Public libraries are starting to develop collections specifically for readers in grades six to eight. The selection process can be tricky and time-consuming—but often well worth the effort.
Gordon Korman, author of more than 80 books for middle grade and young adult readers, published his very first novel at the age of 14—and has been writing ever since.
Pairing popular chapter books with thematically related nonfiction titles offers readers various entry points to a subject.
Author Johanna Hurwitz has been entertaining young readers since 1976. She shares some of her fondest memories and considers the changing trends in middle grade literature.
Margarita Engle’s moving exploration of Latinx in U.S. history, Nikki Grimes’s tribute to the Harlem Renaissance, and other works of poetry to share with tweens.
Librarian Karen Yingling chats with author Linda Mullaly Hunt about how she taps into and crafts authentic middle-grade characters.
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.