Mid-Grade Reads for Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15-October 15 to celebrate the histories, cultures, and influence of past generations who came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. If you’d like to introduce your middle-grade reader to books that depict Hispanic characters and cultures, try these: Solimar: The Sword of the Monarchs […]

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Middle Grade Classics

Don’t know what to read or where to direct your tween in the library? Then, revisit these classic middle-grade books. These books have enchanted children for decades and are great to read aloud together. Make it a summer goal to read one or more of the books, then watch the movie version. Bonus: Many of […]

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Keep your child reading

Parent’s often want to know if their children are reading at or above their grade level. Another critical question is how interested my child is in reading. Young middle-grade readers  (ages eight to ten) should be transitioning from learning to read to reading to learn and be reading independently. They should be able to read […]

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Where do those stories come from?

Have you ever wondered where the ideas for characters and stories originate? The Night Buddies Adventures series started with author Sands Hetherington and his son John dreaming up Crosley the crocodile during months of bedtime story give-and-take. They collaborated many nights on escapades starring John and Crosley until it occurred to Sands why it was that […]

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3 Middle-Grade Reads for Women’s History Month

March 1987 was the first designated Women’s History Month in the United States. President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the week of March 8, 1980, as the first Women’s History Week. This was followed by additional Women’s History Week observances that eventually became the month-long celebration recognizing the achievements and contributions of women. We found three books […]

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Books to Help Parents and Kids Talk about War

With the war between Russia and Ukraine dominating the news cycle, your children may be asking questions. Why are they fighting? Why don’t they stop? Are we safe? Let your children guide the discussion. If the topic comes up, start by asking, “What do you know about the war?” We’ve found three books for middle-grade […]

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Exactly What is Mid-Grade Fiction?

If you have young readers in your home, you may have encountered terms like mid-grade, juvenile, young adult, or new adult to classify books, but what do they mean? The classifications are intended to help guide readers (and their parents) to age-appropriate books. None of the designations are carved in stone, but here are some […]

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Books to Help Kids Process COVID

It’s hard to believe, but COVID is still with us almost two years later. It’s still impacting how we live and work, and it’s affecting children’s daily routines. We’ve found three books to read with your children to help process the effects of life during a pandemic. When the World Turned Upside Down by K. […]

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A Book-Themed Valentines

The month of love is here and, according to research by Hallmark, Americans will send 145 million cards to their sweethearts. That doesn’t even count the millions of cards exchanged in classrooms next Tuesday. Teachers, Hallmark says, get the most valentines, and that seems appropriate. Want to give your Valentine’s Day a bookish twist? Here […]

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