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Best Books for Middle School Kids from Actual Middle School Students

Favorite Books for Middle School from Middle School Kids

Once your child can read Harry Potter, the entire universe of books opens up, but what is age appropriate?  I have handed my oldest chapter books that were Newbery Award winners, on the thin side, and with decent size type only to find them a tad too old for her based on content.  I have a tendency to steer what I call “Grapes of Wrath” realism to middle school; I think these books are fine for 4th or 5th grade as a classroom assignment because the teacher provides context, but reading for pleasure should be … a pleasure.  Read more…

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Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise (ages 7-14)

Great Books for Boys, Reluctant Readers or Otherwise

This post is getting too long (and crashing) so I splitting it into three parts:

Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 1 (Authors by Last Name A-L)

Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 2 (Authors by Last Name M-Z)

Best Books for Boy Readers, Reluctant or Otherwise: Part 3 (Non-Fiction) Read more…

Newbery Award Winners from 1922-2012

Newbery Winners

This is from An Unconventional Librarian who cribbed it from Lois Lowry’s web page.  I just added the winners from 2006-2010 which were not on the list.  Here is the link to ALSC/ Newbery Winner  plus Honor Book Winners for a more comprehensive list of chapter books. Read more…

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award 2011 (ages 7-16)

Best Books for Kids

Our elementary school librarian has a shelf dedicated to the Massachusetts Book Award short list books (below) and there is a challenge to the 5th Graders to read the entire list.  The reviews are from the Acton Memorial Library.  If you click on the book title, you can reserve the book through the Minuteman Library System of MetroWest Boston.  If you click on the book, you can take a look at it in Amazon.  If you click on the author link, you will go to their website. Read more…

Top 10: Books that SHOULD be Made Into Movie

Books For Kids That Should be Movies

ModCloth has a great list of books, from a quality picture book to a Pulitzer Prize winner, that are not movies but should be.  I am also amazed that The Catcher in the Rye isn’t a movie starring some young, hunky-but-sensitive, guy.  But please don’t make it into a musical!  For the full post, please click here to go to ModCloth’s blog.  It’s a fun post! Read more…

Best Chapter Books for Middle School Girls

Best Books for Middle School Girls

I do love a good Top 10 List and this list is chapter books for middle school girls for ages 10-14 (middle-school-girl-ish-give-or-take-a-year-or-two) from ChristinaReads is a really good one of her childhood favorites!  I have only read half her list, but the books that I’ve read are such winners that it makes me want to read the rest of her list.  Clearly the woman has great taste!  This is a list worth having your daughter work her way through.  Let me know what you think?  And please check out ChristinaReads excellent blog! Read more…

Top 100: Best Children’s Books

Top 100 Best Books for Kids

This list of Best Children’s Novels from the School Library Journal was selected in 2010.  There are classics from 100 years ago as well as contemporary favorites.  The list is chock full of Newbery Award winning favorites that have stood the test of time.  Some of these selections are also available FREE through the Borders Summer Reading Program.  Enjoy! Read more…

Top 10: Best Middle School Books for Summer Reading

Best Books for Middle School Kids

A HUGE thank you to Capability:Mom for creating this list.  She knows Middle School children’s literature much better than I do — my oldest is 10-years-old so I’m slowly getting there.  She also blogs on children’s literature but skews a little older towards YA (Young Adult) as well as on cooking/baking and other topics of interest.  She is a library freak and volunteers at every library in town including both elementary, middle school and public library.  Needless to say, I picked an authority on the topic and am excited to read these books myself!  Thank you Capability:Mom!  Check out her blog for more books as well the Rainbow Cake saga… Read more…

Top 10: Best Interfaith Jewish Children’s Books (ages 3- 16)

Best Books for Kids on Interfaith Jewish Books

In my neighborhood, interfaith Jewish families are not unusual and yet there is a real scarcity of books on this topic.  I searched online and then asked my local librarians when my original list wasn’t at my library to come up with this list.  I hope you enjoy it as much I did.  And I hope children of all faiths can read and discuss some of these books. Read more…