Back to School Reading, 101

It’s that time of year. The temperature turns, the fridge fills with brown bag lunches, and the kids are off to school. Whether you’re a parent, librarian, teacher, or a teen yourself, we think you’ll find these books a helpful supplement (but also healthy distraction) to the new semester. Happy reading!

History 101

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing

From the New World to the new iPhone, The Next Big Thing pores over 3,000 years of culture to find the colorful and key steps (and missteps) that have led us to where we are today. Paradigm-shifting events, such as the spread of monotheism and the invention of the printing press, stand beside the aborted metric campaign and the misbegotten vogue for smart drinks. Perfect for history buffs!



History is full of whopper-telling liars—people who convince us of the most improbable, outrageous, and nonsensical. And we believe them! Whoppers chronicles history’s super-famous liars, lies, and/or hoaxes, as well as more obscure episodes. Shouldn’t the guy who “sold” the Eiffel Tower twice and Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, get their fair share in lesson plans?


English 101

The Weird World of WordsThe Weird World of Words

From the origin of words and their uses, to useful lists of things you never knew had names, palindromes, famous lines from literature and film, bizarre test answers and more, The Weird World of Words is bursting with truly oddball facts, making it a vital and thought-provoking guide for voracious readers as well as those bewildered but inspired by the English language. test test test test test test test test

Art 101

PrisonIslandPrison Island: A Graphic Memoir

In this graphic memoir, Colleen tells her story of growing up as a young girl on a prison island (her parents worked in the prison). Regular teenage activities like ordering a pizza or going to the movies became complicated if not precarious endeavors for young Colleen and her sister. However, readers will be surprised to see parts of themselves in this strange but tender coming-of-age story.

Little FishLittle Fish

Told through real-life journals, collages, lists, and drawings, this story illustrates the transformation of an 18-year-old girl from a small-town teenager into an independent city-dwelling college student studying art. Written in an autobiographical style with beautiful artwork, Little Fish shows the challenges of being a young person facing the world on her own for the very first time.


Social Studies 101


Rockin’ the Boat: 50 Iconic Revolutionaries

From the gladiator Spartacus to the Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca, from the inspired Joan of Arc to the abolitionist John Brown and women’s rights icon Margaret Sanger, Rockin’ the Boat provides a unique and powerful view of history — a view from the bottom up, through the eyes of people who dared to imagine a different world from the one in which they lived. test test test test test test test test

Gym 101

Holy Spokes!_9781936976232 Holy Spokes: A Biking Bible for Everyone

In this complete guide, find out how bikes work, why bikes matter (especially today, when gas is expensive and interest in green living is high), and how readers—whatever their level of experience—can indulge their tastes for mountain trails, competitive racing, city exploration, and just basic transportation from point A to point B, from home to school.

Tomboy_AGraphicMemoir_9781936976553Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Growing up, Liz Prince wasn’t a girly girl, but she wasn’t exactly one of the guys either (as she learned when her little league baseball coach exiled her to the distant outfield). But with the forces of school, parents, friendship, and romance pulling her this way and that, the middle wasn’t an easy place to be. Tomboy follows her early years and explores—with humor, honesty, and poignancy—what it means to “be a girl.”

Science 101

Debunk-ItDebunk It! 

We live in an era of misinformation spread by  media, politicians, and religious leaders. With so much bogus information from so many sources, how can anyone be expected to discover the truth? John Grant uses modern, ripped-from-the-headlines examples to clearly explain how to identify bad evidence and dismantle poor arguments. Debunk It! is the ultimate guide for readers seeking a firmer footing in this very slippery world. test test test test test


Super Pop_9781936976362

Super Pop!

School work is important, but so is having a good time while you’re young! Super Pop! offers a maximum-pleasure, minimum-effort way to become smarter, happier, and more likely to survive your next family function (or a shark attack). This hilarious and wide-ranging guide sorts nearly 500 different bestsellers, blockbusters, and underappreciated gems into quirky top ten lists, like “Outwit Death: Essential Lessons in Survival,” and “Achieve Mindfulness: Movies That Will Show You the Way (With Wise Elders Now Included).”  So whether you’re looking for some motivational workout music, need help planning a July 4th double feature, or just want to pick up some knowledge without straining your brain, this book has you covered. With new insights on old classics and fresh ideas for jaded eyes, Super Pop! makes sense of pop culture – and then puts pop culture back to work!

And, finally…

Make the Grade_9781936976386

Make the Grade

Make the Grade helps you stay on top of schoolwork by dissecting the school week as you actually experience it, and offering realistic solutions to common problems, from difficult teachers and over-booked schedules to boring homework and the endless variety of distractions. Also included: sections on memory tricks, reading tips, note-taking, organization, and test preparation.

Thanks for reading! Have a great school year y’all!

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