Middle Grade

For ages 8-12

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Sibling Stories

In honor of the award-winning Fan Brothers, the following list includes books that feature siblings             I’ll Give You the Sun By: Jandy Nelson Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, […]

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The Cook Prize

The Cook Prize is presented by the Bank Street College of Education and honors the best science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) picture book published for children ages 8-10. Finalists are chosen by a panel of judges including two math/science faculty from the Graduate School of Education and two teachers from the School for Children […]

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Serendipitous CLCD Enterprise Searches

There are a lot of great things about CLCD Enterprise, but one of my favorites is the ability to get lost. Getting lost is not a bad thing, think Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Sometimes I feel like I have fallen down a rabbit hole. For example, thinking of ideas for this week’s newsletter, I remembered […]

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Marilyn Courtot – Founder of CLCD

CLCD, as it stands now, has come a long way from its inception in 1993, when a computer programmer and the first female assistant secretary of the U.S. Senate, decided it was time for a career change. Marilyn Courtot endeavored to create a source for teachers, librarians, parents, and childcare providers that offered reviews of […]

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Girls in STEM

In honor of CLCD’s founder, Marilyn Courtot, computer programmer and female pioneer, here is a list of award winning books that put women in the STEM spotlight. Enjoy!         Ada Twist, scientist By: Andrea Beauty Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to […]

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Here Comes Summer

With frost on the ground in lovely Central New York, it is hard to imagine that summer is right around the corner, but so it is, and with it comes the lazy days of summer vacation.  From now until August, Read & Shine will continue to bring you the latest and greatest in the children’s […]

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This Time Last Year – Award Winning Books From May 2016

From the top books published in May 2016, the following titles went on to win awards and live up to their pre-pub hype               Save me a seat By: Sarah Weeks Ravi has just moved to the United States from India and has always been at the top of […]

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National Teacher’s Day — Celebrating One of the Best!

National Teachers day is May 9, 2017 and to celebrate I decided to honor one of my longest and closest friends, Leslie Randall Peters, who also happens to be an amazing art teacher.  Of all of my friends, (all 4 of them), it seems that Leslie always knew exactly what she wanted and how to […]

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The 2017 Edgar Awards

The winners of the 2017 Edgar Awards were announced on April 27, 2017 in New York City. Each year the Mystery Writers of America honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television in such categories as Short Stories, Juvenile, and Young Adult.            Winner Juvenile Titles OCDaniel By: Wesley King […]

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Derby Day — Books for the Horse Lover

May 6, 2017 marks the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby, the “greatest two minutes in sports.”  The Grade 1 stakes race for 3 year old Thoroughbred horses has been held annually at Churchill Downs since 1875.  If you are like me, this means almost nothing to you aside from a visit to the National Museum […]

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Books to Read Aloud for All Ages

Spring break is over and the final stretch is upon classroom teachers.  Get to June with a little help from one of these great read-aloud titles.               The Great Gilly Hopkins By: Katherine Paterson When she arrives at her newest foster home, it is clear to Galadriel “Gilly” Hopkins […]

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2017 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award is given annually to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades 4-8 in participating Illinois schools.  Named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois for nearly 50 years, the award is given in recognition for her literary talent and […]

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The Massachusetts Children’s Book Award

The Massachusetts Children’s Book Award is awarded annually to the children’s book with the most popular votes from students in grades 4 to 6.  The purpose of the award is to create and maintain interest in reading among children in the intermediate grades. Teachers, librarians, and interested publishers nominate books that are available in paperback […]

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Finn’s Favorites — Suggestions From a First Grader

I spent the Easter weekend at my brother’s house in Massachusetts.  My nephew, Finn, is wise beyond his years and I was excited to see him happy to go to bed with his latest read, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.  As a 7 year old first grader, he is a remarkable reader and his […]

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Happy Birthday! Celebrating Authors/Illustrators Born in April

Celebrate spring and the birthdays of these great authors and illustrators                                                     April 2 Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales By: H.C. Andersen A collection of Andersen’s tales including The Fir Tree, The Little Match Girl, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Thumbelina, The Tinderbox, and The Ugly Duckling.  Ages 6 and up April […]

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Love for Libraries — Celebrating National Library Week

I have a love hate relationship with libraries.  Of course, having worked in a public library, academic library, school library, and medical library, I love libraries! Still, having worked in a public library, academic library, school library, and medical library, I hate libraries.  Let me explain. I have often said I could write a book […]

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The E.B. White Read-Aloud Award — Middle Reader Finalists

The E.B. White Read-Aloud Award is given annually by the American Booksellers Association.  Below are the Middle Reader finalists for 2017 which “reflect the playful, well-paced language, the engaging themes, and the universal appeal to a wide range of ages embodied by E.B. White’s collection of beloved books”.  Click here for the Picture Book finalists.  A winner […]

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The Chocolate Lily Book Award — British Columbia’s Reader’s Choice Children’s Book Award — Novel Category

A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius  By: Stacey Matson Arthur Bean, soon-to-be a rich and famous author, has set two goals for himself: to win the school writing contest and to win the heart of his secret crush, Kennedy. But his life has had some major twists and turns lately, […]

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Lucky Leprechaun Reads

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated each year for the patron saint of Ireland.  What began as a religious feast has now morphed into a celebration of all things Irish and in turn the Leprechaun has become the day’s mascot.  In Irish folklore the Leprechaun is a type of fairy who we all know grants wishes […]

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The 2017 Mildred L. Batchelder Award

The Mildred L. Batchelder Award The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.  The award is given to the book’s publisher. Mildred L. Batchelder was […]

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