August 2016: Celebrating Families & Back-to-School Books

Celebrating Families
 

When choosing the design for our logo this past spring, we also updated the store's tag. In 1986, when Eight Cousins was first founded, the tag was "Quality Books for Youth." As the store began offering more and more books for adults, the tag changed to "Quality Books for All Ages." We had long discussions about what we wanted our new tag to convey, especially because we still have people say, in a surprised voice, "oh! you have adult books?" or tell us "I used to shop with you all the time, but then my kids (or grandkids) grew up." When developing our new tag -- "Your Local Family Bookshop" -- we wanted to honor our past (and present!) emphasis on children's books and early literacy. At the same time, the store has grown up and we are proud of our offerings in fiction, non-fiction, mystery, home and garden, science, and more for adults. Our staff reads children's and adult books. We are always happy to make recommendations for both. We also know that families are created in lots of unique ways. We love that you keep us updated, whether you're introducing us to your newest member, or proudly telling us that the college student standing before us has a library full of books that you've been stocking since she was a baby. We love these stories and we thank you for sharing them with us. On that note, we hope you are having wonderful family vacations and reunions. 

For this newsletter, Eight Cousins staff members were asked to select a book that celebrated families, either in general, or perhaps a book that highlighted their own unique families. We'll let you decide which is which, from the picks below! Are there any books that particularly remind you of your own one-of-a-kind, wild, quirky, lovable families?

~ Eight Cousins

 
Mary Fran's Picks
 

The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yoko Ogawa (9780312427801)

Beautifully and simply written, The Housekeeper and the Professor is about a woman who is hired to care for a professor, a mathematical genius, who has lost his memory due to an accident. Each morning when she arrives at his cottage, the housekeeper must introduce herself. The professor, in turn, defines her in mathematical terms—the way he views everything. As a friendship gradually develops, the professor learns that his housekeeper has a son, who must remain at home alone while she works. The professor insists that the housekeeper’s son accompany her to work. Together, the three spend their days and an understanding develops among them; a loving family unit emerges. Ogawa deftly and subtly illustrates that family is not just defined through biology.

 

 

Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington (9781616203825)

As all of us know, family relationships are complicated and inexplicable—yet in the end, the bonds often hold true through difficult times, heartbreak, and even in the end, death. No one recognizes this more than Rocky, who has worshipped his older brother Paul his whole life, in spite of betrayal during Rocky’s childhood. Only Love Can Break Your Heart follows Rocky into adulthood, when he finally gets his bearings and reunites with his brother Paul. Their brotherhood is reaffirmed during the last years of Paul’s life, and it is only upon Paul’s death that Rocky realizes the legacy Paul has left him: “Only love can break your heart. And who wants to live without love?”

 
 
Staff Picks
 
Tasha Julien Sara
Xiomara Ben Cathy S
Joanne Rebecca Selena
Cathy v Lindsay Emily
  Rita  

 

 

 
 
 
Back-to-School Books

My favorite back-to-school book this year is School's First Day of School written by Adam Rex and illustrated by Christian Robinson (yes, Christian Robinson of Last Stop on Market Street fame). They built the school over the summer. The school has a good name: Frederick Douglas Elementary. Most days it is quiet. Just the school and the Janitor. It's quiet. And calm. The school likes it that way. Then the Janitor tells the school that the teachers will be back soon. AND the children. The school is nervous. Rightly so, because sometimes kids are scared of school. Sometimes they don't like school. Sometimes they think school stinks. For kids who might also be a tad nervous, the book offers an empathetic character. For seasoned school-goers, it's a humorous story about the ups and downs of that first day. Either way, School's First Day of School offers a quirky perspective and reminds us of how different the story can be when you hear it from someone else' point of view. 

 

 

The Housekeeper and the Professor Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312427801
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Published: Picador USA - February 3rd, 2009

Only Love Can Break Your Heart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616203825
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 5th, 2016

In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780689817083
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - May 2000

JavaScript for Babies Cover Image
$6.95
ISBN: 9781454921578
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - July 19th, 2016

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The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780385376556
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Published: Yearling Books - July 14th, 2015

Dancing with Grandma Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781760126186
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Published: Little Hare Books - May 2016

Thunder Cake Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780698115811
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Published: Paperstar Book - August 25th, 1997

We Are All Made of Molecules Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780553496895
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Published: Ember - May 10th, 2016

The Nest Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062414212
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Published: Ecco Press - March 22nd, 2016

Walk Two Moons Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064405171
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Published: HarperTrophy - December 27th, 2011

The Seven Silly Eaters Cover Image
By Mary Ann Hoberman, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780152024406
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - August 2000

One Family Cover Image
By George Shannon, Blanca Gomez (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374300036
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - May 26th, 2015

All-Of-A-Kind Family Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780440400592
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Published: Yearling Books - December 1st, 1984

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142408810
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Published: Puffin Books - April 19th, 2007

Dim Sum for Everyone! Cover Image
By Grace Lin, Grace Lin (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440417705
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Published: Dragonfly Books - December 16th, 2003

Bunny Cakes Cover Image
By Rosemary Wells, Rosemary Wells (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780140566673
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Published: Puffin Books - February 2000

Boats for Papa Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781626720398
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 30th, 2015

School's First Day of School Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781596439641
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 28th, 2016

Bear's Big Day Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780802738325
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - June 21st, 2016

I'm New Here Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781580896122
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - August 4th, 2015

My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316070294
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 1st, 2014

Kindergarten Is Cool! Cover Image
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Published: Cartwheel Books - June 28th, 2016

Chu's First Day of School Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062371492
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Published: HarperFestival - June 23rd, 2015

Rocking in My School Shoes Cover Image
By Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061910241
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Published: HarperTorch - July 26th, 2011

Dinosaur vs. School Cover Image
By Bob Shea, Bob Shea (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781423160878
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Published: Disney Press - June 17th, 2014

I Am Too Absolutely Small for School Cover Image
By Lauren Child, Lauren Child (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780763628871
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 9th, 2005

The Class Cover Image
By Boni Ashburn, Kimberly Gee (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442422483
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Published: Beach Lane Books - July 5th, 2016

Mission: Back to School: Top-Secret Information Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385384711
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 5th, 2016

The Very Best Teacher Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781492609988
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - June 30th, 2015