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Books that reflect everyday life have their own magic for tweens — whether they’re about playing sports, dealing with family difficulties, or navigating friendships.
These books are loved by advanced fifth and sixth-grade readers for their unique character voices, complex plots and themes, and high page counts.
Use these books, paired with thoughtful discussion prompts, to offer young readers a new perspective on the world.
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Reading books with environmental themes can help tweens understand how their individual choices have consequences for the planet, its animals, and even other people.
If we want children to enjoy reading and be engaged, why not give them stories in which they see themselves being represented? A good place to start is by exploring diverse stories written by “own voices” authors.
We chatted with Carl Hiaasen, author of our Book Club for Kids pick Hoot, about penning realistic, humorous stories with themes that feel relatable to young readers.
These diverse middle grade books feel truly contemporary. They offer authentic stories driven by character development, rich narrative voice, and modern-day plots, and they don’t shy away from difficult-to-grasp concepts.