Back-to-school time is upon us! Whether you’re sending your child off to school for the first time, or you’re a seasoned veteran, the return of school can bring a range of feelings and emotions as well as challenges. This month, check out these books for kids and adults!

100 Days of Real Food on a Budget by Lisa LeakeBack-to-School Book Reviews by Jessica Nave for Hike it Baby

As a teacher, back-to-school time can be an extra challenge. Meals can be one of the biggest challenges since I’m away from the house all day. This book not only breaks down the cost of ingredients for each meal, but also comes with a comparison chart of the same ingredients from different stores.

However, the section I’ve used the most is the slow cooker section. Both recipes I’ve tried have involved very little prep work (great time saver!) and were delicious. The Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken doesn’t even require the chopping of any ingredients! It’s not overwhelmingly spicy, so it was a hit with the kids too. An added bonus is that the leftovers freeze easily, so you can store some away for the future. The Slow Cooker Cuban Pork only requires minimal chopping and can freeze easily as well. With the upcoming Hike it Baby 30 Challenge approaching, slow cooker recipes make dinner easy and allow you to hit the trails and come home to a complete dinner!

Another good recipe is for Oatmeal Cookie Energy Balls, which are easy to take on the trail for a quick and easy snack that doesn’t make a mess and uses minimal ingredients. If you have older children, there’s also a school lunch section to help make packing lunches fun and easy. My favorite feature of the book is that there is a picture for each recipe. Kids can look at the pictures and help decide what to make for dinner or snacks. I’ve been including some pictures of what I’ve tried on my Instagram for those interested in seeing the final products.

The Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing

Back-to-School Book Reviews by Jessica Nave for Hike it BabyDo you have a little one starting preschool this fall? Is he/she nervous about what lies ahead? This book may help calm the jitters of anxious kids about to start their school journey. Told through rhymes, this book will engage young students beginning school.

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are by Maria Dismondy

School can be difficult for kids as they navigate friendships and try to have the courage to do what is right. This book also empowers kids to be who they are despite the opinions of others. This book would be great for kids to hear before the start of the school year or for teachers to use in their classrooms to teach character traits and encourage positive behavior.

What If Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick

What If Everybody Did That? helps kids see the consequences of their actions. Great for showing kids how their actions can impact a community, this book gives kids something to think about as they start a new school year. Fourteen examples of cause-and-effect behavior are given, so there is something for all kids to be able to relate to. The mixed media and illustrations make this book visually appealing to kids as well.

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