Best Books for PSAT/SAT Preparation

Are you looking for best PSAT prep books?

Research has shown that putting a student in actual testing conditions while doing a “practice” exam is one of the best methods of preparation for the tests. Get some of the official released practice exams and practice over and over again is a great strategy to help the student familiarize himself with the exam format and the type of questions. Remember not only should the student do the questions, but also should do a very careful analysis of the type of questions he is wrong and right. Focus on weakness, seeking additional resources for help.

The very experienced SAT instructors recommend the best ways to prepare the tests.

  1. Get the book “Hot Words for the SAT”, and learn a few chapters each week.
  2. Get the book “Cracking the PSAT”, read all the test-taking strategies, do every practice test, and understand the answer explanations.
  3. Get the “Barron’s SAT” book first, do every test, read and understand the answer explanations.
  4. Get “the Official SAT Study Guide”, take the practice tests, sitting straight through for each exam, 4 hours with the break.

Good luck on the exam!!

Hot Words for the SAT I

This book is called SAT Verbal Breakthrough, the best book for the verbal section, and recommended by a lot of SAT instructors as a must buy! There are three sentences made for each vocabulary word so the student can understand the meaning of each word thoroughly. Words being used in sentences with chapter’s theme instead of a list of words, which really aid the memory and will totally boost the students’ vocabulary and help scores on the SAT! It is the most popular book of its kind.

Cracking the PSAT

This book is published by Princeton Review, it provides proven techniques from the test preparation experts. In this book, “General strategies and advanced strategies” are two must read parts, which not only help the student to prepare PSAT, it also serves good principles for other tests to get higher scores. The 2008 edition includes 2 full-length practice tests just like those on the actual PSAT, but with detailed answers and explanations for every question.

Barron’s SAT

This book has more practice tests than any other books, and the tests in the book are harder than the real test. It also has detail explanations compared with Princeton or Kaplan’s books. Student used the book like the vocabulary cards in the back as well. It is one of the most recommended SAT books!

The Official SAT study guide

This is a must read book for preparation of SAT, because it is the only book created by the test maker, the College Board. Although the student can not learn the hardcore test-taking strategies from the book, it does include the information students need to get ready for the exam. The student will gain valuable experience by taking the practice tests and can receive estimated scores.

Thanksgiving Books

What is Thanksgiving? Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is the time kids can learn about American history while enjoying the holiday. Reading some Thanksgiving books can be some great thanksgiving activities for kids.

After we have done the research, we found out that ” Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember (Family Life Books) ” and ” The Night Before Thanksgiving” are two wonderful choices for you and your kids. The two books received the most five star reviews on Amazon.

Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember (Family Life Books)


This story of the Pilgrims’ faithfulness and biblical thankfulness is accompanied by a CD of songs of worship and praise that will call your hearts to gratitude. It’s a wonderful opportunity to enrich your family’s awareness of our nation’s Christian heritage, provide models of courage and sacrifice for your children, and establish a tradition of sharing your gratefulness with one another, which will build a legacy of memories for the future.

A great book to share with your family at Thanksgiving
This book is well written with great facts about the pilgrims’ journey and experiences once they reached America. It also includes passages from the Pilgrims’ journals and letters, which makes it personal. A great book to share at Thanksgiving.

Reviving a Legacy
What a treasure is Thanksgiving, A Time To Remember! The artwork is beautiful, and the uplifting, reverent music arranged by Keith Lynch and Allan Mesko is refreshing. We have long overlooked the enduring legacy of freedom we have received as Americans. I am grateful to learn new details of the heritage we have in the land of the free and the brave. Barbara Rainey has written a beautiful keepsake book recalling the history of this great and mighty land. God has been good to us, and He faithfully led brave men and women to establish this nation, where we who remember can continue to thank our Lord. I did note that the Fourth Commandment is correctly noted on page 30, not the Ninth, as a reviewer had mentioned. Every home needs this book!

The Night Before Thanksgiving


The Night Before Thanksgiving is a warm, whimsical celebration of everyone’s favorite fun-filled, family-filled, food-filled holiday! Follow along as the feast is prepared, cousins are greeted, and thanks are given, all with an extra helping of holiday fun.

Thankful
What a fun book! This story combines the hectic pace of preparation with all the familiar elements of the big day. From cooking to relatives to football to the parades, my 6 year old delights in the families preparations.

The story promotes togetherness as family and includes a pause to give thanks for what they have.

The illustrations are colorful and a delight to our youngsters eyes.

Excitement of Thanksgiving
his is a lovely, classic Thanksgiving book to read with your kids while counting down the days to this “fun & food- filled” national holiday. Through the very humorous verses that rhyme on every page, our family warms up the old memories about THE NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING when we baked pie, watched parade, set the table for the feast, prepared the food and the kids’ crafts and waited anxiously for the guests to arrive. Like the book depicted, it was a day full of hectic activities and sometimes mishaps did happen but it would be resolved when the prayer is said and all of the happenings become yet another year of thankful celebrations.

Great books to read to your kids for the holidays!
My kids love these books! We got the Night Before Halloween and The Night before the Night before Christmas! The boys love the story and its funny and easy for them to follow, and the illustrations are hysterical for them to look at! I have a 3 year old and a 2 year old and during November we read this book every night till the big day and the same for the Halloween one and the Christmas one…I enjoy these books myself I find myself laughing out loud when I read them to the boys!

Great books for learning about Thanksgiving!

Eighth Grade Reading List

Reading is a critical skill for success in school and in life. Let’s create an easy to learn environment with high quality children’s age appropriate books, and help our children build a good reading habit!

Reading Comprehension for Eighth Graders (Focus on Informational Materials)

Students read and understand grade-level-appropriate material. They describe and connect the essential ideas, arguments, and perspectives of the text by using their knowledge of text structure, organization, and purpose. The selections in Recommended Literature, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve illustrate the quality and complexity of the materials to be read by students. In addition, students read one million words annually
on their own, including a good representation of narrative and expository text (e.g., classic and contemporary literature, magazines, newspapers, online information).

Structural Features of Informational Materials

1. Compare and contrast the features and elements of consumer materials to gain meaning from documents (e.g., warranties, contracts, product information, instruction manuals).
2. Analyze text that uses proposition and support patterns.

Comprehension and Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate Text

3. Find similarities and differences between texts in the treatment, scope, or organization of ideas.
4. Compare the original text to a summary to determine whether the summary accurately captures the main ideas, includes critical details, and conveys the underlying meaning.
5. Understand and explain the use of a complex mechanical device by following technical directions.
6. Use information from a variety of consumer, workplace, and public documents to explain a situation or decision and to solve a problem.

Expository Critique

7. Evaluate the unity, coherence, logic, internal consistency, and structural patterns of text.

Books for Eighth Graders

  • EAST
  • TEACHER’S FUNERAL
  • LAST BOOK IN THE UNIVERSE
  • PERILOUS GARD
  • RUBY IN THE SMOKE
  • PAWNS
  • ESPERANZA RISING
  • STARGIRL
  • SHABANU: DAUGHTER OF THE WIND
  • AMULET OF SAMARKAND
  • THIRTEEN STORIES THAT CAPTURE THE AGONY & ECSTASY OF BEING THIRTEEN
  • SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES
  • STUCK IN NEUTRAL
  • THIEF
  • MONTMORENCY: THIEF, LIAR, GENTLEMAN?
  • FLIPPED
  • MIRACLE’S BOYS

After we have done some research, we recommend the following books for eighth graders by Amazon’s review rankings.