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  • Debating, Campaigning, and Voting, Oh My!
    Debating, Campaigning, and Voting, Oh My!
    February 24, 2020 by
    The many televised debates along with the upcoming election have occupied a huge space in the realm of social media, social interaction, and social anxiety. I can’t help but think kids are also affected in many ways. It also makes me wonder how books can help them understand and cope. Fortunately, there are many middle-grade books–nonfiction and fiction–that deal with debating, campaigning, and voting. Here are just a few below. If you have a favorite that you’ve read with kids at home or in the classroom, please let us know in the comments section.  ...
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  • Jen Swanson Brain Games
    MUF Contributor Jen Swanson makes top 50 list
    Congratulations to MUF contributor and STEM coordinator Jennifer Swanson for winning a place on this amazing top-50 book list from the extra-cool ThePlanets website. What’s even better? Jen’s book, BRAIN GAMES, (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2015) competed with adult books too–and ranked #13. The Planets describes its top choices as “A collection of the most entertaining, enlightening and educational science books ever written.”   Way to go, Jen!...
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  • Debating, Campaigning, and Voting, Oh My!
    Debating, Campaigning, and Voting, Oh My!
    February 24, 2020 by
    The many televised debates along with the upcoming election have occupied a huge space in the realm of social media, social interaction, and social anxiety. I can’t help but think kids are also affected in many ways. It also makes me wonder how books can help them understand and cope....
    Read more
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  • STEM Tuesday-- The Human Body -- Writing Tips & Resources
    STEM Tuesday– The Human Body — Writing Tips & Resources
    A Place for Primary Sources Reading the books on this month’s booklist, the following quote from Carla Mooney’s HUMAN MOVEMENT: How the Body Walks, Runs, Jumps, and Kicks jumped out at me: “Primary sources come from people who were eyewitnesses to events. They might write about the event, take pictures,...
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  • Debating, Campaigning, and Voting, Oh My!
    Debating, Campaigning, and Voting, Oh My!
    February 24, 2020 by
    The many televised debates along with the upcoming election have occupied a huge space in the realm of social media, social interaction, and social anxiety. I can’t help but think kids are also affected in many ways. It also makes me wonder how books can help them understand and cope....
    Read more

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  • Debating, Campaigning, and Voting, Oh My!
    Debating, Campaigning, and Voting, Oh My!
    February 24, 2020 by
    The many televised debates along with the upcoming election have occupied a huge space in the realm of social media, social interaction, and social anxiety. I can’t help but think kids are also affected in many ways. It also makes me wonder how books can help them understand and cope....
    Read more

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  • Perfect Podcasts for Middle-Grade Fans
    Perfect Podcasts for Middle-Grade Fans
    February 19, 2020 by
    I am convinced that there is no possible way I will ever be able to consume all the information that’s available to me as an author, reader, and champion of middle-grade literature.  Every day, I add to my “saved” file another article, blog post, Twitter thread, interview, or You Tube...
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