Books for Mature Teens and Adults

Theme: Pockets

A Pocket Full of Wry - (ISBN: 978-144214517 )

A group of women writers from Australia offers a collection of witty and engaging short stories and poems with a variety of themes. What other book on this list has a similar title?

Apronisms: Pocket Wisdom for Every Day - (ISBN: 978-0740771248)

by EllynAnne Geisel

EllynAnne Geisel celebrates the hearth and cooking, finding bits of wisdom in aprons and other kitchen tools. Her suggestions for improving the quality of life involve using the small items that we find around us and learning from them. Think of your own tiny piece of advice that you have learned as you worked in your kitchen for your family.

Chasing Kangaroos: A Continent, a Scientist, and a Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Creature - (ISBN: 978-0802143716)

by Tim Flannery

The author of this book imparts a wealth of information about the fascinating kangaroos of Australia as he searches for details about their origins. If you would like to try non-fiction for a change, delve into this fact-filled but fascinating encyclopedic “travelogue.”

Purses and Poison - (ISBN: 0758223765)

by Dorothy Howell

A young woman turns sleuth in order to save her mother’s reputation as a fruit arrangement seller. One of her mother’s clients has turned up dead from poison after trying the edible fruit bouquet. This light mystery features high fashion, plenty of boyfriends, and serious death!

Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2010 Classic Shirt-Pocket Edition - (ISBN: 978-0763774394)

by Richard J. Hamilton MD, editor

This classic but updated drug reference book offers details on a staggering number of drugs, dosages, side-effects, costs, and alternatives. Can you think of other non-fiction information sources that have pocket editions? What would be the handiest reference to carry in your pocket or on your cell phone?

Folk Bags: 30 Knitting Patterns and Tales from Around the World - (ISBN: 978-1931499255)

by Vicki Square

Gods in Alabama - (ISBN: 978-0446178167)

by Joshilyn Jackson

Handbags and Homicide - (ISBN: 978-0758223753)

by Dorothy Howell

The Apron Book: Making, Wearing and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort - (ISBN: 978-0740761812)

by EllynAnne Geisel

Activities for this Theme

Pick an object out of the kitchen drawer and pass it around the family, making up your own “pocket wisdom” based on this object!


Watch the video Shawshank Redemption to find out what important friend is stored in an inmate’s pocket.


If you like knitting, try your hand at this mini pocket doll.


10 Ways to Make and Use Paper Pockets