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#VickPicks: October 2020

Time for some book love once again! Here are my PB/MG/YA/adult #VickPicks for October! PB: “A gentle tale of inclusion and fairness that children will clearly understand.” (with 4 starred reviews!): TOGETHER WE GROW by Susan Vaught and Kelly Murphy. MG: Gorgeous writing, a captivating story, and again, four starred reviews! This book had me […]

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#VickPicks: September 2020

Time for some book love once again! Here are my PB/MG/YA/adult #VickPicks for September! PB: A fabulous book about most important thing we can do for our future–and for our kids: VOTE FOR OUR FUTURE by Margaret McNamara and Micah Player. MG: An extremely important story that deals with abuse in such a thoughtful and […]

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Best Middle Grade Books of 2014: A List of Lists

Happy December! This is the season when everyone seems to weigh in on the best of everything. There are so many sites and sources listing their favorite books right now that I wanted to put them all in one place. Here are some lists of the best books for young readers (especially middle grade and […]

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Five Favorites from 2014

Happy December! I’ve decided to spotlight my top ten middle grade and chapter book reads from 2014. (Not all of these books came out in 2014, but all eighty-one MG and CB titles I read for the first time this year were contenders.) Five are highlighted here–the five with (sometimes small) elements of fantasy–and the […]

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How to Start a Book Club for Kids

A couple of years ago, I asked the faculty at my kids’ elementary school what they hoped their future classes would do over the summer. Every single one of them said these words, or a slight variation:Read, Read, Read!For some kids, this means handing them a library card or pointing them to the bookcase and […]

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