When Zoey’s parents decide she’ll go from homeschooling to in-person middle school, she’s nervous about fitting in. Fortunately, she has one major skill: coding. Having been exposed to computers and coding earlier, Zoey builds a mobile app called The Cool Code, which uses artificial intelligence and data to predict which outfits she should wear, what to say in conversations, and even which kids to befriend if she wants to be popular. When two not-so-popular kids befriend Zoey, they’re eager to experiment with the app as their STEM project to see if following its tips really makes Zoey popular. But letting an app decide your social interactions gets complicated pretty quickly.
A dictionary is so important for helping kids become readers. New readers typically stumble upon words that they may not be familiar with. Having good dictionaries for kids smoothes the learning process by providing easy-to-understand definitions alongside appealing illustrations. Here are 20 great dictionaries for kids.
Board games are a favorite indoor pastime for families and friends seeking to bond and have fun. As the name suggests, board games typically feature dice, traditional cards, or custom pieces which players move in a prescribed pattern according to a set of rules. Unlike adult games, kids’ board games follow a set of simple rules that are inclined to make them enjoyable and educational at the same time.
Reading Middle Grade is honored to share an excerpt of Piece by Piece: How I Built My Life (No Instructions Required). This children’s non-fiction title follows a young boy born without part of an arm and how his ingenuity led him…
Trees are powerful and awe-inspiring AND they play a crucial part in balancing the environment. If you’re keen on raising tree huggers, you’ll love these picture books about trees. We’ve gathered stories about old trees, new trees, forests, and of course, kids who can’t get enough of trees.
Five different students have yet to complete their community service for a school offense. But first, the principal requires that they say what really happened. Thus, these five seemingly socially invisible kids each share from their perspectives how they got in trouble — and readers are definitely in for a ride. There’s George, the smart kid who Latino, but can’t speak Spanish; Sara, the loner; Dayara, the tough kid, Miguel, the baseball player; and Nico, the rich kid. The story is told in Spanish and English.