Back to School Picture Books

It is hard to believe that the end of August is in sight. As you get ready to start a new school year, here are some picture books to read together: The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes Lena’s Shoes are Nervous : a First-Day-of-School-Dilemma by Keith Calabrese The Word for Friend by Aidan Cassie Little Ghoul Goes to School by Jef Czekaj Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney Teaching Mrs. Muddle by Connie Nelson The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex Heroes Wear Masks : Elmo’s Super Adventure by Sesame Street Butterflies on the first Day of School by Annie Silvestro How to be Kind in Kindergarten : a Book for Your Backpack by David Steinberg  The One and Only Sparkella by Channing Tatum Kalamata’s Kitchen by Sarah Thomas Amanda Winter, Youth Services Librarian

New & Eye Opening Nonfiction Reads

There is nothing like reading nonfiction books for a deeper understanding of things that are of interest to you. Reading nonfiction  is not necessarily boring or does not have to feel like homework.  There are many engagingly written works of nonfiction that you can find informative, eye-opening or entertaining. Here are some new and noteworthy nonfiction books available with your Livingston Library card, that span a wide range of topics and are guaranteed to open your world. Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos And The Invention Of A Global Empire by Brad Stone An unvarnished picture of Amazon’s unprecedented growth and its billionaire founder, Jeff Bezos, revealing the most important business story of our time. Brainscapes: The Warped, Wondrous Maps Written In Your Brain-And How They Guide You by Rebecca Schwarzlose A path-breaking journey into the brain, showing how perception, thought, and action are products of “maps” etched into your gray matter-and how technology can use them to read your mind. A Brief History Of Earth: Four Billion Years In Eight Chapters by Andrew H. Knoll Drawing on his decades of field research and up-to-the-minute understanding of the latest science, renowned geologist Knoll delivers a rigorous yet accessible biography of Earth, charting our home planet’s epic 4.6 billion-year story. Placing twenty first-century climate change in deep context, this is an indispensable look at where we’ve been and where we’re going. The Brilliant Abyss: Exploring The Majestic Hidden Life Of The Deep Ocean And The Looming Threat That Imperils It by Helen Scales Revolutionary studies in the deep are rewriting the very notion of life on Earth and the rules of what is possible. In the process, the abyss is being revealed as perhaps the most amazing part of our planet, with a topography even more varied and extreme than its Earthbound counterpart.  Marine biologist Scales brings to life the majesty and mystery of an alien realm that nonetheless sustains us, while urgently making clear the price we could pay if it is further disrupted. Dedicated: The Case For Commitment In An Age Of Infinite Browsing by Pete Davis In a culture of restlessness and indecision, which causes tension in people’s lives, a civic advocate, using examples from history, personal stories, and applied psychology, shows how purposeful commitment can be a powerful force. The Extended Mind: The Power Of Thinking Outside The Brain by Annie Murphy Paul A bold new book that proves our bodies and surroundings know more than our brains do.  Science journalist Paul posits that bodies, physical spaces, and the minds of other people expand one’s ability to decide, analyze, focus, and solve problems. As such, being aware of one’s bodily signals (such as an increased heart rate) allows people to make better decisions beyond using solely intelligence, and she offers as an example successful Wall Street traders who hit it big by trusting their gut. As for physical spaces, Paul makes a case that nature allows for better focus, and tells of a medical researcher who found architecture so inspiring that it led to intellectual breakthroughs.  And people tend to think better alongside others, Paul explains: physics students, for example, become more nimble problem solvers when they socialize with other physics students. Extra Life: A Short History Of Living Longer by Steven Johnson As a species, humans have doubled their life expectancy in one hundred years. Medical breakthroughs, public health institutions, rising standards of living, and the other advances of modern life have given each person about 20,000 extra days on average. This book attempts to help the reader understand where that progress came from and what forces keep people alive longer. The author also considers how to avoid decreases in life expectancy as public health systems face unprecedented challenges, and what current technologies or interventions could reduce the impact of future crises.  How To Change: The Science Of Getting From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be by Katy Milkman Change comes most readily when you understand what’s standing between you and success and tailor your solution to that roadblock. If you want to work out more but find exercise difficult and boring, downloading a goal-setting app probably won’t help. But what if, instead, you transformed your workouts so they became a source of pleasure instead of a chore? Turning an uphill battle into a downhill one is the key to success. Drawing on Milkman’s original research and the work of her world-renowned scientific collaborators, the book  shares strategic methods for identifying and overcoming common barriers to change, such as impulsivity, procrastination, and forgetfulness. Jackpot: How The Super-Rich Really Live–And How Their Wealth Harms Us All by Michael Mechanic A senior editor at Mother Jones dives into the lives of the extremely rich, showing the fascinating, otherworldly realm they inhabit-and the insidious ways this realm harms us all.  The result of deep reporting and dozens of interviews with fortunate citizens–company founders and executives, superstar coders, investors, inheritors, lottery winners, lobbyists, lawmakers, academics, sports agents, wealth and philanthropy professionals, concierges, luxury realtors, Bentley dealers, and even a woman who trains billionaires’ nannies in physical combat, this is a compassionate, character-rich, perversely humorous, and ultimately troubling journey into the American wealth fantasy and where it has taken us. The Joy Of Sweat: The Strange Science Of Perspiration by Sarah Everts A taboo-busting romp through the shame, stink, and strange science of sweating.  Everts goes behind the taboo and delves into its role in the body-and in human history. She reveals the wondrous mechanics of the sweat glands and the millions of sweat pores in human skin. She explores why sweat is salty, why what you eat can affect the color of your sweat, and why we sweat when stressed (and whether it can be controlled). She takes part in a sweat dating event, traces the controversial history of antiperspirants and deodorants, considers the purported health benefits of saunas, sweat lodges, and hammams, and investigates whether “eyewitnesses” to a crime may someday be replaced by “nose-witnesses” who can