13 Books for Tweens

13 Books for Tweens

Books for middle school readers, including YA and middle grade realistic, fantasy, series, and standalone titles, as recommended by librarians.

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Amanda MacGregor, Nov 12, 2019
Whether you're looking to learn a bit more yourself, searching for a new book or series to hand to a young person in your life, or hoping to do some collection development, let's dive in!
Travis Jonker, Nov 12, 2019
I’ve been doing these seasonal previews for a while now, but today is something new: a 10 to Note that is 100% graphic novels. As I browsed through 1,289 titles (I’m counting), upcoming comics kept catching my eye. So sorry picture books, chapter books, middle grade and everything else, this one is for the GN […]
Elizabeth Bird, Nov 12, 2019
86% of translations are published by small presses. What is the state of children's literature today and how should it change? David Jacobson guests with some answers.
Brigid Alverson, Nov 11, 2019
Dark Horse will publish the wordless Spanish graphic novel 'Baboon' in July 2020. Here's a first look.
Kathy Ishizuka, Oct 21, 2018
The majority of public and K–12 librarians consider it "very important" to have a diverse book collection for kids and teens, according to SLJ's nationwide survey. But there are hurdles, including a lack of quality titles in specific areas.

Librarians respond to the challenge of where to put diverse books once they have them in their collections.

SLJ Staff, Jan 31, 2019
On the Diverse Books Survey page, users can access related content, newly updated, as well as our Diverse Books Survey report.

Lauren Barack, Jun 11, 2019
These services meet the needs of children and families across the country, with programming ranging from robotics to summer meals to ever-popular reading challenges.

Kara Yorio, Jun 11, 2019
Nearly  100 percent of public libraries use incentives in their summer reading programs, according to SLJ's survey. Still, respondents had a lot to say about prizes as well as what motivates kids to read over vacation.

SLJ Staff, Mar 20, 2019
Scholastic releases its latest Kids and Family Reading Report.

Kara Yorio, Aug 09, 2019
Survey shows parents and teachers agree public schools—and teachers—need more money, but have differing opinions on the role of public schools and how to evaluate them.

Kara Yorio, Oct 24, 2018
While in the minority, the SLJ Diverse Books Survey reveals some librarians are declining to purchase books with diverse characters to avoid a challenge.

SLJ Reviews, Aug 30, 2019
Essential and exceptional titles reviewed in our September 2019 issue, including picture books, middle grade, YA, nonfiction, and graphic novels for children and teens. 

Cindy Shutts, Jul 08, 2019
A game-loving librarian's suggestions to raise the level of your collection. With recommended games for elementary, tweens, and teens, from Candy Land, Uno and Oregon Trail, to Exploding Kittens and Sushi Go.

Wayne D’Orio, Sep 04, 2019
Here's an information literacy action plan to support college-bound students.

Brigid Alverson, Sep 25, 2019
Superheroes and comics go together like mac and cheese. These 10 graphic reads celebrate heroes, from Black Canary and Green Lantern to Dog Man, Super Potato, and, yes, Rainbow Brite.

Kathy Ishizuka, Jun 24, 2019
The much anticipated best apps, chosen by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) each year, were announced on Saturday, alongside the best websites. But it was for the last time—the lists will be merged into a single best learning tools annual list beginning in 2020.

Twelve wonderful middle grade and young adult #OwnVoices titles that reflect Indigenous life and culture. They include historical and contemporary fiction as well as anthologies, graphic novels, and speculative science fiction.

Ragan O’Malley, Sep 20, 2019
Ranging from memoir to fantasy, these titles star young people living with a range of disabilities. 

Kara Yorio, Aug 01, 2019
Homelessness is on the rise among students. With help, these kids can find their potential.

Cicely Lewis, Sep 20, 2019
Sports-themed titles to empower all young readers.

Shelley Diaz, Nov 06, 2018
Check out the recording of Acevedo’s 2018 SLJTeen Live! keynote, in which she talks about her path to publication, the importance of literacy and seeing yourself books, and more.

SLJ Staff, Sep 28, 2018
Just hours before the 13th annual Carle Honors gala, SLJ reviews managing editor Luann Toth talked to the 2018 Carle Honors recipients at the legendary Algonquin Hotel in New York City on September 27 on Facebook Live

Kara Yorio, Oct 28, 2018
There was a lot to take in on the first day at SLJ's Leadership Summit, which was full of moving speakers, inspiring panels, and breakout sessions with ideas for attendees to take back to school and implement.

SLJ Staff, Oct 15, 2018
What is Read Woke? School librarian Cicely Lewis and students at Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, GA, explore the idea that led to a reading revolution at their school—and internationally.

Kathy Ishizuka, May 31, 2018
In a talk that ranged from her Mississippi roots to her personal influences, including a certain young reader who inspires her today, author Angie Thomas delivered a forceful keynote at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog.
SLJ, May 14, 2018
Get out the pliers and roll up your sleeves: All you need to know to lead a toy-take apart session with students.  

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