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: 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.

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.