Posts tagged "books"

Banned Books Week: 9 middle grade books that have been banned

<strong>The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian</strong> by Sherman Alexie
<br><br>Despite winning the National Book Award in 2007 for young people’s literature, in 2011, the Richland (WA) School Board voted to prohibit The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian for all grades, though the initial complaint came in regard to its use for ninth-grade English classes. However, a month later, following public outcry and after board members read the novel, the book was declared to be "outstanding" and the decision to ban it was reversed, according to the <a href="http://www.nypl.org/blog/2013/09/09/banned-book-list" target="_blank">New York Public Library</a>.<br><br>Alexie said of the efforts to ban his book, "“It almost makes me happy to hear books still have that kind of power,” Mr. Alexie said in <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/apr/12/collins-alexie-make-list-of-challenged-796698753">The Washington Post.</a>
Banned Books Week is observed the last week of September and it celebrates the freedom to read as well as the value of free and open access to information. The event hopes to draw national attention to the harms of censorship. Books popular with tweens are often challenged, often for explicit language or sexual situations. See... Read more »

Top 10 tween books that have stayed with readers for a lifetime

Top 10 tween books that have stayed with readers for a lifetime
There’s a big trend of Facebook asking people to share the top ten books that have stayed with them or influenced them.  I’m loving reading these lists. What fascinates me is how many of the books I keep seeing listed are great books that are often first read during the tween years. Here are the... Read more »

Book Review: Discovery Girls Guide to Growing Up

Book Review: Discovery Girls Guide to Growing Up
Puberty isn’t easy, for kids going through or their parents. But fear not! There is help available for both and Discovery Girls Guide to Growing Up: Everything You Need to Know about Your Changing Body is a comprehensive book that takes away the fear, gives solid information and makes girls feel less alone. I really... Read more »
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Review: Tween gives Giada de Laurentiis's Recipe for Adventure books two forks up

Review: Tween gives Giada de Laurentiis's Recipe for Adventure books two forks up
Giana de Laurentiis launched her Recipe for Adventure book series for tweens this fall. The books follow the adventures of Emilia, 12, and her brother Alfie, 11. The first one is set in Naples! and the second in Paris! Those books are out now and the third book, Hong Kong!, will be released on Jan.... Read more »

Happy National Read a Book Day: 8 tween books that have stood the test of time

<strong>A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith</strong><p></p>
Published in 1943, this novel tell the story of an Irish-American family in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City. This one gets special mention because I remember my mom recommending that I read it and saying how much she enjoyed it. Multiple generation staying power is a reason to check this one out.
September 6 is National Read a Book Day. Let the reading begin! They say you can’t go home again, but with great books that’s not necessary true. Some young adult books have enough magic in them that they capture the imagination of readers for decades and decades. It’s quite possible that some of the books... Read more »

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is a wonderful family read aloud book

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is a wonderful family read aloud book
I’m a big believer in reading aloud to older kids and we still read aloud with our tween at bedtime. We are currently in the middle of a wonderful book, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. It takes place at the time of the Jewish New Year and it seems to fitting to post about... Read more »
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7 great tween books for fun end of summer reading

7 great tween books for fun end of summer reading
Summer is flying by and the start of school looms in the distance. We’ve all heard of the summer slide or summer slump and the need to keep kids reading and learning over the summer so that their brains don’t become Swiss cheese. But we also know that the best laid plans for a summer... Read more »

Websites that help with selecting great books for tweens

Websites that help with selecting great books for tweens
I love a great book.  What I love even more is seeing my tween get really into a good book. Tweens can be voracious readers, but they also have very discerning literary taste. Book selection at this age is both hugely important, and not easy, but there is help out there.  The websites below are... Read more »

Books about puberty for tween boys and girls and their parents

<strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Care-Keeping-You-Revised/dp/1609580834/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364092292&sr=8-1&keywords=care+and+keeping+of+you">Care & Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls</a></strong> by Valorie Schaefer and illustrated by Josee Masse, and published through American Girl.  <br><br>Tween girls will find answers to questions about their changing body, from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to bras, periods to pimples, and everything in between. Once you feel comfortable with what's happening, you'll be ready to move on to the The Care & Keeping of You 2!
Puberty and all the physical changes happening to tweens can be tough for parents and children to discuss. Books can be a good way for parents and their kids be literally on the same page about what adolescence has in store and what changes are still to come, and the books can serve as a... Read more »
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Columnist Mike Lupica writes tween sports books that inspire

Columnist Mike Lupica writes tween sports books that inspire
Sports columnist Mike Lupica is also a young adult novelist who is gaining quite a following in the middle school crowd, particularly among boys.  His tween sports books focus on sports and the pressure on young athletes. Like sports themselves, the books end up being about much more as Lupica also explores the themes of... Read more »