Cece Bell and the Superhero Power of Stories

Posted by on June 21, 2016.

Last Wednesday evening, I stood outside Montpelier High School and greeted young readers and their adults as they arrived at the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Ceremony. Kids and their adults piled into the auditorium to hear Cece Bell speak about her award-winning book El Deafo.

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: 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.

Middle Ground: How the DCF List Process Works (and why I had 10 boxes of books in my living room)

Posted by on March 12, 2014.

DCF committee selects 30 books for 2014

Up until Saturday morning, I had about 10 boxes of books sitting in my living room and dozens of middle grade and young adult books scattered throughout my house. I had a pile of books to read when I was upstairs, a pile of books to read when I was downstairs, a pile of books on my nightstand.

Feb. 14 Friday Links Library

Posted by on February 14, 2014.

Valentine’s Day/Nor’easter edition! Just got in from shoveling, so let’s start with a pick-me up:

  • Those kids reading aloud to shelter cats that went viral this week.
    The Animal Rescue League of Berks County, PA started a Book Buddies program when their program coordinator noticed her son preferred reading to a feline audience. 

Middle Ground: Shining a Light on Middle Grade and Young Adult Literature

Posted by on February 11, 2014.

CLiF is delighted to welcome Caitlin Corless to our blog roster. Caitlin’s blog, Middle Ground, will focus on middle grade and young adult book recommendations, award and conference coverage, and more.

I was one of those kids who secretly stayed up past her bedtime and read books under her blanket with a flashlight.