What To Read

We want to encourage kids to read a great book. Realistically, reading cereal boxes and magazines helps kids understand language and how to communicate better. But middle schoolers? They show a marked decline in recreational reading and rated "reading" the lowest of all preferred independent activities!

How do we turn this around? It seems that getting them hooked on a good series is good for their reading fluency and helps them process higher material (think...high school.)  Read more on these studies here:  http://www.ala.org/aasl/aaslpubsandjournals/slmrb/slmrcontents/volume32000/independent

Here are some great resources to find the book for you!
We are not inherently endorsing any of the books on these lists; as with all things Internet, do some research into the titles to ensure they are appropriate for your reader. 

The Ultimate Teen Reading List

Michael Printz Award Winners for Teens (and great reads for adults too!)

YALSA's (Young Adult Library Services Association) Top Ten (Chosen by) Teens

Website that makes recommendations based on previous books you enjoyed

Arrowhead Library--for younger middle schoolers

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/07/why-read-books_n_4549783.html
Huffington Post excerpt from Wendy Lesser's, "Why I Read" [Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25.00]: