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What Should Eighth-Graders Be Reading?

I am a librarian in a middle school struggling with both teachers and eighth-grade students about reading. The students are not required to write any book reports, and Accelerated Reader (AR) software is available to them, but not required. What is the minimum they should...

Don't let their brains melt

Avoid summer school (and summer brain drain) with a little e-learning.

10 best book series for young adults

Can't get your tween or teen excited about reading for pleasure? Welcome to the gateway books: Once your kids get hooked on the right series, they won't be able to stop.

10 best children's book series for grades 4 to 6

A great series can turn a reluctant reader into a life-long book lover. Here are our top picks to transform your older elementary child into an enthusiastic bookworm.

Timeless reads for tweens and teens

Looking for new books to inspire your tween or teen? Check out these YA works of fiction by noteworthy authors handpicked by Danielle Marshall and her team at Powell's Books.

The power of play

As children slog though grueling schedules of enrichment and academics, researchers have found a connection between brain development and the very thing kids are getting less of.

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