Book Club meetings are held on the first Friday of each school month at 8:45-10am  in the CMS conference room. Up the stairs by the elevator and to the left. Feel free to join at any time! For more information please contact Kim Decker at

2019-20 Books for CMS PTO Parenting Book Club


October 4th 8:45-10:15am

Normal Sucks: How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside the Lines

by Jonathan Mooney

Confessional and often hilarious, in Normal Sucks a neuro-diverse writer, advocate, and father meditates on his life, offering the radical message that we should stop trying to fix people and start empowering them to succeed

Facilitator Brooke Lewis

November 1st 8:45-10:15am

**** New **** You pick the book you read and come for a discussion about loving your kids, no matter their age.

The Five Love Languages of Children

by Gary Chapman, D. Ross Campbell

Since 1992, Gary Chapman’s bestselling book “The Five Love Languages” has helped more than 300,00 couples develop stronger, more fulfilling relationships by teaching them to speak one another’s love language. Now Chapman teams with Ross Campbell, author of best-seller “How to Really Love Your Child,” to help parents speak their child’s love language.

The Five Love Languages of Teenagers

by Gary Chapman

At no other time have parents, teachers, and mentors been more desperate to find proven ways to reach teens. In response, best-selling author Gary Chapman presents The Five Love Languages of Teenagers — practical guidance on how to discover and express the teen’s primary love language.

Facilitator Ann Goldwasser

December 6th 8:45-10:15am

**** New **** You pick the book you read and come for a discussion about talking to your kids, no matter their age.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish, Kimberly Ann Coe (Illustrator)

Here is the bestselling book that will give you the know-how you need to be effective with your children. Enthusiastically praised by parents and professionals around the world, the down–to–earth, respectful approach of Faber and Mazlish makes relationships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding.

How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk

by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish

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.

Facilitator Paula Robinson

January – Happy New Year – no meeting.

February 7th 8:45-10:15am

Sweet Spots: Helping Your Kids Find ENOUGH in Their Lives

by Suzita Cochran

Only available on Amazon, several copies are floating around our group or check the zen den.

Cochran integrates simple living, current psychology research, and a mother’s humility. Sweet Spots uses many of her own and her clients’ parenting experiences to highlight the scarcity thinking that has gripped our culture–the Hurry, you’re already behind! attitude. The Bigger! Better! More! attitude. If I can’t get my daughter into that particular preschool, she’ll never get into a good college!

The local Boulder author will be joining us!
Facilitator Kim Decker

March 6th 8:45-10:15am

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives 

by Dashka Slater 

If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight. LGBT Non-fiction book.

Facilitator Cori Chavez

April 3rd 8:45-10:15am

Raising a Screen-Smart Kid: Embrace the Good and Avoid the Bad in the Digital Age

by Julianna Miner

For parents who didn’t grow up with smartphones but can’t let go of them now,expert advice on raising kids in our constantly connected world

Most kids get their first smartphone at the same time that they’re experiencing major developmental changes. Making mistakes has always been a part of growing up, but how do parents help their kids navigate childhood and adolescence at a time when social media has the potential to magnify the consequences of those mistakes? Rather than spend all their time worrying about the worst-case scenario, readers get a bigger-picture understanding of their kids’ digital landscape. Drawing on research and interviews with educators, psychologists, and kids themselves, Raising a Screen-Smart Kid offers practical advice on how parents can help their kids avoid the pitfalls and reap the benefits of the digital age.

Written by a public health expert and the creator of the popular blog Rants from Mommyland, this book shows parents how to help their kids navigate friendships, bullying, dating, self-esteem, and more online.

Facilitator Staci Kianpour

May 1st 8:45-10:15am

Note**** Meeting is often held at a member’s house to end the year, look for updates in the school CCC on Mondays.

Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls

by Lisa Damour

An urgently needed guide to the alarming increase in anxiety and stress experienced by girls from elementary school through college, from the New York Times bestselling author of Untangled

Facilitator Julie Poyton