Category Archive: Middle School (6-8)

Book Review: Can Your Smartphone Change the World?

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It’s easy to feel helpless with all the dire news coming at us almost every day.  Many of the problems seem unsolvable, especially by yourself.  Even if you want to make a change,… Continue reading

Loving vs. Virginia: An Author/Illustrator/Editor Interview

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In June of 1958, Virginians Richard Loving (a white man) and his bride-to-be Mildred Jeter (a black woman) went to Washington, D.C. to be married.  The reason? Interracial marriage in the state of Virginia… Continue reading

Researching Invasive Species

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As a kid, I used to spend my summers outside at my grandparents’ country home. I would spend hours crouched in the dirt watching the fascinating lives of insects. I loved anthills, and… Continue reading

Sweet, Sweet Smile

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Dental hygiene and taking care of our teeth is so important.  However, it is often overlooked until a problem arises.  Here are some titles to get kids thinking about their teeth: https://spark.adobe.com/page/wpCod1Ir5W3Uy/  … Continue reading

Popular Series Fiction for Middle School Readers

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A couple weeks ago I published a post about ongoing popular elementary series, and on another blog I posted about adult crossover series that would be excellent for high school readers.  Here I… Continue reading

The Sound Of Music

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Titles to improve music literacy through classroom and school library collections… https://spark.adobe.com/page/F8Qd37zcgdomG/ Zach K.

The Big Screen

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A look at some of the big summer/fall movie releases that school library collections will want to have the corresponding print titles for.  Now with trailers! https://spark.adobe.com/page/8ZMuB7Sz7dTI3/ Zach K.

Get Ready for the Total Solar Eclipse!

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This year’s total solar eclipse on August 21 is a big deal! It will be the first time a total solar eclipse has occurred from coast to coast in the United States since… Continue reading

The Write Way

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Without great writing, the types of quality titles that Mackin and other book publishers/sellers put out on a consistent basis would not exist. As such, this Spark Post looks at the importance of… Continue reading

Finding Hope In Ashes: A Guest Post From Laurie Halse Anderson

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In 2008 & 2010, author Laurie Halse Anderson released the first two historical fiction novels of the Seeds of America trilogy: Chains & Forge. Just recently (late 2016), the finale of the series–Ashes–was… Continue reading