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Life skills and wellness

Ask Elizabeth by Elizabeth BerkleyBerkley, Elizabeth Ask Elizabeth
High school  240 pp. Putnam
This “group diary” and “life handbook for teenage girls” offers advice from experts and from actress Berkley herself on issues key to a girl’s emotional life: self-esteem, body image, love, loss, friendship, and family. Berkley makes for a dependable confidante, and the book covers the topics adequately and creatively. Even the scrapbooklike design is alluring (if a bit difficult to read).
Subjects: Adolescence; Family; Emotions—Love; Friendship; Body image; Self-perception; Self-esteem

Better than a Lemonade Stand by Daryl BernsteinBernstein, Daryl Better than a Lemonade Stand!: Small Business Ideas for Kids
Gr. 4–6  190 pp. Simon & Schuster/Aladdin
Illustrated by Rob Husberg. New ed., 1992, Beyond Words. When Bernstein was fifteen, he wrote the first edition of this book based on his own experience as a young entrepreneur. Now, twenty years later, he’s updated the package to incorporate contemporary technology and cautions. Fifty-five business ideas are presented with suggestions and tips on supplies, pricing, advertising, and more. One-page profiles introduce actual “kid entrepreneurs” and their ventures. Websites.
Subjects: Occupations and Careers; Behavior—Responsibility; Entrepreneurship; Business; Moneymaking projects; Money

I Am Kind by Juliet ConcordConcord, Juliet I Am Kind
Gr. K–3  24 pp. Gareth

Erroll, Mark I Am Honest
Gr. K–3  24 pp. Gareth

Goodman, Errol I Am Helpful
Gr. K–3  24 pp. Gareth

Hoffman, Mary Ann I Am a Good Citizen
Gr. K–3  24 pp. Gareth

Joseph, Kurt I Am Respectful
Gr. K–3  24 pp. Gareth

National, Walt I Am Responsible
Gr. K–3  24 pp. Gareth
Kids of Character series. This leveled series makes somewhat abstract concepts accessible for early readers. All books follow the same structure: featured trait (kind, responsible, etc.) is first defined in general terms. Subsequent texts, accompanied by generic stock photos, highlight examples of that trait in practice in the neighborhood, at school, and at home, before the books end abruptly. They’re not exciting, but they could be useful. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Life Skills; Behavior—Kindness; Behavior—Honesty; Behavior—Helpfulness; Citizenship; Behavior—Respectfulness; Behavior—Responsibility

Conflict Resolutions Smarts by Matt DoedenDoeden, Matt Conflict Resolution Smarts: How to Communicate, Negotiate, Compromise, and More
High school  64 pp. Twenty-First Century

Donovan, Sandy Budgeting Smarts: How to Set Goals, Save Money, Spend Wisely, and More
High school  64 pp. Twenty-First Century

Donovan, Sandy Job Smarts: How to Find Work or Start a Business, Manage Earnings, and More
High school  64 pp. Twenty-First Century

Donovan, Sandy Scheduling Smarts: How to Get Organized, Prioritize, Manage Your Time, and More
High school  64 pp. Twenty-First Century

Markovics, Joyce Relationship Smarts: How to Navigate Dating, Friendships, Family Relationships, and More
High school  64 pp. Twenty-First Century

Scheff, Anna Shopping Smarts: How to Choose Wisely, Find Bargains, Spot Swindles, and More
High school  64 pp. Twenty-First Century
USA Today Teen Wise Guides: Time, Money, and Relationships series. Photographs, sidebars, and articles from USA Today combine with a conversational text to present a sound discussion of the featured subjects. Each title provides an appropriate amount of information on issues that are relevant to adolescents navigating the complexities of family, friends, first jobs, and money management. The corny posed photos are unfortunate, but they’ll do. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Life Skills; Communication; Finance, Personal; Economics; Savings and investment
Work; Entrepreneurship; Occupations and careers; Time; Adolescence; Friendship; Dating; Family; Money; Finance, Personal

Helping Animals by Vic ParkerParker, Vic Helping Animals
Gr. K–3  32 pp. Heinemann

Parker, Vic Helping Family and Friends
Gr. K–3  32 pp. Heinemann
I Can Make a Difference series. Brief chapters cover the benefits of volunteering and different kinds of volunteerism, including adopting homeless pets, hanging up bird feeders, donating items to others in need, and recycling. The design is textbooklike, but volunteerism is presented as both important and diverting. Color photos of varying quality appear on every page. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Life Skills; Pets; Behavior—Helpfulness; Animals; Volunteerism; Friendship; Family

From the April 2013 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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