December 13, 2017

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Two Voices, One Stirring Tale: Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee on “Maybe a Fox”

Librarian Kathy Kirchoefer chats with authors Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee about their unusual collaboration on the middle grade novel Maybe a Fox.

Hitting Shelves Now: 40 New Middle Grade Titles Out in March

March comes in like a lion, offering a strong selection of brand new middle grade titles perfect for readers in grades four through six. Looking for slightly more sophisticated reads for middle schoolers in grades six to eight? Check out our list of new YA Middle School titles publishing in this month.

APPELT, Kathi & Alison McGhee. Maybe a Fox. 272p. ebook available. S. & S./Atheneum. Mar. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781442482425.
Gr 4-6–Twelve-year-old Sylvie, the older of the two Sherman sisters, is […]

Video Sunday: Meeting All Your Sleer n’ Thneed Needs

2014 marked a distinct increase in attention spent on children’s books with diverse characters. However, this is not to say that all books with diverse characters got the same amount of attention.  Take, for example, Saving Baby Doe by Danette Vigilante.  It was one of the only middle grade books in 2014 to sport a […]

Gary Golio Jazzes It Up, Eve Bunting’s Moving Day Blues, and More | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

The latest picture books, chapter books, and early readers include some real winners, including Gary Golio’s Bird & Diz, a gorgeous fold-out book that positively sings, and Eve Bunting’s Yard Sale, a heartfelt tale about the heartache of moving.

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A Bevy of Books for Gift-giving | SLJ Sneak Peek

From a galazy far, far away to a pop-up misadventure, this month’s sneak peek of January 2015 reviews features great last-minute gift ideas and new titles to add to your TBR pile.

Must-Read Middle School Book Club Novels │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

What would you do if your family was the only one with a fallout shelter and you heard the sirens? Or your mom needs money to save the family restaurant? Or you promised to follow orders no matter what, even if you know they are morally wrong? These are the situations facing the characters in this week’s selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild, our second round-up of book club novels ripe for discussion.