The Ultimate Summer Reading List for Middle Graders

Ultimate summer reading list for middle graders, separated into categories and featuring over 50 books total. Plenty of great books to keep kids reading all summer long!

Every year, I try to put together a huge summer reading list for at least one age group. This year, I’m really going to try to outdo myself and make it an ULTIMATE summer reading list! I’m going with middle graders because my own baby boy is heading to 5th grade next year, making him officially a middle-grader (even though is school goes up to 5th grade for elementary school). I put a ton of research into these lists for you. I’m not just grabbing best sellers or copying other lists. I’m talking to my son to find out what […] Read more »

Jack Templar and the Lord of the Demons (Book #5) Cover Reveal: $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway


  Jack Templar and the Lord of the Demons (The Templar Chronicles #5). With two of the Jerusalem Stones in hand, Jack and his friends must race the clock to find the remaining Stones as Ren Lucre’s Creach forces gather strength. With two of their group now with Creach blood flowing in their veins, the team will be tested as never before. They must unite together if they have any hope of surviving their journey to the Underworld and their battle with the vicious Lord of the Demons. The fate of the entire world hangs in the balance. Pre-order Your […] Read more »

Best Friends Forever? Book Blast: $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway


Got teens heading into high school in the fall? Add Best Friends…Forever to their summer reading list! Check out the blurb and excerpt from the book, then head on down to the bottom of the post to enter for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card or Paypal cash! Best Friends… Forever? by Krysten Lindsay Hager Landry Albright hopes the new year will start off in an amazing way—instead she has to deal with more frenemy issues, boy drama, and having most of her best friends make the cheerleading squad without her. Suddenly, it seems like all anyone can talk […] Read more »

Using Minecraft as a Teaching Tool over the Summer

Tips for Using Minecraft as a teaching tool over the summer to inspire kids to read and write their own stories.

With like a zillion downloads to date, Minecraft is one of the most popular games of all time and it’s here to stay. Rather than rebelling against your child’s passion for the game, embrace it and use it as a teaching tool! My son has learned so much by playing Minecraft. A few months ago, Jacob and I read and reviewed Mark Cheverton’s Minecraft-based novel, Invasion of the Overworld. Today, I’m happy to have Mark here to share a guest post about the inspiration behind his book, along with a few tips on how you can use Minecraft as a teaching […] Read more »

From Gods Book Blast: $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway


  I’m getting my summer reading wish list ready so I have plenty of great books to read over the next few months, and this one is definitively going on it! Based on the blurb below, it looks like a fantastic read for those of us who love modern-day mythology YA novels. Since it’s free (for a limited time), now is the perfect time to grab it! Check it out, then keep reading for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card or Paypal cash! From Gods by Mary Ting From Gods by Mary Ting Did you just see […] Read more »

Support Crayon Crunch: The Most Advanced Children’s Personalized Book Ever

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Today marks an exciting day for the personalized children’s book industry: the Crayon Crunch Kickstarter campaign launched at 11AM PST. This is HUGE news for moms who want to give their kids the most advanced printed personalized book ever. I’m talking right down to hairstyles, clothing choices and, most impressively, special needs. Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem With Crayon Crunch Think of the positive impact Crayon Crunch can have on a child’s self-esteem. While many personalized children’s books (even my favorites!) let you add add plenty of text-based details, such as name, birthday, place of birth and even your pets’ names, they stop […] Read more »

Looking for A Great Summer Party? Head to Indie Book Fest in Orlando!


  Indie BookFest 2015 is a three-day event celebrating indie/hybrid/traditional authors and artists and their freedom of expression. Join some of your favorite authors for three days filled with a book signing, sessions, lunch, author meet and greets, an after party, and great fun!You won’t want to miss the sessions throughout the day, where panelists will be speaking on a variety of topics relevant to readers, book lovers, and writers. Indie BookFest 2015 will be held at Caribe Royale in Orlando, Fl., on July 31, August 1, & 2, 2015The Caribe Royale is located just 1.5 miles from the Walt […] Read more »

Power Up & Read with Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge #SummerReading

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This post is brought to you by Scholastic and ENERGIZER® Batteries. All opinions are my own. Every year, I sign Jacob up for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. I’ve been doing it since he was in preschool! During the early years, I did most of the reading while he listened. Now that he’s almost done with 4th grade, he does all the reading on his own and marks his own progress. Encouraging my son to read is so important to me. I believe that literacy is one of the most important gifts we can give our children. It not only allows […] Read more »

The Book of Mom: A Gift Every Mom Wants

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Have you heard of The Book of Everyone? It’s pretty much the coolest personalized book gift for grownups ever. The company was such a huge hit in the UK. Now, they’ve crossed “the pond” and landed here in the US! That’s right, we can finally have our very own Book of Everyone! Just in time for Mother’s Day, too! I made my mom a super cool Book of Mom that I can’t wait to give her! The Book of Mom: Exactly What Your Mom Wants I got to make my mom a complimentary book in exchange for an honest review. […] Read more »

Hanging From the High Wire Guest Feature: Surviving Your Children’s Childhood


With the weather finally warming up, it’s time to start thinking summer reading! Are you looking forward to relaxing on a beach or in your back yard with a good book? I know I am! Today, I’m sharing a guest post from Hanging from the High Wire author Bridget Straub. She writes about something every mom can relate to:  surviving your children’s childhood. It’ll make sense when you read the guest post.   Surviving Your Children’s Childhood “Is he okay?” she asked, looking at Jack as he continued to bark like a sad sea lion. “Yes and no,” I sighed. “He […] Read more »