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.

The Next Great Book: 2014 Preview, Fiction

Posted by on January 10, 2014.

If you missed yesterday’s post on 2014 nonfiction books Jane’s excited about… click here.

 

Moving on to fiction, it won’t take serious convincing to get any child to read Mo Willems’ latest Pigeon picture book, The Pigeon Needs a Bath.

The Big Book Order

Posted by on August 7, 2013.

Here’s a peek behind the scenes in the CLiF office. Julia is busy assembling a huge book order for CLiF’s fall programs through our partner First Book.

It’s a thoughtful process. Lots of kids in New Hampshire and Vermont are interested in hunting, animals, and nature, so she’s including

and while we’re on Hatchet, the survival genre is hot (think Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies).