Books support New Year's resolutions, regardless of age


January 20, 2011|BY ABIGAIL ANDREWS | Special to The Herald-Mail

The New Year is a great time for everyone to start fresh, no matter what your age. Do you know a child who wants to do better in school, fight less with siblings or be more organized? If so, here are some books to help them get started.


"The Kid's Guide to Service Projects" by Barbara Lewis (for ages 6 and older). The author lists more than 500 service ideas for kids who want to make a difference

"How to Clean Your Room in 10 Easy Steps" by Jennifer LaRue Huget (for ages 5 to 9)

Kids with messy rooms rejoice — here's a laugh-out loud guide to cleaning even the messiest of rooms.

 "Are You Quite Polite?: Silly Dilly Manners Songs" by Alan Katz (for ages 5 to 9) Author Katz uses songs as a great and humorous way to learn manners.

 "Ace Your Research Paper" by Ann Gaines (for ages 8 and older)

Writing a research paper is like being a detective. This book will show you step-by-step how to plan, to write and to polish your paper. Soon you'll be an expert on any topic.

 "Oh Brother, Oh Sister!: A Sister's Guide to Getting Along" bu Brooks Whitney (for ages 8 to 12)                                     

This guide offers practical advice on sibling issues including fighting, sharing, jealousy and respect.

 "Where's My Other Sock?: How to Get Organized and Drive Your Parents and Teachers Crazy" by Claudine Wirths (for ages 10 to 14)

This self-help manual for students offers practical suggestions for becoming better organized.

 "Kids Write Right: What You Need to Be A Writing Powerhouse" by Jan Venolia (for ages 11 to 14)
Venolia teaches users how to improve their writing by giving tips on grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization and style.

 "Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty: Everything You Need to Look Pretty, Natural, Sexy and Awesome" by Bobbi Brown (for ages 13 and older)

Make-up artist Bobbi Brown gives teens basic beauty tips and tips on giving their self-esteem a boost.

Abigail Andrews is the library assistant in the Children's Department of the Washington County Free Library.

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