Is Jon J. Muth’s dapper panda, Stillwater (Zen Socks), holding your July Booklist reading hostage, preventing you from cracking the cover because you can’t flip past the panda-parasol-cat-cycling cuteness? Allow us to help. Inside, you’ll find that one of July’s two spotlights is middle-grade fiction. Associate editor Julia Smith offers a list of essential middle-grade fiction titles in “Core Collection: Wimpy Kids Rule,” which is followed by dozens and dozens of new middle-grade book reviews, including associate editor Sarah Hunter’s extended review of Brian Selznick’s The Marvels.
In addition to the print magazine’s excellent middle-grade fiction coverage, we have offered several relevant Booklist webinars that nicely complement the features and reviews. The recordings are free to watch, require no registration, and—upon finishing the video and closing the tab—redirect to a certificate of completion you can use for professional development credit. All that, and Muth’s panda can keep you company while you watch!
Let’s Hear it For Middle Grade (April 21, 2015). Annick Press, Bloomsbury, Disney Book Group, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group share their up-and-coming titles exclusively for the middle-grade set.
Virtual Storytime: Disney Publishing Preview at Your Desk (June 11, 2015). Powerhouse authors Mo Willems, Tony DiTerlizzi, Tom Angleberger, Alexandra Bracken, Gregory Funaro, Ryan Higgins, Adam Mansbach, Alan Zweibel, Margaret Stohl, and Tamara Ireland Stone talk about their upcoming titles, including several perfect for middle-grade readers.
We’ve Got Diverse Books: New Multicultural Titles for Children and Teens (May 14, 2015). Four publishers present their new multicultural titles perfect for enriching the diversity of your library’s youth collection. A great range of fiction and nonfiction with many stand-out middle-grade titles included.
Hooking Reluctant Readers with Middle Grade Series (May 9, 2013). An oldie but a goodie! Pitch-perfect middle-grade authors Nick Bruel, Tommy Greenwald, Obert Skye, and Janet Tashjian discuss their library must-have books and series.