Book Reviews

Sort by: Genre or Reading Level

Mieko and the Fifth Treasure

Written by the author of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, this book features Mieko, a young budding calligrapher whose hand was injured in the bombing of Nagasaki. As she struggles physically without the full use of her hand for daily things, she also struggles emotionally without the use of her fully functioning artistic hand. Coerr takes us on a journey of finding the fifth treasure in Mieko’s heart as she learns to reconcile her reality and expectations. This book is a good accompaniment in the study of history pertaining…

Genre: Fiction
Subjects: atomic bomb, Japan

Parent Talk

Chick Moorman, an inspirational speaker with over 40 years experience as an educator and parent divided this book into 11 chapters. Each chapter deals with the many ways a parent can address a situation such that it builds the child’s self esteem, gives the child a feeling of responsibility, equips the child with problem solving abilities, diffuses conflicts, strengthens and builds family relationships, and eradicates remarks that can hinder a complete emotional growth of a child. Replete with examples.

Genre: Non-Fiction, Parenting, Psychology

A Qur’aanic Odyssey: Towards Juz Amma

In this book, Umm Muhemmed gives a beautiful peek into the family life of a mother who sacrificed her own career pursuit by taking a break, in order to focus on Quran memorization of her two children and herself. Ibrahim, a typical five year old boy who is also imaginative, active, and curious, embarks on the journey of Quran memorization. As is the norm with most young children who start to memorize, his journey begins with the memorization of the last Juz in the Quran, Juz Amma (Juz 30).  What…

Genre: Non-Fiction, Parenting, Religious, Teaching
Subjects: Hifdh, Quran

Disciplining Without Disrespecting

From disciplining toddlers to teens, Grandma Jeddah shares her wise advice and tips for Muslim parents in her e-book Discipline Without Disrespecting. A mother of 11 children, grandmother of 13, and over 30 years of teaching in Al Madinah School in Los Angeles, Grandma Jeddah has years of experience with children. In this e-book, she has compiled parenting tips and advice from the Quran and Sunnah and also various parenting books, as well as advice with regards to special needs children. Grandma Jeddah includes this troubleshooting chapter, which moves beyond…

Genre: Parenting, Psychology

Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students

Pope welcomes her readers to Faircrest High, a high school located in a wealthy California suburb which has the lowest dropout rate in the state, small class sizes, and high quality teachers. She shadows five students recommended by the faculty as successful and outstanding students, and discovers how the pursuit of grades in the school system strips students of integrity and induces unnecessary stress and hostility. Is the school system producing future generation with solid admirable values, or is it just producing students who just ‘do school’ at the expense…

Genre: Education, Non-Fiction

The Power of Play

The book is divided into three parts. The first part talks about how play has degenerated in today’s modern world, and how our society has succumbed to technology’s ‘toys’ thereby abandoning the natural environment that is our worldly playground. The second part expounds on the role of play in learning and development, and in the last section, Elkind ends the book with some lighthearted parenting tips.

Genre: Education, Non-Fiction, Parenting, Psychology, Teaching

Is College Worth It?

College should be a choice for some, depending on educational prowess, opportunity, and financial considerations. For those individuals, only a certain number of colleges are appropriate, and of those colleges, only a few degrees are worth choosing. College is neither a panacea nor a carte blanche. Better high schools, trade schools, and apprenticeship programs should take the place of overpriced and underperforming colleges and universities. Online education, particularly MOOCs (massive online open courses) should take the place of inefficient brick-and-mortar colleges, making education of all types less expensive and more accessible.

Genre: Education, Non-Fiction

The Power of Different : The Link Between Disorder and Genius

One theory for why brain differences are so common among human being as a species is described by David Dobbs in his article ” The Science of Success” in The Atlantic. Dobb summarizes the work of child psychiatrist Tom Boyce, who coined a “dandelion and orchid” theory of human behavior. Boyce’s research suggests that, neurologically speaking, there are two sorts of people – “dandelions,” who flourish in any environment, and “orchids”, who have much narrower requirements. While orchids are much more difficult to grow, when they thrive, they do so beautifully and far more extraordinary results.

Genre: Education, Parenting, Psychology
Subjects: Neuroscience

Learning Disabilities: What Are They?

First of all, learning disabilities don’t mean that someone is stupid or has mental retardation. Hopefully, I made myself clear on this point, but rest assured: This point is important, and I state it over and over in the book. Perhaps, it will sink in. Second, there are many types of learning disabilities. There is dyslexia, dysnomia, dyscalculia, and a host of others, which I discuss in great length. You need to know what kind of learning disability you child has before you can help him or her.

Genre: Education, Parenting, Teaching
Subjects: Learning Disability, Neuroscience

The Whole-Brain Child

A great book full of scientific explanations to back up 12 key strategies in nurturing a child’s emotional intelligence through understanding the two hemispheres of the brain. The authors simplify the strategies so parents can use the proposed lingo with their children according to their age level.

Genre: Non-Fiction, Parenting, Psychology
Subjects: Neuroscience

How to Talk So Kids Can Learn At Home and In School

A must-have resource for educators! Replete with examples of situations in which to use the different techniques mentioned, in illustrations.

Genre: Education, Non-Fiction, Teaching
Illustrated by Kimberly Ann Coe

Jingu: The Hidden Princess

A good historical-based account to accompany the study of Ancient Japan. The book tells of a how Princess Jingu came to be Empress Jingu in 4th century Japan where the Japanese writing system was not yet in existence until she came to power.

Genre: Fiction, History
Illustrated by Xiaojun Li

The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

Dyslexia, or the dyslexic processing style, isn’t just a barrier to learning how to read and spell; it’s also a reflection of an entirely different pattern of brain organization and information processing – one that predisposes a person to important abilities along with the well-known challenges.

Genre: Education, Non-Fiction, Psychology, Science, Teaching

Out of My Mind

“Words have always swirled around me like snowflakes-each one delicate and different, each one melting untouched in my hands.”

Genre: Fiction