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Well, it’s that time of the year once again…and Backbeat’s got all (the cool stuff) you need for September – for kids and adults too.

  • Lunchboxes: Ask any kid what they’re favourite part of school is and the majority will say “lunch”. We have an uber-cool assortment of lunchboxes to choose from – whether it’s an old-school boombox, a Fender Deluxe Reverb-Amp, a test-screen TV, “We Can Do It!”, the classic smiley face or a Fender Bassman, your kid will have tons of room for a huge lunch. Or borrow some of our other customers ideas and use them to hold make-up, art supplies, a going-away kit…or whatever else you have to stash. These things fit a ton and look good while doing it.
  • I Am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child: Lola is not so sure about school. After all, why would she need to count higher than ten when she never eats more that ten cookies at a time? Once again, it’s up to ever-patient big brother Charlie to persuade Lola that school is worthwhile — and that her invisible friend, Soren Lorensen, will be welcome, too.
  • Journals: We have a carefully curated selection of ecojot journals to choose from. Perfect for writing notes, diary entries, bad poetry.
  • I Can Read books (3 for $9.99): Perfect for the beginner readers in your life – and a bargain too! Stock up on Berenstain Bears, Pinkalicious, Fancy Nancy, Splat the Cat and many more fun characters who will help your child develop a life-long love of reading.
  • Follow the Line to School by Laura LjungkvistFollow the line from the science corner to the library, from recess to show-and-tell. This new Follow the Line book-illustrated in Laura Ljungkvist’s signature line style-takes children on a colorful, comforting, and altogether fun romp through the school day. With its unique modern design and engaging interactive text, Follow the Line to School is sure to appeal to both new and returning students.
  • Jump-Starting Boys: Help Your Reluctant Learner Find Success in School and Life by Cynthia Gill & Pam Withers: Everyone knows that boys are falling behind in education. Largely left out of the discussion are parents of boys, who are most aware that their bright, eager sons hit an invisible wall somewhere near fourth grade, after which they become disengaged, discouraged, and disaffected. There are dozens of books on underachieving boys, but most parents brave enough to lift one off the shelf are instantly intimidated by the footnotes, graphs, case studies, and academic-speak addressed almost entirely to educators. What about the average guilt-ridden, frustrated mother or father of an underachieving boy? Jump-Starting Boys is the first book on the market that empowers parents, helping them reclaim the duties and rewards of raising their children and navigate the influences of school and media. Filled with reassurance and support, the authors turn fear and guilt into can-do confidence. Through easy tips and action list sidebars, this is the most practical, readable book on the topic.
  • The Fear Fix: Solutions for Every Child’s Moments of Worry, Panic and Fear by Sarah Chana Radcliffe: While serious anxiety affects one in five children and teens, virtually every child has anxious moments and frightened feelings. The Fear Fix approaches anxiety as a normal process of thinking and feeling that occurs naturally in people of all ages. Friendly and authoritative, the book helps parents understand the difference between “normal” and more serious anxiety so that parents know when professional help is required and when “home treatment” is appropriate.

    Sarah Chana Radcliffe offers parents a wide range of interventions, layered in such a way as to offer parents as many useful options as possible to help their kids through all the small and large anxious moments that they will inevitably encounter. For this reason, Radcliffe gives parents three levels of intervention: things they can say and/or do in the moment that can help their youngster negotiate feelings of fear; fear-calming activities and exercises they can teach their child to use independently; and mind-body strategies they can use with their child in order to uproot the child’s fear at its source.

  • Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly School Bus by Barbara Park (secondhand book – priced at just $1.95): Meet the World’s Funniest Kindergartner—Junie B. Jones! Remember when it was scary to go to school? In the first Junie B. Jones book, it’s Junie B.’s first day and she doesn’t know anything. She’s so scared of the school bus and the meanies on it that when it’s time to go home, she doesn’t.
  • Thug Notes: A Street-Smart Guide to Classic Literature by Sparky Sweets, PhD, and Wisecrack, Inc.: Sparky Sweets, PhD, and Wisecrack proudly present this outrageously funny, ultra-sharp guide to literature based on the hit online series, Thug Notes. Inside, you’ll find hilarious plot breakdowns and masterful analyses of sixteen of literature’s most beloved classics, including: Things Fall Apart, To Kill a Mockingbird, HamletThe Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, Pride and Prejudice, and more!

    The series Thug Notes has been featured on BET, PBS, and NPR and has been used in hundreds of classrooms around the world. Whether you’re a student, teacher, or straight-up literary gangster like Dr. Sweets, Thug Notes has got you covered. You’ll certainly never look at literature the same way again.

  • I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School by Susan Taggart: Facts from school you forgot to remember. Take an entertaining trip back to the classroom with I Used to Know That. Witty, engaging, and fun, this little book will appeal to the student in each of us.
  • Pencil crayons: We have unique twig pencil crayons for just $8.95 or the standard kind as well. Perfect for pairing with our super trendy colouring or sketch books, writing love notes, or just doodling the day away.

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