Funnyman Tom Watson is the creative force behind the laugh-out-loud illustrated novels starring Stick Dog and Stick Cat. Surprisingly, his writing career began in politics.
Topics such as immigration, gender identity, and homelessness are explored in this selection of chapter books for younger readers, with supporting web resources for classroom lessons and discussions.
Can the graphic novel format ever be considered “true” nonfiction? For librarian Jennifer Wharton, who recommended several recent favorites, they occupy a space between fiction and nonfiction, offering readers a highly accessible and exciting entry into informational text.
Librarian Jennifer Wharton explains the three major reluctant reader types and recommends high-interest titles for each.
Award-winning author Jason Reynolds talks about his transition from writing YA to penning middle grade stories.
Robots that teach coding, DIY computer kits, virtual reality, and more. There’s something here to satisfy every budding techie.
Columnist Tara Kron takes a look at three recent YA titles that bring the romance—in developmentally appropriate doses—for tween readers.
The prolific author of more than 40 books talks about his life as a young reluctant reader and what eventually turned him on to literature.
Picture books are not just for toddlers! Here are three programs that highlight ways to use familiar picture books with upper elementary and middle school kids.
Librarian Christina Keasler offers a few simple examples of ways public and school librarians can connect and collaborate this school year.
Librarian Abby Johnson suggests several chapter book series—paired with activities or lesson extenders—that deliver chills and thrills.
SLJ chats with Sneed Collard about his books, starting a publishing house, traveling the world, and the impact and importance of nonfiction for middle grade readers.
Narrative nonfiction offers opportunities to teach students how to structure a research project, pose questions, investigate sources, and draw conclusions. These five titles are ideal mentor texts for use in classrooms and curricula.
Most ghost stories are designed to send shivers up readers’ spines, but these three new books buck the trend, tackling a range of relatable themes via interactions with the not-so-scary recently deceased. There’s 13-year-old Andie, whose paranormal investigations help her grapple with loss; Baylor, a young teen who communes with his dead sister; and Ada, a goth girl who befriends a ghostly mouse. Engaging mystery, strong characters, and dashes of humor set these offerings apart from the typical ghoulish fare.
Just in time for the Olympics, librarian Abby Johnson spotlights several sports series for chapter book readers and suggests accompanying activities, including fun ways to stay active this summer.