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Awesome New Middle Grade Books to Read for Black History Month

Are you looking for new middle grade books written by black authors to celebrate Black History Month? The list below includes books featuring protagonists of color. Each one is written by an author of color as well. February is Black History month in the United States. Books are one of the many ways you can …

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Five Surprising Benefits of Audiobooks for Kids

Sometimes getting children to read is tricky. In the beginning, they convince you they’ll be diehard readers for life. You buy ALL the books. You take them to your local library so they can pick out reading material that interests them. By the time they hit middle school, they spend more time on video games, …

The Best Subscription Book Boxes for Kids

Are you curious about the subscription book boxes you see all over your social media feeds? They’re not just for adults. They’re for kids, too! Perhaps you’re looking for a bookish gift for your kid. Or maybe you want to curate a list of books personalized to your child. I did the dirty work for …

New Spooky Middle Grade Books to Read This October (and Beyond)

Dig out your favorite sweater, slow cook a double batch of chili, and grab a stack of spooky middle grade books to read with your kids this October! Spooky middle grade books have value all year round, but they’re especially fun this time of year. Why? Because it’s Halloween time! The parties, the costumes, the …

Why You Should Let Kids Choose Their Own Books

Would you select a work of horror fiction to read if you hated horror? Would you spend your free time watching football on television if you didn’t care for sports? No. The answer is always no. Why, then, do we expect our kids to read books they don’t enjoy? If we are talking about independent …

Monday Confession: Bad Book Habits

Monday Confession: I have bad book habits. To be fair, I’ve never thought of my book habits as “bad,” but it’s apparent the bookish community begs to differ. Bad Book Habit #1: Dog-Ears As a newbie to the Twitter writing community, I posted a simple question about bookmarks or dog-ears. I meant it to be …

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10 New Middle Grade Book Recommendations for Summer 2020

Are you looking for exciting summer 2020 book recommendations for your middle grade reader? My middle grade bookworms devour books faster than I can say abibliophobia. I’m always on the prowl for books that readers age 9-12 might like, and 2020 looks lit 🔥! My young bibliophiles are getting a little bit of everything this …

Top 5 Read Aloud Recommendations for 11- and 12-Year-Olds

When kids hit 11- and 12-years-old, it’s challenging to find appropriate read aloud material. They abandon middle grade fiction and gravitate toward young adult and adult fiction. Intellectually, they’re ready to transition to adult fiction, but often the mature content gives me pause, especially for read alouds. For many reasons, this in-between stage is tricky, …

Middle Grade Book Series Recommendations by a Middle Grade Reader

Are you looking for series recommendations for your middle grade reader? As the mother of a young bibliophile, I’m always on the lookout for high-quality middle grade books. Perhaps your child finished Harry Potter, Fablehaven, Land of Stories, and other popular series already. What should they read next? If you’re on the hunt for series …