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Entries in middle grade books (9)

Tuesday
Mar282017

what avery's reading

#whataverysreading as of late.  She’s reading The Boxcar Children for the first time including Journey on a Runaway Train (published in February and the first in a new mini-series called The Boxcar Children Great Adventure).  Taking recommendations — what are some of everyone’s favorite Boxcar stories that we should seek out?

Monday
Mar132017

interview at tee and penguin

For a look at what our bookshelves really look like (and to read some thoughts on what we do to foster a love of reading and literacy at home), head over to an interview Tee and Penguin did with me on their blog.  Thanks for having me, Sarah and Taryn!

P.S. I’m starting a new series called #whataverysreading.  I’ll post a stack of what she’s been reading lately every couple of weeks or so and would love to hear what other chapter books and middle grade books everyone is into these days.

Friday
Feb102017

guys read

Saving these for when Nate gets a little older (and Avery will probably dig some of these short stories as well), but am really enjoying reading through them now.   Isn’t that one of the marks of great kidlit?  Stories that resonate with both kids and adults.

Sometimes when I start a collection of short stories, I excitedly rifle through them and read the first couple lines of each.  Here's how the first story in Guys Read: Funny Business starts out — "Ernest was a nerd, but it was fourth grade: we were all nerds.  Even the best of us were shackled to some fatal flaw."  After reading that, you know it's going to be pretty hilarious (and smartly written).  And your mind jumps back to some embarrassing, awkward scene from your own fourth grade career.

The Guys Read series was edited by Jon Scieszka and published by Walden Pond Press.

Tuesday
Jan032017

flying lessons and other stories

Dropping (almost) everything to read this collection of "ten diverse stories from ten great authors.  For all of us."  Flying Lessons and Other Stories was edited by Ellen Oh of We Need Diverse Books.

Published by Crown Books for Young Readers.

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