18 Stellar Historical Fiction Titles for Tweens | Summer Reading 2021

18 Stellar Historical Fiction Titles for Tweens | Summer Reading 2021

Featuring vivid settings, relatable characters, and absorbing narratives, these moving titles will inspire readers to learn more about these eras—and to question whose stories still go untold.


Writing for Change: Margaret A. Edwards Award Winner Kekla Magoon in Conversation with Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi, Jun 02, 2021
Magoon spoke with best-selling author Ibi Zoboi about the book that’s closest to her heart, forming her identity while reckoning with history, and being a writer ahead of her time.

WATCH: Kekla Magoon Talks to Ibi Zoboi About Family, Identity, and Diverse Books

SLJ Staff, Jun 02, 2021
In this clip from their conversation, 2020 Margaret A. Edwards Award winner Kekla Magoon talks to Ibi Zoboi (American Street) about her childhood, her experience getting her MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and diversity in children’s literature.

Summer Camp and Beyond: 24 Middle Grade Graphic Novels | Summer Reading 2021

SLJ Reviews, May 19, 2021
Whether kids want to vicariously experience summer camp shenanigans, learn about the ultimate lemonade stand rivalry, or get a head start on Halloween with vampires and werewolves, there's something in these middle grade graphic novels for everyone.

12 Riveting Middle Grade Adventures | Summer Reading 2021

SLJ Reviews, May 19, 2021
Twelve adventure and survival fiction titles to keep summer reading fresh and exciting.

April Witteveen, Nov 02, 2020
The survey showed school librarians using creative approaches to deliver superior library services, leading on tech innovation, collaborating with colleagues, and strengthening relationships with students.

SLJ Staff, Apr 23, 2020
When it comes to a schedule for school from home, how does it compare to the traditional schedule and curriculum? It's a mix, according to School Library Journal's survey of  K-12 librarians, fielded from April 2 to April 12.

SLJ staff, Apr 23, 2020
When it comes to getting materials returned to the library, most librarians don't appear all that concerned, found School Library Journal's survey. In fact, 48 percent haven't made a plan for that.


Kathy Ishizuka, Dec 03, 2020
In an unprecedented year, managing the pandemic dominated attention. SLJ covered the gamut, from publisher policies adjusted to accommodate remote learning, to tips on running a virtual book club for middle schoolers. Despite all, fostering literacy and celebrating great books persisted as key topics of interest for our readers.

One in four kids tuned in to a podcast in 2020, drawn to stories and discussions about the coronavirus, money, activism, racial justice, and other topics.

SLJ Staff, Feb 28, 2020
The discussions in the spring set of free, one-hour professional development programs will tackle serving striving readers, information inequity, and news literacy.


SLJ Staff, Jan 31, 2019
On the Diverse Books Survey page, users can access related content, newly updated, as well as our Diverse Books Survey report.

Kara Yorio, Oct 24, 2018
While in the minority, the SLJ Diverse Books Survey reveals some librarians are declining to purchase books with diverse characters to avoid a challenge.

Melissa Stewart, May 03, 2021
Many schools and libraries host fiction-focused book clubs, but it’s important to keep young info-lovers in mind, too. If a nonfiction book club seems like a good fit for the children at your school, why not give it a try. Here are some tips for getting started.

Melanie Kletter, May 04, 2021
Educators are using audiobooks in new ways to teach material and help students build literacy skills. Plus: 15 classroom-ready podcasts.

Monica Cabarcas, Mar 16, 2021
Many tweens and young teens will see themselves in these middle grade and YA selections.

Suzanne Costner, May 04, 2021
This season offers a variety of topics for budding scientists and their teachers. Whether it covers rocks and minerals, food webs, or the science and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci, each book is designed to be as attractive as possible to readers.

This year, members of the committee are pleased to recognize 25 outstanding books of poetry and 13 novels in verse as 2021 Notables.

SLJ Reviews, May 19, 2021
Twelve adventure and survival fiction titles to keep summer reading fresh and exciting.

SLJ Reviews, May 06, 2021
May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and these titles, which include YA and middle grade fiction, picture books, and nonfiction, are perfect to recommend to readers both this month and year-round.

Amanda MacGregor, Jan 04, 2021
Some educators abandon teaching the Bard's work, while others update and enhance Shakespeare curricula.

Amanda MacGregor, Jan 04, 2021
From a choose-your-own-path Romeo and Juliet to a Macbeth retelling that channels #MeToo, there's something here for all teen readers and fans of the Bard. 

Brigid Alverson, May 20, 2021
Saturday morning cartoons may be a thing of the past, but the genre is living on in graphic novels. These 10 novels and series bring back that Saturday morning feeling with mad scientists, talking animals, and zany superheroes. 

Brigid Alverson, Apr 07, 2021
From Charlie Parker and Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison and Ada Lovelace, remarkable individuals get the graphic treatment in these titles recommended for grades 3 and up.

Brigid Alverson, Jan 21, 2021
Isekai manga are some of the wildest fantasy stories on bookshelves right now. What are they? And which titles are must-haves for your collection?

Brigid Alverson, Mar 10, 2021
Popular in the early 2000s, this manga category for teen and tween girls is seeing renewed interest and a bevy of new titles with twists on standard tropes.

Brigid Alverson, Jan 18, 2021
Guest writer Martha Cornog offers a varied list of graphic novels with Black protagonists

The post Graphic Novels with Black Protagonists appeared first on Good Comics for Kids.

SLJ Reviews, May 21, 2021
Highly recommended graphic novels for young readers, tweens, and teens to enjoy all summer long. 

Moni Barrette, Jan 06, 2021
The term graphic medicine was coined by Dr. Ian Williams—comics artist, physician, and editor of graphicmedicine.org—to “denote the role that comics can play in the study and delivery of healthcare.”

The post Graphic Medicine for Kids & Teens appeared first on Good Comics for Kids.

Oct 01, 2020
Renée Watson, Feb 09, 2021
In the summer of 2020, a time of tragedy and activism throughout the country, Black teens were still falling in love and discovering their relationships to the world...and Renée Watson was working on a book about radical self-love and a Black girl saving herself. Here she writes about finding joy amid pain and how love can be a personal revolution.

Kathy Ishizuka, Dec 17, 2020
Curricular bazaar Teachers Pay Teachers has never been more popular. But questions about quality, cultural insensitivity, and plagiarism beg expert guidance. Consider your librarian.  

Amanda MacGregor, Feb 16, 2021
The author of The Project discusses false assumptions about cult members, the truths of surviving trauma, and how this “crossover” book really is YA.

Parrish Turner, Feb 22, 2021
Parrish Turner, a transgender sensitivity reader, is tired of the tropes surrounding animal stories, particularly those involving the wish to be a different animal. For Parrish, the longing to be a more authentic version of oneself is all too human.

Kathy Ishizuka, Dec 03, 2020
Our most viewed stories reflect a significant, collective journey. 

Moni Barrette, Oct 01, 2020
“Honestly, I think learning loss is the least of our worries. It’s essential to give them space to talk about how they are feeling. If things are falling apart, we have to take care of them rather than push on with a lesson.” —”In This Together: School Librarians Help Address Learning Loss, Upheaval,” SLJ It’s […]

The post You’re Not Alone in Feeling Alone appeared first on Good Comics for Kids.

Miles McKenna, Nov 02, 2020
Miles McKenna, actor and author of Out!: How To Be Your Authentic Self (Abrams/Amulet; Gr 8 Up) reflects on his childhood love of reading and J.K. Rowling's recent anti-transgender social media posts.

Amanda MacGregor, Dec 03, 2020
Pinguicha urges readers to question history, ask who wrote the stories, and present and amplify the narratives that have been ignored, hidden, and distorted.

The post Questioning Your History Lessons, a guest post by Diana Pinguicha appeared first on Teen Librarian Toolbox.


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