Category Archives: Children’s Books

Sheila Bair Lecture

Sheila Bair, 19th Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), will be speaking November 20th as part of Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School “Leaders and Legends” speaker series, scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of every month beginning in October 2008.

Johns Hopkins University recently consolidated various educational programs in the business domain and created the Carey Business School (named after the Trustee who created the endowment to do this).  Critical to the School’s success will be its ability to understand the realities of the “marketplace” and to integrate its activities with the real world. To that effect, the new Dean, Yash Gupta, has started a “Leaders and Legends” speaker series that will showcase prominent leaders and allow them to share their experience and thoughts on current, relevant topics and issues facing the global economy.

With the financial crisis, Bair has frequently been in the news and I suspect that she is the star of the “Leaders and Legends” series. What you might not know about Bair is that she is the author of two books that teach children about financial management: Rock, Brock, And the Savings Shock and Isabel’s Car Wash.

Before her appointment to the FDIC, Ms. Bair was the Dean’s Professor of Financial Regulatory Policy for the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and she has had extensive experience in the financial industry.

Each 8am lecture (generally the 3rd Thursday of every month) is preceded by breakfast at 7:30am and takes place at the Renaissance Hotel at 202 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore. Tickets cost $35/person and may be purchased here.

Scheduled Dates
October 16, 2008 – General James Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff
November 20, 2008 – Sheila Bair, Chairman of the FDIC
December 18, 2008 – Mike Griffin, Administrator of NASA
January 15, 2009 – Ed Nusbaum, CEO of Grant Thornton
February 19, 2009 – Chris Inglis, Deputy Director, NSA
March 19, 2009 – Robert Stevens, Chairman, President and CEO of Lockheed Martin
April 16, 2009 – To be determined
May 14, 2009 (different week due to JHU Commencement) – To be determined
June 18, 2009 – To be determined


Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter

I haven’t been interested in reading any of former President Jimmy Carter’s books.

And this Nobel Peace Prize winner has written a lot of books:

I didn’t know that he wrote not just non-fiction but also a book of poetry and a children’s book. And that doesn’t even include the books that he’s written prefaces, forewords or introductions for!

But the one I’m considering reading now is Carter’s Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. I remember reading a less than glowing New York Times review of this book in January 2007 not long after this book came out.

Obviously the publisher thinks much more highly of this book; here’s what the publisher has to say about this book:

President Carter, who was able to negotiate peace between Israel and Egypt, has remained deeply involved in Middle East affairs since leaving the White House. He has stayed in touch with the major players from all sides in the conflict and has made numerous trips to the Holy Land, most recently as an observer in the Palestinian elections of 2005 and 2006.

In this book President Carter shares his intimate knowledge of the history of the Middle East and his personal experiences with the principal actors, and he addresses sensitive political issues many American officials avoid. Pulling no punches, Carter prescribes steps that must be taken for the two states to share the Holy Land without a system of apartheid or the constant fear of terrorism.

The general parameters of a long-term, two-state agreement are well known, the president writes. There will be no substantive and permanent peace for any peoples in this troubled region as long as Israel is violating key U.N. resolutions, official American policy, and the international “road map” for peace by occupying Arab lands and oppressing the Palestinians. Except for mutually agreeable negotiated modifications, Israel’s official pre-1967 borders must be honored. As were all previous administrations since the founding of Israel, U.S. government leaders must be in the forefront of achieving this long-delayed goal of a just agreement that both sides can honor.

Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid is a challenging, provocative, and courageous book.

Having read Queen Noor’s Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life, I’d like to learn more about Israeli-Palestinian history and politics and I’m interested in reading Carter’s Palestine because I suspect that it tells a different side of the story than we normally hear in the United States.

That this book has sparked much uproar makes me think that this is an important book to read — whether or not it is accurate.

Click here to view the table of contents or click here to read an excerpt.

Joy Wilt Berry's "Let's Talk About" Series

Have you heard of Joy Wilt Berry‘s “Let’s Talk About” Series books for children?

Berry’s books are illustrated educational children’s books intended to teach kids to assume responsibility for themselves and their actions.

I haven’t read any of the books myself but they sure sounds like good books for kids!

Let’s Talk About Series

  • Accepting “No”
  • Being Away from Your Parents
  • Being A Bad Sport
  • Being Afraid
  • Being Bossy
  • Being Bullied
  • Being Careless
  • Being Destructive
  • Being Fair
  • Being Forgetful
  • Being Greedy
  • Being Lazy
  • Being Mean
  • Being Messy
  • Being Rude
  • Being Wasteful
  • Breaking Promises
  • Cheating
  • Complaining
  • Disobeying
  • Fighting
  • Gossiping
  • Interrupting
  • Lying
  • Needing Attention
  • New Situations
  • Overdoing It
  • Playing with Others
  • Saying No
  • Showing Off
  • Snooping
  • Stealing
  • Tattling
  • Teasing
  • Throwing Tantrums
  • Whining

Let’s Talk About Series – Interpersonal Feelings

  • Feeling Cheated
  • Feeling Disappointed
  • Feeling Embarrassed
  • Feeling Frustrated
  • Feeling Guilty
  • Feeling Inferior
  • Feeling Jealous
  • Feeling Lonely
  • Feeling Rejected
  • Feeling Worried

There are also several other series by Joy Wilt Berry . . .

Alerting Kids to the Danger Zones Series

  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Children’s Book on Sexual Abuse
  • Danger of Kidnapping

Good Answers to Tough Questions Series

  • About Change and Moving
  • About Death
  • About Dependence and Separation
  • About Disasters
  • About Divorce
  • About Handling Traumatic Experiences
  • About Physical Disabilities
  • About Step Families
  • About Substance Abuse
  • About Weight Problems and Eating Disorders

Living Skills Series

  • A Social Skills Book About Being Good
  • A Good Manners Book About Being in Public
  • A Safety Book About Being Prepared
  • A Fun and Easy Book About Cleaning Your Room
  • A Kid’s Money Book About Earning an Allowance
  • A Good Manners Book About Eating


  • A Children’s Book About Emotions : Handling Your Ups and Downs
  • A Children’s Book About Manners:  May I? Please? Thank You!:
  • A Kid’s Guide to Making Friends: A Children’s Book About Social Skills
  • A Kid’s Guide to Managing Money: A Children’s Book About Money Management
  • A Kid’s Guide to Understanding Parents: A Children’s Book About Parent-Child Relationships

Survival Series for Kids (Ages 7 – 10)

  • Be Careful!
  • Be Good!
  • Be Good While You’re There!
  • Be Kind to Your Guests!
  • Be Prepared!
  • Clean Yourself Up!
  • Do Something Besides Watching TV!
  • Do Your Homework!
  • Don’t Hang Around the Wrong Crowd!
  • Don’t Overdo With Video Games!
  • Don’t Slurp Your Soup!
  • Earn Your Allowance!
  • Get Good Grades!
  • Go To Bed!
  • Help!
  • Make Your Breakfast and Lunch!
  • Stand Up Straight!
  • Take Care of Your Clothes!
  • Turn Off the Water and Lights!
  • We Can’t Afford It!
  • What Should You Say, Dear?
  • Write to Grandma!

Teach Me About Series (Ages 1 – 2)

  • Bathtime: A Special Times Book
  • Bedtime: A Special Times Book
  • Boredom
  • Brothers and Sisters
  • Crying
  • Getting Dressed
  • Illness: A Safe and Sound Book
  • Mealtime: A Special Times Book
  • Mommies & Daddies
  • Potty Training: A Growing Up Book
  • Security Objects
  • Separation: A Growing Up Book
  • Smelling
  • The Babysitter
  • Travel

Winning Skills Series, Get over It! Series (Ages 11 – 12)

  • Bad Habits
  • Criticism and Rejection
  • Fear
  • Rude People
  • Stress
  • Tough Situations

Winning Skills Series, Go For It! Series (Ages 11 – 12)

  • Be Beautiful

Winning Skills Series, Work It! Series (Ages 11 – 12)

  • Achieve Goals
  • Be Assertive
  • Be Creative
  • Be In Control
  • Be Smart
  • Be Organized

Favorite Books

I’ve added a page of some of my favorite books.

I’ll keep that static updated so you’ll always know what my current favorites are, but here’s what’s on it as of today:

Children’s Books
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy
Shopgirl: a Novella by Steve Martin

Historical Fiction
Forever: A Novel by Pete Hamill
Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Time and Again by Jack Finney

Short Stories
Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales by Ray Bradbury

Other Fiction
Blindness by Jose Saramago
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
Papillon by Henri Charriere

The Economic Naturalist: In Search of Explanations for Everyday Enigmas by Robert H. Frank
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
Small Giants: Companies that Choose to be Great Instead of Big by Bo Burlingham
The Trusted Advisor by David H. Maister, Charles H. Green and Robert M. Galford

Crucial Confrontations by Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan & Al Switzler
Thank you for Arguing : What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion by Jay Heinrichs
You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen

The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

Awakenings by Oliver Sacks
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph Ffom the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge
How to Read a French Fry: And Other Stories of Intriguing Kitchen Science by Russ Parsons

Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths by Bruce Feiler
The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander
The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 by Melvin McLeod
God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism by Jonathan Kirsch
The Monk & the Philosopher: Father & Son Discuss the Meaning of Life by Jean-Francois Revel & Matthieu Ricard

Women’s Studies
The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image by Leonard Shlain
Bachelor Girl: 100 Years of Breaking the Rules–a Social History of Living Single by Betsy Israel

What are some of your favorites?

Library Book Sale

I just got back from my local library’s Annual Book Sale and wow, I got 24 books in almost new condition for $1.00 each (except for two hardcovers for $2.00 each). What a deal!

So these are the latest additions to my large personal library:

That’s about $440.00 worth of books for just $26.00! Can’t beat that, even at the local used bookstore!