Category Archive: Middle School (6-8)

Stories in Verse

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I love stories in verse. As the summer reading program director at my two sons’ elementary school, I found these types of novels are the easiest to get a student interested in reading for fun. In a PBS NewsHour interview, Jason Reynolds, the award winning young adult literature author, shares his ideas on how poetry can get more young people interested in reading. And I couldn’t agree with him more.

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.

Maker Mindset

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Read Alouds to pair with makerspace that incorporate Maker Mindset.

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