Browsing Category : Chapter Books

Can Dress Codes Hurt Students?


Today I have a book that touches on a topic that is rarely discussed.  Can dress codes hurt students?  Well-meaning schools are creating rules that target girls disproportionately at a time when body image issues are developing.  This book explores those issues from the perspective of middle school girls and many will be able to relate to the feelings shared…

Middle School in the Time of Social Awakening


Today I have a book that tackles middle school in the time of social awakening.  The author does a marvelous job of capturing the anxiety and nervousness of middle school and the changes in friend groups during a time when social issues that stymie many adults are on the rise. Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter,…

Help your Kids Understand Racism


Today I have a book that will help your kids understand racism.  We are all aware of the blatant examples that present themselves, but what about the subtler ways that black kids are treated differently?  New Kid did a good job of addressing that topic and now What Lane is another book that takcles this issue head-on. Don’t forget to…

Let’s Hear It for the Troublemaker


Today let’s hear it for the troublemaker.  I love the Ivy and Bean books, so I was thrilled to learn the author had started a new series.  This one features Iggy, and while he is not the model of manners, he is a real kid who has to learn the consequences of his actions.  Does that sound something like your…

Fun Book for Winter Break


Do your kids need a fun book for winter break?  This delightful story about a ski trip during middle school hits all the right notes for an escape from the everyday.  It brought back memories from my ski trip. If you scroll to the bottom of the post you can see a picture of me on my middle school Tahoe…

How Does a Kid Stand Out?


Today I have a book that begs the question, “how does a kid stand out?”  If you are looking for a last-minute gift for someone grades 3-5, this one is good, so throw it in your cart! Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email so that you don’t miss a single story that…

New Series from Chris Colfer


Today I am sharing the new series from Chris Colfer, the author of the extremely popular Land of Stories series and actor from Glee.  Generally, I am a little wary of actors turned authors.  Their books feel more like vanity projects than stories that will reel kids into an exciting narrative.  But call me pleasantly surprised and I even like…

A Fun Read for Tweens


Today I have a fun read for tweens.  It’s another version of Freaky Friday and it shows kids that becoming someone else doesn’t really work to get rid of your problems. Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email so that you don’t miss a single story where becoming famous isn’t the answer to…

When the Plan Is to Get to Paris


When the plan is to get to Paris, Cleveland Potts will stop at nothing.  She has a dream, a checklist and plenty of determination.  But what surprised me about this book is the depth of the issues with which Cleveland has to deal.  She has an incarcerated parent, and readers will get new empathy for families who struggle with loved…

Fun Fast Paced Short Stories


Today I have a book that is filled with fun fast paced stories!  For kids who are starting chapter books, the Teeny Weenies is a wonderful introduction to the silly, creepy adventures that books can provide.  My kids still remember these fondly and devoured all the Weenie books.  I am just so excited that David Lubar decided to bring his…