Topical Tips: Back to School

I know, I know, I’ve already done one,  but it’s such a momentous occasion (especially since both blogmistresses have school-going kids now!) that I can’t resist another one:

  1. Best Word Book Ever by Richard Scarry.  I pretty much learned to read with the pictures and words in this book (albeit the huge hardcover version that I can’t seem to find at the moment), and it’s ever so wonderful to see my own daughter abuse my much-abused copy even further.
  2. Penguin Popular Classics.  Ester tells me Dracula has been very popular this year – schools jumping on the vampire/Twilight bandwagon?  Whatever the reason, this is a series of classic English literature sure to be on High School reading lists for € 4.99 a pop.  In Den Haag we have a separate section for them; not sure if Amsterdam does.
  3. The Manga Guide to Statistics by Shin Takahashi.  Learn to lie with numbers the manga way!  And I’m saying this fully qualified as a maths teacher.  There’s one for Physics, too.
  4. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations by Kate L. Turabian.  Uses the Chicago Manual of Style.  For those of you heading for universities and colleges (good luck!)(especially to my little nephew, who’s turning 18 and heading out into the world *sniff*).
  5. Moleskine Weekly Notebook Planner: July 2009 – December 2010.  For some reason the school planners you see at every self-respecting Dutch bookstore/department store don’t exist in the US or the UK (at least, not that I’ve ever seen).  This comes closest.