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How to keep older kids reading (and why it’s so important they do)

How to keep older kids reading (and why it’s so important they do)

Fitness experts talk about the importance of regular exercise and fresh air for tweens and teens, so surely a teacher librarian can talk about the importance of reading in their lives? It should be our goal to keep older kids reading for so many reasons. We live in a...

Books for reluctant readers: Review of Malamander by Thomas Taylor

Books for reluctant readers: Review of Malamander by Thomas Taylor

This review of Malamander is part of our ongoing quest to encourage reluctant readers to find their 'key' book. Maybe this is the book that will unlock their love of reading? Malamander is a quirky adventure tale about friendship, being brave, optimistic and, most of...

6 good books about starting your period

6 good books about starting your period

Can you imagine what it was like starting your period back in the days when nobody talked about periods? Perhaps you would wake in the night to blood-soaked sheets and the thought that you had died in the night and are now a ghost, floating above the murder scene. Or...

16 awesome book series for reluctant readers of all ages

16 awesome book series for reluctant readers of all ages

Many kids love books from the moment they are taught to read, but other kids are very reluctant readers indeed. Sure, they get the hang of their ABCs and can plow through an early reader with the best of them. But reluctant readers just never seem to make the switch...

21 awesome books for reluctant readers (they won’t be able to resist)

21 awesome books for reluctant readers (they won’t be able to resist)

The trio behind Your Kids Next Read - award-winning children's authors Allison Tait and Allison Rushby, and popular teacher-librarian and blogger Megan Daley - bring us the definitive list of books that make great gifts for reluctant readers. ‘Reluctant readers’...

16 very helpful books about raising boys

16 very helpful books about raising boys

I knew we all needed a list of books about raising boys because OMG, parenting boys is so frustrating! I mean, raising girls is just as frazzling (I have both), but the boy thing is throat-punching me lately. Ugh. Before I come over all negative and whiney, let me...

16+ must-read books both girls and boys like (kids aged 7+)

16+ must-read books both girls and boys like (kids aged 7+)

Why are there so few books both girls and boys like out there? We seem determined to channel our kids into what they will like based entirely on their gender. "Boy books" are adventurous, humorous and sometimes dark. "Girl books" are about kindness, friendship and use...

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