Category Archive: Novels

Foster Care and Adoption

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As May draws to a close, we are wrapping up National Foster Care Month! There are over 442,000 children in the foster care system in America1. The kids in foster care range from… Continue reading

Focus on Transgender Pride

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Yesterday was Mother’s Day. I am so lucky to have two remarkable children. I love them and they love me, they love each other, and we all enjoy each other’s company. And now… Continue reading

Middle Grade Read-Alouds

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Most kids love being read to, and I love reading aloud. My kids loved picture books, of course, and reading easy readers and early chapter books together. My older son, Alex, started reading… Continue reading

Nonfiction Children’s Books: Women In Science

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When I took my 12-year-old son to the sports medicine doctor for a check-up on his broken ankle, Max was told he had to continue to wear the boot another 10 days. On the car ride home, my son said “Mom, why didn’t you schedule the appointment with a woman doctor? Women doctors seem to know more. That guy doesn’t know that my ankle is healed and I don’t need to wear the boot anymore.” I smiled at him with agreement and said “Yes! Sometimes women do know more than men.” In honor of Women’s History Month, here are several books about women in science that will inspire the children in your life.

Finding Inspiration: Guest Post by Roshani Chokshi

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We are excited to welcome Roshani Chokshi as our guest author today. Her most recent book, The Gilded Wolves, a YA fantasy set in 1880s Paris, follows a diverse team of teens trying… Continue reading

Diverse YA Fiction to Watch for in 2019

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‘Tis the season of dreaming about all the books we’d like to give and receive for the holidays! In the spirit of wish lists and adding to our own reading lists for the… Continue reading

It was a Book before it was a Movie

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Books allow us to go beyond the movie, to dig deeper with more details shared by the author. They also give readers more opportunities to use their imaginations.

How Great Books Can Foster Students’ Voices

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Many students across the county have recently demonstrated to the world that teenagers have the power to use their intelligence, passion, and voice to bring attention to issues important to them and to… Continue reading

New Middle Grade Series Starters

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My last post was on new middle-grade stand-alone fiction, but there are quite a few new series that have just been published—or will soon. Animal protagonists, oddball families, demons from India, puzzles, and… Continue reading

New Middle Grade Fiction Titles

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Since no one can read all the books that come out each year (though we give it the old college try!), the librarians in Mackin’s Collection Management department divvy up the new books… Continue reading