to perform well on the SAT, Debbie Stier explored a variety of test prep options -- and wound up taking the SAT seven times herself. Here she shares her test-taking tips and research, offering strategies to success.
Further reading: Anya Kamenetz's The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing -- But You Don't Have to Be.
Reviewers say: "A fascinating read" (Library Journal).
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul ToughWhat it's about: how non-cognitive skills and character traits aid children in and out of the classroom -- and are just as critical to success as cognitive skills.
Why you might like it: Paul Tough's compelling writing style interweaves anecdotes from education experts with personal details of his own childhood.
Book buzz: A follow-up guide, Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why, was published in 2016.
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