10 Middle Grade Novels Set in Upstate New York

The books in today’s list are all middle grade novels set in upstate New York. Use these titles to broaden your middle grade reader’s knowledge of New York State, and/or give your young upstate natives a chance to see their neck of the woods represented in print. As Simple As It Seems by Sarah Weeks […]

Newbery Medal Books for Middle School

In college, I took a Children’s Lit class as part of my elementary education courses. One of my assignments was to read 25 Newbery Medal books. That class was one of my favorites in college. I love to read. I love to discover new books. Many of the books I read became books that I […]

Book-to-Movie List for Tweens

My middle-schooler loves to read. One thing we really like to do is watch movies based on the books we’ve read. We like to compare and contrast the book and the movie. Sometimes, the movies follow the book pretty well. Sometimes, they don’t. This opens a lot of dialogue between Em and me. It’s fun […]

Greek Mythology Books for Middle School

My daughter – fifth grade – is currently enamored with Greek Mythology. She and her best buddy talk about it all the time. Every trip to the library results in a new stack of books about Greek gods and goddesses. This spring, I attended two homeschool conventions. I was under orders to search out new […]

10 Yucky Chapter Books

Gross out the young readers in your life with this group of yucky chapter books! Dump Days by Jerry Spinelli Best friends JD and Duke spend their summer days digging in the dump for possible treasures, terrorizing rats and dodging bullies, all while they work toward having just one perfect day. Lunch Walks Among Us […]