Tag: middle grade

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 […]

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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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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Girl Detectives Take the Case

Girl Detectives Take the Case

With Booklist‘s celebration of the 50 Best Middle-Grade Novels of the Twenty-First Century well underway—and our tenth annual Mystery Month fast approaching—now is the perfect time to revisit this collection of gutsy girls in middle-grade mystery novels, originally published in the January issue of Booklandia.  There’s a proud tradition of girl detectives in middle-grade lit. […]

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The 50 Best Middle-Grade Novels of the Twenty-First Century

The 50 Best Middle-Grade Novels of the Twenty-First Century

Let the mania begin! Today through Friday, April 12, we’ll be unveiling our Books for Youth staff’s selections of this century’s 50 best middle-grade novels for modern libraries. Each day, two to three titles (appearing in alphabetical order by author last name) will be revealed at both @ALA_Booklist (Twitter) and @Booklist (Facebook). Which books will be announced today? Follow […]

THE CREATURE OF THE PINES: The Mythical Jersey Devil

THE CREATURE OF THE PINES: The Mythical Jersey Devil

Lynn: Adam Gidwitz’s The Creature of the Pines (2018) introduces Elliot Eisner on his first day at a new school, which has started badly. It’s already three weeks into the school year—surely far too late to make friends. Even worse, the class is on a field trip to Pine Barrens with the terrifying Professor Fauna, whose […]

Margarita Engle’s Cuba for Young Readers
By November 10, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Margarita Engle’s Cuba for Young Readers

President Obama’s historic December 17, 2014 order to “normalize relations” between the United States and Cuba began the restoration of diplomacy after more than half a century of hostile restrictions. His 72-hour visit to Havana in March 2016—the first made by a sitting president since Coolidge in 1928—opened and encouraged travel in both directions. The thaw, […]

The Refugee Experience for Middle-Grade and YA Readers
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The Refugee Experience for Middle-Grade and YA Readers

This is the second in a two-part series of recommended books for youth about the refugee experience. For a list of picture books, click here. Canada, with her groovin’ Prime Minister, functional healthcare system, and more welcoming borders, is currently in the throes of “Month 13,” the first month following the year-long commitment Canadian families made to adopt […]

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A Trans* and Gender Nonconforming Reading List for All Ages
By March 28, 2017 3 Comments Read More →

A Trans* and Gender Nonconforming Reading List for All Ages

  News about the transgender community—including banned books, bathroom laws, hockey, wrestlers, models, parades, Jackie and Juliet Evancho, and, most tragically, a horrifying murder caught on cellphone video—have all made recent headlines. Books can be helpful, entertaining, illuminating portals into the trans*/gender nonconforming (GNC) experience. The list below highlights books by and about the trans*/GNC community for […]

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Webcomics Wednesday: Kay D.’s Oddity Woods

Webcomics Wednesday: Kay D.’s Oddity Woods

We’re in the midst of our Spotlight on Middle Grade fiction, and I can’t think of a better time to showcase a webcomic about a tween detective embarking on a spooky adventure. This week’s Webcomics Wednesday pick, Oddity Woods, opens on chase though an eerie forest, which, for all its pink and purple shadowing, still exudes a […]