Middle-grade books about grandparents are some of my absolute favorites. I didn't get to enjoy the closest relationships with my grandparents for various reasons, so it warms my heart to read about kids enjoying that intimacy. I live vicariously through these middle-grade books about grandparents. There are many challenges with grandparents and these books do [...]
In Efrén Divided, Efrén’s life changes drastically after his mother gets deported. With his father working long hours to care for the family financially and also raise funds to bring his mother back to the States, Efrén has to take charge of the home front. He cares for his younger twin siblings, Max and Mia, while balancing schoolwork and school politics as well as his issues with his best friend, David.
Middle-grade books about friendship are always in high demand because what's more pressing to a middle-schooler than friendship drama? These middle-grade books about friendship highlight the struggles of forming friendships, the challenges of maintaining a friendship, and of course, the joys of true friendships.
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 [...]
If you love "kid lit" (children's literature) like I do, you'll love these best kid lit blogs! Anyone who knows me or reads this blog knows how much I adore children's literature. Honestly, my reasons for loving the genre would make for a reasonably long essay. But that is not today's topic of discussion. Today, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]