Back to School Reads for Moms, Kids, and Teens

The school year is officially upon us. Early mornings, school car lines, homework, homeschool work, and endless rounds of caffeine. We've found promising titles for everyone's bookshelf to kick off the new school year right

For Moms

We have our work cut out for us, raising little humans. Whether you have toddlers, high-schoolers, homeschoolers, or an empty nester, a mother never stops pouring into their child’s life. We need to feed our brains too. With encouragement, scripture, and life. Here are a few books to help you do that.

Devotional/Parenting

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The Better Mom Devotional
by Ruth Schwenk

As a mom, you always want to give your best to your family. The Better Mom Devotional will help you focus who you are becoming rather than what you are accomplishing. Find freedom from mom-guilt, the myth of perfection, and the endless to-do list of motherhood, and step into your greatest adventure yet: becoming The Better Mom. (ZONDERVAN, Oct. 2018)


Counseling/Psychology

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It's Momplicated: Hope and Healing for Imperfect Daughters of Imperfect Mothers
by Debbie Alsdorf and Joan Edwards Kay

Whether your relationship with your mom has been wonderful or stressful, redeemed or broken, close or nonexistent, it’s one of your life’s most important and defining connections. Its effects have probably followed you into adulthood.It’s never too late to love, never too late to heal, and never too late to trust God to turn the pain in your story into a redemption song. (TYNDALE MOMENTUM, Sept. 2018)


Christian Living/Parenting

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The Brave Art of Motherhood: Fight Fear, Gain Confidence, and Find Yourself Again
by Rachel Marie Martin

This book is part encouragement and part rally cry for moms everywhere who have gotten lost within the pages of their own story, undervaluing all they do every day and exchanging the beauty of who they are for a Pinterest-perfect illusion. It gives you the tools you need to overcome fear, loneliness, and inaction. By drawing on anecdotes and lessons from her own life, Rachel empowers moms to forget their past mistakes, celebrate what they've already accomplished, and dare to be real about their struggles. (WATERBROOK, Oct. 2018)


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Prayers for the Battlefield: Staying MomStrong in the Fight for Your Family and Faith
by Heidi St. John

Prayers for the Battlefield is a collection of prayers and reflections to help you stay strong through the daily challenges of motherhood. Whether you’re a new mom or a soon-to-be empty nester, Heidi St. John writes Scripture-filled and Spirit-infused prayers for every season of motherhood, helping you raise God-fearing children who will live out their love for Christ and make a difference in our world. (TYNDALE MOMENTUM, Sept. 2018)


For Kids

Reading to our children is so important. Even if they are too young to fully comprehend what is being said, it is crucial for us to read to our kids every single day. Here are a few new books for you and your children to check out.

Juvenile Fiction

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Night Night, Sleepytown (Board Book)
by Amy Parker & Virginia Allyn
Grade: Preschool - K

The sun is sinking low, and Sleepytown is ready to say, “Night night!” Join bestselling author Amy Parker and award-winning illustrator Virginia Allyn in the latest Night Night adventure through Sleepytown, the charming little village where residents are drifting off to dreamland, just like your little one is sure to do. (THOMAS NELSON, Aug. 2018)


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The Gift that I Can Give (Picture Book)
by Kathie Lee Gifford and Julia Seal
Grade: Preschool - 3

Help your children discover that they don't have to wait until they are grownups to make the world a better place! The Gift That I Can Give helps children find unique ways to make a difference today in the lives of those around them. The beautiful new picture book was written by Kathie Lee Gifford and illustrated by Julia Seal (THOMAS NELSON, Oct. 2018)


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The Cow Said Neigh! A Farm Story (Board Book)
by Rory Feek & Bruno Robert
Grade: Preschool - 3

The Cow Said Neigh! is the story of some peculiar farm animals who wish they were like other animals on the farm. The cow wants to run free like a horse, the sheep wants a snout like a pig, the dog wants to be inside like the cat. Soon the entire farm is in chaos! With silly farm animal sounds, clever rhymes, and adorable art, The Cow Said Neigh! will have kids of all ages laughing out loud as they celebrate the unique strengths in each of us. (THOMAS NELSON, Oct. 2018)

Also available as a picture book


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Austin Plays Fair (Picture Book)
by Tony Dungy and Lauren Dungy
Grade: K - 3

Austin loves playing flag football for the Trentwood Tigers. There is only one problem. His team has lost six games in a row, and he doesn’t like losing. At his next game, Austin’s teammate has a plan to trick the other team. It works, but Austin knows his team cheated to win. Coach Tony and Coach Lauren remind Austin the most important thing about football isn’t winning—it’s playing fair. (HARVEST HOUSE, Aug. 2018)


Middle Grade Fiction

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Learning to Fly
by Sandra Atkins
Grade: 4-6

Learning to Fly is the heart-warming story of a boy coming-of age. It is the story of mistakes made and lessons learned. On becoming a teenager, Sam feels that he is now old enough and wise enough to exert his authority over his sister, Cassie. When he attempts to teach Cassie a lesson, the result is a disaster. In the end, an owl teaches them both that when you fly high you must be careful. When something goes wrong in life, you might have a long way to fall. (AMBASSADOR INTERNATIONAL, Oct. 2018


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Daisy's Search for Freedom (The Searchers Book 1)
by Bertha Schwartz
Grade: 4-6

It’s the 1850s and Daisy, a slave girl from Alabama, leaves behind everything she has ever known and strikes out alone on the Underground Railroad. Daisy’s search for freedom leads her deep into the woods. Along the way she is joined by Simon, a four-year-old boy and his pet kitten. Pursued by dogs, uncertainty, and a slave tracker determined to capture them by any means necessary, Daisy starts to wonder if she will ever be safe again. Does Jesus care about runaway slaves lost in the woods? (AMBASSADOR INTERNATIONAL, June 2018)


For Teens

As our children grow it is imperative that their books grow with them. Here are some books that will relate to your teenager and vice versa :)

Young Adult/Devotional

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Priceless: Who I Am When I Feel…
by Jen Barrick and Linda Barrick

Teens and tweens have a reputation for letting their emotions get the best of them, so much so that we often wonder if our families (and the world) wouldn't be better off if these young women we love could feel just a little less. But as Linda Barrick discovered, these emotions play an important role in the spiritual lives of young women, and, when they learn to direct them rightly, their feelings can be a powerful force for good in their lives, homes, and schools (MOODY PUBLISHERS, Oct. 2018)


Young Adult Fiction

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A Future and a Hope
by David Mathews

Caleb Sawyer expects his senior year at Baxter High to go just as he planned. He’s a member of the football team, is active in his church, has a great job, and loves hanging out with his friends at the local diner. But then he crosses paths with Ellie Thompson, the mysterious new girl in town. Ellie has a fiery personality and a tragic past. Caleb’s obsession with her leads them both on adventures full of opportunities and challenges. (AMBASSADOR INTERNATIONAL, Oct. 2018)


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Fawkes
by Nadine Brandes

Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England. Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th-century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death. But what if death finds him first? (THOMAS NELSON, July 2018)


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The Orphan’s Wish
by Melanie Dickerson

Growing up in an orphanage, Aladdin meets young Lady Kirstyn, whose father is the powerful Duke of Hagenheim. Despite the difference in their stations, their childhood friendship grows into a bond that time and opposition cannot break. But that isn’t enough to erase the shame of being forced to steal as a small child—or the fact that he’s an orphan with no status. If he ever wants to feel equal to his beautiful and generous friend Kirstyn, he must leave Hagenheim and seek his fortune. (THOMAS NELSON, June 2018)


Rachel Dixon enjoys reading, reviewing books, and sharing her passion for literature at www.bookwormmama.org. She's a virtual assistant and shares the small-town life with her husband and children.