Category Archives: Middle Grade Books

Be A Maker

Engineer Jennifer has always been a builder. LEGOs were a right of passage for me – probably for most kids headed for a career in Civil Engineering. Among my peers, there were two schools of thought regarding those LEGO kit … Continue reading

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Social Media for Middle Graders

Recently I’ve noticed an increasing number of authors on Facebook asking what social media 12-year-olds use. Writer Jennifer understands the question. These authors want to keep their writing relevant to modern kids by incorporating the methods of communication being used … Continue reading

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The Highlights Foundation Magic

Visiting Highlights Foundation for the first time is much like entering an enchanted forest, the leaves dripping with writing magic. Three nonfiction story ideas were born in my little cabin in the woods. Several familiar Illinois and VCFA writer names … Continue reading

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Sample Illustrations

Where has Jennifer been for the past two months? Attached to my new digital drawing pad. It’s become a third limb. After only three hours of online webinars on how to use Manga Studio 5, I’ve reached below average functionality … Continue reading

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Stories for All

This week Shannon and Dean Hale released the second book in their Princess in Black Series: Perfect Princess Party. Nicole and I devoured it on release day. It’s an early reader chapter book with hilarious illustrations by LeUyen Pham. Love … Continue reading

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Busy Reading

Sorry, Jen cannot blog today because her nose is buried in this awesome new middle grade series. You should check it out.  Yes, this is shameless advertising.  No, I did not write this book, but I am mentioned in the … Continue reading

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Summer Beach Reads

It’s been a crazy spring in our household, with four big events occurring at the same time: Girl Scout Bridging! Daughter Birthday Week!  Wait, didn’t this used to be a one day event? Last Day of School! Sister Bridal Shower! … Continue reading

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Babies Can’t Learn To Read

Shocking announcement from The Atlantic this week: Babies Can’t Learn To Read! A surprising number of parents are still convinced their baby can read if given the proper stimulus.  These parents would do anything, and pay any cost, to help … Continue reading

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Rainbow Loom vs Moldy Cheese

If you’re the parent of an elementary school child, and you haven’t heard of the Rainbow Loom, you must be living under a rock.  Or in a bubble.  Possibly residing in outer space.  Even boys are crazy about this friendship … Continue reading

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Local Find: Wonderland Books & Toys

I’m ashamed to admit I had no idea there was an independent children’s book store still thriving in my neighborhood.  I’d resigned myself to the fact that Barnes and Noble was the only show in town.  At least they have … Continue reading

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