Middle Ground: The Diverse, Delightful 2015 Newbery Honorees

Posted by on February 5, 2015.

2015 Newbery Medalist and Honorees

This weekend, while many people placed bets on the Super Bowl, I jotted down my predictions for the Newbery Award, one of the most celebrated and notable awards in children’s literature. Every year I make my guesses, and I am almost always surprised.

Middle Ground: Why Are Middle-Grade Books So Sad?

Posted by on January 6, 2015.

Girl reading a sad book

I recently recommended a book to Mary (not her real name), a twelve year-old girl who regularly comes to the library. Mary and I talk about books a lot, and she’s always seemed to like the books I’ve suggested. On this particular visit, I encouraged her to read what I thought was a pretty hilarious book.

Middle Ground: Fizz, Boom, and Read this Summer!

Posted by on July 14, 2014.

In a public library, summer is the time of year when the children’s room truly comes to life.

It is the time of year when books are returned with sand from the beach stuck in their plastic book covers, when kids walk into the children’s room still soaking wet from their morning swim lessons and plop down on our giant teddy bear to read a book.

Middle Ground: What the DCF Ceremony is All About

Posted by on June 3, 2014.

Author Linda Urban at DCF Ceremony

Last Tuesday, about five hundred young readers filled the seats of Judd Hall at Vermont Technical College for the 2014 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Ceremony. You could feel the excitement in the air as soon as the students walked through the doors.

Middle Ground: Making Noise in the Library

Posted by on April 28, 2014.

Essex Free Library DCF book group

Every couple of months, I meet and discuss books with a group of some of the most critical and thoughtful readers I know. They’re insightful, articulate, and extremely smart. They’re also in grades 4 through 8.

 

They are members of the Essex Free Library’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Discussion Group, and each time we meet, we discuss a book from the DCF list.