More cool stuff for school

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
Countdown to Summer: A Poem for Every Day of the School Year

By J. Patrick Lewis and Ethan Long

Whether readers love poetry, riddles and rhymes, or just like to laugh, this richly-varied collection of original poems is sure to keep them coming back for more! J. Patrick Lewis' fun and accessible poetry features delightful wordplay and a variety of subjects featured in a compendium that counts down from the first day of school to the last. Paired with Ethan Long's lively art, these poems will have readers wishing there were more days in the school year! Available at Barnes & Noble for $15.99. Enter to win.

By Julie Firstenberg Kamins

The Tutor Whisperer is now featuring Why Am I at the Red Table?, published by Librujas in a series dedicated to young children with educational challenges. The book is dedicated to kids with a desire to learn and those who have faced challenges in learning and reading.

Why Am I at the Red Table? features a little girl named Madison who is excited about her first day of second grade - until her teacher passes out word lists and assigns reading groups. Madison begins to doubt her reading abilities and soon feels like she doesn't even want to try. See how Madison discovers a valuable, life-long lesson about challenges and the joys of learning.

This book appeals to a variety of children at various levels in the learning process and stresses working at one's own pace and personal best, versus comparing oneself to others. The author wrote the story as a tool to inspire children to have confidence and to know that their experience is shared by millions of others. Available at for $13.95 plus shipping and handling. Enter to win.

Author Paul Osborne (a.k.a. Paul the Tutor) is keenly aware of these difficulties because he has dyslexia, and because he has been teaching SAT prep to students with LD for seven years. He created all of his own class materials from scratch -materials that have been organized into the LD SAT Study Guide.

As a free supplement to the book, readers have access to a companion website that enables them to take a pre-test, as well as several practice tests, and have them scored automatically. The site also provides subject-specific feedback that shows students where they're struggling and helps them target their preparation to face the SAT with confidence. Available on for $24.95.Enter to win.

This 2009 Teachers' Choice Award-winning series has titles for grades 3, 4 and 5 which come in a stand-up, stand-out format that include the latest fast facts for math, science, language arts and social studies homework.

Each title has 200 flip cards in bright, glossy, colorful designs that make learning fun, and the tabbed subject dividers make answers quick and easy to find. Available at Barnes & Noble and for $12.95. Homework is easy now! Enter to win.