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  1. 8.8 hrs • 2/16/2016 • Unabridged

    Change your child’s future starting today. Learn how to use Stephen R. Covey’s proven 7 Habits to create a leadership program for kids of all ages so they can be more effective, more goal oriented, and more successful. In today’s world, we are inundated with information about who to be, what to do, and how to live. But what if there was a way to learn not just what to think about, but how to think? A program that taught how to manage priorities, focus on goals, and be a positive influence? The Leader in Me is that program. In this bestseller, Stephen R. Covey took the 7 Habits that have already changed the lives of millions of people and showed how even young children can use them as they develop. These habits—be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek to understand and then to be understood, synergize, and sharpen the saw—are being adapted by schools around the country in leadership programs, most famously at the A. B. Combs Elementary school in Raleigh. Not only does it work, but it works better than anyone could have imagined. This audiobook is full of examples of how students blossom under the program—a classroom that decided to form a support group for one of their classmates who had behavioral problems, the fourth grader who found a way to overcome his fear of public speaking and wound up taking his class to see him compete in a national story telling competition, or the seven-year-old who told her father than they needed to go outside and play because they both needed to “sharpen the saw.” Perfect for individuals and business people alike, The Leader in Me shows how easy it is to incorporate these skills into daily life. It is a timely answer to many of the challenges facing today’s young people, corporations, parents, and educators—one that is perfectly matched to the growing demands of our certain future.

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    The Leader In Me

    8.8 hrs • 2/16/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 10.0 hrs • 12/29/2015 • Unabridged

    From the renowned authority on education and parenting, “an in-depth approach to aid parents and teachers to work together with behaviorally challenging students” (Publishers Weekly)—now revised and updated. School discipline is broken. Too often, the kids who need our help the most are viewed as disrespectful, out of control, and beyond help, and are often the recipients of our most ineffective, most punitive interventions. These students—and their parents, teachers, and administrators—are frustrated and desperate for answers. Dr. Ross W. Greene, author of the acclaimed book The Explosive Child, offers educators and parents a different framework for understanding challenging behavior. Dr. Greene’s Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach helps adults focus on the true factors contributing to challenging classroom behaviors, empowering educators to address these factors and create helping relationships with their most at-risk kids. This revised and updated edition of Lost at School contains the latest refinements to Dr. Greene’s CPS model, including enhanced methods for solving problems collaboratively, improving communication, and building relationships with kids. Dr. Greene’s lively, compelling narrative includes: • Tools to identify the problems and lagging skills causing challenging behavior.• Explicit guidance on how to radically improve interactions with challenging kids and reduce challenging episodes—along with many examples showing how it’s done.• Practical guidance for successful planning and collaboration among educators, parents, and kids. Backed by years of experience and research and written with a powerful sense of hope and achievable change, Lost at School gives teachers and parents the realistic strategies and information to impact the classroom experience of every challenging kid (and their classmates).

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    Lost at School

    10.0 hrs • 12/29/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 8.1 hrs • 9/8/2015 • Unabridged

    The research is in: Academic achievement begins on the first day of life with the first word said by a cooing mother just after delivery. A study by researchers Betty Hart and Todd Risley in 1995 found that some children heard thirty million fewer words by their fourth birthdays than others. The children who heard more words were better prepared when they entered school. These same kids, when followed into third grade, had bigger vocabularies, were stronger readers, and got higher test scores. This disparity in learning is referred to as the achievement gap. Professor Dana Suskind, MD, learned of this thirty million word gap in the course of her work as a cochlear implant surgeon at University of Chicago Medical School and began a new research program along with her sister-in-law, Beth Suskind, to find the best ways to bridge that gap. The Thirty Million Words Initiative has developed programs for parents to show the kind of parent-child communication that enables optimal neural development and has tested the programs in and around Chicago across demographic groups. They boil down to getting parents to follow the three Ts: tune in to what your child is doing, talk more to your child using lots of descriptive words, and take turns with your child as you engage in conversation. Parents are shown how to make the words they serve up more enriching. For example, instead of telling a child, “Put your shoes on,” one might say instead, “It is time to go out. What do we have to do?” The lab’s new five-year longitudinal research program has just received funding so they can further corroborate their results. The neuroscience of brain plasticity is some of the most valuable and revolutionary medical science being done today. It enables us to think and do better. It is making a difference in the lives of both the old and young. If you care for children, this landmark book is essential reading.

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    Thirty Million Words

    8.1 hrs • 9/8/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 7.8 hrs • 8/11/2015 • Unabridged

    In the tradition of Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed and Wendy Mogel’s The Blessings of a Skinned Knee comes a manifesto and action plan that further explores Jessica Lahey’s article in the Atlantic, “Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail,” about why parents must learn to refrain from stepping in anytime children experience disappointments and frustrations so they can learn from life’s inevitable mistakes and setbacks and grow up to be successful, resilient, and self-reliant adults. Although teachers and coaches have long been aware of the detrimental effects overprotective and over-involved parents have on children, the stories teachers exchange these days reveal a whole new level of overprotectiveness: parents who rush to school at the whim of a phone call from their child to deliver items such as forgotten lunches, forgotten assignments, forgotten uniforms, and who demand better grades on the final semester reports. As teacher and writer Jessica Lahey explains, even though these parents see themselves as being highly responsive to the needs and issues of their children, they aren’t giving them the chance to experience failure and learn to solve their own problems. Indeed, this level of overparenting has the potential to ruin a child’s confidence and undermine their education. As Lahey points out, teachers don’t just teach reading, writing, and arithmetic. They teach responsibility, organization, manners, restraint, and foresight. These skills may not get assessed on standardized testing, but as children plot their journey into adulthood, they are by far the most important life skills they learn in the classroom. Children make mistakes and the educational benefit of suffering consequences is a gift. The Gift of Failure is a manifesto, an outlet, and a resource for the hundreds of thousands of parents, educators, and psychologists who work to help children succeed. Providing a path toward solutions, Lahey lays out a blueprint with targeted advice for handling homework, report cards, social dynamics, and sports—but more importantly, she sets forth a plan for what doesn’t come naturally to most of us: stepping back and embracing our children’s failures. Lahey argues that year after year her “best” students—the ones who are happiest and successful in their lives—are the students who were held responsible for missteps and challenged to be the best people they could be in the face of their failures. Students need the room to roll with the punches, find their way through the gauntlet of adolescence, and stand firm in the face of the challenges—challenges that have the power to transform today’s children into resourceful, competent, and confident adults.

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    The Gift of Failure

    7.8 hrs • 8/11/15 • Unabridged
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    12.4 hrs • 6/9/2015 • Unabridged

    This is the story of how an American teenager became the youngest person ever to build a working nuclear fusion reactor. By the age of nine, Taylor Wilson had mastered the science of rocket propulsion. At eleven, his grandmother’s cancer diagnosis drove him to investigate new ways to produce medical isotopes. And by fourteen, Wilson had built a 500-million-degree reactor and become the youngest person in history to achieve nuclear fusion. How could someone so young achieve so much, and what can Wilson’s story teach parents and teachers about how to support high-achieving kids? In The Boy Who Played with Fusion, science journalist Tom Clynes narrates Taylor’s extraordinary journey—from his Arkansas home where his parents fully supported his intellectual passions; to a unique Reno, Nevada, public high school just for academic superstars; to the present, when now nineteen-year-old Wilson is winning international science competitions with devices designed to prevent terrorists from shipping radioactive material into the country. Along the way, Clynes reveals how our education system shortchanges gifted students—and what we can do to fix it.

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    The Boy Who Played with Fusion by Tom Clynes

    The Boy Who Played with Fusion

    12.4 hrs • 6/9/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 10.1 hrs • 9/23/2014 • Unabridged

    Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a gorgeous, moving memoir of how one of America’s most innovative and respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful past. New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow mines the compelling poetry of the out-of-time African American Louisiana town where he grew up—a place where slavery’s legacy felt astonishingly close, reverberating in the elders’ stories and in the near-constant wash of violence. Blow’s attachment to his mother—a fiercely driven woman with five sons, brass knuckles in her glove box, a job plucking poultry at a nearby factory, a soon-to-be-ex husband, and a love of newspapers and learning—cannot protect him from secret abuse at the hands of an older cousin. It’s damage that triggers years of anger and searing self-questioning. Finally, Blow escapes to a nearby state university, where he joins a black fraternity after a passage of brutal hazing. He then enters a world of racial and sexual privilege that feels like everything he’s ever needed and wanted, until he himself is called upon to become the one perpetuating the shocking abuse. This powerfully redemptive memoir both fits the tradition of African American storytelling from the South and gives it an indelible new slant.

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    Fire Shut Up In My Bones

    10.1 hrs • 9/23/14 • Unabridged
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  7. 12.7 hrs • 1/14/2014 • Unabridged

    An unprecedented guide to helping black boys achieve success at every stage of their lives—at home, at school, and in the world Regardless of how wealthy or poor their parents are, all black boys must confront and surmount the “achievement gap”: a divide that shows up not only in our sons’ test scores, but in their social and emotional development, their physical well-being, and their outlook on life. As children, they score as high on cognitive tests as their peers, but at some point, the gap emerges. Why? This is the question Joe Brewster, MD, and Michèle Stephenson asked when their own son, Idris, began struggling in a new school. As they filmed his experiences for their award-winning documentary American Promise, they met an array of researchers who had not only identified the reasons for the gap, but had come up with practical, innovative solutions to close it. In Promises Kept, they explain: • how to influence your son’s brain before he’s even born • how to tell the difference between authoritarian and authoritative discipline—and why it matters • how to create an educational program for your son that matches his needs • how to prepare him for explicit and implicit racism in school and in the wider world • how to help your child develop resilience, self-discipline, emotional intelligence, and a positive outlook that will last a lifetime Filled with innovative research, practical strategies, and the voices of parents and children who are grappling with these issues firsthand, Promises Kept will challenge your assumptions and inspire you to make sure your child isn’t lost in the gap.

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    Promises Kept

    By Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, with Hilary Beard
    12.7 hrs • 1/14/14 • Unabridged
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  8. 4.0 hrs • 4/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Gene Richards is haunted by a voice, and he doesn’t like what it’s saying. He’s trying to ignore it—pretend it’s not real—but the voice has plans for Gene. A long time ago, something bad happened in the town of Magnolia—something that Gene’s grandfather and his friends want to keep quiet. The voice has started hurting those who were responsible, and it won’t give up until Gene uncovers the town’s eerie past. Determined to clear his grandfather’s name, Gene and his friends start reading old newspapers and digging for the truth. But the voice is running out of patience, and Gene must do something before his grandfather becomes the next victim.  James Lincoln Collier has captured the fear and curiosity that come when the past is called into question. The suspense lasts to the final minutes in this ghost story turned mystery.

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    The Dreadful Revenge of Ernest Gallen by James Lincoln Collier
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  9. 8.5 hrs • 8/21/2012 • Unabridged

    Is it possible to raise financially responsible kids of any age in a society filled with consumerism and entitlement?  New York Times bestselling authors Steve and Annette Economides raised their five kids while spending 77 percent less than the USDA predicted. And the money they did spend was also used to train their children to become financially independent. The MoneySmart Family System will show you how to teach your children to manage money and have a good attitude while they’re learning to earn, budget, and spend wisely.  With clear steps for children of every age, The MoneySmart Family System proves that it’s never too early, too late, or too hard to start learning financial responsibility.

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  10. 8.7 hrs • 1/1/2011 • Unabridged

    To hear the parents of A. B. Combs Leadership Elementary School in Raleigh talk about the school is to be amazed. In 1999, the school debuted a new leadership program that taught The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to a pilot group of students. The next year they instituted the program school-wide, and by the end of the year the average end of grade scores had gone from 84 to 94. In 2006, the school was awarded the Ronald P. Simpson Award by the Magnet Schools of America organization, recognizing it as the top magnet school in the United States. But more importantly, the parents of A. B. Combs report unanimously an incredible change in their children. Students are taught to identify their talents and find ways to use them in their daily routines. The book is full of examples of how the students blossom under the program—the classroom that decided to form a support group for one of their classmates who had behavioral problems, the fourth grader who found a way to overcome his fear of public speaking and wound up taking his class to see him compete in a national story telling competitive, or the seven-year-old who told her father than they needed to go outside and play because they both needed to sharpen the saw. These students learn the language of leadership and find daily opportunities to exercise the skills, proving that it is never too early to teach someone how to live well. In today’s world, we are inundated with information about who to be, what to do, and how to live. We are overwhelmed by stimuli, and often do not have the necessary filters to keep out the negative. But what if there was a way to learn not just what to think about, but how to think? A program that taught how to manage priorities, focus on goals, and be a positive influence on the world around them? What if that program was easy enough to be used by any age group? The Leader in Me is that program. This book will launch the message onto a much larger platform, Stephen R. Covey takes the 7 Habits that have already changed the lives of millions of readers and shows how even children can use them as they develop. Those habits—be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek to understand and then to be understood, synergize, and sharpen the saw are critical skills to learn. Perfect for individuals and corporations alike, this book will help readers of any age become more motivated, more inspired, and a better leader.

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    The Leader in Me

    8.7 hrs • 1/1/12 • Unabridged
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  11. 6.0 hrs • 8/25/2009 • Unabridged

    An award-winning educator and the New York Times bestselling author of Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire, Rafe Esquith knows a thing or two about connecting with today’s young people. Here he offers parents sound, proven advice on raising children ready to thrive in the twenty-first century.

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    Lighting Their Fires

    6.0 hrs • 8/25/09 • Unabridged
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  12. 3.5 hrs • 2/1/2009 • Unabridged

    We all hope and expect our children will learn to read, but how many of us realize we can get our kids on the road to reading simply by reading aloud to them every day? With passion and humor, Mem Fox explains why reading aloud to young children has such an impact on their ability to read—and on their entire lives. Writing as an ordinary mother as well as a bestselling author and internationally respected literacy expert, Fox explores when and where to read aloud and demonstrates with clear, easy-to-follow examples how to read aloud to best effect and how to get the most value and joy out of a read-aloud session. Filled with practical advice, activities, and inspiring true read-aloud miracles, this audiobook is a must for every parent—and for anyone who would like to know more about how children learn to read.

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    Reading Magic

    Read by Mem Fox
    3.5 hrs • 2/1/09 • Unabridged
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  13. 1.3 hrs • 11/18/2008 • Abridged

    A growing number of extraordinary everyday schools, parents, and business leaders around the world are partnering together to produce inspiring personal leadership qualities and 21st century skills in children.   In 1999, the A.B. Combs elementary school in Raleigh, N.C. launched a new leadership program that taught The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to a pilot group of children. The next year they instituted the program school wide; by the end of that second year, the average end of grade score for the school had gone from an 84 to a 94. The school reported significant increases in self-confidence and self-worth in the children, a dramatic drop in discipline problems, and impressive increases in teacher and administrator job satisfaction. More importantly, parents began reporting very positive changes in their children's demeanors, attitudes, and abilities. Students began taking an active interest in the world around them, and seeking out ways to become involved in decision making, problem solving, and conflict resolution. As news of the school's success spread, more educators and schools around the world began adopting the mantra to "develop leaders one child at a time." Business and civic leaders started approaching and partnering with schools in their communities to provide resources for teacher training and student materials. Each school and family approaches the principles differently, yet they have all enjoyed the same incredible success.

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    The Leader in Me

    1.3 hrs • 11/18/08 • Abridged
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  14. 7.6 hrs • 7/9/2008 • Unabridged

    Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere twenty years ago. Fully one-third of men ages twenty-two to thirty-four are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past twenty years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Parents, teachers, and mental-health professionals have voiced concern, but no one has come up with good reasons for their decline or, more importantly, with workable solutions to reverse this troubling trend—until now. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax delves into the scientific literature and draws on his vast clinical experience to propose a theory of why boys and young men are failing in school and at home. He argues that a combination of social, cultural, and biological factors, ranging from environmental estrogens to the over-prescription of ADHD drugs, is creating an environment that is literally toxic to boys. Here, he presents his practical solutions, from new ways of controlling boys’ use of video games to innovative education reforms.

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    Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax, MD, PhD

    Boys Adrift

    7.6 hrs • 7/9/08 • Unabridged
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  15. 12.2 hrs • 5/12/2008 • Unabridged

    With this groundbreaking work, educator Jenifer Fox is poised to change the conversation about education in America. For too long, parents and teachers have focused on identifying and “fixing” kids’ weaknesses to improve academic performance. Passionately written and informed by Fox’s twenty-five years of experience, Your Child’s Strengths turns that flawed paradigm on its head. Fox’s strengths-based philosophy provides the tools to prepare kids for the future in a world that demands greater adaptability and creative thinking than ever before. Your Child’s Strengths will give parents and teachers the tools to discover strengths in three main areas: activity strengths, the tasks that make you feel engaged and energized; relationship strengths, the things you do for and with others that make you feel valued and competent; and learning strengths, the unique ways you approach and understand new information. All three strengths work in tandem. Pairing inspiring firsthand accounts of success with practical workbook tools and an outline of the award-winning Affinities Program Fox has implemented at her own school, this much-needed book is a user-friendly guide for parents, teachers, and administrators that will improve individual performance and an indispensable road map for young people and society to a future that plays to strengths.

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    Your Child’s Strengths

    12.2 hrs • 5/12/08 • Unabridged
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  16. 5.1 hrs • 5/5/2006 • Unabridged

    Every parent and teacher wants to give children the best education possible. Everyone would like education to be a joyous adventure and celebration of life, as well as a solid preparation for living. Sadly, most education today falls far short of this goal. Susan Schaeffer Macaulay shows that it doesn't have to be this way. Education can be a wonderful, life-enriching, joyous experience. For the Children's Sake is a book about what education can be, based first on a Christian understanding of what it means to be human—to be a child, a parent, a teacher—and on the Christian meaning of life. At the same time, it is deeply practical; the ideas have been tried and proven true by Susan and her husband Ranald Macaulay in their own family and school experience. For the Children's Sake is a book that can help every parent and teacher awaken the young minds of their children and give them a new richness, stability, and joy for living.

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    For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

    For the Children’s Sake

    5.1 hrs • 5/5/06 • Unabridged
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