Middle-Grade Book Talks

Themed Book Talks

Pirate Stories 9/22/2020 - | Watch the video on YouTube.

Scary Book Talks - 10/13/2020 | Watch the video on YouTube. 

Scary Storytelling - 10/27/2020 | Watch the video on YouTube. 

Book Talk Books

You can watch the video recommendations on our YouTube playlist for book talks.

Week 1

Dirt by Denise Gosliner Orenstein (Scholastic Press)

Hope in the Holler by Lisa Lewis Tyre (Nancy Paulsen Books an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group)

Ivy + Bean: Take care of the Babysitter [book 4] by Annie Barrows (Chronicle Books)

Ivy + Bean: What’s the Big Idea [book 7] by Annie Barrows (Chronicle Books)

Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen by Candace Fleming & Eric Rohmann (Schwartz & Wade Books)

Tight by Torrey Maldonado (Nancy Paulsen Books an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group)

Week 2

Restart, by Gordon Korman, published by Scholastic Press

Phoebe and her unicorn: the magic storm, by Dana Simpson, published by Andrew McMeel Publishing

Phoebe and her unicorn: the unicorn whisperer, by Dana Simpson, published by Andrew McMeel Publishing

Down Girl and Sit: smarter than squirrels, by Lucy Nolan, published by Marshall Cavendish

Down Girl and Sit: home on the range, by Lucy Nolan, published by Marshall Cavendish

Week 3

Lawn Boy, by Gary Paulsen, published by Wendy Lamb Books

Lawn Boy returns, by Gary Paulsen, published by Wendy Lamb Books

Amal unbound, by Aisha Saeed, published by Nancy Paulsen Books

Week 4

Kickers book 4: Game day jitters, by Rich Wallace, published by Alfred A. Knopf

Small spaces, by Katherine Arden, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Week 5

Fairy crafts  by Heidi Boyd  Northlight Books

Art lab for kids  by Susan Schwake  Quarry Books

Mason jar crafts for kids  Linda Z. Braden

Nature’s art book  by Laura C. Martin  Storey Publishing

Week 6

Get outdoors: a mindfulness guide to noticing nature, by Paul Christelis; published by Free Spirit Publishing

My big book of summer activities: packed with creative crafts to make and outdoor things to do, by Clare Beaton; published by B Small Publishing

Birdology: 30 activities and observations for exploring the world of birds, by Monica Russo; published by Chicago Review Press

Week 7

Shoe dog: a memoir by the creator of Nike, by Phil Knight; published by Simon & Schuster

More about Boy: Roald Dahl’s tales from childhood, by Roald Dahl; published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Day-Glo brothers: the true story of Bob and Joe Switzer’s bright ideas and brand-new colors, by Chris Barton; published by Charlesbridge

Week 8

Mary on horseback: three mountain stories, by Rosemary Wells; published by Dial Books for Young Readers

Hana’s suitcase, by Karen Levine; published by Albert Whitman & Company

Queen of the falls, by Chris Van Allsburg; published by Houghton Mifflin

Week 9

The best of Iggy, by Annie Barrows; published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Notorious, by Gordon Korman; published by HarperCollins

Other words for home, by Jasmine Warga; published by HarperCollins

Week 10

A talent for trouble, by Natasha Farrant; published by Clarion Books

Bouncing back, by Scott Ostler; published by Little, Brown and Company

Wildfire, by Rodman Philbrick; published by Scholastic

Week 11

Allies, by Alan Gratz; published by Scholastic

Owl’s outstanding donuts, by Robin Yardi; published by Carolrhoda Books

I survived the sinking of the Titanic, by Lauren Tarshis; published by Scholastic

Week 12

Tito the bone crusher, by Melissa Thomson; published by Farrar Straus Giroux

Stay, by Bobbie Pyron; published by Katherine Tegen Books

A slip of a girl, by Patricia Reilly Giff; published by Holiday House