Author Jessica Kim's debut novel Stand Up, Yumi Chung is especially close to my heart. Yumi, the book's young heroine wants to be a stand up comic, but her immigrant Korean parents want a different path for her. When Yumi ends up in a comedy camp as a result of mistaken identity, she grabs the [...]
I'm several weeks late, but happy to be presenting this list of middle grade books to read in 2020. I've also sprinkled in some delightful chapter books to read in 2020. These are far from all the books expected in 2020 (more like the first half) and I've only included books that I'm looking forward [...]
Farah Hajjar is working toward attending Magnet Academy -- a STEM-focused public school -- with her best friend for middle-school. But her dreams begin to change when a new girl begins to bully her little brother at school.
Helping kids enjoy reading is so close to my heart. Sometimes teachers and parents focus too much on teaching kids to pronounce words, and not enough on enjoying stories. Chapter books are a great next step once your child starts to want longer stories. You can either read them to your kids or let them [...]
From the Desk of Zoe Washington is a moving, true to life middle-grade novel that highlights just how potent perseverance can be — even when you’re just twelve.
Author Janae Marks' debut novel From the Desk of Zoe Washington is one of my most anticipated 2020 middle-grade books. Thankfully, I read an ARC and LOVED it! Today, I'm speaking with Janae about why she wrote about an incarcerated parent, middle-school friendships, and her most valued advice for writers. She also shares four of [...]
The best of the best books I read in 2019, from middle-grade to adult, fiction to non-fiction, and even a couple of picture books. This list includes books published before 2019, in 2019, and a few to be published in 2020.
It's finally time to share my best YA books of 2019! I know I disappeared for a minute after sharing my 2019 middle-grade favorites, but it's just a really busy season of life right now. I read less and less YA toward the end of this year, just because it's hard to find the kind [...]
30 Best Asian YA novels featuring young adult novels by authors of Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Middle-Eastern descent and more.
Kudos to all the amazing writers who put in the work this year. Whether or not your book is on this list, you wrote a book! And I'm sure many people read and loved yours even if I either didn't get the chance to read it or love it as much.