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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

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Six Reads from Pretty Little Liars to Get Your Teen Through the Show's Hiatus

Do you have a teen who refuses to miss an episode of Pretty Little Liars (PLL)? Do they blog, tweet, post, and text constantly about who "A" really is and how the show is finally going to turn out? You aren’t alone. PLL, now in its final season, has gained itself a cult following of super fans who are so skilled at finding even the smallest leads wrapped up in the mystery that they just may be in training to work for the FBI.

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Topics: Book Review

Best Summer Reads for Older Children

As the summer wears on and the kids become restless, it is important to find ways to keep them entertained, engaged, and using their minds. One of the best ways to go about this is by offering them plenty to read.

While very young children require you to assist them during reading time, older children are much more independent, and while you may need to stand by to help with the occasional word or two, they can likely make it through an entire book on their own if you let them. The experience of finishing an entire chapter book or novel is a great self-confidence booster for children and can help lead them toward a life-long love of reading. 
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Topics: Book Review, Education, Summer

Best Summer Reads for Young Children

Young children love being read to, and kids who are read to on a regular basis are likely to learn how to read quickly and easily when the time comes. Take advantage of the long days this summer by squeezing in some reading time each day. 

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Topics: Book Review, Summer

15 Book Recommendations for High School Children



“No book is really worth reading at the age of 10 which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of 50 and beyond.”

~C.S. Lewis


With the holiday season quickly approaching, we know parents are on the lookout for great educational gifts for their children.

To aid in your search for the perfect gift, Sewickley Academy high school teachers have weighed in with their favorite book recommendations for high school age readers.

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Topics: Book Review, Parenting

17 Book Recommendations for Middle School Children


“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”

~Groucho Marx 

As you roam the stores searching for gifts for the "tweens" and teens in your life, this list of book recommendations (compiled by Sewickley Academy middle school teachers) may be helpful!

  1. Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Michael Cesario - Grade 8 History)

  2. The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues, Book 1) by Rick Riordan (Wendy Berns - Admission Associate)

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Topics: Book Review, Parenting

19 Book Recommendations for Elementary School Children

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

~Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! 

Searching for a great educational gift for a child in your life? What could be better than a book?

In order to save you some time, our elementary school teachers have provided a few of their favorite book recommendations for young readers.

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Topics: Book Review, Parenting

Summer Reading Recommendations for High School Students

High school students, it’s summertime - finally a break from papers, homework, and exams! But don’t let that brain turn to mush over the summer. Instead, bury your nose in one (or all!) of these books that Sewickley Academy librarian Faith Bitterolf and our Senior School Student Book Club have recommended for summer reading for high school students.

LIBRARIAN FAITH BITTEROLF’S PICKS

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Topics: Book Review

Summer Reading Recommendations for Adults

Our librarian Faith Bitterolf has compiled summer reading recommendations for Sewickley Academy faculty. They also make for perfect adult summer reading! Happy reading!

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Topics: Book Review

Masterminds and Wingmen - Book Review

I decided to read Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, by Rosalind Wiseman, for a variety of reasons. While the school employee in me should probably say that the first reason was because approximately half of the students at SA are boys, that may be a bit disingenuous, as I am also the father of a boy. Regardless, I saw the book as important to read, for insight into the world of boys and young men.

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Young Reader Recommendations: Books That Deal with Race

In December, in the season of top-everything lists, NPR published a recommended list of books that deal with race for young adult readers. The list, which you can view here along with the many comments, piqued the interest of our Middle School English faculty, who know a thing or two about adolescents and how so many of them gravitate to novels about race and racial identities. Their conversation quickly turned into their own list of titles, which is below. Each book on the list offers a perspective into racial identities or race relations that our faculty found were compelling for young adult readers. As with all book lists, it is important to do further research into each title and topic and see if it is a good fit for your reader. If you see a title that you want to know more about, you can start by asking your English teacher!

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Topics: Book Review

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