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Five back-to-school books for parents and children

Our friends at the Emirates Literature Festival shared five book recommendations for parents and little ones …

Another school year begins and, as always, some school children may need a little nudge and reassurance. Especially with many starting or returning to school for the first time since the start of the pandemic and distance education.

The Emirates Literature Foundation team have prepared a series of books to calm nervousness and motivate children (and parents) to return to school.

Books for the little ones

Sharing a smile by Nicki Kramar

Sophie is a little girl who worries about all the changes in the world. But a glance outside her house makes her realize that other people are also struggling to adjust to the new normal. So, along with her grandfather, she creates masks for her neighbors to match their colorful personalities.

Suitable for the many children who return to school with masks, this is a sweet and simple tale that teaches children to be kind, generous and courageous in the face of change. Perfect for ages 4 and up.

Henry at Home by Megan Maynor

Henri at home

A book about two siblings, Liza and Henry. They do everything together until Liza enters kindergarten. Henry is sad and a little bewildered by the abandonment but finds a way to be entertained in his absence. He rejoices when she comes home from school and they start swapping stories about their solo adventures.

This book is intended for children ages 4-7, but is also suitable for younger siblings struggling with the transition of an older sibling or sibling starting school. A great way to prepare for this common childhood experience and accompanied by beautiful illustrations.

The Ghoul’s Guide to Good Grammar by Leslie Kimmelman

The ghoul's guide to good grammar

Grammar is difficult to master at any age, especially after the brain has hibernated during a long break from school. The Ghoul’s Guide to Good Grammar is a reminder of basic grammar rules such as punctuation and correct word choices. Commas, hyphens, apostrophes and contractions – everything will become crystal clear – all from a ghoul’s point of view.

Suitable for ages 6 and up, a fun way to bring kids back into learning mode with a silly spooky character that will delight the imagination.

Books for parents

Parents can also suffer from back-to-school anxiety and so for our bonus reads this week we have books to help adults get back into the school routine. No more rushed Monday mornings looking for sports socks or frantic Wednesday evenings looking for lunchbox ideas on the Internet.

The Home Edit Workbook: A Guide to Organizing and Achieving Your Home Goals by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin

There have been several books from the stars of the Netflix series Get Organized with The Home Edit. But Shearer and Teplin’s first book is really the starting point for anyone embarking on an organizational journey. The duo’s signature approach to decluttering is not only easy to implement but also fun. The room-to-room guide focuses on organizing everything in a functional and aesthetic way.

The book is filled with beautiful photographs and serves well as a coffee table book. The only danger is that after going through the process at home, you will be eager to get their next book.

Annabel Karmel’s Busy Mom Cookbook

Cookbook for Busy Moms

A hundred family recipes that are guaranteed to make life easier for the busy mom (or dad). Lack of time ? Choose a recipe from the chapter of 20 minutes or less. You haven’t ordered groceries? Pick something from the pantry recipes. Feeling lazy? It’s time to defrost one of the prepared meals. And of course, an entire section is devoted to snack and lunch box ideas.

Annabel Karmel is a well-established name among parents, and her baby and toddler books adorn the shelves of many families. This collection of simple and delicious recipes is a must-have for those with school-aged children to make meal planning easier.

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