But Vilonia read that pets can help with sadness. ... A great option for the kid who is a budding feminist. Things you buy through our links may earn us a commission. As battles rage up and down the Eastern seaboard, Isabel, Curzon, and Ruth flee, separate, fight, face unparalleled heartbreak and, just like war, they must depend on their allies—and each other—if they are to survive. Just like her mother always could. Pat says. and that she should be part of the movement. No, I was not. I recently published my book Calculus for Middle Schoolers, and I hope I can convince you to take a look and hopefully recommend it. It’s important for kids to read about the lives of extraordinary people through biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. "Oh, we are living a dystopian reality!" Start 2021 with a brand new reading tracker, inspired by the Bullet Journal. by. ADVERTISEMENT. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” Breadcrumbs is a stunningly original fairy tale of modern-day America, a dazzling ode to the power of fantasy, and a heartbreaking meditation on how growing up is as much a choice as it is something that happens to us. In her introduction, Jensen writes, “What unites feminists is the belief that every person—regardless of gender, class, education, race, sexuality, or ability—deserves equality.”, Reading Jensen’s words has made me think about how children are shaped by the literature they read. The books listed in this blog post are tried and true novels recommended by two middle school ELA teachers who deal with picky middle school readers and fake reading daily. Then the doctor delivers some terrible news: The sideways curve in Rachel’s spine has gotten worse, and she needs to wear a back brace twenty-three hours a day. Ruthie Mizrahi and her family recently emigrated from Castro’s Cuba to New York City. And when her mother decides to pack up the car and forces Wren to leave the only home she’s ever known, the family grows even more fractured. Number the Stars book. On the day before her birthday, Lolly watches in helpless horror as her sisters are lured themselves by curse-reversing fishermen–and suddenly it’s up to her and her best friend Jason to rescue the sirens of Starbridge Cove. Keep an eye on your inbox. She’s finally earned a place as a forward on her soccer team. Elementary School Middle School High School Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade PreK 8th Grade 12th Grade 9th Grade 7th Grade 10th Grade 6th Grade 11th Grade Higher Ed. But there was a time when Carli almost quit soccer. In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. Mary Alice’s childhood summers in Grandma Dowdel’s sleepy Illinois town were packed with enough drama to fill the double bill of any picture show. Who run the world? It wasn’t until after her death that anyone discovered she was a woman. I started thinking about feminist middle grade books while reading Kelly Jensen’s wonderful feminist anthology, Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World. Eragon was initially published by Paolini in 2001 but was discovered by Carl Hiassen, revised and then republished by Alfred A. Knopf’s publishing company in 2003. August 9, 2020 at 5:40 pm. But when she first started dancing—at the late age of thirteen—no one would have guessed the shy, underprivileged girl would one day make history in her field. Comments. Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Tuck Everlasting manages to … But the story’s depth comes from Bright Star’s admiration for her father, running like a current through the story. That’s how Katie Takeshima’s sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. In these worlds where animals speak and magic is real, it can sometimes be hard to find main characters that aren’t white. This book was written by Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein, a psychologist in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, area. But first they have to figure out how. … In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life’s questions. But if an entire nation can seek its freedom, why can’t they? Now all she has to do is keep the library goldfish alive over spring break, stop bringing stray animals home, and help Mama not get fired from her job. She talks about her loving family, her rigorous training, her intense sacrifices, and her amazing triumphs. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. Click the book cover or title to go directly to our catalog, where you can put the book on hold for pick up. Despite her resistance, the Murphys eventually show her what it feels like to belong–until her mother wants her back and Carley has to decide where and how to live. This post is part of our International Women’s Day celebration. because she’s a boy. In the summer of 2015, the U.S. women’s national soccer team won the World Cup behind an epic performance by Carli Lloyd. “[In this] story of a young Ojibwa girl, Omakayas, living on an island in Lake Superior around 1847, Louise Erdrich is reversing the narrative perspective used in most children’s stories about nineteenth-century Native Americans. Corinne must call on her courage and her friends and learn to use ancient magic she didn’t know she possessed to stop Severine and to save her island home. If Valor’s plan is to succeed, she’ll need to make some unlikely allies. Estefania “Stef” Soto is itching to shake off the onion-and-cilantro embrace of Tia Perla, her family’s taco truck. And so are people’s eyes. I’m playing, and I’m going to be good, even in the brace.”. For while the path before me might be difficult, it will be my own.”. The wind is wild, and the waves are endless, and the shore is so distant it is hard to imagine that it even exists. She’s not really a Murphy, but the gifts they’ve given her have opened up a new future. . Travis keeps bringing home strays. These books are available at the Lynnfield Public Library and are great for middle schoolers looking for realistic fiction. But when Salma decides to run in the upcoming Blueberry Queen pageant, they’ll have to face some tough truths about friendship and belonging. Reader Interactions. But all that hard work is worth it if it means she can get a dog. And Callie has her hands full keeping the wild animals–her brother included–away from her mother’s critical eye. One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change. ), and since Rioter @marialaganga asked for it, I now present you with the best feminist books for younger readers. And if I had to make my own way in the world, so be it. Middle grade authors who write books for middle schoolers, kids, and tweens know that childhood and middle school aren’t easy and they don’t romanticize it. The sea is kira-kira for the same reason. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . Severine plans to claim the entire island for the jumbies. This book is about black middle schooler Clayton Bird, who loses his grandfather. It an incredible, emotional story of a girl who became emotionally vulnerable after being ill-treated by her father and then her husband. Rachel Brooks is excited for the new school year. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. And Soledad has needed that escape more than ever in the five years since her mother and sister died, and her father moved Sol and her youngest sister from the Philippines to Louisiana. To do brave things, you don’t have to be hugely brave. Or could they? Then, one town over, an African American boy, Emmett Till, is killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. He did not see that she was a brave knight.”, Chains, Forge, and Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson. 40 Middle Schoolers all-time favorite books: (I have not read each of these, so I am including an affiliate link to Amazon so you can read a description) The Giver by Lois Lowry . “Best” is a hard thing in this category, so I’m aiming to include a variety of genres and some lesser known/newer options. List provided by a Catholic parent. There is never a dull moment for Celie and her family in Castle Glower–even when they’re not in the Castle itself! Celie and Lilah hope that the Ship is taking them to the ancient island where unicorns once roamed, but as the journey grows longer and supplies run low, they are in trouble. For freedom being fought for one isn’t necessarily freedom being fought for all…especially if you are a slave. The best books for middle schoolers explore that middle zone between childhood and independence – and hopefully help create a more empathetic creature in the process. When Corinne spots a beautiful stranger at the market the very next day, she knows something extraordinary is about to happen. You may also enjoy these Feminist Graphic Novels! Does this mean I don’t think Halse Anderson’s Chains belongs on this list? He said, “There are studies that show that fiction in particular builds empathy–that when you read about characters who don’t look or live like you, you begin to understand them a little better.”. Feel free to add to the conversation by sharing your favorite feminist children’s books in the comments. The Abhorsen Trilogy Box Set (Abhorsen, #1-3). kira-kira (kee ra kee ra): glittering; shining. And it’s Lynn who, with her special way of viewing the world, teaches Katie to look beyond tomorrow. 1. That’s what Bryan’s going through, as his friend Mike tries to pressure him into ideas that seem foolish and risky to Bryan. This book offers readers a remarkable new perspective on the final moments of World War II and their aftermath. . Now she communicates entirely through gestures and taps, and by drawing cartoons, speaking only when she’s alone—or with Dog. But when Lynn becomes desperately ill, and the whole family begins to fall apart, it is up to Katie to find a way to remind them all that there is always something glittering — kira-kira — in the future. There are countless numbers of feminist middle grade books, but here are some of my favorites. Being responsible is NOT easy. I’m not giving up. If Jubilee finds her, will her mother’s love be what she needs to speak again? Then maybe everyone at school will stop seeing her as the Taco Queen. Of O’Dell’s recent works this is one of his most exciting to read and infused with dignity. All Heart: My Dedication and Determination to Become One of Soccer’s Best by Carli Lloyd. Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. Poignant and funny, Laurie’s story is about growing up with the dream of becoming an Olympian and what it took to win gold. Thanks for reading! As she and her mother struggle to build a new life, Wren must confront issues with the environment, peer pressure, bullying, and most of all, the difficulty of forgiving those who don’t deserve it. I push through. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. If you’ve been trying to get your tween to read more, the best way is to introduce them to books that they’ll find challenging and interesting. The brace wraps her in hard plastic from shoulder blades to hips. All Mary Alice can know for certain is this: when trying to predict how life with Grandma might turn out . As war breaks out, sides must be chosen, death is at every turn, and one question forever rings in their ears: Would you risk everything to be free? Each time I speed up and turn, the brace rubs against my hips. This book speaks directly to working with teens, making it one of the best picks for self-care books for middle schoolers. 10 of the best feminist books for children. After traveling to the seaside kingdom of Lilah’s betrothed prince, Lulath, Celie and her companions are busy training griffins, enjoying wedding festivities, and finishing construction of a grand ship built from parts of the Castle. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all. This year, Judith faces a big change—leaving her small, special classroom for a regular fifth-grade class. I don’t care that it hurts. “Her father said she was a princess. The lessons young people learn from the books they read will linger as they grow up and share ideas and become leaders in the world: politicians and journalists and writers and travelers. better not. O’Dell’s understated, laconic style seems perfectly suited to depicting their relationship. “Fortune was not a house full of gold and jade, but something much more.”, Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge by Kristin L. Gray. “It seemed to me that everything boiled down to one question that kept repeating in my head: Am I not as smart as my brothers? 23 Feminist Books Every Child Should Read. Sex is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings and You. I would find that way.”, Flying Lessons and Other Stories, edited by Ellen Oh. From popular middle school series books to more challenging books for middle schoolers, from light-hearted fantasy to more gripping dystopian books and even one historical fiction. After the death of her father, twelve-year-old Wren finds her life thrown into upheaval. Demidova’s prison for criminal children is exactly where she wants to be. And they’re also really fun to read! “I was feeling a bit scared, and I realized something. Never mind that no one has escaped the prison in centuries. And she really likes Tate, and she’s pretty sure he likes her back. With help from Robin Brenner, the Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Brookline, MA, we’ve compiled a list of books that center around strong, smart, powerful female characters. These feminist board books will help even the youngest children learn why equality is important. Which leads to a second, harrowing question: Amidst so much pain and destruction, can they even recognize who their allies are? Books Advanced Search New Releases Best Sellers & More Children's Books Textbooks Textbook Rentals Best Books of the Month 1-16 of over 4,000 results for "middle school science workbooks" Skip to main search results When this same beauty, called Severine, turns up at Corinne’s house, danger is in the air. The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly. If you haven’t read it yet, get it now! Middle schoolers may find themselves at difficult crossroads with tough decisions to make, especially as old friends grow and change. Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson. She wants nothing more than for Papi to get a normal job and for Tia Perla to be a distant memory. Judith lives with her beloved aunt Cora and her faithful Dog on a beautiful island. . [box] Tip: If you’re expecting a baby, I highly recommend signing up for an Amazon Baby Registry. After her father leaves, all Sol and Ming have is their evil stepmother, Vea. There are so many good books for middle schoolers with strong female protagonists out there to choose from! She likes her new teacher, and finds a maybe-friend in a boy named Mason. I could have called this list “Books to Help Strong Girls Stay Strong.” In their book Meeting at the Crossroads, Lyn Mikel Brown and Carol Gilligan identify this age — the years between childhood and adolescence — as a sort of critical fork in the road of a girl's passage into womanhood. Many of the books are also available as ebooks and audiobooks from Libby or hoopla. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. Easy as pie, right? Tweens can learn a lot by reading middle school biography books. The race, with an unexpected ending, gives the story its simple, penetrating structure. Although your child may have read the young readers’ version of this story, there is power in the full memoir. Celie, Lilah, and Rolf know they must trust the Ship as they trust the Castle, but what if they never reach land again? Luckily, MEDIAGIRLS has you covered. She has a daddy who works on an oil rig, a great-aunt who always finds the lowest prices at the Piggly Wiggly, and two loyal best friends. Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar (Nancy Paulsen Books, April 11, 2017). If your middle-schooler likes fantasy books and even if you’re not sure and just want to encourage reading, try this page-turner- written by a teen and certainly appropriate for middle school kids. Should an outsider like Salma really participate in the pageant – and possibly win? Feminist Books for Teens. In All Heart, adapted from When Nobody Was Watching specifically for younger readers, Carli tells the full inspiring story of her journey to the top of the soccer world—an honest, action-packed account that takes readers inside the mind of a hardworking athlete. It’s also to help Mama, who’s been lost in one, big sadness fog for forty-three days—ever since Nana died. Defined as “what happens when forms of discrimination combine, overlap, and intersect,” the term was coined by civil rights activist and legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. I started thinking about feminist middle grade books while reading Kelly Jensen’s wonderful feminist anthology, Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World. In her introduction, Jensen writes, “What unites feminists is the belief that every person—regardless of gender, class, education, race, sexuality, or ability—deserves equality.” The Color Purple, Alice Walker; image source: amazon.in. But the day she becomes a foster child, and moves in with the Murphys, she’s blindsided. Your middle schooler may be “reading up” and turning to the classics at school. Sara’s Note to Readers: Just so you know… These feminist books for kids are quite inspiring and share authentic feelings. Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick. It changes how her clothes fit, how she kicks a ball, and how everyone sees her–even her friends and Tate. It’s being afraid and doing it anyway.”, Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren (Bloomsbury, April 4, 2017). Under the tutelage of a lizard guide named Henrietta Peel and an aeronaut Vijay, the Farah and her friends battle camel spiders, red scorpions, grease monkeys, and sand cats as they prepare to face off with the maniacal Lord Amari, the man behind the machine. Valor’s twin sister, Sasha, is serving a life sentence for stealing from the royal family, and Valor is going to help her escape . You must have a goodreads account to vote. . But now she is fifteen, and faces a whole long year with Grandma, a woman well known for shaking up her neighbors – and everyone else! Bryan looks to his comic book superheroes to guide him down the right path. Tags: claire legrand, courage for beginners, donna gephart, esther ehrlich, jennifer richard jacobson, karen harrington, lily and dunkin, lisa graff, nest, ocdaniel, small as an elephant, some … Best Books for Middle School Girls Score A book’s total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book. Middle School Fantasy Books . Having conducted extensive interviews with Sachiko Yasui, Caren Stelson chronicles Sachiko s trauma and loss as well as her long journey to find peace. I Got This: To Gold and Beyond by Laurie Hernandez. Historical fiction, Newberry winners, classics, and more. A quirky, emotional middle grade novel set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Be Light Like a Bird features well-drawn, unconventional characters and explores what it means to be a family ― and the secrets and lies that can tear one apart. Valor has a master plan and resources most people could only dream about. Nicknamed “the Human Emoji” for her wide-eyed and animated expressions, Laurie continued to dance her way into everyone’s hearts while competing on the hit reality TV show Dancing with the Stars, where she was the youngest-ever winner of the Mirrorball Trophy. Acclaimed and award-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly writes masterfully about the challenges of finding hope in impossible circumstances, in this novel that will appeal to fans of Cynthia Kadohata and Thanhha Lai. You've heard it, you may have even said it. But for now, she’s living with her sharecropper grandparents on a white man’s cotton plantation. Sol has protected Ming all this time, but then Ming begins to believe that Auntie Jove—their mythical, world-traveling aunt—is really going to come rescue them. When you think of the best books for middle school, this genre should definitely be on every homeschooler’s list. But now the young country of America is in turmoil—there are whisperings, then cries, of freedom from England spreading like fire, and with it is a whole new type of danger. But Jubilee’s wandering feet won’t stop until they find her mother. Whether it’s wrangling a rogue armadillo or stray dog, a guileless younger brother or standoffish cousin, the trials and tribulations of Callie Vee will have readers laughing and crying and cheering for this most endearing heroine. When Till’s murderers are unjustly acquitted, Rose realizes that the South needs a change . They couldn’t belong to a jumbie. “And I was determined that one day, instead of fretting over being as dark as midnight without a moon, I would shine as bright as the morning star.”. I found it to be especially helpful with my tween kids. At sixteen years old, Laurie Hernandez has already made many of her dreams come true—and yet it’s only the beginning for this highly accomplished athlete. This striking work of narrative nonfiction tells the true story of six-year-old Sachiko Yasui’s survival of the Nagasaki atomic bomb on August 9, 1945, and the heartbreaking and lifelong aftermath. The Two Princesses of Bamarre (The Two Princesses of Bamarre, #1), Master of the Universe: Memoirs - Book One, The Oaken Throne (The Deptford Histories, #2), The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #1-4), The Crystal Prison (The Deptford Mice, #2), A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia 1859, The Final Reckoning (The Deptford Mice, #3), I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865, A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1), The Dark Hills Divide (The Land of Elyon, #1), Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1), Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return (Persepolis, #2), 27 New Dystopian Novels for Your Post-Apocalyptic Reading List. All too often, students decide early on that advanced math classes will not be on their agenda because these classes just seem too difficult and mysterious, and they cannot picture themselves succeeding. When people look at George, they think they see a boy. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family’s fortune. Photo credit: Amazon. Can they defeat Amari at his own game…or will they, like the children who came before them, become cogs in the machine? As Ruthie’s world shrinks because of her inability to move, her powers of observation and her heart grow larger and she comes to understand how fragile life is, how vulnerable we all are as human beings, and how friends, neighbors, and the power of the arts can sweeten even the worst of times. by Sarah Breen. Corinne La Mer claims she isn’t afraid of anything. . Fourth grader Vilonia hasn’t lost her rain coat in the three weeks she’s had it and she’s brushed her teeth every night and she’s volunteered to be the Friday Library Helper. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes. Since the feminist picture books were so popular (yay! Thank you for signing up! And then I came across an interview in Poets and Writers Magazine with the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang. She struggled with doubts and low confidence. And she’s got to do all of it before the Catfish Festival. Can Sol protect Ming from this impossible hope? As the first African-American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has been breaking down all kinds of barriers in the world of dance. The Birchbark House establishes its own ground, in the vicinity of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘Little House’ books.” —The New York Times Book Review, When her father is injured while training for the Iditarod (the famous 1200-mile dogsled race between Anchorage and Nome), Bright Dawn eagerly takes his place. They know that kids are often grappling with difficult issues, or that kids every day encounter friends and classmates who are. You may be interested in these resources for student response to choice reading: Join the Newsletter. Feminist books for middle schoolers, Below I have compiled a list of contemporary feminist literature, perfect for coming-of-age novel uncovers the last year of high school for Gabi., 16 Best Children’s Books That Will Teach Kids About Feminism | The Strategist | New York Magazine Salma, the daughter of migrant workers, is in the small town with her family for the blueberry-picking season. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer. In 1998, I put little thought into the fact that the characters in these books I was teaching were white, middle class boys yet I was teaching black, working class children. BuzzFeed Contributor ... this colouring book aims to turn pervasive negative gender stereotypes on … Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley. Soledad has always been able to escape into the stories she creates. These readers will grow up with a powerful arsenal of empathy, understanding, and a desire for equality and justice. For more feminist kid’s lit recommendations, check these out: 50 of the Best Heroines from Middle Grade Books (Link), #ShePersisted: A Booklist for Kids (Link), The Best Feminist Books for Younger Readers (Link), Excellent Nonfiction About Girls for Tweens and Teen Readers (Link), Inspiring Young Feminists: The Amelia Bloomer List (Link), 100 Must-Read YA Books for Feminists and Feminists-in-Training (Link). But she didn’t count on having to outsmart both the guards and her fellow prisoners. Now it’s up to Hazel to go in after him. This loving, bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed, and she feels like an alien in their cookie-cutter-perfect household. Take a quick assessment of your classroom library. from the inside. Intersectionality might be a new concept to some, but for most, it’s an essential feminist tenet. If you haven’t read it yet, get it now! We have observed our students to see what books they actually read versus pretend to read. This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African-American women who lived through the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country. When they’re not in school or running their small town’s diner, they’re secretly luring ships to their doom from the cliffs of Starbridge Cove, Maine. With their mother dead after a mysterious car accident, and their father drowning in grief, the sisters carry on with their lives and duties until a local sea captain gets suspicious about the shipwrecks. 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