Something for everyone.
IN SEARCH OF AMERICA
By Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster (Hyperion, $50)


From the exploration of American entrepreneurship, to the issue of religion in schools, to the ongoing debate of “big” versus “small” government, this important book by ABC news anchor Jennings and co-author Brewster uncovers what exactly defines American life.

OUR READ: A WELL-DONE PIECE TO SHARE WITH OLDER CHILDREN
ACING THE COLLEGE APPLICATION: HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR CHANCES FOR ADMISSION TO THE COLLEGE OF YOUR CHOICE
By Michele A. HERNÁNDEZ (Ballantine Books Trade Paperback Original, $14)


Authored by the top Ivy League consultant in the country, this book takes students line by line through the common application; looks at the best and worst essays; and gives examples of the most meaningful academic subjects, work experience, and extracurricular activities to highlight.

OUR READ: PROVEN COLLEGE PREP
EMERIL’S THERE’S A CHEF IN MY SOUP!
By Emeril Lagasse (HarperCollins, $23)


Think your child has what it takes to be the next celebrity chef? Emeril’s There’s a Chef in My Soup! offers 75 kid-tested recipes. It’s included in the Emerilware Kid’s Cookware Set ($60 in the gourmet section of large department stores), which also comes with a 2-quart saucepot and three kid-size nonstick kitchen tools.

OUR READ: SPICE UP YOUR CHILD’S CULINARY CREATIVITY
STORYBOOK TRAVELS: FROM ELOISE’S NEW YORK TO HARRY POTTER’S LONDON
By Colleen Dunn Bates and Susan LaTempa (Three Rivers Press, $14)


In rich detail, the authors describe 30 trips families can take to the best-loved landmarks in children’s literature. From touring Prince Edward Island with Anne of Green Gables to visiting Paddington Station where the Brown family first encountered the charming bear, this book is filled with tales that will bring parents back to their childhoods and open a door of shared exploration to walk through with their young children.

OUR READ: STORIES WORTH REVISITING