Tag Archives: tweens

Get Sets for the Holidays!

Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa—whichever winter holidays you celebrate, sets of graphic books make great, generous gifts for young readers.  Tweens in particular can take delight this holiday season not only in some sets already packaged by publishers but also … Continue reading

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Tweens Spring Forward

Transitions.  Whether it is tweens careening towards adolescence or winter blossoming into spring, the change is predictable–even if the pace is not!  This is why fickle March seems an apt moment to catch up with two award-winning graphic novels about … Continue reading

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Crushes Now and Then

Heartthrob or heartache?  Sudden attraction or slow connection?  With Valentine’s Day approaching, and its card exchanges popular even in some pre-schools, the recent publication of Svetlana Chmakova’s Crush (2018) was aptly timed.  This continuation of the author/illustrator’s award-winning Berrybrook Middle … Continue reading

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At Play

With school supplies already on store shelves and in newspaper ads, autumn is looming!  It is a good time to remember how valuable unstructured play and long summer days can be for our young people before they head back to … Continue reading

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Today’s Tomorrow

“May Day! May Day! May Day!”  That desperate radio call for help—once the best way for airplanes to signal disaster—is such an appropriate beginning for this May 1 blog post.  Today’s inspiration is neither the traditional spring holiday nor the … Continue reading

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Graduation: Visiting the SuperMutant Magic Academy

Check your high school diploma!  See if the words “SuperMutant Magic Academy” are lurking (perhaps written in invisible ink) on that certificate of achievement.  The feelings and “A-hah!” moments evoked by Jillian Tamaki’s recent publication are heartbreakingly familiar as well … Continue reading

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