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Back-to-School Books

What images do "back-to-school" and "books" bring to your mind? As a child, I was fairly nerdy, I guess, because I loved everything about going back to school — the smells of new pencils and erasers, covering my books, new clothes because I'd gotten several inches taller over the summer, seeing friends I'd missed all summer, etc. Our grandson Drew is very excited to be starting school for the first time. He will be going to K-4 one morning a week this year. We're eager to hear how he likes it.

picture of a book and an ebook

Do you love books? We do in our house. This summer I finally got the iPad2 I had been wanting so much. One of the many things I enjoy doing on it is reading books. I can check books out of our public library with an app called Overdrive. But there are also many ebooks available (is that an understatement?!). The Project Gutenberg offers over 36,000 free downloadable ebooks. I don't know if it's the novelty or the convenience, but I've probably done much more reading since acquiring my iPad. I'm sure many of my readers use eReaders of one sort or another. If so, please comment on your preferences.

Today's iv has two parts, a few good quotations I've accumulated about books and reading, followed by a short list of fictitious books about going back to school, for your amusement.

"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." — attributed to Mark Twain

"There's nothing to match curling up with a good book when there's a repair job to be done around the house." — Joe Ryan

"Books had instant replay long before televised sports." — Bern Williams

"You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend." — Paul Sweeney

"Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled 'This could change your life.'" — Helen Exley

"There is a wonder in reading Braille that the sighted will never know: to touch words and have them touch you back." — Jim Fiebig

"No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books." — Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"Never judge a book by its movie." — J.W. Eagan

"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested." — Francis Bacon

"We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate." — Henry Miller

Back-to-School Bestsellers

Walking To School the First Day Back by Misty Bus

The Day the Car Pool Forgot Me by Rhoda Bike

Can't See the Chalkboard by Sidney Backrow

What I Dislike About Returning to School by Mona Lott

Making It Through the First Week of School by Gladys Saturday

Is Life Over When Summer Ends? by Midas Welby

What I Love About Returning to School by I. M. Kidding

Will Jimmy Finally Graduate? by Betty Wont


I look forward to your thoughts on books, ebooks, and going back to school.


"In an age that idolizes novelty, we must not despise history." — Eric Newton

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9 Comments on “Back-to-School Books”

  1. #1 Steven Epperson
    on Aug 24th, 2011 at 6:19 am

    “You will be the same person you are 5 years from now, except for the people you meet and the books you read.” Charles tremendous Jones

  2. #2 Valerie Coffman
    on Aug 24th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I got a Kindle last Christmas, and my favorite feature is the text-to-speech. In graduate school, I find myself without much time for pleasure reading, but now my Kindle reads to me while I’m driving or walking places!

  3. #3 Heather
    on Aug 24th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I love books and I love my Barnes & Noble Nook eReader! Although I always enjoyed reading, I have noticed that I read a lot more now that I have the Nook. It fits in my purse and I bring it with me to doctor’s appointments and such. The Nook is great because it accepts ePub format ebooks which are widely available even though you can’t read Amazon books on it. I have library cards for both the Greenville and Spartanburg county libraries to take advantage of their digital collections (Spartanburg has a wider selection of eBooks than Greenville does at this point). There’s enough to read for free for decades–it’s awesome!

  4. #4 Barbara H.
    on Aug 24th, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I just got an HP Touchpad for my birthday (for a great price since HP announced they weren’t going to make them any more) and it has an app for the Kindle, but I haven’t figured it all out yet. I like physical books and usually am in at least a couple at a time, but I can see this would be more convenient in some settings. I’d like to explore audio books to listen to while exercising — I use a video game and a few DVDs for exercise, and the audio is getting boring since I know what is going to be said now. Listening to a book would make it more enjoyable, I think.

    Some of my favorite book quotes:

    “The books that help you most are those which make you think the most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.” Theodore Parker (1810 – 1860)

    “The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.” Rene Descartes (1596 – 1650)

    “No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.” Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689 – 1762)

    Oh, and one of my favorite parts of starting school was a brand new box of crayons!

  5. #5 LuAnne
    on Aug 24th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    As a life long reader, some have called me voracious, I thought that I had died and gone to earthly heaven when I received a Kindle two Christmases ago. Quickly I had over two hundred books on the instrument, and most of them were free, or less than three dollars. Then, last November, my son got me a Zune, and that has really revolutionized my life. Zune in the pocket, earbuds in the ears, and stolen moments, hours, days, months, I have rarely been without it since receiving it. As I shop, cook, clean, wait in line, do yard work, I always have it on. And, all of the books, over three hundred of them, have been absolutely free, downloaded from the computer. Listening to someone read them in the voices, and different inflections, and with emotion, well, it has opened up this old speech major’s life. They are read just like our readings were preformed in all of our recitals. (I am guessing that they are done that way still.)

    I have the Bible, and many sermons, and documentaries, and mysteries, and the latest books…. I have over 40 authors, (all of their works) on the contraption that is the size of a very small pack of tissues, or a thin wallet. People think that I am funny to have an MP3 player, (Oh, yes, I also have good music on it) , but the books!!!! They are great. I probably have heard 35 of them this year, just since November. I am listening to a Nelson Demille one right now: Jeffrey Archer, last week. In the character’s voices, they come alive more than they did when I read the hard copy. They call it reading books. I even heard a Sci Fi one last week.

    What an interesting world we live in, where a 72 year old goes around with ear buds in the ear … in earthly heaven.

    My take on going back to school when in grade school, was the same as yours. Loved it all … even a new jar of glue.

  6. #6 Carrie
    on Aug 24th, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I also love books! As a homeschooling mom of three children, I don’t have much time to read at this stage of life, but after reading the comments, maybe I have more time than I thought!

    My husband has Kindle on his laptop and uses it a lot.

  7. #7 Jessica
    on Aug 24th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I always loved getting ready to go back to school, too. Shopping for school supplies was such fun!

    I was at my sister’s best friend’s sisters’ house last week (follow that??), and came across this limerick on the wall in their bathroom:

    A goat on a stroll near a brook
    Found an old movie film and partook.
    “Was it good?” asked his mate.
    Said the goat, “Second-rate!
    Not nearly as good as the book!”
    Martin Bristow Smith

  8. #8 Anna
    on Aug 24th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    As a confirmed, non-apologetic book-aholic, I just have to comment. We home school our four children and never have enough bookshelves. And we usually check out close to our max in library books as well (75). My favorite quote about books is one I found several years ago: “When I have money, I buy books. If I have any left, I buy food and clothes.” ~ anonymous

    Naturally, all books play second fiddle to the Book of books — God’s eternal Word — how precious to have it in our own language!

  9. #9 Dan
    on Aug 30th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I too have always loved reading.For the past while I have been torn over buying a Kindle because I have a modest library of about 100 books Some of which I use for reference or go back and re-read.I may still bite the bullet yet and go Kindle.