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My daughter, a first-grader, is thrilled to be back in school, but my son, who’s in third grade, is fighting it, especially homework. Nothing happened last year to make him reluctant to go back, so how can I get him excited?

For many kids, a new school year is exciting. But it’s totally normal for some children to experience nervousness and anxiety, says Virginia educator Ann Dolin.

“It’s not uncommon for kids to worry about whether they’ll be with old friends, or if they’ll get along with a new teacher, or whether they’ll remember anything from last year,” she explains.

Focus on listening to your son’s concerns and establishing positive routines, so he feels prepared, rested and confident. Excitement may follow!

Dolin, who taught in Fairfax, Virginia, for several years prior to launching her tutoring company, Educational Connections Inc., offers this advice:

– Find a calm time to talk. Probe and listen for reasons that might be causing your son’s resistance. Has anything happened recently that has upset him, such as a close friend being assigned to another class? Does he struggle with separation anxiety from you at other times? Is he getting enough sleep? Is he eating properly? For example, notes Dolin, research shows that sugary snacks can increase anxiety, so keep those out of his diet.

You mentioned homework is a worry. If having homework is new to him, “establish a routine for getting it done,” Dolin advises.

In a post on her website, she writes: “There are essentially five times to start homework: right after school, after a 30-minute break, before dinner, after dinner and right before bedtime. Elementary students often need down time after school, or when they return from their extra-curricular activities; about 30 minutes is usually sufficient. This is when homework should start.”

– Talk about what to expect in third grade. Build excitement for new learning. Check your school’s website for curriculum standards to identify subjects he’ll study. Point out topics that will interest him. For example, third-graders study the solar system. If he’s a “Star Wars” fan, this could excite him.

– Reinforce organizational routines: Getting back into a school-year groove doesn’t happen overnight. Stick with routines that give the school day a smooth start. For example, every evening, check his homework, then pack his backpack, and place it next to the door. Make his lunch and refrigerate it the night before and put a sticky note on the backpack so he doesn’t forget it. Have him choose and set out his clothes before he goes to bed. Establish a regular school-year bedtime and wake-up schedule that ensures he gets enough sleep.

Don’t drag out goodbyes, which can increase anxiety, says Dolin. “You don’t have to show tough love, but hold your tears and worries until you are out of his sight. Project confidence. Tell your son how excited you both will be when he comes home to tell you about his new friends and what he’s learning.”

If his anxieties don’t go away in a couple of weeks, meet with his teacher or school counselor to gather more information. For more tips, see Dolin’s blog at ectutoring.com.

Our middle school sent home tips for back-to-school success; one of them was to “enjoy family dinners together frequently.” With three teens in grades 7 through 11 who are going in different directions, that’s tough. Is there any research on this?

There is. Since 2001, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University has studied the impact of family dinners on family interactions.

The research shows that more frequent family dinner gatherings ensure higher quality communication between kids and parents. Eating a meal together strengthens family relationships, something that’s particularly important for teens as they begin to forge influential peer relationships.

Joseph Califano Jr., the founder of CASA, emphasizes “that the magic that happens at family dinners isn’t the food on the table, but the conversations and family engagement around the table.”

A senior policy analyst at CASA further explains, “Teens who have frequent family dinners are more likely to say that their parents know a lot about what’s really going on in their lives. … Family dinners are the perfect opportunity when kids can talk to their parents and their parents can listen and learn.”

A 2012 CASA study showed that in homes where family meals were frequent (five to seven times a week), teens were more likely to say they had good relationships with their parents. In turn, they were less likely to say that they felt stressed and were less likely to use marijuana, alcohol and tobacco. When the quality of teens’ communication with parents declined, their likelihood of using marijuana, alcohol and tobacco increased.

To remind parents of the importance of family mealtime, every year CASA celebrates Family Day as “a day to eat dinner with your children.” This year, it’s Sept. 26. For more information, go to centeronaddiction.org.

A 2016 Common Sense Media survey of parents of kids 2 to 17 representing a range of American socioeconomic and ethnic groups found that more than 90 percent of respondents viewed conversations during dinner as an important way to learn about what’s going on in their kids’ lives. Seventy percent of the respondents said they carved out time to have dinner together five or more times a week.

While the family dinner isn’t some relic of the 1950s, today’s mobile devices are unwelcome newcomers to the table. Research shows that cellphones next to forks can disrupt and shut down conversations even when the devices aren’t in use.

Thirty-five percent of Common Sense Media survey respondents said they’d had an argument about using devices at the dinner table. More than half said they were concerned that devices at the table “were hurting their conversations,” writes Michael Robb, Common Sense director of research.

To encourage more families to declare the dinner table a tech-free zone, Common Sense Media has launched the Device-Free Dinner campaign. “Our devices keep us connected, informed and engaged, but dinner time is an important time to just say ‘no,’” urges James P. Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense. “Everything from better grades to a healthier lifestyle has been linked to eating together regularly as a family.”

Steyer invites families to take the Device-Free Dinner challenge, and “set an example for kids that we all need to carve out face-to-face conversation time in our lives.”

For more information, go to commonsensemedia.org.

My daughter, a high-school sophomore, was proud to get into a summer course in leadership at a local college. However, she got an incomplete because the professor said she plagiarized her paper. Now it will be hard to include that course on her college application. How could he tell?

Savvy educators spot the clues and use a range of digital tools — from a simple Google search to plagiarism trackers — to check students’ work.

“The internet and today’s amazing digital tools make cutting and pasting, or even buying the work of others, incredibly easy,” says Greta Love, a New York state reference librarian who teaches college students research techniques. “But those same tools make it easier for educators to spot the work of others using databases, search engines and sites that sell or give away term papers and so on.”

Worry less about what the incomplete does to your daughter’s college application and more about teaching her proper research skills for her writing from now on. That will be the best preparation for college.

Many students simply do not know what plagiarism is, says university educator Robert Harris, author of “The Plagiarism Handbook: Strategies for Preventing, Detecting and Dealing With Plagiarism” (Routledge, 2001).

In an essay titled “Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers,” Harris writes that students hold misconceptions such as, “Everything on the internet is public domain and can be copied without citation,” or, “If you change an author’s words into your own words, you don’t have to cite it,” or, “If you copy fewer than 10 words, it’s OK not to use quotation marks.”

Some students don’t consider copying wrong, notes Harris, because they think information is for everyone. Still others are tempted to copy because they’re on a tight deadline, just not motivated by the topic or “know it’s wrong, but like the thrill of rule-breaking.”

To help your daughter, be explicit. “Plagiarism is using another person’s words or ideas without giving credit,” writes Harris. “When you use someone else’s words, you must put quotation marks around them or set them off in a block quotation and give the writer or speaker credit by revealing the source in a citation.

“Even if you revise or paraphrase the words of someone else or just use their ideas, you still must give the author credit in a citation. Not giving due credit to the creator of an idea or writing is very much like lying because without a citation, you are implying that the idea is your own.”

Once students understand why it’s wrong, Harris takes a positive approach. “Learning to write makes a person powerful,” he explains. “Whenever they cite a source, they are strengthening their writing, not weakening it.”

He goes on: “Citing a source, whether paraphrased or quoted, reveals that they have performed research work and synthesized the findings into their own argument. … The student is aware of other thinkers’ positions on the topic.”

Find more advice from Harris at his website VirtualSalt.com.

For more information, check out “The Plagiarism Spectrum: Tagging 10 Types of Unoriginal Work” at turnitin.com.

My daughters, ages 9 and 10, are earning money doing chores for neighbors such as dog walking, watering plants and redeeming cans. I want to teach them about investing and running a business before they spend it all. Are there apps for that?

There are apps and some good books, too. But before teaching them how to run a business, start with savings — namely, why we save and how.

Educator Gail Karlitz, author of “Growing Money: A Complete Investing Guide for Kids” (Price Stern Sloan, 2010), suggests you begin by explaining the concepts of needs (food, housing, clothes), wants (treats, entertainment, things we like but don’t need), goals (things we must save for, such as a new bike), and giving (charitable donations, birthday presents).

She encourages kids to use a clear plastic envelope, box, jar or piggy bank for each category, so “they can see the actual money.”

Karlitz also suggests keeping a notebook with a running total of what they are earning, and how they are allocating their earnings in each category.

One website, ThreeJars.com, helps kids track their money in saving, spending and sharing jars. The site shows them the tradeoffs between saving and spending, and allows them to earn interest on their savings jar. (It costs $30 annually.)

You can teach the girls about running a business by drawing examples from their summer. Lead them through questions such as, “What do you need to increase can redemptions?” If the answer is investing in a larger bin to store more cans until making a trip to the redemption center, you can discuss what that costs and if the investment is worth it.

Educational game maker Motion Math has created a couple of excellent apps that simulate running businesses and boost kids’ math and reasoning skills, says Warren Buckleitner, the editor of the Children’s Technology Review (childrenstech.com).

The “Motion Math: Pizza!” app gives kids a start-up budget to open a pizza shop with customers who must be kept satisfied.

The “Motion Math: Cupcake!” app lets players bake and sell cupcakes and be responsible for making decisions that influence all aspects of the business, from delivering orders to managing costs.

“Even though it’s pretend money, kids start to understand that if you blow all your money on sprinkles for your cupcakes, you won’t have enough to meet all the customers’ needs and you lose money in the end,” says Buckleitner.

Each app costs $6 and is available at the Apple Store.

Two books geared to your daughters’ age levels can help teach them more sophisticated investment concepts.

“How to Turn $100 Into $1,000,000″ (Workman, 2016) offers an easy-to-grasp explanation of compound interest, what the book calls “the most powerful force in the financial universe.”

In “Blue Chip Kids: What Every Child (and Parent) Should Know About Money, Investing, and the Stock Market” (Wiley, 2015), author David Bianchi makes sophisticated concepts such as stocks, bonds, analyzing companies, interest rates, net worth and asset allocation understandable.

As you’re studying the best books or apps for your kids, take heart: Surveys have shown that 1 in 5 American adults think that hitting the lottery is the best strategy to save for retirement. Your daughters are lucky. They will have no such illusions.

My husband and I just divorced; our two elementary school-aged daughters will spend the school week with me and most weekends with him. They are still dealing with the impact of their father moving out. Should we let their new teachers know about the divorce?

Yes. You don’t need to go into detail, but alerting the teachers is in everyone’s best interests. Research shows that children whose parents were divorcing reported being more anxious, lonely and sad than children whose parents remained married. According to a 2011 study of 3,500 elementary children, parents’ divorce caused setbacks in math and social skills.

“Any major change in a family’s circumstances can have a strong impact on children’s emotional wellbeing and sense of security,” says Dr. Jane Bluestein, an Albuquerque-based educator and psychologist who works with teachers and parents to improve the social-emotional climate in schools. “Any big transition can affect children’s concentration, commitment to school, achievement and behavior. So it makes sense to let the school know anytime some significant incident, loss or change occurs.”

Bluestein says that when she taught, she always appreciated knowing if a student’s parents were going through a divorce — “not to make excuses for the child’s backsliding or acting out, but to know that a little extra support and TLC might be in order. Teachers want to build a productive home-school relationship. Letting them know means that they can help your daughters through a time of change.”

Keep an eye out for changes in behavior or signs of stress and anxiety. “Most schools have resources — likely a counselor — who can support students through these transitions,” advises Bluestein. “Find out about what’s available, even if you think you won’t need it.”

Routines and consistency are important for all children, but especially so for kids who are dividing their time between two different homes. Bluestein advises working with their father to align your school-related expectations for the girls. For example, establish a common bedtime for school nights and weekends; decide when homework will be done and how it will be checked; make sure you’re on the same page concerning extracurricular and weekend activities so that they don’t miss experiences that their friends are a part of.

Most important is establishing strong, ongoing communication with the school. How will you and their father stay informed about your daughters’ progress?

Unless there are extenuating circumstances, “both father and mother should receive communications from the school, such as teacher and school newsletters, access to the school portals, notices of upcoming events, and report cards,” says Bluestein. “You should both be listed as emergency contacts and, if possible, attend parent conferences together so that your daughters know that you both care about their schooling and share expectations for their success.” Bluestein offers more practical tips parents on her website: janebluestein.com/2016/ways-to-help-your-child-survive-your-divorce/.

Another helpful resource is the book “Putting Children First: Proven Parenting Strategies for Helping Children Thrive Through Divorce” (Avery, 2010). The author, Joanne Pedro-Carroll, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who has studied the impact of divorce. Her research-based advice can help you guide your daughters in the big transitions that accompany separation and divorce.

We want to take an educational family road trip so our kids — going into third, fourth and sixth grades — can experience things beyond our small town. Do you have any suggestions? No theme parks, please.

Begin the “educational” part before you set out. Ask the kids to do the research on where you should go and what you should do. Give them a budget and time frame. Then pull out the maps, apps and guides.

First, settle on a geographic region that offers several attractions to be explored without driving all day.

Next, make a list of all the events, institutions, parks and places in the region that might appeal to your kids.

“When they choose the places to visit, they arrive excited because they own the decision,” says Eric Hamilton, the assistant director of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education and Technology at New York’s American Museum of Natural History (amnh.org).

Create your list from travel magazines and the family sections of online guides such as Fodor’s, Frommer’s and Lonely Planet. Check out the family travel bloggers at Red Tricycle (redtri.com). Scan the region’s hotel and visitors bureau sites for nearby attractions.

Find kid-friendly museums at the American Alliance of Museums website (aam-us.org). The Association of Science-Technology Centers (astc.org) and the Association of Children’s Museums (childrensmuseums.org) also have excellent options. Check listings on the National Register of Historic Places (nps.gov/nr). The National Conservation Lands website (blm.gov/NLCS) shows monuments, wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, and historic trails.

Is there a National Park in the region you’ve selected? To celebrate the 100th anniversary of our parks system, the Department of the Interior invites fourth-graders and their families to visit for free. Go to everykidinapark.gov to get your family’s pass.

Once you have a working list, ask your sixth-grader to create an Excel file with key information on your destinations. This should include their addresses, websites, prices (including “free family” days), hours, if reservations are needed for special events, the availability of free educational materials, what not to miss, visitor reviews and so on.

Be mindful of how much time you will have on your vacation. “Don’t overschedule. Too often parents think kids will motor through one stop and then want to rush to the next, but we find young visitors want to take their time,” says Jack E. Lighton, the president of Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Florida (marinelife.org).

“When kids see these huge, magnificent creatures that have lived on Earth for more than 100,000,000 years, they have so many questions for our docents,” Lighton explains. “They want to post their photos to Instagram. They want to follow the progress of turtles that we’ve brought back to health and released. It’s a very personalized learning experience.”

While you want the trip to be educational, don’t overdo it. “If your kids want to keep a notebook, great. But don’t require it or anything else that smacks of an assignment,” says the American Museum of Natural History’s Hamilton.

“The real educational value comes from the many conversations you will continue to have with your children long after the trip is done,” he adds. “You’ll connect what they saw to new learning. For example, if you visited a planetarium, discuss a news item about a SpaceX launch. Each of these experiences are building blocks for new knowledge.”

My daughter Mikayla, a high school freshman, recently moved in with my new wife and me. She’s such a perfectionist! Her room looks like Martha Stewart cleaned it. She’s a competitive athlete and an A student, but stresses over things that don’t go according to her plan. We’re happy we don’t have to nag her about school, but worry she’s too obsessed with grades and getting into a top college. Should we be?

Since she’s just settling in with you, it’s unfair to Mikayla to assume she has a problem with perfectionism, says Dr. Jane Bluestein, educator and author of “The Perfection Deception” (Health Communications Inc., 2015).

“Welcome her with open arms,” she says. “There’s much to praise in a high-achieving teen who keeps her room tidy, aces her courses and has her eye on college. Take time to know her better. Support her efforts to excel.”

That said, today’s teens are subject to many parental, peer, academic and media pressures that can lead them to think that they must be perfect, notes Bluestein.

“To help her focus on the satisfactions of accomplishment, rather than the impossibility of perfection, help her learn four fundamental lessons,” she advises.

One, the goal of effort should not be achieving perfection, but doing our best, says Bluestein.

“There’s a big difference,” she explains. “Perfectionism — the belief that we can make all things perfect if we put in the right amount of effort — has high costs: stress, loneliness, fear of failure, perceived loss of control, negative self-worth should the littlest thing go wrong. These can lead to a mental health crisis if they add up.”

Two, it’s OK to take risks and fail.

“Recognize her achievements, precision, care, attention to detail,” says Bluestein, “but also make her aware that highly successful people succeed because they aren’t afraid to fail. In Silicon Valley, it’s viewed as a strength to have failed in a few start-ups, because it means you’ve gained experience that will be valuable when you tackle your next venture.”

Encourage her to join a group such as a robotics or STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) club, where trial-and-error projects are valued.

Three, accept and use constructive criticism, says Bluestein.

“The ability to view feedback as a positive, not a negative, helps high achievers benefit from the wisdom of others and develop resilience,” she says. “It defines them as learners who can work collaboratively as part of a team.”

Four, help her develop a strong social and emotional core that will serve her when she’s challenged by her goals. One way is to reflect on her achievements.

“Contrary to conventional wisdom, successful high achievers know how to take time out for themselves. They don’t multitask 24-7. They nourish their souls, and can step back to gain perspective,” says Bluestein. “They can calm their minds and look within so that they can continue to be creative. Perfectionists are so good at being busy that taking time to reflect feels like cheating.”

As she embarks on her high school career, encourage Mikayla to be guided by Winston Churchill: “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”

My 5-year old daughter, Illana, has been so excited about starting kindergarten, but suddenly she cries when we talk about it and insists she’s staying home with her sister. She loved preschool, so I don’t get it. How can we get her ready for her first day?

Many children, even those with preschool experience, get last-minute “kindergarten jitters,” says Shirley Harden, a retired Maryland principal who coaches parents on supporting their children’s school success. She offers these tips:

– If possible, visit Illana’s school before classes begin. “Often principals encourage kindergartners to come for a sneak peek to see their classroom, cafeteria and other rooms,” says Harden. “During your walk-through, point out bulletin boards and displays. Even show her the bathrooms, so she’s familiar with the facilities.”

– Probe her worries. Because parents make the first day a big deal, kids may develop unwarranted concerns, says Harden. “Talk through any fears and put them to rest,” she says. “Explain how her day will go and what she will do after school to allay concerns about how she gets home.” Tell her about first-day jitters in your life, such as a new job. Explain that it’s normal to have anxieties about new things.

– Read books about starting kindergarten. “There are some really funny ones,” says Blanche Warner, a library manager in Naples, New York. “Librarians have them ready in August.”

Warner suggests these time-tested titles:

– “A Place Called Kindergarten” (Puffin, 2008) by Jessica Harper. Tommy’s animal friends become alarmed when they learn Tommy has gone to a place called “kindergarten.”

– “Countdown to Kindergarten” (HMH Books for Young Readers; 2006) by Alison McGhee and Harry Bliss. Ten days before school starts, a new kindergartner can’t tie her shoes and fears the worst.

– “Jake Starts School” (Square Fish, 2010) by Michael Wright. A boy worries about staying at school without his parents.

– “Kindergarten Rocks!” (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2008) by Katie Davis. Dexter isn’t scared to start school, but his stuffed dog, Rufus, is terrified!

– “Late for School!” (Carolrhoda Books, 2013) by Stephanie Calmenson and Sachiko Yoshikawa. A teacher oversleeps and is late for the first day.

– “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” (Puffin 2001) by Nancy Carlson. Henry looks forward to kindergarten, but he isn’t sure about staying once he gets there.

– “Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten” (Puffin, 2001) by Joseph Slate and Ashley Wolff. This book introduces the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten.

– “On the Way to Kindergarten” (Puffin, 2008) by Virginia Kroll and Elizabeth Schlossberg. This picture book helps parents show their kindergartner all of her accomplishments in the past five years.

Make a plan to support Illana’s learning all year. Include daily activities such as reading each night, reinforcing social and emotional skills needed in school, and talking about a range of topics to develop oral language and a strong vocabulary. Find ways to connect math and science concepts to daily life by using science and math vocabulary; for example, “Today’s weather brought rain. Let’s measure how much rain we got.” Encourage active play and limit screen time.

Introduce yourself to her teacher and offer your support, says Harden. “That way,” she says, “should a problem arise, you’ll have a working partnership from day one.”

The PTO president wants me to apply to be a parent representative on our school site council. While I’m active at school, I’m not a curriculum or budget expert. What skills do I need to be effective?

If the PTO president is encouraging you to apply, he or she sees that you have the skills, disposition and commitment to be successful.

School site councils usually consist of an administrator, teachers, parents and classified employees, such as custodians and aides. Some members are elected; others appointed. Members advocate for all parents and represent the interests of the entire student body, not just their own children.

“You don’t need to be a budget whiz or know your state’s learning standards inside out to be effective,” says Bill Jackson, founder of GreatSchools, an online academic resource for parents and teachers. “You need to be willing to listen and evaluate data before making a decision and to communicate the importance of the school’s improvement efforts to other parents.”

The job of the council is to focus on things that really matter in boosting student achievement, says Jackson.

“It’s to work with the administration to develop, review and evaluate school improvement programs and budgets,” he explains. “It isn’t to decide if the cafeteria should be painted yellow and blue or whether PTO fundraisers should disallow high-calorie treats. School site councils are most successful when their work is about overall student performance. If not, members are wasting their time.”

The most effective PTO councils focus on four areas: academic achievement, school safety, parent engagement and discipline. Jackson says council members should grapple with these issues:

Consider the goals and priorities of the school, and determine if there is data that shows how well the school is achieving those goals. Look at the progression toward goals and ask if there are groups of students not doing as well as others. If so, consider what programs and supports can be put in place to help the students as well as how those programs will be structured and funded.

Members of the PTO also look at current programs to determine if they are ineffective or unrelated to the overall goals. If so, they may look at eliminating them.

Next, consider these questions: Can you deal with group dynamics? Can you keep your eye on big goals without getting caught in the weeds? Do you have enough time for the homework required to understand and debate policies? Do you have thick enough skin to live through arguments? Can you work outside your comfort zone, communicating the school’s policies to the community?

“For example,” asks Jackson, “can you help parents who don’t see the value of benchmark testing understand why it is important to know where a student is strong or weak to adjust instruction?”

Many times, good policies get scuttled when rumors are passed along among parents. “They fail not for lack of effectiveness, but because parents don’t understand them,” says Jackson. “Council members have an important role in helping other parents understand why the school has a certain homework or testing program.”

Attend a meeting as an observer. Talk with current and former PTO members. If you think you’ll enjoy the involvement, then sign on, says Jackson: “Schools need the leadership of parents like you.”

For more information, go to greatschools.org.

We’re taking an August road trip with our 7-, 9- and 11-year-old boys. The backseat DVD player is broken. We’ll leave it that way to encourage reading. What books might make the miles fly by?

Do your children have favorite authors who have written a series? If not, go to your local library or bookstore and test-drive some for kids in this age range.

“Librarians know what’s popular and are experts in helping young readers find books that connect to their personal interests,” says Blanche Warner, head librarian at Naples (New York) Library.

Series are a good choice because “once a child is hooked on one title, he or she will plow through the rest because they know the backstory. Following a protagonist though each book is like spending time with a good friend,” says Warner. “The ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Lemony Snicket’ books are tried and true examples. Chances are your children already have an author they want more of.”

Two laugh-out-loud, perennially popular series are Lincoln Peirce’s “Big Nate” (HarperCollins and Andrews McMeel Universal) and Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” (Amulet Books).

Bill Doyle’s “Magic for Hire” series (Random House) is about Henry and Keats, two boys who take on kooky monsters. Titles include “Attack of the Shark-Headed Zombie,” “Stampede of the Supermarket Slugs” and “Invasion of the Junkyard Hog.” It’s great for reluctant readers. The first book in Doyle’s new series about a family that enters wacky contests, “The Prizewinners of Piedmont Place” (Random House), debuts next month.

Science writer Sandra Markle’s lushly illustrated “What If You Had?” nonfiction series (Scholastic) introduces animal characteristics by challenging kids to imagine what it would be like if their own ears, teeth and hair were replaced by those of a different animal.

In a description for “What If You Had Animal Teeth?” on Scholastic.com, it says, “this book explores how different teeth are especially adapted for an animal’s survival. … Children will discover why their own teeth are just right for them. And they’ll also get a friendly reminder to take good care of their teeth, because they’re the only teeth they’ll ever have.”

Another suggestion is to pack some “quick reads offering bite-size nuggets of awesome info that can sop up the time between putting in your order and getting the pizza,” suggests Naples Library’s Warner. Consider titles such as “The World Almanac for Kids,” “Time For Kids Almanac,” “National Geographic Kids Almanac,” “Guinness World Records” and “Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Special Edition 2016.”

Consider the flashcard-format “Fandex Family Field Guides” and “Brain Quest” series from Workman Publishing. These colorful Q-and-A cards with lots of fun facts hang together with a metal rivet, so they don’t spill out of the car when you stop for gas. Fandex topics range from “Birds” to “50 States” to “Star Wars.” The “Brain Quest America” series includes 850 Q and A’s “celebrating our history, people and culture.”

For more information, go to workman.com.

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