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Kid Activists Change the World

Kid Activists Change the World

Despite Monday’s notoriously bad reputation, there’s much to celebrate today! Not only has Chicago’s unpredictable weather blessed Booklist staffers with a rare day of perfect sunshine (on Earth Day, no less!), our month of Middle-Grade Mania is still in full swing! In order to commemorate the holiday and demonstrate our support for environmental consciousness and […]

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Seven Podcasts for Middle-Grade Maniacs

Seven Podcasts for Middle-Grade Maniacs

While we’re celebrating #MiddleGradeMania all month long, let’s face it: being mad about middle grade tends to be a year-round affliction. The following is a list of podcasts that regularly cover middle-grade books and authors, ideal for busy grown-ups who need to feed their love of middle grade and want to keep up with the […]

Five More to Go: Margaret Atwood and Reneé Nault’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE
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Five More to Go: Margaret Atwood and Reneé Nault’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE

This regular feature gives Booklist critics the opportunity to shout about a recently published book they adored. They’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title. ★ The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood and Reneé Nault In the decades since its 1985 publication, Atwood’s dystopic classic has spawned audio, […]

Eight Superhero-Inspired Titles for Spider-Man-Loving #MiddleGradeManiacs

Eight Superhero-Inspired Titles for Spider-Man-Loving #MiddleGradeManiacs

Have you heard? There’s a new Spider-Man movie! If your eyes are rolling back into your head, I get it. This is the wall-crawler’s seventh big-screen feature of the twenty-first century (not counting various appearances with the Avengers), but trust me: if you love middle grade, you must see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Forget the […]

Five More to Go: Susan Choi’s TRUST EXERCISE

Five More to Go: Susan Choi’s TRUST EXERCISE

This regular feature gives Booklist critics the opportunity to shout about a recently published book they adored. They’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title. ★ Trust Exercise, by Susan Choi “That whole thing about fiction not being the truth is a lie,” one character admonishes another in […]

Happy #NationalLibraryWeek!

Happy #NationalLibraryWeek!

National Library Week marks the annual, week-long celebration of the secret heroes of our communities: our local libraries, librarians, and library workers. Not only do these neighborhood champions motivate us with their wide reading selections, intelligent book recommendations, and endless resources, but they also go above and beyond in unifying, uplifting, and enabling members of […]

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Title Trend: The Nouns of Full Names (MG Edition)

Title Trend: The Nouns of Full Names (MG Edition)

As we’re celebrating Middle-Grade Mania, it seems a most excellent time to release the MG edition of our ongoing Title Trend: The Nouns of Full Names feature. Earlier this year, I rounded up a host of examples in the YA edition, but this special installment has about twice as many books and reveals a few […]

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Booklist Celebrates Middle-Grade Mania

Booklist Celebrates Middle-Grade Mania

Today’s the day. For the first time in Booklist history, our already robust annual Spotlight on Middle-Grade Reading will coincide with an entire month of downright maniacal levels of middle-grade coverage. If you follow us on social media, you know we’ve already unveiled 25 of the 50 Best Middle-Grade Novels of the Twenty-First Century—and will […]

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Books by Booklist Authors: Ada Wolin’s GOLDEN HITS OF THE SHANGRI-LAS

Books by Booklist Authors: Ada Wolin’s GOLDEN HITS OF THE SHANGRI-LAS

Ada Wolin joined Booklist as an editorial assistant last year surrounded by a kind of hush: a recent Booklist intern and graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), she’d also already written her first book. An energetic kaleidoscope-spin through the Shangri-Las 1966 album, Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las, Wolin’s entry in […]

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Creature Feature: Unicorns

Creature Feature: Unicorns

The #MiddleGradeMania continues! Gather your maidens and library cards. Today, we’re searching the middle-grade shelves for literature’s most noble beast. Behold, the majestic unicorn! Aquicorn Cove, by Katie O’Neill and illustrated by the author Gorgeous pastel-colored artwork guides readers between day, night, and underwater in this enchanting graphic novel where a girl discovers a colony of […]

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