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Families of Current Students

Transition to College: Resource Books

The transition from high school to college can be a challenge for both students and parents. The books on this list, some available in the Grand View Bookstore, may help you and your student make a successful transition.

Resources for Parents

Letting Go: A Parent's Guide to Today's College Experience by Karen Levin Coburn & Madge Lawrence Treeger (available in the Grand View Bookstore)

Almost Grown: Launching Your Child from High School to College by Patricia Pasick (available in the Grand View Bookstore)

Empty Nest, Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College by Andrea Van Steenhouse

When Kids Go to College by Barbara and Philip Newman

For Parents Only: Tips for Surviving the Journey from Homeroom to Dormroom by Julia Johnston and Mary Kay Shanley (local Des Moines authors)

Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years by Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller

Learning How to Learn: Getting into and Surviving College When You Have a Learning Disability by Joyanne Cobb

Conquer the Cost of College: The Family Guide to Paying for College by Elizabeth Cote, Trent Anderson, and Seppy Basili

A Parent's Guide to Sex, Drugs and Flunking Out: Answers to the Questions Your College Student Doesn't Want You to Ask by Joel Epstein

Get Free Cash for College by Kelly Y. Tanabe and Gen S. Tanabe


Resources for High School Seniors

Chicken Soup for the College Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger, and Dan Clark (available in the Grand View Bookstore)

Been There, Should Have Done That by Suzette Tyler

101 Things a College Girl Should Know, from a Big Sister Who's Been There by Stephanie Edwards

The Real Freshman Handbook: A Irreverent and Totally Honest Guide to Life on Campus by Jennifer Hanson

Money Management for College Students by Larry Burkett

Real Life Begins After High School: Facing the Future Without Freaking Out by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz

Get Off My Brain: A Survival Guide for Lazy Students by Randall McCutcheon and Pete Wagner