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Take your pick: Books for young ones, teens & tweens, or ones to read together

  • For the Littles
  • For the Tweens/Teens
  • To Read Together
  • Music

Books for teens/tweens:  

These are not just your random fiction-fillers, but to prepare them for that crazy adulthood thing. And yes, any of these books also go under the "books to read together" - I love reading young adult books along with my kids!

Full of Beans & Turtle In Paradise

This is the first of a two-part book series set in 1935 in Key West, Florida. We read these books out loud and so enjoyed them! Full of Beans and Turtle In Paradise are a great fun read together. 

Not only is this a great story (similar in writing to "To Kill A Mockingbird"), but it interlaces the history of times in Key West in the 1930s. 

We loved reading the story and learning about life at that time down there, and then visiting Key West and seeing statues of some of the real-life characters that were talked about in the book!

Mixing history and a fun story made these a quick read, and our kids (who volunteer in the Keys for 3+ months out of the year) could really relate to the "conch kids".  

Isabel of the Whales and Jessaloup's Song

Wow - this one was so awesome to read out loud together. I got so into the story I dreamt of whales every night! Beautifully written, you not only go into this world of a girl becoming a whale, but you learn all about the humpback whales and their migrations. 

Another incredible story with learning about whales interlaced into the story. Jessaloup's Song is the second edition that takes place more on land, yet the focus is still on whales, as well as young love and all the ups and downs of life as a teenager. 

Echo Mountain

Okay, I'm a huge fan of Lauren Wolk's books. Beyond the Bright Sea and Wolf Hollow were also excellent books by her. While these are young adult historical fiction, I devoured them myself and read them over the weekend. 

I'd gladly pick up any book by Lauren Wolk - these are beautiful stories that sweet you away! 

Your New Playlist

This is a great and easy read to help with mindset - written by a father and his two daughters (16 & 18), it's great for re-writing the soundtracks in your head to build confidence and motivation, and, since it's written by a family that thrives on comedy, it's a pretty cheeky and fun way to learn about it. 

If you have a kid who is getting stuck in negativity or a fixed mindset, this is a great book to reset and give them some new soundtracks to listen to. 

Real Artists Don't Starve

This is an excellent book to push all you creatives to get out there and make your art sustainable. You don't have to be a starving artists, and Goins does an incredible job of crafting stories about so many famous people you know - and how they eliminated the "starving artist" mentality and went on to be a huge success with their art. Instead of stifling your child's artistic vision, start feeding them with inspiration of how other artists have done it and made a living from it.  Definitely worth a read!

48 Days to the Work - And LIFE - You Love: Preparing for the New Normal

The newly revised version of this book is so great - it really helps you look outside the box - getting work is about more than a paycheck.  If you have a teen who is starting to look at finding work, I highly this book.

You need to find what lines up with your 1) Skills and Abilities, 2) Values, Dreams and Passions, and 3) Personality Style. He does a great job of breaking apart what we see "education" as, too! And, I actually know quite a bit about all this, as this book was written by my father and I run the company - so check it out and ask me anything!

Wisdom Meets Passion: When Generations Collide and Collaborate 

Oftentimes we come into our entrepreneurial endeavors with all the passion in the world...and not an economic leg to stand on.  

The younger generation gets ragged on for just being passionate, while the older and wiser seems to be passion-deprived.  Think beyond what you know and challenge the norms - be educated in what you are going to do to make an impact on the world and blend the two for a powerful force.  

This was written from two generational perspectives - my father's and brother's - and the two couldn't be more different in many ways.  

I highly recommend this book to challenge your thinking on how to really make a difference in a way that is sustainable, and get your children thinking about this NOW.  

QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life

The solution involves an entirely new approach. We can no longer ask, "Who dropped the ball?" "Why can't they do their work properly?" or "Why do we have to go through all these changes?" Instead, every individual has to ask the question behind the question: "How can I improve this situation?" "What can I contribute?" or "How can I make a difference?"

The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea

Quick little read that shares a lot about giving and having a positive outlook on it! Here is a blog I wrote on this book: To Give Is To Recieve

Namaste Personality Snapshots

So this may not be a book, but you get back close to it with so much information for you and your family!  

This is the core foundational component for all of my coaching, and this is something you can do with your children to really have some quality time that is all about them.

Based on the DISC Personality profiles, I've used these in business for the past 15 years - and now I've created some variations to walk you through understanding yourself - and your family - better.

My forte is working with families to help identify how the uniqueness in each of us strengthens all of us. You can get started with the snapshots, and feel free to reach out for the next steps if you'd like to dig into it even further with me!

Explore the Namaste Personality Snapshots Here

This is the tip of the iceberg on tips and resources we've found that are great for our gypsy...and digital nomad... lifestyle. I know this will continue to grow, and you can always reach out to me with your questions!