January 20, 2018

Best summer book recommendations

summer book recommendations

Summer means the tantalizing prospect of having more time for reading stretches ahead of us — long, lazy summer days curled up with a book. With that in mind, Newbery Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo shared some summer book recommendations for readers ages 8-13 with NPR’s Melissa Block. DiCamillo is the author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux,… Read more

Middle school writer Jenny Lundquist taps into real teen issues

Jenny Lundquist

Bu Julie Samrick I had the pleasure of interviewing author Jenny Lundquist recently. She is a novelist with two books for middle school readers on bookshelves everywhere, but she’ll never forget her own awkward middle school years, which have proven to be her biggest inspiration to connect with young readers. One memory especially stands out…. Read more

How Can You Tell If a Book is Too Hard For a Young Reader?

reading child

By Julie Samrick Sometimes finding the right book for a young reader can be like Goldilocks- it’s either too easy or too hard.  How can you find the right fit?  Here’s a quick test: Open a random page in the middle of a book.  Ask your child to read it out loud to you.  If… Read more

Best Apps for Kids: Fun, But Good for Their Minds Too

Highlights for HIdden Pictures

“As a parent who is prone to guilt attacks when my own daughter spends too much time in front of a screen, no matter what its size, my aim was to find that sweet spot that falls somewhere between the ruthless thrill of hurling birds at pigs and the rigor of dividing fractions.”  Here is the list compiled… Read more