A list of recent starred reviews hand-picked for tween readers.
Dr. Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez booktalks Angela Cervantes’ touching middle grade novel, Gaby, Lost and Found/Gaby Perdida y Encontrada in English and en español.
Middle school librarian Christina Keasler offers simple tips to keep tweens engaged over the long summer months.
RUSSELL, Rachel Renée. The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Locker Hero. illus. by Rachel Renée Russell. 320p. Aladdin. Jun. 2016. Tr $13.99. ISBN 9781481460019.
Gr 4-6-From the creator of the “Dork Diaries” comes a new series starring a lovable new hero. Max’s transition from home schooling to public school is rocky, especially since he has asthma and an irritable bladder triggered by social anxiety. His plight deepens when a stereotypical bully, Thug, harasses Max and locks him in his locker—twice. The first […]
Middle grade author Angela Cervantes talks about her inspirations, her research process, and how she crafts authentic—and very funny—Latina characters.
Giant bats, dark magic, necromancy, and non-stop action fill Joshua Khan’s debut middle grade fantasy, as explained in a super short booktalk.
Co-authors Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan discuss the challenges of middle school and how they tapped their inner tweens for their humor-filled new novel, Save Me A Seat.
REYNOLDS, Jason. As Brave as You. 410p. S. & S./Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Bks. May 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781481415903.
Gr 5-8–Reynolds’s engaging middle grade debut stars 11-year-old African American Genie Harris, an inveterate worrywart who considers Google his best friend, and his older brother Ernie, who is well on his way to being a cool dude (sunglasses and all). The born and bred Brooklynites are to spend a month with their grandparents in rural Virginia while their parents take a long overdue […]
Librarian and programming expert Holly Storck-Post offers a foolproof program recipe for fun—and educational—marble runs.
Dr. Rodriguez from the Latin@s in KidLit blog shares a 30-second booktalk for Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sis’s The Dreamer in English and en Español.
Librarian Kathy Kirchoefer chats with authors Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee about their unusual collaboration on the middle grade novel Maybe a Fox.
A super short booktalk of Katherine Marsh’s delightfully creepy middle grade fantasy, A Door By the Staircase.
Librarian Jennifer Wharton recommends several cheap, easy, and low-tech maker activities paired with books that offer step-by-step instruction.
This month’s 30-second booktalk—which is presented in both English and Spanish—comes to us from Dr. Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez. She recommends Julia Alvarez’s fantastic middle grade novel, When Tia Lola Came to Stay.
Many mock Caldecott programs take months of planning and can last an entire school year, but for librarians tight on time and budget, a mini Mock may be just the thing to ignite rich discussion of text and art with middle graders.
How a classroom teacher used Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog to effectively engage even her most reluctant readers.
Librarian Karen Yingling chats with middle grade author Mike Jung, whose latest work, Unidentified Suburban Object, comes out in April.
What do Mac Barnett, Linda Sue Park, and Jarrett Krosoczka all have in common? Besides being award-winning and beloved children’s book authors, they’ve all delivered one heck of a TED talk.