Category Archive: Middle School (6-8)

Realistic Children’s Fiction: Loss and Grief, Death and Dying

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Grief and loss is a topic that is difficult to talk about with children. How do you explain death and dying to your young child?  This is a contemporary problem that is relevant… Continue reading

Fun and Unusual Cookbooks

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Thanks to our Publisher partners for making this post possible! Trying to get kids more interested in your non-fiction section?  The cookbook area isn’t often a section that you would think has a… Continue reading

Tracey’s 2018 Favorite Fiction

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2018 has been a busy reading year. My Goodreads goal was 200 books (not counting picture books), and I had already met that by the end of August! It was quite difficult to… Continue reading

Tracey’s 2018 Favorite Nonfiction

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One of my t-shirts declares: “I read too many books to believe what I am told.” I bought it because I thought it was funny, but in all seriousness, I love learning about… 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.

Nonfiction with Lots of Laughs

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Mary Roach introduced me to funny nonfiction. While wandering a bookstore, I saw a book titled Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers on the new paperback nonfiction table. Even the title made… Continue reading

WARNING! You May Die of Dysentery

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          As a child of the 90’s, I cannot help but feel nostalgic when coming across The Oregon Trail: Choose your Own Trail series by Jesse Wiley. This series is… Continue reading

Book Review: The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid

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The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for The World’s Most Adventurous Kid isn’t your regular travel book. Yes, it starts off with a packing list that includes things like sun protection and reusable water… Continue reading

Immigrants and Refugees

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With the issues of immigrants and refugees in the news so much lately, young readers have lots of questions about what is happening in our communities, our country, and our world. Here are… Continue reading

Posters, Marches, and Change: Letting young voices be heard

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Since the 1960s, protesters have used their rights to speak freely and to assemble, guaranteed by the First Amendment, by marching in Washington, D.C. and across the country. Of the five largest protests… Continue reading