Middle Grade Monday – Love is in the Air
Ever since my blessedly brief stint as an elementary school librarian, I’ve loved Valentine’s Day. The students come to school excited with the idea of doing nice things for other people and letting people know how much they love them. Plus – plus! There are so many fun, funny, and cute picture books about Valentine’s Day! My favorite might be Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink, but don’t hold me to that.
Strangely, these books seem to fade out of existence at the Middle Grade level. (As an aside, it really confuses the children that looking up ‘romance’ as a subject only returns books about King Arthur.) So in case you, like me, are looking for some good Valentine’s Day reads for your middle graders, look no further! These titles should hit the spot:
Small Medium at Large, by Joanne Levy – Lila Bloom is struck by lightning and gains the ability to talk to ghosts, but can they help her overcome her fears and approach her biggest crush – Andrew Finkel?
Crush: the Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Love by Gary Paulsen – Will the hilarious Kevin ask out his crush, Tina, or will he only think about it forever?
Happy almost Valentine’s Day, everyone!
Filed under: Middle Grade Monday
About Robin Willis
After working in middle school libraries for over 20 years, Robin Willis now works in a public library system in Maryland.
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