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Publisher's Weekly Booklife   EDITORS PICK  2020

Burns’s experience as a teacher shines throughout her debut work, illuminating essential skill bases for young students that promote long-term educational success. This understandable, multifaceted guide, Top Students/Top Parents:  A Manual for Parents Who Want to Help Their Children Become All They Can Be, delivers concrete tools for parents to utilize in raising intellectually curious, resilient children, drawing on extensive research in early childhood development and paired with professional expertise in primary education. Burns stresses the need for common-sense approaches to skill building, such as developing personal responsibility and creating functional systems of incentive, consequence, and reward. There’s a significant focus on language and reading acquisition, but Burns also looks at the importance of empathy, self-esteem, and social reciprocity in educational advancement.  Burns promotes dedicated parental involvement as the main instrument for educational achievement in youth, Adults seeking sensible, easily implemented methods to stimulate learning and academic achievement in youth will find this guide essential.

Takeaway: Concrete examples, hard-earned wisdom, cutting-edge research, and a supportive tone make this guide to lifelong learning essential for any parent or early childhood educator.  





In a difficult world filled with easy and “dangerous” babysitters like video games, the Internet, and Social Media that keeps kids occupied, this is a book that truly provides great practical suggestions to help parents reconnect with their children.  There is no amount of “apps, on-line programs, or educational software” that could ever replace that one-on-one guiding relationship with a parent.

Having raised 3 children and spent many, many hours helping them to do better in school and just be better human beings, I find the information in this book to be invaluable.  I highly recommend this to every parent.                                                                                                                                                                    

Sue Schneider

Sept. 2020

I  received this book thru Facebook

“I just finished reviewing Top Students/Top Parents, by Kathleen Burns.  What a breath of fresh air!  With all the reform legislation currently being enacted at the state level, I find this book to be extremely timely and informative.   Educators are fully aware of the key role parents must play if we are to be successful in educating their children.  Ms Burns has managed to capture the essence of their role offering hundreds of ideas on how to be top parents.  The belief that all children can be successful is the basis for this book, based on a wealth of educational research and years of experience. Anyone wishing to know what to do and when with their child simply has to access this manual."

- Henry C. Roman, Ed.D.,

Executive Director  South Central BOCES
Superintendent of Schools for District No. 60, District No. 70 and Hanover School District


"This is a wonderful book that shows you how to set up your children for lifelong success. I have personally practiced Kathleen's ideas on my own children, and taught these ideas to five million parents in 46 languages and 72 countries."                                                                                                                 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Brian Tracy 

 Author of over 70 books and more than 500 audio/video learning                   World Famous Author of Psychology of Achievement

programs on personal development.  His Best-selling "Psychology of

Achievement" has been translated into more than 28 languages. 

"If babies could be born with instructional manuals, the Bible should be in one hand and Top Students - Top Parents, in the other!  This comprehensive book is organized, affirming, and covers every topic a parent needs to begin a life-long learning journey for their children.  The guidebook is full of ideas and practical applications with enough statistics to back up the research without being dry or boring.  I've already ordered the first eight copies for my children as an investment into my grandchildren."

- Vicki A. Brady,

Author of The Basic Steps to Successful Homeschooling and Quiet Moments for Homeschool Moms and Dads, Former host of National Radio Broadcast, Homeschooling USA! 


As a teacher, I found Top Students, Top Parents by Kathleen Burns to be a very easy to read, easy to understand book that has great suggestions for what parents can do at home to help their students succeed at school. The suggestions in the book are simple, down to earth, practical and inexpensive ways for parents to help their students not only be successful in school, but later in life, as well. Every school should have a copy of this book to give to parents.




 Suzanne Ethredge President

Pueblo Education Assn.

Pueblo, Co

A wonderful and brilliant educational manual.  A powerfully written comprehensive undertaking of educational value.
This is a wonderfully well researched tool that brings parents and their kids together to fully educate themselves  in showcasing what a top process learning can be about. A great collection of articles packed with tons of information.
An educational book that supports and maintains children’s development through academically sound doctrine.  This book is for  parents, teachers and anyone wanting to learn ways to bring a child up into a top-class student,.
This would make a perfect gift for any parent. A wonderful example of learning from many standout essays by experts flawlessly written to grab the reader, the parent, the educator.
Simply put this is a very informative educational eye-opening wonderment of knowledge and perfect educational values.
Would I Recommend it?  Absolutely! This is for every parent, educator or anyone seeking a guidance tool to learn and educate themselves on the Parent, Student reality.


Four Final Words: Perfection in Knowledge, 

 My Rating: 5 out of 5
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                                                                                    Abraham Phillips, Reviewer

"We often hear a child's brain compared to a sponge. It soaks up a ton of information (both positive and negative). With that said, Top students, top parents… further drives home that theory. In fact, a child’s brain is most susceptible between its first eight and eighteen months. As a parent of a now 8 year old, I paid close attention to what Burns had to say. I can confidently say that Burns had much to discuss in the book regarding the topic of a child’s educational development.
I was deeply surprised that the book suggests the need to have kids visit the library. I can still remember the joys of going to the library as a child myself and having to learn and use the Dewey Decimal System to locate my favorite book series (which happened to be Artemis Fowl). Nowadays, this is a level of excitement that few children get to enjoy despite it being totally free. Libraries allow for endless opportunities such as career advancement, life skills, and entertainment, of course. In some libraries, children can even rent entire video game systems! Burns was spot on in this assessment and recommendation to encourage and facilitate a familiarity with the local library.

As you can see, there is a WIDE range of topics discussed. This includes reasonable levels of both punishments and awards as well. Another hot topic is bullying. Of course, there will always be the challenge of discovering the best way to deal with a child who is bullied. On the other hand, what if your child is the bully? Burns emphasizes prevention first and how to handle it when the issue is already present.

Overall, this guide is a must-have for anyone that places a high value on a child's education. This applies to, not only parents, but grandparents, teachers, or anyone who takes a hands-on approach to the rearing of children. I can definitely see this being a required reading in any childhood educational degree program. Burns set out to validate the theory that the most critical years of a person’s mental growth occur within a very small window. With Top students, top parents…, the writer was able to accomplish her goal effortlessly and in a digestible format."

- Verified Purchaser,

Sept 20, 2020

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