Western Academy Spirit Week

Welcome to Western Academy's Spirit Week at our shop.  Help support Western Academy by buying your summer reading and more here.  The books will be delivered to the school.

PLEASE CHOOSE PICK UP AT STORE at check out under “calculate shipping costs” for at school pick up, which will avoid shipping fees. Also help the volunteers by putting your student's name(s) and teachers' names in the comment section. To guarantee delivery to your son’s homeroom class by Thursday, May 25, please order by 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17. Orders placed after then (through May 20), may need to be picked up at the school on Thursday, June 1, or if preferred at Blue Willow Bookshop (depending on in-stock availability at the time of your order).

The first section below is the required summer reading. The second section is a recommended list of parenting books. Scroll to the bottom to order.

Each teacher will be creating a wish list for their own classroom.  They will share that link with you very soon!  If you have the list, don't hesitate to add these great books to your order.  Please include in the comment section which books are for which teachers and what dedication you’d like placed in the book.

We have a robust selection of books so start searching! Any and all purchases made by you and your families and friends will help your school earn 20% of the proceeds, which will go back to the school in books.

If you would like to visit us in the shop, the same support will go to Western Academy.  We carry over 7000 curated titles for all ages.  We are a family-owned and operated bookstore by two Houstonians with (grown) boys of our own!

 

Required Summer Reading:  (Scroll down the page to order the books!)

3rd Grade:

Aesop's Fables

Little House In The Big Woods

Misty of Chincoteague

4th Grade:

By The Great Horn Spoon!

The Black Stallion

Farmer Boy

5th Grade:

The Magician's Nephew

Where The Red Fern Grows

Swallows And Amazons

6th Grade:

The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer

The Wanderings Of Odysseus: The Story Of The Odyssey

7th Grade:

The Killer Angels

Mr. Midshipman Hornblower

8th Grade:

Fahrenheit 451

Animal Farm

Unbroken (Young Adult Adaptation

Event date: 
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 2:00pm
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Aesop's Fables Cover Image
By Aesop
$3.00
ISBN: 9780486280202
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dover Publications - May 2nd, 1994

While scholars are uncertain about the identity of Aesop or whether he was even an actual person, there is no doubt that the stories originally collected under his name over 2,000 years ago in Greece are among the world's most beloved tales. Combining a moral lesson with an entertaining story, the fables still retain their power to charm and instruct.


Little House in the Big Woods Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780060581800
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperTrophy - May 11th, 2004

Immerse yourself in Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved Little House series, now featuring Garth Williams' classic art in vibrant full-color


Misty of Chincoteague Cover Image
By Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781416927839
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - December 2006

Nobody could capture the Phantom. She was the wildest mare on Assateague Island. They said she was like the wind, that the white "map" on her shoulders was her mark of freedom.


By the Great Horn Spoon Cover Image
By Sid Fleischman, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316286121
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 30th, 1988

For fans of the I Survived series--a rollicking adventure from the California Gold Rush


The Black Stallion Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780679813439
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade - August 20th, 1991

First published in 1941, Walter Farley's best-selling novel for young readers is the triumphant tale of a boy and a wild horse. From Alec Ramsay and the Black's first meeting on an ill-fated ship to their adventures on a desert island and their eventual rescue, this beloved story will hold the rapt attention of readers new and old.


Farmer Boy Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780060581824
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperTrophy - May 11th, 2004

Immerse yourself in Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved Little House series, now featuring Garth Williams' classic art in vibrant full-color


The Magician's Nephew Cover Image
By C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064405058
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperTrophy - January 2nd, 2008

Narnia . . . a land frozen in eternal winter . . . a country waiting to be set free


Where the Red Fern Grows Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440412670
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yearling Books - September 17th, 1996

For fans of Old Yeller and Shiloh, Where the Red Fern Grows is a beloved classic that captures the powerful bond between man and man's best friend. This edition also includes a special note to readers from Newbery Medal winner and Printz Honor winner Clare Vanderpool.


Swallows and Amazons Cover Image
By Arthur Ransome, Arthur Ransome (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781567924206
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: David R. Godine Publisher - July 28th, 2010

Originally published: London; New York: Jonathan Cape, 1930.


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780141321103
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - March 27th, 2008

They're Puffin Classics for a reason, it's because they're the best

Tom Sawyer is sure to find trouble wherever the river leads him . . .


The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the Odyssey Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780553494822
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Laurel Leaf Library - December 13th, 2005

For Greek myth fans, those who can't get enough of the D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths, and readers who have aged out of Rick Riordan, this classroom staple and mythology classic is perfect for learning about the ancient myths


The Killer Angels Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345348104
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - August 12th, 1987

"My favorite historical novel . . . a superb re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg, but its real importance is its insight into what the war was about, and what it meant."--James M. McPherson


Mr. Midshipman Hornblower Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316289122
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - September 30th, 1984

The year is 1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Horatio Hornblower, a seventeen-year-old boy unschooled in seafaring and the ways of seamen, is ordered to board a French merchant ship and take command of crew and cargo for the glory of England.


Fahrenheit 451 Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781451673319
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - January 10th, 2012

Ray Bradbury's internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.


Animal Farm Cover Image
By George Orwell, Russell Baker (Preface by), C. M. Woodhouse (Introduction by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780451526342
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Signet Book - April 6th, 2004

George Orwell's timeless and timely allegorical novel--a scathing satire on a downtrodden society's blind march towards totalitarianism.

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."


Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780385742528
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ember - April 25th, 2017

In this captivating and lavishly illustrated young adult edition of her award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller, Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of a former Olympian's courage, cunning, and fortitude following his plane crash in enemy territory. This adaptation of Unbroken introduces a new generation to one of history's most thrilling survival epics.


Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345513694
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 19th, 2009

In Boys Should Be Boys, one of our most trusted authorities helps parents restore the delights of boyhood and enable today's boys to become the mature, confident, and thoughtful men of tomorrow.


Character Matters: How to Help Our Children Develop Good Judgment, Integrity, and Other Essential Virtues Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780743245074
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Published: Touchstone Books - February 10th, 2004

Award-winning psychologist and educator Thomas Lickona offers more than one hundred practical strategies that parents and schools have used to help kids build strong personal character as the foundation for a purposeful, productive, and fulfilling life.


Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime: The Best Gift You Can Give Your Kids Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781569553688
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Servant Books - March 31st, 2003

Author, counselor, broadcaster and dad, Dr. Ray Guarendi, offers parents practical advice about disciplining children to form their children's character and to teach them the basics of living, moral responsibility, and respect. A Servant Book.


The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780802412843
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Northfield Publishing - May 2016

Over 600,000 copies sold Socially, mentally, and spiritually, teenagers face a variety of pressures and stresses each day. Despite these pressures, it is still parents who can influence teens the most, and The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers equips parents to make the most of that opportunity.


The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780802412850
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Northfield Publishing - May 2016

More than 1 million sold

You know you love your child. But how can you make sure your child knows it?


Good Discipline, Great Teens Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780867168358
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Servant Books - January 25th, 2007

With wit and wisdom, Dr. Ray Guarendi gives parents the tools they need not only to navigate the teen years but also to enjoy them. Teens are "full of life, enthusiasm, energy and laughter," Dr. Ray says, although our culture primes us to expect a far darker reality.


Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375760280
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 15th, 2006

International authority on child development Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D., joins forces with bestselling author Gabor Mate, M.D., to tackle one of the most disturbing trends of our time: Children today looking to their peers for direction--their values, identity, and codes of behavior.


How to Really Love Your Teen Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780781412513
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: David C Cook - April 2015

Even parents who deeply love their teen don t always know how to express that love in a way that makes their teen feel loved and accepted. In "How to Really Love Your Teen," Dr. Campbell helps you create a balanced approach to parenting in the teen years. The skills you learn in this book will help you:
Communicate unconditional love
Handle teenage anger and your own


How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060741266
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins Publishers - August 22nd, 2006

The renowned #1 New York Times bestselling authors share their advice and expertise with parents and teens in this accessible, indispensable guide to surviving adolescence.


Preparing for Adolescence: How to Survive the Coming Years of Change Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780800726287
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Fleming H. Revell Company - December 2005

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345499394
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ballantine Books - August 28th, 2007

In today's increasingly complicated world, it's often difficult for parents to connect with their daughters-and especially so for fathers. In this unique and invaluable guide, Dr. Meg Meeker, a pediatrician with more than twenty years' experience counseling girls, reveals that a young woman's relationship with her father is far more important than we've ever realized.


Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345518101
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 7th, 2015

Meg Meeker, M.D., acclaimed author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, now turns to an equally powerful relationship in the family: the one between mother and son.


The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345518071
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 6th, 2011

Mothers are expected to do it all: raise superstar kids, look great, make good salaries, keep an immaculate house, be the perfect wife.


The Temperament God Gave Your Kids: Motivate, Discipline, and Love Your Children Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781612785455
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Published: Our Sunday Visitor - March 15th, 2012

Do you have a child who is into everything? Your energetic, bubbly child is often the center of attention and sometimes in the middle of trouble

Or perhaps you have a child who is just the opposite: quiet, studious, and slow to warm up in social situations.


A Landscape with Dragons: The Battle for Your Child's Mind Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780898706789
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ignatius Press - November 1998

Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids Cover Image
By Anne K. Fishel, Michael Thompson (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780814433706
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Published: Amacom - January 7th, 2015

Sports, activities, long hours, and commutes--with so much to do, dinner has been bumped to the back burner. But research shows that family dinners offer more than just nutrition. Studies have tied shared meals to increased resiliency and self-esteem in children, higher academic achievement, a healthier relationship to food, and even reduced risk of substance abuse and eating disorders.


The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062067852
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 26th, 2016

A New York Times Bestseller

Renowned neurologist Dr. Frances E. Jensen offers a revolutionary look at the brains of teenagers, dispelling myths and offering practical advice for teens, parents and teachers.


Mindset: The New Psychology of Success Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345472328
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - December 26th, 2007

Now updated with new research--the book that has changed millions of lives


The Blessing of A B Minus: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781416542049
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 13th, 2011

New York Times bestselling author, internationally known clinical psychologist, and lecturer Wendy Mogel returns with a revelatory new book on parenting teenagers.


For Better or for Best: A Valuable Guide to Knowing, Understanding, and Loving Your Husband Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780310328377
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Published: Zondervan - April 28th, 2012

In this newly revised edition of the classic bestseller For Better or for Best, Gary Smalley speaks to women and explains what motivates men and how wives can use their natural qualities and abilities to build a better marriage.


If Only He Knew: What No Woman Can Resist Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780310214786
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Zondervan - December 31st, 1996

A how-to book for men that seeks to clarify distinctions between the sexes with a view toward building a stronger marital relationship with this understanding.


Love Is a Decision Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780849942686
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Thomas Nelson - December 30th, 2000

In this practical book, family counselor and best-selling author Gary Smalley, with John Trent, reveals a simple yet profound plan for a marriage of depth, warmth, and excitement. Guide your marriage for a lifetime by learning how to make your spouse feel truly honored, keep courtship alive, rebuild trust, and become best friends with your family.


If Only He Knew: What No Woman Can Resist Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780310214786
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Zondervan - December 31st, 1996

A how-to book for men that seeks to clarify distinctions between the sexes with a view toward building a stronger marital relationship with this understanding.


Love Is a Decision Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780849942686
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Thomas Nelson - December 30th, 2000

In this practical book, family counselor and best-selling author Gary Smalley, with John Trent, reveals a simple yet profound plan for a marriage of depth, warmth, and excitement. Guide your marriage for a lifetime by learning how to make your spouse feel truly honored, keep courtship alive, rebuild trust, and become best friends with your family.