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  • Not (Always) the Lonely: Books About Only Children
    Not (Always) the Lonely: Books About Only Children
    My friend Nicole—a fellow only child—recently sent me an article from The Atlantic entitled, “Why Are People Weird About Only Children?” Not surprisingly, the piece included the usual tropes associated with onlies: We’re spoiled, selfish, maladjusted weirdos who can’t get along with others or share our toys. We’re also bad at team sports, cooperative projects, and group-socialization in general. Why? Because it’s all about me, me, ME! This got me thinking about my own only childhood, where I spent Saturday mornings alone in my room, watching TV and scarfing Pop Tarts while my parents slept in. I knew I was lucky to have my own TV, but the shows I watched—The Partridge Family, The Brady Bunch, Eight Is Enough, Good Times—all featured large, boisterous families whose lives seemed way more exciting than mine. The Partridge family had its own tour bus, for goodness’ sake! But as entertaining as those shows were, I couldn’t relate to them. Maybe that’s why I...
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  • ICYMI: 2023 Award Winners
    ICYMI: 2023 Award Winners
    February 14, 2024 by
    The new year is all about looking forward but in case you missed it, 2023 was loaded with middle grade books that inspired, challenged and delighted young readers. Today, let’s take a look at a few that won prestigious awards for their contributions to children’s literature. Newbery Medal: Freewater, by...
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  • February New Releases
    February New Releases
    February 2, 2024 by
    February is here, and it’s a leap year, which means you have a extra day to fill. Why not grab one of these New Releases to help you celebrate?  Realistic, Historical, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Lyric Novels, even Horror – there’s a book for every reader this month.     The...
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  • Ring in The New Year With Middle Grade Books!
    Ring in The New Year With Middle Grade Books!
    December 19, 2023 by
    The New Year is just around the corner, so there is much to celebrate! Along with resolutions and fresh starts, there is an epic batch of middle grade books for you to discover. To give you a small sample of what’s to come, I’ve selected 24 titles to set your...
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  • Ho! Ho! Ho! December New Releases
    Ho! Ho! Ho! December New Releases
    December 1, 2023 by
    Just in time for the holidays, check out these new releases! Make sure to put them on your Wish List…or pick up a copy or two for your favorite middle-grade readers. The Last Rose Written by Leah Cypess, Delacorte Press, December 5 release The fourth book in the Sisters Ever...
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