August Reviews

by Amy Hilbrich Davis

in Book Reviews,Read All About It!

Every year at this time, I’m reminded of one of my favorite books: Oh, the Places You’ll Go, by Dr Seuss. As your kids start school, a new grade–maybe in a new town, whatever the transition, the message is timeless and overwhelmingly realistic, positive and encouraging. The book starts confidently with “Congratulations, today is your day. You’re off to great places, you’re off and away!“ You then get a dose of reality, with “I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that bang ups and hang ups can happen to you.” The coolest thing about this book is that it gives you an opportunity to relate to your kids, talk about how everyone has “bang ups and hang ups,” even you! This book is all about encouragement and accomplishment sprinkled with failure…Life.  Run out and buy this one if you don’t already have it. It’s a classic. Check it out on


Consider The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn to help ease the anxieties of separation when your little ones head back to school or off for their first day ever. Sweet Chester, a raccoon doesn’t want to go to school. His momma gently lets him know that “sometimes we all have to do things we don’t want to do.” Momma raccoon’s solution is dear and one that has helped my kids take my love with them wherever they go. This book will become a family favorite, I promise!  Check it out on



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