Tag Archives: middle grade

Must Listen: Book Lover’s Podcasts

22 Jun

get-booked-logo-e1441883061578I love the Get Booked podcast – it’s a book recommendation podcast where people submit questions for reading suggestions for themselves, as gifts, for their book club, etc. and receive suggestions from the hosts and Book Riot contributors. 9 times out of 10, I know very well that I’ll never read the books they suggest, but I love hearing about them – it’s a great way to hear about books from a wide-variety of genres and the ladies who host are so fun!

 

artworks_mediumIf you’re a kid lit author or illustrator and like to drink (both alcoholic and non) this is the group for you. I’m neither an author or illustrator, but I enjoy this podcast just the same – it’s fun to listen to other people geek out as much as I do about kid lit! They talk writing, interview authors, and in general have a lot of fun together – which is awesome!

 

downloadThis is a podcast hosted by a 5th grade teacher focusing on middle grade books. She talks classroom shop – always looking for ways to connect middle grade students to books they’ll love. My favorite part of this podcast is when she offers up suggestions and the format she uses is great – a quick overview of the story and three reasons why she loves the book. She’s got some great ideas to encourage readers and reading habits!

 

The-Yarn-logo-500-300x300The Yarn is hosted by Colby Sharp and Travis Jonker and each season has had a little bit of a different focus – but it’s always enlightening with a focus on kid lit author interviews. The first season of the podcast the guys focused on looking at Matthew & Jennifer Holm’s book – Sunny Side Up from many different angles – book designer, author, illustrator, colorist, editor and more.

 

These are just a few of the podcasts I listen to and if you’re looking for some more great examples, check out Brightly’s article, Press Play: 8 of the Best Kids’ Lit Podcasts (and a Few for Grown-Ups Too)!

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/19/17

19 Jun

Although I didn’t get to as much reading as I had done last week, this week I finished two books and started a third which is pretty good considering I had three after work meetings this week! I read Once and For All by Sarah Dessen which as usual was great. It was about a teen girl with a viewpoint that I haven’t read from before and although I don’t want to spoil the story for you, it an interesting perspective that I, no doubt, expect to see more often. I also read A List of Cages by Robin Roe which has stuck with me for the past few days and is one of those stories that makes your heart break into a million pieces. And then I also got the chance to start Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn which I’m already enjoying and only just started today.

I’m going to finish up Summers this week and I’d really like to also read Greetings from Witness Protection by Jake Burt and maybe even Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson. This might be a little ambitious for the amount of work this week, but I like having a game plan so I can just grab my next book when I finish one!


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Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR

Book Review: Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race

15 Jun

31226744.jpgI was so excited to get an ARC of Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race by Chris Grabenstein at BEA a couple weeks ago and bonus – I got it signed! This has become one of my favorite middle grade series for its adventure and library focused scavenger hunts. This most recent title in the series is foucsed around Mr. Lemoncello’s most recent family, fun game – FABULOUS FACT-FINDING FRENZY, but when rumors come out that Mr. Lemoncello stole his very first board game idea from a quiet, little, old lady, the kids join forces to not only win the game, but to clear their favorite game maker’s good name.

I love that as a reader, Chris drops in great titles from literature throughout the text, plus includes a complete list at the end of the book for you to enjoy. The best part for me is the puzzles and scavenger hunt style of the story which I think is very intriguing for kids and a lot of fun to read.

For educators and librarians – you can download your own library scavenger hunt from Chris’s website, he’s more than happy to Skype with classes and library groups and has a host of the great resources on his website.

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): Kyle & his friends play Mr. Lemoncello’s Fact Finding Frenzy game to help clear his good name as they run, ride & fly to find the truth.

Title: Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race
Author: Chris Grabenstein
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Page Number: 288 pgs.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Great Middle Grade Dads (or at least they try really hard)

13 Jun

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After my Mother’s Day post, I didn’t feel it was right to neglect the dads – so here’s a post just for them. On a related side note – I had a really difficult time finding high-quality dads in middle grade fiction. More often than not, 2-parent households don’t have strong parents or the family has a single mom household, albeit often a very strong single mom.

Every once in a while, you’ll find a single dad household, but more often as a widower or divorced parent, not from having mom walk out on the family. You’ll notice that some of my choices aren’t even dads – they’re grandfathers or other stand-in father figures – but ones that I couldn’t leave off my list. If you’ve got any really strong and sensitive dads in middle grade fiction, please let me know! Bonus points to you for a diverse novel as well! Continue reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/12/17

12 Jun

Even with a directors’ institute and a lot of work – I got through five books and loved them all! I read:

  • The Great Library Race by Chris Grabenstein
  • The Perfect Score by Rob Buyea
  • Auma’s Long Run by Eucabeth A. Odhiambo

  • To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

This week I’m planning on reading Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn, A List of Cages by Robin Roe and maybe, if I’m lucky Once and For All by Sarah Dessen – I’m super excited for some great new books and you’ll be seeing some new book reviews over the next few weeks.


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Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR

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