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Banned Books Week is a great time to get adolescents reading and thinking

Banned Books Week is a great time to get adolescents reading and thinking
If you really want to get an adolescent’s attention, tell them they’re not allowed to do something. At this developmental stage, they are figuring out who they are (or want to be) and striving for independence; they’re almost hardwired to question authority. That’s why banned Books Week, which this year is September 24-30, is a perfect time... Read more »

11 books for teens that make great gifts

11 books for teens that make great gifts
Picking out a perfect book for an adolescent can be a tough task. The good news is that there are all kinds of wonderful YA books out, and there’s something that will cater to pretty much every kid, even the ones who don’t love to read. Here are eleven books for teens that make great gifts.... Read more »

Reading list for parents of teens and tweens

If you’re looking for some thought-provoking books about parenting adolescents, check out this reading list for parents of teens and tweens. These recently published reads offer research, wisdom, and perspective that will be appreciated by those raising older kids. Click through this gallery to see all the books on the list and excerpts of reviews... Read more »
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Book review of The Angst of Adolescence: How to Parent Your Teen (and live to laugh about it)

Book review of The Angst of Adolescence: How to Parent Your Teen (and live to laugh about it)
In the introduction to her her book The Angst of Adolescence: How to Parent Your Teen (and live to laugh about it), Sara Villanueva, PhD, says her goal is “to relate to other parents of teens and shed some light on issues we all struggle with.” She successfully accomplishes that goal in this rather short,... Read more »

Tween and teen parent reading list: 8 recent books worth checking out

<strong><a href="http://amzn.to/1V3Lzdp" target="_blank">The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed</a></strong> by Jessica Lahey<br><br>Our ultimate goal is to raise kids who will be responsible, resilient adults, and this book keeps that long-term goal in mind, and that means letting kids fail sometimes. I know. It's hard. Really, really hard. No parent enjoys seeing their child face plant, but Lahey's book will give you the resolve you need to let it happen, and remind you that it's really what's best for your child in the end.
There have been a lot of really interesting parenting books for parents of tweens and teens released this year. Here are a few that are on my tween and teen parent reading list for this fall. What parenting books are on your nightstand or hold list at the library? You May Also Like: Eight helpful... Read more »

What my tween read this summer

<strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162517828X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=162517828X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=twus-20&amp;linkId=7M3JV2YURJOAM7OX" target="_blank">New Girl on Salt Flat Road</a></strong> by Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz

This book is a sequel to 2012's <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/tween-us/2012/11/gift-idea-lola-zola-lemonade-crush/" target="_blank"><em>Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush</em></a>. <br><br>My twee daughter thought it was fun to pick up with a character a bit later and discover what happened to her. She also found the characters relatable, and said she thinks that there are similar people in most tween's lives. I thought the book was a modern day Judy Blume-esque book for girls dealing with all the changes puberty brings, including developing bodies to developing romantic feelings.
I have always loved curling up with a good book on a hot and lazy summer day, and I’m very grateful that we had many chances to do so this summer. Following the advice of Maggie McGuire, Vice President at Scholastic, I tried to give my tween free reign when it came to book selection,... Read more »
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"Great minds don't think alike" and other favorite quotes from Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

"Great minds don't think alike" and other favorite quotes from Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt is the first selection for the Tween Us book club. One thing I loved about the book was the sprinkling of of truth nuggets throughout. There was a lot of wisdom in the book. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Fish in a Tree,... Read more »

Fish in a Tree discussion guide and book club questions

Fish in a Tree discussion guide and book club questions
The first Tween Us Book Club book selection is Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. I really hope that you and your tweens are able to participate and have picked up with the book, or the audio book, that tells the story of Ally Nickerson, who struggles with learning differences, and her classmates... Read more »

Join the Tween Us Book Club by reading Fish in a Tree

Join the Tween Us Book Club by reading Fish in a Tree
When I first floated the idea of a Tween Us Book Club for both tweens and parents, there was an overwhelmingly positive response. It is now happening First things first – book selection Drum roll, please! The first Tween Us Book Club book is Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. I’ve asked Stacey... Read more »
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11 ways to make summer reading fun and meaningful for kids

<b>Focus on the Fun</b>
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Parents need to have a positive attitude and view reading as fun. If they see it as work, chances are kids will feel the same.<br><br>“Summer is the perfect time to focus on the fun of reading,” McGuire says. “Pleasure comes first, like all the other things that are sticky with kids.” The more they have fun with it, the more they’ll read, and the more they read, the more they will develop their literary skills and abilities.
We know that it’s important for kids to read even when school is out so that there is no summer slide. That is sometimes easier said than done, though. Maggie McGuire is a Vice President at Scholastic, mom of two tween boys, and former middle school language arts teacher, so she has experienced summer reading... Read more »