I am joining Tracey Neithercott's Fall book club (You should, too! Click on the orange box on the left hand sidebar.)
AND I've been working with my local elementary school all summer to develop a middle grade book club!
Our neighborhood school is amazing!
Here are just some of the ways it rocks the casbah:
- Though this community has had many issues in the past, we have been one of our state's fastest improving schools for the last several years.
- We have wonderfully dedicated staff and faculty. When our summer school programming was cancelled this year due to budget cuts, parents and teachers volunteered to lead a half-day summer program just to keep our kids' minds sharp over the break.
- There are monthly assemblies attended by most of the community, where they give out awards to kids for being good citizens of the school. At the assemblies they sing their school song, Knowledge is Power, and I tear up every time.
- Free books! They never miss an opportunity to provide free books to the kids at our school.
It's a wonderful school. So, I knew that if I was able to volunteer this year, I'd like it to be through a middle grade book club.
We're setting up the program right now and I am bursting at the seams.
I hope I don't frighten the children with my excitement for reading!
Here's where I need YOUR help.
What good middle grade books have you read recently, that you would recommend for a group of 4th and 5th graders? This is a mixed group of both boys and girls.