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Entries in middle grade books (11)

Sunday
Sep032017

our story begins

"Our story begins with a box in the basement. It's brown and heavy and one of many marked Elissa.  And it's filled, to the brim, with stories from my childhood. Stories I wrote." — from editor Elissa Brent Weissman

Before writers and illustrators were putting their work out into the world, inspiring children everywhere and turning them into lifelong readers, they were kids themselves.  Our Story Begins is an honest, funny and heartfelt collection of some of the earliest works written and drawn by twenty-six authors and illustrators as kids.  Included are Kwame AlexanderTom AnglebergerKathi AppeltAshley BryanTim FederleCandace FlemingMarla FrazeeChris GallAlex GinoChris GrabensteinGordon KormanJarrett J. KrosoczkaThanhha LaiPeter LerangisGail Carson LevineGrace LinYuyi MoralesPhyllis Reynolds NaylorR. J. PalacioLinda Sue ParkRohmann, EricDan SantatBrian SelznickCynthia Leitich Smith and Rita Williams-Garcia.

We read their candid words, thoughts and feelings as they spilled out onto looseleaf lined paper.  We have the privilege of seeing their earliest literary efforts and stapled-together stories, inventive even at a young age.  We learn who and what books inspired their love of words, pictures and stories, what they dreamt about, how they came to the realization that they wanted to write books for children and how they found their own voice.  "Their stories were just beginning. Your story is beginning too. Where will it go?" — E. B. W.

Our Story Begins was edited by Elissa Brent Weissman and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Tuesday
Aug012017

little lit book series: middle grade

August is middle grade month for us at #littlelitbookseries.  If you read any book this month with your upper graders (ages 8-12) before the school year starts, let it be this one.

Two fifth graders from totally different backgrounds don't share too much in common—at first.  Ravi has just moved to America from India.  Joe has APD (auditory processing disorder) and is subject to misunderstandings and difficulties in communicating.  Save Me a Seat chronicles their story of standing up to one of the most intimidating bullies in their class and devising a plan to stop him over the course of a week.  Each chapter alternates between Ravi's and Joe's perspectives.  It's an exceptional story about friendship, acceptance and how assumptions are often wrong.  And how "it's possible for a couple of zebras to outsmart a crocodile."  It's relatable on so many levels.  Glossaries and recipes from both characters are included in the back.  A must-read.

Save Me a Seat was collaboratively written by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadajaran, and was published by Scholastic Press.  For more insights on the book, check out this interview with both authors on Sarah Weeks' website.

For more notable middle grade books, check in at @littlelitbookseries throughout the month and head over to see other favorites of ours today by searching the hashtag #littlelitbookseries on Instagram.

Tuesday
Jul252017

beatrice zinker, upside down thinker

Look out, world, for Beatrice Zinker!  We recently read this upside-down thinker's story and we are officially in love with her topsy-turvy ways.  She's funny, spirited and slightly mischievous, and we love how she is an independent thinker, confident in her own skin and is one who stands her ground.  SO fun and funny, and one of the most enjoyable reads we've had this summer.  Shelley Johannes' energetic  illustrations really bring Beatrice to life.  Can we hope for a sequel (or an entire series)?  Crossing our fingers!

Don't miss out on this fantastically written and illustrated early middle grade novel when it publishes on September 19.  Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker was written and illustrated by Shelley Johannes and published by Disney Hyperion.

Want to meet Beatrice?  We’re giving away an advance reader's copy of BEATRICE ZINKER on Instagram.  The giveaway ends Thursday, July 27.  Head over here to enter, and for a preview of Beatrice!

Tuesday
Jun202017

what avery's reading

A late update on #whataverysreading.  Happy first day of summer and here’s to slower days, warm nights and catching up on all those books you wanted to read during the year (that’s me).

Thursday
May112017

reading without walls

Have you all taken the Reading Without Walls challenge yet?  National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang encourages us to “find something new and different to read — and let books open up the world around you.”  Here are three ways to read without walls:

1. Read a book about a CHARACTER who doesn’t look like you or live like you.

2. Read a book about a TOPIC you don’t know much about.

3. Read a book in a FORMAT that you don’t normally read for fun. This might be a chapter book, a graphic novel, a book in verse, a picture book, or a hybrid book.

Be sure to download the Reading Without Walls Activity Kit here.  We'd love to see what everyone is reading — don’t forget to tag your photos with #ReadingWithoutWalls!