From the Beacon: Books to heal back-to-school jitters

August in the Lowcountry means, for many, it's time to head back to school. But whether it is preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, high school or college, there are always those feelings of excitement and nervousness. No matter what your age, we can all remember those feelings. The Beaufort County Library has a great selection of books to help with those back-to-school jitters.

PRESCHOOL

• "The Kissing Hand," by Audrey Penn. A soothing book for anyone, not just little ones, leaving home. Mama Raccoon has an endearing solution to see you on your way.

• "Wemberly Worried," by Kevin Henkes. A delightful story of Wemberly, a little mouse who worries about every little thing. She finds a kindred spirit, Jewell, and they worry together. This is a classic.

• "Owen," by Kevin Henkes. How is Owen going to go to kindergarten without his beloved security blanket, Fuzzy? Find out how Owen's mom comes up with the perfect answer to his dilemma.

• "Don't Go," by Jane Zalban. Daniel does not want Mama Elephant to leave him on his first day of preschool. A patient mom and an understanding teacher help him through his day. The book offers some common-sense tips for helping your child adjust to their preschool experience.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

• "Amelia's School Survivor's Guide," by Mirissa Moss. A guide for surviving everything from homework to teachers and cafeteria food.

• "Nobody Knew What to Do: A Story About Bullying," by Becky McCain. Unfortunately, children need to know how to deal with bullies. This book provides some excellent strategies for parents, teachers and children about bullying.

• "The Homework Handbook: Practical Advice You Can Use Tonight to Help Your Child Succeed Tomorrow," by Harriett Cholden. Practical advice to help put an end to hassles with homework.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

• "The Middle School Survival Guide," by Arlene Erlbach. This book covers it all -- even the tough topics such as drugs, sex and school violence.

• "Making the Most of Middle School: A Field Guide for Parents and Others," by Anthony Jackson. Helping your adolescent get the most from his or her middle school years by understanding what makes them "tick."

HIGH SCHOOL

• "High School's Not Forever," by Jane Bluestein. Real-life high school experiences from teens.

• "Where Should I Sit at Lunch? The Ultimate 24/7 Guide to Surviving the High School Years," by Harriet Mosatche. More stories from teens who have "been there and done that," plus some advice from teen-friendly experts.

• "When Things Get Crazy with Your Teen: The Why, the How, and What to do Now," by Mike Bradley. Practical help for parents with a teenager.

COLLEGE

• "College in a Can: What's in, Who's out, Where to, Why not, and Everything Else You Need to Know About Life on Campus," by Harry and Sandra Choron. A helpful, realistic guide for college life -- what to expect and advice from roommate issues to cooking in a toaster oven.

• "The Naked Roommate: And 100 Other Issues You Might Run Into at College," by Harlan Cohen. This book is humorously presented with lots of wonderful advice for today's college student.

ADULTS RETURNING TO SCHOOL

• "The Adult Student's Guide to Survival & Success," by Al Siebert, Ph.D. and Mary Karr, M.S. Returning to school? There is some good advice for getting back into the role of "student."

• "Barron's GED: High School Equivalency Exam 2008-2009." For those who wish to earn their high school equivalency diploma, this book provides practice tests and explanations of answers -- plus a subject review of all test areas.

So you see, it doesn't matter what your age or education level, the Beaufort County Library has something to help you along your way.