Grasshopper

--Topics and themes allow for critical thinking.

--Plot is easy to follow.

--Accessible language.

--Characters and setting more familiar to reader’s own lives. 

Bookworm

--Topics will push thinking and expand reader’s horizons.

--More complex plot points.

--Dynamic characters who evolve throughout book.

--Setting may be different than reader’s own time period / location.

Owl

--More mature themes and topics.              

--Serious/dramatic plot points.

--Elevated language.

--Subtle use of humor to add depth to character.

Flora & Ulysses

Note from Lindsey: All kids love superheroes, and who wouldn’t fall in love with a squirrel that becomes a superhero! Flora and Ulysses combines the best of comic book storytelling with a novel about family and the ways love can surprise us all. I know your kids will be charmed by the adventures these two remarkable characters have together.

From the Publisher:  Holy unanticipated occurrences! #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo presents a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters — a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black and white by K. G. Campbell. Flora is a self-described natural born cynic, while Ulysses starts as an assuming squirrel. Together Flora and Ulysses will conquer villains, defend the defenseless and protect the weak. Or something.

A Long Walk to Water

Note from Lindsey: Every year in my own classroom, my students and I read A Long Walk to Water together. Kids are immediately gripped by this true story of one Lost Boy and his determination to survive once his family is torn apart by war in Sudan. Your young reader will build empathy for the challenges the people in Sudan have faced and will be inspired by the true story of Salva Dut and his determination to bring clean water to his homeland.

From the Publisher: The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.

The Thing About Jellyfish

Note From Lindsey:  Some of the best middle grade books out there help our young readers grapple with big and scary issues, and The Truth About Jellyfish is no exception. Beautifully written, this book will help your child explore grief and the struggle many young people feel to belong. Your child will root for Suzy, relate to her unique perspective on the world, and learn some fascinating facts about jellyfish!

From the Publisher: After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting--things don't just happen for no reason. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory--even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy's achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe...and the potential for love and hope right next door.

Flora & Ulysses

Note from Lindsey: All kids love superheroes, and who wouldn’t fall in love with a squirrel that becomes a superhero! Flora and Ulysses combines the best of comic book storytelling with a novel about family and the ways love can surprise us all. I know your kids will be charmed by the adventures these two remarkable characters have together.

From the Publisher:  Holy unanticipated occurrences! #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo presents a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters — a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black and white by K. G. Campbell. Flora is a self-described natural born cynic, while Ulysses starts as an assuming squirrel. Together Flora and Ulysses will conquer villains, defend the defenseless and protect the weak. Or something.

A Long Walk to Water

Note from Lindsey: Every year in my own classroom, my students and I read A Long Walk to Water together. Kids are immediately gripped by this true story of one Lost Boy and his determination to survive once his family is torn apart by war in Sudan. Your young reader will build empathy for the challenges the people in Sudan have faced and will be inspired by the true story of Salva Dut and his determination to bring clean water to his homeland.

From the Publisher: The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.

The Thing About Jellyfish

Note From Lindsey:  Some of the best middle grade books out there help our young readers grapple with big and scary issues, and The Truth About Jellyfish is no exception. Beautifully written, this book will help your child explore grief and the struggle many young people feel to belong. Your child will root for Suzy, relate to her unique perspective on the world, and learn some fascinating facts about jellyfish!

From the Publisher: After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting--things don't just happen for no reason. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory--even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy's achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe...and the potential for love and hope right next door.

An interactive monthly subscription box and online book club

 

A selection curated by experts to widen horizons, teach critical thinking skills & engage young readers in the world around them

 

Expose your middle-grade reader to new classics outside of the canon

 

 

How It Works

 

√     Subscribe & choose your book

 

√     Receive your box with book & activity ideas

 

√     Watch out for a weekly email with questions and prompts to guide your child in the guided activity.

 

√     Instructions for the guided activity will arrive in week three

 

√     Participate in a facilitated discussion over a video call with peers and a professional educator