October 18, 2017

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12 Marvelous Manga for Middle Schoolers

Looking for manga that’s appropriate for middle school readers but still high on the cool factor? From the sweet and light to the utterly bizarre, these titles have it all.

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Dedicated Middle School Collections in the Public Library: A New Trend?

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.

Book Review: Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

Publisher’s description A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family’s vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community in this sweet and moving middle grade novel from the award-winning author of It’s Ramadan, Curious George and Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns. Amina has never been comfortable in […]

NetGalley Kid Reviewers Reignite Languishing Book Club

Making kids publishing industry insiders gave this middle-school public library club in California a 25-kid waiting list.

Three Ways To Use Picture Books with Older Kids | Programming Cookbook

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.

Conquering Middle School Miasma

There’s no need for kids to muddle through middle school—books can guide the way.

Nothing but Trouble by Jacqueline Davies | SLJ Review

Davies, Jacqueline. Nothing but Trouble. 320p. (Nothing but Trouble: Bk. 1). HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. Nov. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062369888. 

Gr 5-8 –Maggie’s friendship with Allie and Emily is not the only thing coming to an end. This is the last year Odawahoka Middle School will be in existence, and this year’s sixth grade is the final class. Classrooms have been shuttered, programs have been suspended, and labs have been locked up tight. As Maggie’s old […]

Rebellion of Thieves by Kekla Magoon | SLJ Review

Magoon, Kekla. Rebellion of Thieves. 256p. (A Robyn Hoodlum Adventure: Bk. 2). Bloomsbury. Oct. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781619636552. POP 

Gr 5-8 –Magoon immediately draws readers into the world of 12-year-old Robyn Loxley, who establishes her leadership in the rebellion against evil despot Ignomus Crown. Readers do not need to be familiar with book 1, but the story will be more satisfying for fans of the first novel. Robyn and her band of thieves have found […]

Therapy Dogs Work Wonders for Struggling Readers

A group of eighth graders in need of academic intervention in Virginia are now more confident readers. Never underestimate the power of a pooch.

Mind the Gap: Serving Readers in Sixth Through Eighth Grade

Middle school librarian Amanda Buschmann offers tips for helping build collections and serve readers in that tricky range between sixth and eighth grade.

Book Review: My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights by Brooks Benjamin

Publisher’s description Football hero. Ninja freestyler. It’s seventh grade. Anything is possible. All Dillon wants is to be a real dancer. And if he wins a summer scholarship at Dance-Splosion, he’s on his way. The problem? His dad wants him to play football. And Dillon’s freestyle crew, the Dizzee Freekz, says that dance studios are […]

Ebooks Can be a Great Choice for Middle Schoolers

A middle-school librarian conducted his own research on ebooks. What he found out now guides his collection development—and may be the answer to the “middle school drop-off” in pleasure reading.

11 Great YA Middle School Titles Out This Month

Newly published YA titles perfect for those tricky middle school readers in grades six to eight.

“When I Was The Greatest” Book Cover Provokes Concern From Brooklyn Parents

Despite complaints from a contingent of parents about a photo of a gun on the cover, the New York City Department of Education has no plans to remove Jason Reynolds’s YA novel from lists of suggested reading material for seventh and eighth graders.

Why (and How) to Set Up a College Library Visit for Middle Schoolers

It can be surprisingly easy—and incredibly worthwhile—to arrange for middle schoolers to conduct a day of research at a college library. This academic librarian shares her insider know-how.

Parents, Privacy, and Pesky Sibs: A Middle School Perspective | Touch and Go

Titles in Annie Fox’s “Middle School Confidential” series have been popular with middle grade readers since they were first published in print. The books—and apps—tackle real-life situations and issues—from self confidence and stress to friendships and crushes—that a group of fictional tweens and teens encounter, along with positive suggestions and commentary.

In “Book Club For Kids” Podcasts, Tween Talk Is Front and Center

Kitty Felde’s podcasts feature middle schoolers talking about books by authors from Roald Dahl to Laurie Halse Anderson. Each episode also features a celebrity reading, background about the title, and often an author interview.

Interview: Monet Stewart on Graphic Novels in the Classroom

When my youngest daughter started 8th grade at Cope Middle School and we got the curriculum from her teachers, I was surprised by her English curriculum. The teacher, Mr. Monet Stewart, allowed students to include manga and graphic novels in addition to prose novels as part of the required outside reading assignments. I have personally […]

Teachers Find Many Reasons to Use Picture Books with Middle and High School Students

Picture books, say English language arts experts, provide excellent opportunities to teach higher-level skills while still providing an engaging experience for older students who might think they don’t like to read.

CS (Computer Science) First: for middle school libraries, and your CS program

This looks like just the type of program a middle school librarian could love. CS, or Computer Science First is a free Google program designed to increase student exposure to computer science education through after-school, in-school, and summer programs in a club approach run by teachers and/or community volunteers. CS First works towards its goal […]