Tight Is a Reflection of Real-Life Kids and the Settings They Know

Kids will love the books if the books love them. I have taught middle school for nearly 20 years and I feel that is true. My dream as a teacher is my dream as an author: to provide books for kids to love, books that will love kids back, and to share stories that help them see things as more complex.



Growing Reader

Brightly Storytime: Waiting for the Biblioburro

Read along with Waiting for the Biblioburro, a beautiful picture book inspired by Luis Soriano Bohorquez, the real-life traveling librarian who brings books to children across Colombia.

Dr. Seuss's You Are Kind

All Ages

The Best Children’s and YA Books of September 2018

We’ve pulled together this month’s most exciting releases for children’s, middle grade, and YA book readers, which include STEM-inspired books, funny adventures, timely fiction, and much more.



Confessions of a STEM Girl

I am a STEM girl and have been since stem was only part of a plant and not a career path. Here’s what being a “STEM girl” has meant for me.

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Growing Reader

One Test Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story: An Author’s Writing Journey

When author Alexandra Penfold recently found a state test report that deemed her “minimally proficient in writing” in fourth grade, she reflected on what the result now means to her.

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Baby & Toddler


Growing Reader

16 Must-Read Picture Books of Fall 2018

From bold biographies to funny fiction to tender tales, this season is packed with spectacular new picture books and board books that you won’t want to miss.

Book covers: Property of the Rebel Librarian; Small Spaces


20 Must-Read Middle Grade Books of Fall 2018

This fall, don’t forget to nurture yourself with great books. These are the most exciting middle grade releases for tweens to pick up this season.

Book covers: The Lantern's Ember; Bridge of Clay


16 Must-Read YA Books of Fall 2018

This fall YA readers will see the continuation of some popular series, the conclusion of others, spooky tales for Halloween, heartfelt literature, and stunning works of nonfiction.

Book covers: The Class; 21 Lessons for the 21st Century; Time's Convert

Grown-Up Reads

The Best Grown-Up Reads of September 2018

Fall brings a renewed sense of ambition and the spark of possibility — and this month’s brand-new fiction and nonfiction releases are sure to inspire and delight.