Fall Books
September 17, 2021

Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Fall 2021

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It’s officially fall! Time to transition from hot weather and long days to lighter jackets, cool breezes, and of course…new reads! As we spend more time indoors, now would be the perfect time to find the comfiest spot at home and kick back with a good book. Lucky for you, we have tons to cozy up with. From spooky Halloween recipes to trivia about the British royal family to a magical guide to help you along your self-care journey, there’s something for everyone this season.

So, if your goal was to read more this year, here are several recommendations to add to your to-be-read list.

The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook

By Bridget Thoreson

Ready to be enchanted? We’ve got just the perfect recipes to put you under a spell. Join the Sanderson sisters once again as you conjure up your own spellbinding treats and brews inspired by Hocus Pocus. This cookbook is filled with spellbinding treats and bewitching drinks that’ll make you remember why you loved the cult-classic films and Halloween. So grab a copy of the book and prepare to go on a spooky and fun journey.

K-12 Coloring Book

By Melanie Martinez

Are you a Melanie Martinez fan? She’s back with a brand-new coloring book based on her second studio album, K-12! Color in each page as her fictional character Cry Baby and a few magical friends plan their escape from the K-12 Sleepaway School.

Cover for K-12 Coloring Book Melanie Martinez

The I Love Trader Joe’s College Cookbook: 10th Anniversary Edition

By Andrea Lynn

This year we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of a campus classic, The I Love Trader Joe’s College Cookbook. With brand new recipes to incorporate your favorite TJ’s products like cookie butter and elote seasoning, you can create delicious meals from the comfort of your dorm room. With smart tricks and tips for using fast-cooking appliances like pressure cookers and air fryers, this cookbook is the perfect one-stop shopping guide to your favorite local grocery store.

Schitt Happens

By Valentin Ramon

A very schitty experience awaits you with the turn of a page. Grab your art supplies and prepare to relive all of your favorite settings of the Rose family’s adventures by coloring your way through 20 original, hand-drawn illustrations inspired by the hit comedy TV show, Schitt’s Creek. From Moira Rose’s wall of wigs, to Rose Apothecary and Café Tropical, Schitt Happens is the perfect way to relax and remember all the smiles, laughs, and tears of six incredible seasons.

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The Intuitive Night Goddess Tarot

By Linzi Silverman

This artistic and creative deck of tarot cards allows users to discover their own power and magic as well as learn to trust their intuition. A lovely mix of beautiful art with divine magic, The Intuitive Night Goddess Tarot offers increasing wisdom with every reading. Perfect for both beginners and the most advanced of tarot lovers.

Intuitive Night Goddess Tarot

Hand Lettering for Self-Care

By Lauren Fitzmaurice

Letter from the heart with this first-ever calligraphy meets-self care guide packed with fun and simple art projects designed to help you cut down on stress, make time for yourself, and learn a new skill. Inside this workbook, you’ll find an easy-to-follow guide on lettering, explanations of the common tools, and tips on how to establish a routine for regular practice and creative time. From brush pen lettering to calligraphy, you’ll learn how to create your own unique style—even if you’re a beginner. Now, learning calligraphy and hand lettering can be more than an enjoyable hobby but also a calming self-care practice!

Hand Lettering for Self-Care

Behindfulness for Beginners

By Dr. Harry B. Hind

Let’s face it, with all the pressures of modern life, finding a moment to be mindful, calm, and present can feel nearly impossible. Dr. Harry B. Hind is here to help. Each page of Behindfulness for Beginners introduces life-changing gratitude exercises, affirmations, mindful-ness prompts, and meditation practices along with the mind- and toilet bowl–blowing stories and facts that inspired them. So get ready to wipe away all your anxieties, hang-ups, and mental dingleberries.

Cross-Stitch Like a Queen

By David Hastings

Celebrate drag and queer culture through crafting with this first-of-its-kind collection of creative and colorful patterns inspired by drag queens, pride, and the LGBTQIA+ community! Filled with 25 designs ranging from sexy pumps to iconic quotes, and extra design material to create your own custom patterns, crafty queens and drag enthusiasts alike will love this book. So grab your needles and fabrics along with a copy of this book, and get ready to stitch fabulous patterns.

Mixology and Murder

By Kierra Sondereker

Want to know what will make your average cocktail taste even better? Adding a splash of true crime to the mix. Now, you can dive into stories about terrifying serial killers, baffling cold cases, and secretive cults in a whole new way. With easy-to-follow drink recipes alongside horrifying stories like the Jonestown cult massacre and the unsolved mystery of the Black Dahlia, Mixology and Murder has a chilling cocktail for every true crime fan. So pour yourself a drink and discover your latest true crime obsession with this first-of-its-kind cocktail book that gives a new meaning to the phrase “bad and boozy”.

True Crime Cocktails

Drawing Dragons Sketchbook

By Sandra Staple

From the bestselling author of Drawing Dragons comes a new tool to help you become a drawing dragon expert. With more space to sketch, step-by-step tips, tear-out pages, and beautiful illustrations, you can take all your fantastic beasts and creative ideas with you on the go. The perfect gift for dragon fans and beginner artists everywhere, take your drawing to new heights with Drawing Dragons Sketchbook.

Overcoming Insecure Attachment

By Tracy Crossley, M.A.

Dealing with crippling fear and anxiety in your relationships? With this guide, you’ll be able to defeat anxious, anxious-avoidant, and avoidant attachment issues; deal with the drama triangle; and build stronger, more successful relationships. Written by a behavioral relationship expert, Overcoming Insecure Attachment provides actionable steps on how to overcome insecure attachment styles and the problems they spawn with self-value, self-awareness and self-responsibility. Going beyond what traditional attachment theory books focus on, readers will follow eight proven steps that they can customize and organize in the way that best suits their unique needs, all the while being bolstered and championed by Tracy Crossley’s friendly, bold tone.

Dirty Language Books

Our dirty language books got a whole lot dirtier! With new words and phrases added to the collection, you’ll learn all the things they didn’t teach you in your language classes—from slang words, modern phrases, and curses in Spanish, French, Russian, German, Italian, Chinese, and Sign Language. Now, when you’re traveling to other countries, you can drop the textbook formality, and get dirty!

Dirty Spanish

Drawing People

By Lise Herzog

Grab your pens and pencils and put your drawing skills to the test. Learn how to draw true-to-life human figures and poses with this step-by-step instruction book. And don’t worry about not being a professional. We have plenty of blank pages so that you can sketch to your heart’s content. So, pick your favorite figure and learn how to bring it to life.

Teach Your Dog to Talk

By Stephanie Rocha

Ever wished your furry friends could respond when you talked to them? Well, now they can. As the first resource to encourage more pet owners to explore this fun (and funny!) endeavor with their animals, Teach Your Dog to Talk will explore the basic setup of currently available AAC devices and best practices for getting started, and highlight notable achievements by some of the internet’s favorite “talking” dogs. Also, the book will answer frequently asked questions, discuss common mistakes, and offer do’s and don’ts. Discover a whole new way to communicate with your pets.

The Home Flipper’s Journal

By Nancy Dunham

Whether you’re a first-time house flipper or experienced flipping pro, this book may be calling your name. This handy organizational tool makes buying, renovating, and selling a home easier than ever. You’ll be able to keep track of all major improvements and little details in one place. This journal is the perfect guide to a profitable home-flipping experience.

Herbal Tea Magic for the Modern Witch

By Elsie Wild

Dive into the world of green witchery and uncover the destiny at the bottom of your tea cup with spells, rituals, and divination. Learn about the world of herbal magic and discover how you can incorporate it into your daily life.

Herbal Tea Magic for the Modern Witch

Reading with Animal Mini-Books

By Celeste Meiergerd

Make reading fun for preschoolers, kindergarteners, and first graders with these write-it-yourself stories. Designed to be torn-out, folded, and stapled together, these projects let kids create their own customizable mini-books that build all the skills they need.

The Routine Building Handbook

By Ashley Brown

Getting everything done on your to-do list all while maintaining a healthy lifestyle is overwhelming. Routines are crucial to work-life balance, but establishing those consistent, daily habits is daunting, especially when you don’t know where to start. Luckily for you, author Ashley Brown can get you started on the right track. With handy tools to introduce structure, predictability, and stability into your life, you’ll be on the right track to finding more balance and happiness.

The Power of Pooping

By Nurse Wong from Butt Talks TV & John Rietcheck

We’re back with another poop book! In this butt-friendly guide, Butt Talks TV host and pelvic floor expert Nurse Wong offers professional advice and tips on finding gut-friendly food, fighting against inflammation, and getting your hands on the necessary nutrients you need to poop better. Wong uses her humorous and lively tone in this book to answer all the poop questions you may be too afraid to ask.

Break Free from Narcissistic Mothers

By Hannah Alderete, MA, LMHC

Many daughters struggle with their self-worth when dealing with a narcissistic mother. It is easy to criticize yourself and bury your emotions. The effects of this trauma can lead to self-doubt, depression, anxiety, people-pleasing tendencies, fear, and many other complications that follow you into adulthood. Break Free from Narcissistic Mothers gives you the tools to reconnect with yourself and reintroduce all of your emotions back into your psyche.

The Magical Girl’s Guide to Life

By Jacque Aye

What happens when you mix manga into your self-care journey? You get this charming book. Transform into your most magical self and harness your inner power- anime style to help you along your magical journey. In this creative, self-care guide, you’ll learn how to don the powers of some of your favorite characters from manga and anime to help battle your real-world issues, like overcoming anxiety, making new friends, building stronger relationships, and practicing self-care techniques. You’ll discover how self-love, sisterhood, and magic go hand-in-hand.

Royal Trivia

By Rachel Bowie & Roberta Fiorito

How much do you love the British royal family? With Royal Trivia, you’ll be able to keep up with the royal family and test your knowledge on everything regarding this family. Get the inside scoop on iconic weddings, fashion moments, philanthropic events, and the birth of new royals. This is the perfect book for fans of The Crown or anyone royally obsessed.

 

Glycemic Load Counter (2021 Edition)

By Mabel Glades

Glycemic Load (GL) dieting is the best way to follow a healthy lifestyle. GL values give a more accurate measure of the way different foods affect your body by adjusting the GI score for portion size. Discover how to use the Glycemic Index to manage diabetes, control blood sugar, and monitor glucose intake from food to take control of your health.

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– Tyanni Niles

Baked Witch Casserole
September 12, 2021

Baked Witch Casserole from The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook

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Are you ready to be enchanted? We love our new, spooky cookbook, The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook, which includes delicious recipes based on the favorite cult classic! If you’re a fan of the Sanderson sisters or you enjoy Halloween, then this cookbook is perfect for you. So get ready to conjure up your own spooky treats and bewitching drinks this season. Try this yummy Baked Witch Casserole recipe.

Baked Witch Casserole

Should thou find thyself in a battle of wits against three witches or tackling a complicated recipe, you shall require the appropriate tools. A pottery kiln may leave the former unscathed, while proving overkill on the latter. For this simple and tasty baked casserole, a run-of-the-mill kitchen oven shall serve thee well enough.

Serves: 8 | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 1 hour

  • 1½ pounds russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • ¾ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • ⅔ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1½ tablespoons tomato paste
  • fresh parsley, for garnish

 

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2. Place the potatoes in a pot and fill with water until they are covered. Bring the water to a boil on high heat. Reduce the heat to keep the water simmering. Allow the potatoes to cook for approximately 15 minutes, until they are tender. (Test the potatoes by stabbing them with a fork.)

3. Drain the water when the potatoes are cooked.

4. Add the heavy cream, butter, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, and 1 clove of minced garlic. Mash the potatoes until they are smooth and the ingredients are well blended.

5. Place a cast-iron skillet on the stove and heat it on high. Just before the skillet starts to smoke, add the olive oil, onion, celery, and bell pepper, and sauté until they are soft.

6. Add the ground beef and sauté until it is cooked.

7. Remove from the heat and add the remaining salt, crushed tomatoes, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato paste. Mix the sauce into the ground beef filling.

8. Spread the meat filling into a casserole dish or the cast-iron skillet. Spread the mashed potatoes evenly over the meat filling. Place the casserole in the middle of the oven and let it bake for 25 minutes.

9. Garnish with parsley.

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Join the Sanderson sisters just in time for Halloween with this spooky and fun unofficial cookbook sure to put a spell on you! Since its debut in 1993, the movie Hocus Pocus has achieved cult-classic fame, with both children and adults as a loyal fanbase. Fans fall in love with the delightful, demonic and diva-esque Sanderson Sisters and

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Dating Game Sour
August 27, 2021

Dating Game Sour Cocktail Recipe Based On Serial Killer Rodney James Alcala

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Want to know the secret ingredient to making your cocktail taste better? Mixing it with a popular true crime story. Whether you’re a true crime fan, a murderino, an armchair detective, or simply a fan of delicious drinks, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got the perfect book that’ll feed both your obsessions: a cocktail book! So, get ready to dive in and pour yourself a drink inspired by infamous killers like Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, and many more!

If stories about terrifying serial killers or secretive cults aren’t for you, we completely understand. But true crime aficionados know the fascination. If you’ve tried to crack a cold case, spent hours bingeing your favorite documentary or TV show, or tuned in to your favorite true crime podcast, then why not pour yourself a drink while you’re at it? This is where this cocktail book comes in handy.

True Crime Cocktails

Author Kierra Sondereker’s new book, Mixology and Murder: Cocktails Inspired by Infamous Serial Killers, Cold Cases Cults, and Other Disturbing True Crime Stories will get you up to speed about notorious killers and other true crime tales accompanied with a delicious drink. In this cocktail book, you’ll find horrifying stories about cases like The Black Dahlia or the Jonestown cult massacre that pair well with your favorite favorite alcoholic beverage.

Sondereker puts together the perfect combination of drinks. “Whether you’re here to relax and forget about a stressful day at work or you want to plan a hella fun true crime theme party, prepare to get your wine and true crime on,” she says. So grab a copy of this book, but before you do, read on for a bonus of what’s to come inside Mixology and Murder with this recipe inspired by serial killer Rodney James Alcala and some trivia about his case.

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Rodney James Alcala, the Dating Game Killer

Rodney James Alcala was already a convicted child molester when he was chosen as “Bachelor No. 1” for the popular T.V. show The Dating Game in 1978. Unfortunately, the T.V. show producers decided not to run a background check, and Alcala actually won the competition, earning him a date with a woman named Cheryl Bradshaw. But when it came time for the date, Bradshaw said Alcala was acting strange, and she refused to go. That last minute decision may have saved her life. 

When Alcala’s crimes later came to light, his little T.V. appearance earned him the nickname the Dating Game Killer. On top of being a child molester, Alcala had raped and murdered women and girls across the U.S. throughout the 1970s. He would spend brief periods in jail for sexual assault or other minor offenses, then continue his killing spree when he was released. Alcala was finally arrested and sentenced to death in 1979 for the abduction and murder of a 12-year-old girl. Overall, Alcala murdered at least nine people, although it’s speculated that the true number of victims could be more than 100. Alcala died of natural causes on July 24, 2021. 

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Dating Game Sour

Pisco, the main liquor in this cocktail, is a delightfully fruity liquor from Peru, and when combined with an egg white, makes a smooth and—dare I say—flirty cocktail experience, a great drink for a date. That’s exactly why it’s paired with the Dating Game Killer.

Ingredients

3 ounces Pisco
1 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 egg white*
ice cubes
Angostura bitters, for garnish

1 egg white* 

ice cubes 

Angostura bitters, for garnish 

1. Add the Pisco, simple syrup, lime juice, and egg white into a cocktail shaker and dry shake vigorously for about 20 seconds.

2. Add a handful of ice to the shaker and shake again until the liquid is chilled.

3. Strain into a rocks glass.

4. Garnish with a few drops of Angostura bitters and serve.

*Don’t be afraid of the egg white! Egg whites in cocktails have less to do with flavor and more to do with giving your cocktail a silky, rich texture that really makes it stand out.

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Order a copy of Mixology and Murder and get ready to sip on your favorite cocktail drink as you feed your true crime obsession.

 

– Tyanni Niles

 

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Pour yourself a drink and discover your latest true crime obsession with this guidebook that pairs 75 deliciously chilling cocktails with the infamous true crime stories that inspired them. From terrifying serial killers to baffling cold cases and secretive cults, murderinos can’t get enough of true crime. Now, you can have yet another

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August 6, 2021

The Best Back-to-School Books for 2021

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Start the school year off right with some of the bestselling education books! Whether you’re gathering inside the classroom, teaching virtually, or incorporating a hybrid learning model, we’ve got the perfect books for teachers and educators, parents, and students to have a successful school year. We’ve put together a list of essential back-to-school books and downloadable resources that’ll help you prepare for the year.


Teach Reading Orton-GillinghamTeach Reading with Orton-Gillingham

Heather MacLeod-Vidal & Kristina Smith

Give young readers the tools they need to improve reading fluency and master letter-sound relationships with this teacher-friendly book of engaging lessons based on the proven Orton-Gillingham (OG) reading approach. Teach Reading with Orton-Gillingham offers research-based suggestions and instructions to make reading multi-sensory. With 9 unique units and 72 fun and adaptable lessons, this book will help kids to better understand key reading concepts and ultimately teach them to love reading, with customizable activities. Whether you’re working one-on-one, within small groups, or in a whole-class setting, bringing Orton-Gillingham teaching into your classroom has never been easier. This easy-to-follow resource guide is sure to help your struggling students or those with dyslexia start reading today.

Read a sample here.

Getting Started with Teacher Clarity

Marine Freibrun

Bringing teacher clarity into the classroom has never been easier or more effective! When students understand the why and how of learning (through “teacher clarity”), it’s so much easier for them to fully engage with the process and achieve their goals. Getting Started with Teacher Clarity details the benefits that clear communication can have in your elementary classroom, from breaking down the basics of teacher clarity and shared learning progressions to providing classroom-ready activities. Plus, you’ll discover suggestions for effective classroom teaching practices.

 

Talking with Your Toddler Activity Book

Teresa Laikko, M.S., CCC-SLP & Laura Laikko, M.S., CF-SLP

Help your child master language and speech with this engaging activity book packed with family-friendly exercises, conversation topics, and vocabulary recommendations. Whether you’re at home or on the go, Talking with Your Toddler Activity Book is perfect for practicing speech and encouraging verbalization. In addition to over 40 different activities, each project ends with reading suggestions, silly song recommendations, and talking tips to keep the inspiration going! Written by the authors of Talking with Your Toddler, the activities make for a wonderful bonding experience between parents and children, or a fantastic classroom-ready resource for teachers and speech language pathologists.

Read a sample here.

The Growth Mindset Coach

Annie Brock and Heather Hundley

Created by teachers for teachers, this is the ultimate guide for unleashing students’ potential through creative lessons, empowering messages and innovative teaching. The Growth Mindset Coach provides all you need to foster a growth mindset classroom. Studies show that growth mindsets result in higher test scores, improved grades and more in-class involvement. When your students understand that their intelligence is not limited, they succeed like never before. With the tools in this book, you can motivate your students to believe in themselves and achieve anything.

 

A parent's guide to virtual learningA Parent’s Guide to Virtual Learning

Dr. Felicia Druden

Say hello to the all-in-one primer designed to help busy parents make the most out of digital platforms, understand teaching strategies, and fully support their child’s education. Written by fellow parent and experienced educator Dr. Felicia Durden, A Parent’s Guide to Virtual Learning breaks down how virtual learning works and provides simple techniques for reinforcing classroom instruction, all with the busy parent in mind. Now, parents can take the mystery out of digital education and gain the tools they need to stay energized while making their child’s virtual learning experience fun and effective!

Read a sample here.

Morning Meetings and Closing Circles

Monica Dunbar

Opening up and winding down the school day has never been easier with this easy-to-use classroom management resource book full of creative ways to start and end each day and bring student engagement to a whole new level.  Ideal and fully adaptable for elementary and preschool teachers, this book lays out tips, tricks, strategies, and activities for quick, fun, effective, and highly interactive all-class meetings, with 100 classroom-ready ideas that encourage teachers and students. Complete with in-class options that are easily adapted to distance learning, Morning Meetings and Closing Circles is the perfect guide to creating a welcoming and productive environment in which both students and teachers can thrive.

 

Introduction to Google Classroom

Annie Brock

Google Classroom newbie? No worries! Experienced educator and coauthor of the best-selling The Growth Mindset Coach, Annie Brock, takes readers step-by-step through the most common Google Classroom features and terminology. Packed with tips, tricks, troubleshooting, helpful screenshots, and activity ideas to keep students of all ages engaged, Introduction to Google Classroom is indispensable as the future of teaching technology evolves. Now teachers of all grade levels can master the basics of communication and education using the Google Classroom file-sharing service.

Read a sample here.

 

Classroom-Ready Number Talks for 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Teachers

Nancy Hughes

Our classroom-ready number talks collection will make students look at math differently. Turn boring numbers into fun math classes with strategies designed to teach students mental math problem-solving skills. With the help of these books, teachers can spend less time planning and preparing materials and more time engaging with students and helping them learn important math skills. For more number talks books, check out Classroom-Ready Number Talks for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade Teachers, Classroom-Ready Number Talks for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Teachers, and Classroom-Ready Number Talks for 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Teachers.

The Growth Mindset Classroom-Ready Resource Book

Annie Brock & Heather Hundley

Whether it’s the first day of school or midway through the year, you can start cultivating a growth mindset culture in your classroom today with The Growth Mindset Classroom-Ready Resource Book. From the authors of the best-selling The Growth Mindset Coach comes this easy-to-use resource book that will help even the busiest teachers hit the ground running with lesson plans that ultimately improve grades, increase class engagement, and unleash your students’ full potential. A perfect supplement for any teacher looking for more support, this book’s tools are designed to banish fixed mindsets and motivate your students to believe in themselves.

Read a sample here.

 

The Cars, Trucks, Trains, and Planes Pre-K Workbook

Celeste Meiergerd

Kids love cars, boats, planes, and trains. And now they’ll enjoy learning too! The Cars, Trucks, Trains, and Planes Pre-K Workbook is a fun way for students to learn letter and number tracing, shape recognition, counting, sight word practice, and so much more. Each page is filled with a dump truck, tractor trailer, or another vehicle that kids can enjoy as they learn. After completing the exercises in this activity book, your child or student will be ready for the next grade level.

 

Restorative Practices at School

Becky McCammon

Restorative practices have been shown to increase classroom time and student engagement while reducing suspensions, bullying, and absences. But building a school-wide restorative culture does not happen in a day. Your intention and daily practice are key to creating meaningful change in your classroom, your school, and your life. Designed with every educator in mind, from teachers and paraprofessionals to counselors and administrators, Restorative Practices at School will allow you to reflect on and enhance your restorative journey. Inspired by an urban district’s work in whole-school implementation, the activities in this book provide clear pathways for consideration, exploration, and celebration of restorative practices.

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The Supportive Classroom CoverThe Supportive Classroom

Laura Anderson, PsyS and Jon, MA

More than half of US children have experienced at least one traumatic event in their young lives. As a result, teachers and educators seek trauma sensitive practices that can help all their students feel safe, become resilient, and, ultimately, develop into engaged, enthusiastic learners. But supporting the individual needs and diverse circumstances of every student can be difficult for educators who are already strapped for time and energy.

Written by two experienced school psychologists, The Supportive Classroom helps you understand trauma, build empathy, and develop a safe and stress-free classroom. This book provides all the necessary tools to build a trauma-sensitive learning environment. Created with every type of educator in mind, from teachers and paraprofessionals to school psychologists and counselors, this book offers a blueprint across grade levels and educational settings to incorporate trauma-informed care into all spaces.

And Off You Go to Change the World

Ashten Evans

Written by our very own editor, Ashten provides positive messages alongside beautiful illustrations to uplift and encourage preschool and kindergarten graduates on their big day. And Off You Go to Change the World is the perfect gift for our little learners.

Download a free coloring page here.

 

 

Student Success Through Micro-Adversity

M. Jane & Ty Bricker

Encourage your students to be resilient, persevere, and overcome adversity with this breakthrough teaching method. Student Success through Micro-Adversity incorporates small, difficult challenges—called micro-adversities—into the classroom. These micro-adversities can be actionable activities, like trying to solve a puzzle that is missing a few pieces or conversation starters that build emotional intelligence. Written by two teachers, one a former US Army Ranger, this teaching method combines a disciplined and hard-working military perspective with the important foundations of a trauma-sensitive classroom.

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Beet This
July 27, 2021

Swiss Beet Salad from Beet This

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Beet This The Office Cookbook CoverIf Dwight K. Schrute had written a cookbook, it would have been this one. Get ready to settle in for a stay at Schrute Farms Bed & Breakfast with Beet This. Written by three superfans of the hit TV show The Office, this new cookbook features rustic and hilariously beet-heavy recipes that everyone’s number one Assistant to the Regional Manager would approve of. 

Try this delicious Swiss Beet Salad recipe from Beet This before heading over to order your very own copy here

Swiss Beet Salad

Beet farming is an imperfect science, and every year you’re bound to have some failures. This can happen because you’re a loser and planted your beets in overly acidic soil. Or maybe you had a weevil attack or a leaf miner infestation, leaving your beets shriveled and emasculated. Enough with the misery. Because of the robust spice blend in this classic salad, it is an ideal way to utilize beets that might otherwise be unacceptable. To bring out the tang of the vinegar and the aromatic clove flavors, draw your well water the same day you plan on boiling the beets.

Serves 6 | Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes, plus overnight to marinate

2 pounds beets, boiled, peeled, and sliced

1/8 cup balsamic vinegar

1⁄2 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon whole cloves

2 bay leaves

salt and black pepper, to taste

1 teaspoon sugar (optional)

1. Place the sliced beets in a nonmetallic dish. Bear in mind that plastic might stain, so it’s preferable to use ceramic or glass.

2. Whisk together the vinegar and oil, then stir in the cloves, bay leaves, salt and pepper, and sugar (if using).

3. Pour the mixture over the beets and toss gently, being careful not to break the beet slices. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to develop and intensify. Serve either chilled or at room temperature.

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Cross-Stitch
July 20, 2021

Get Stitching with F.R.I.E.N.D.S with The One with All the Cross Stitch

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What happens when you put together your favorite hobby and the most iconic TV show ever? You get this adorable collection of cross-stitch patterns! If you’re a fan of the show FRIENDS, then you’ll absolutely love this crafty book. Bring your favorite TV sitcom to life with the first-of-its-kind cross-stitch book. Get stitching on some of the most iconic images from your favorite scenes with these free downloadable cross-stitch patterns.

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The Chick and the Duck Cross-Stitch Pattern

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Get stitching with this adorable collection of cross-stitch patterns inspired by the greatest TV show of all time: FRIENDS! The One with All the Cross-Stitch brings your favorite TV sitcom to the craft space in a first-of-its-kind cross-stitch book! Crafty fans of FRIENDS will love this adorable book and its 25 clever cross-stitch

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Healthy Shoulder
July 13, 2021

Live Pain Free with The Healthy Shoulder Handbook

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Find the solution to fixing and preventing your frozen shoulder, tendinitis, and dislocation injuries—right from your own home! Millions of people suffer from shoulder injuries and chronic pain, but that shouldn’t stop you from living your life to the fullest. With the new edition of The Healthy Shoulder Handbook, written by Dr. Karl Knopf, a director at the International Sports Science Association who has been in the health and fitness field for more than 40 years, you can live pain free once again with these simple yet effective rotator cuff exercises, stretching techniques, tips for increasing your range of motions, and more!

Check out the following exercises from The Healthy Shoulder Handbook before heading over to order your own copy. Whether you’re an athlete, construction worker, or have simply been working from home at a desk for too long, this book is perfect for helping you alleviate the strain on your shoulders and quickly get back to your daily routines.

Choker

GOAL: increase range of motion

STARTING POISITION: Sit with proper posture in a stable chair.

  1. Place your right hand on your left shoulder.
  2. Place your left hand on your right elbow and gently press your right elbow toward your throat. Your elbow should be in line with your nose. Hold for a moment.
  3. Switch sides and repeat.

VARIATION: Perform while standing with proper posture.

Over the Top

GOAL: increase flexibility

STARTING POSITION: Sit with proper posture in a stable chair.

  1. Reach your right hand up to the ceiling.
  2. Bend your arm and let your forearm rest against the back of your head. Place your left hand on your right elbow and gently press your right arm down your back as far as feels comfortable. Hold for a moment.
  3. Switch sides and repeat.

VARIATION: Perform while standing with proper posture.

Angels

GOAL: increase range of motion and muscle tone

STARTING POSITION: Stand tall with proper posture and your arms at your sides, palms facing forward.

  1. Inhale deeply through your nose and slowly raise your arms out to the sides as high as comfortably possible. Try to touch your thumbs above your head.
  2. Exhale through your mouth and slowly lower your arms. Repeat as desired.

VARIATION: Turn palms up.

ADVANCED: Try this movement with your back and arms against a wall.

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Makes: 2 to 3 servings | Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 10 to 12 minutes

  • 2 (12-ounce) packages or 1 (18-ounce) package frozen popcorn shrimp
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha or hot sauce
  • dash of red chili flakes (optional)
  • squeeze of lime juice
  • green onions, thinly sliced, for garnish

 

 

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 450ºF.

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil, and spread the popcorn shrimp on top. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until the shrimp begins to crisp and turn brown. Remove from the oven and set aside.

3. To a large bowl, add the mayo, sweet chili sauce, agave nectar or honey, sriracha or hot sauce, red chili flakes, if using, and lime juice. Mix together. Add the popcorn shrimp and gently toss until each piece of shrimp is coated with sauce.

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And if you want more, check out Serial Killer Trivia for tons more chilling facts, creepy tidbits and twisted true crime trivia on Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and other notorious killers.

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talking with your toddlerThe following is an excerpt from the new book Talking with Your Toddler Activity Book, written by Teresa Laikko, M.S., CCC-SLP and Laura Laikko, M.S., CF-SLP. This fun activity book is packed with family-friendly exercises, conversation topics, and vocabulary recommendations to help your child learn and practice talking. Check out the intro to the book below and download the activities for each season.

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Welcome to the Talking with Your Toddler Activity Book! The worksheets and activities in this book are designed to promote language growth in a fun and interactive way. We hope you enjoy working on them with your child.

How to Use These Worksheets

Language growth often occurs when a child is engaged in fun activities with a caring communication partner. As you complete the worksheets with your child, your enthusiasm will encourage their participation and overall enjoyment of the activities. Children are more likely to want to communicate when they are having fun!

Here are some tips for success:

1. Follow your child’s lead. Leaf through the book and see what catches their eye. The book is divided into seasonal activities, but you don’t need to go in order. Let your child’s interest be your guide.

2. Be prepared. Gather the child-safe materials that your child will need to complete the activity, such as crayons, markers, scissors, glue, tape, and other decorative materials (stickers, pompoms, yarn, glitter, etc.).

3. To begin each worksheet, read the directions to your child. See if they can repeat the directions back. (Don’t worry if they can’t! Help them remember each step; it’s good practice.)

4. Remember, the goal of this book is to encourage your child’s language growth while enjoying fun activities. Don’t worry about perfection or following directions exactly. Let your child be creative and make a mess. It will give you something to talk about!

Language Tips for Working with Your Child

You can use several strategies to encourage language production. Most of them will seem like common sense to you, as you are probably already using them.

*Modeling: Look at the activity or picture and talk about what you see using child-friendly language. This provides an adult model that your child can hear and learn from. For example, with our activity making a pretend pizza, you can say, “Let’s make a pizza! It looks so delicious!”

*Wait Time: Give your child time to think and formulate a response or make a comment. Children often require longer wait times to process language and produce their own sentences. Take your time.

*Expand: After your child makes a comment, repeat what they say and expand on it. A good rule of thumb is to add one or two words to your child’s comment. For example, if your child says “pumpkin,” you can say “orange pumpkin!” or “pumpkin is big!” You don’t need to do this every time your child speaks, but an occasional expansion provides your child with additional vocabulary.

*Self-Talk: Talk about what you’re doing and thinking in simple sentences. For example, “I am cutting the paper. I want to color it pink. That’s my favorite color!” Hearing sentences like this will provide your child with more language examples.

*Open-Ended Questions: Using open-ended questions gives your child the chance to respond with more than a yes or no answer. An example of an open-ended question is “What do you like to do when it’s cold outside?” If they have trouble answering an open-ended question, guide them by providing them two choices: “Do you like to go sledding or throw snowballs?”

Extension Activities

Each theme includes ideas for extension activities beyond the worksheets. Pick and choose what appeals to you, and what you think will work best with your child. Don’t worry about completing every idea, as these are only suggestions. In each extension section, we’ll discuss:

*Core Vocabulary: This section includes words that are related to each activity. Try to use them in the conversations that come up naturally as you work together. Hearing a word multiple times will help solidify the concept in your child’s mind. See if your child understands the vocabulary and concepts. For example, if your child has trouble with the concepts of big, medium, and small, use the words in other contexts, such as in relation to what you see around the house: “Look, Dad’s shoes are big! Mom’s shoes are medium, and your shoes are small!”

*Following Directions: Use this extension activity as a way to have fun with the topic! Following directions is a good method to improve your child’s understanding of a theme or concept. In this section, we often recommend playing with a completed project while practicing spatial concepts like in, on, or on top.

*Conversation Topics: These are ideas to expand on the topic and encourage conversation with your child. Remember to use the language tips listed above when talking to your child. Sometimes children just don’t want to talk, and that’s okay too. If the conversation begins to feel more like an interrogation, feel free to take a step back. This is supposed to be fun!

*Book Suggestions: Books are a fantastic way to promote language learning. The library and YouTube are excellent sources to find age-appropriate books. Be sure to preview the entire video before showing it to your child—just in case. To make reading more fun, let your child pick the book based on their interests. We include theme-based suggestions of some of our favorite books if you need ideas.

For younger children, we recommend doing “picture walks” with the book. A picture walk consists of looking through the pictures of the book and talking about what you see. Point out what the characters are doing: “The boy is running! Where do you think he’s going?” If the book is too wordy for your child, go ahead and simplify. No need to read every single word—paraphrase.

*More Activities: These additional ways to play within the theme will help promote and solidify concepts and vocabulary presented in the worksheets. We’ve included some activities to get your child moving or to use imaginative play. Once again, do only what feels right for you and your child.

*Songs and Videos: All of our songs and videos are child-friendly and available on YouTube at the time of this writing. Watch them together and sing along. Replay the videos as much as your child wants, or until they drive you crazy! Sing the songs at other times of the day, such as while driving in the car or when getting ready for bed. Pause the video occasionally and talk about what the characters are doing (for example, “Oh no! She fell down!”). Ask your child what they think will happen next.

Important Things to Remember

While working on these activities with your child, there are several things to keep in mind.

*Set reasonable expectations. Remember that your child is still learning! Some activities include skills they are still developing. For example, fine motor skills like cutting and coloring are challenging for young children. They may require your help using child-safe scissors or holding a crayon appropriately.

*Another developing skill is speech. Young children may not be able to produce all their speech sounds. That’s okay! Repeat what they say using the correct pronunciation of words. The message behind what they say is more important than how they say it. With this workbook, we are targeting the use of language and communication rather than the production of sounds.

*Imperfection and mistakes are part of learning. Be accepting of your child’s attempts to complete the activities. Helping your child is okay, but let them take ownership of their work. Resist the urge to do the activities for them. Give them the opportunity to learn how to do things for themselves. Show pride in what they’ve achieved; focus on the successes and not the imperfections.

*Accept creative differences. Who says a tree needs to be green? A pink tree is very pretty too! Your child might decide to do something completely different, and that’s okay. Talk to them about what they’re doing and encourage them to follow their vision.

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