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Archive for the ‘Themed Book Lists for Tweens’ Category

Earth Day and Books

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Am I mistaken, or was Earth Day even a thing back when I was a kid?  I kind of think not.  I guess I was a kid a really long time ago though :-) I did a little checking on it, and it turns out that it was first celebrated in San Francisco (named after St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology) on March 21st, 1970. It is now celebrated in over 175 countries around the world, with the intention of increasing awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment and resources. I give a big thumbs up for anything that gives our younger generation an opportunity to think about what the Earth has to offer, and how to make it last for generations yet-to-come. So in the spirit of Earth Day this week, StorySnoops has created a list of books for teens and tweens that have environmental themes or environmentally conscious characters—just a little something to reinforce what they’ll be hearing about in school this week. Enjoy!

-Eden, StorySnoop

Giants Win the Series!!! Celebrate with great baseball reads!

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

I think I can speak for all of the StorySnoops when I say that we are very fired up that our local heroes, the San Francisco Giants, have won the World Series! Woo hoo! The Bay Area is celebrating tonight!  And because we are book people, we are hoping that maybe, just maybe, a kid you know will be inspired to pick up a baseball-themed book after watching the series. The books listed below cover all of the bases (sorry, couldn’t resist) and run the gamut from detailed baseball-game-playing books to books featuring the mega-fan, or maybe just a nice subplot involving baseball. Regardless, we enjoyed these books and hope they hit a home run (oh jeez, sorry!) with the young sports fan in your life :-)

Enjoy!

-Eden, StorySnoop

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Most likely, you’re already aware that October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  This is an important annual event that helps raise awareness of bullying prevention across the country.  The event was created by PACER in 2006 to encourage people to take an active role in the bullying prevention movement.

Simlilarly, on October 19th, millions of people wore purple for Spirit Day to speak out against bullying and show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths. Spirit Day was started in 2010 to promote tolerance after LGBT youths took their own lives.

Those who are targets of bullying and intolerant behavior can truly suffer, and sometimes it can be difficult for a child or teen to vocalize their experiences and feelings. We have compiled a list of books in the hope that the right book in the right hands may spark a conversation or help a reader feel like they are not alone. The first group of books have strong anti-bullying messages and the second group feature LGBT characters and messages about acceptance. Click on the book covers to get the full scoop. And let us know if we should add any other books to these important lists. We’d love to hear from you!

Anti-bullying Books

LGBT Books:

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Top Ten Most Popular Books in the Library (part 1) for Teens

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

When we ran our blog about the Top Ten Most Popular Books in the Library for Middle School and Teens a few years back, it was one of our most popular blogs of all time. We’ve recently checked back in with some of our favorite children’s and teen’s librarians to see what it is flying off the bookshelves across America. Today, let’s start with the the Top Ten Most Popular Books in the Library for Teens, shall we?

Jennifer Laredo, Young Adult Librarian

To see what the teens are reading these days, we love checking in with our own beloved local teen librarian, Jennifer Laredo. Jennifer works in the newly remodeled big and beautiful Los Gatos Public Library, a place we Snoops frequent quite a bit. Here is what Jennifer says are the top teen books from the last six months:

1.       The Hunger Games –  Suzanne Collins

2.       Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins

3.       Mockingjay – Suzane Collins

4.       Matched – Ally Condie

5.       Divergent – Veronica Roth

6.       The Maze Runner – James Dashner

7.       The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

8.       Crossed – Ally Condie

9.       The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

10.     I Am Number Four – Pittacus Lore

Jennifer and I are delighted to see The Fault in our Stars on this list. In our opinion, it was the best book from 2012. I also am thrilled to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower on there, too. I wonder if the movie trailers are getting people interested in reading it? Whatever the reason, I am very happy that this book is getting some of the attention it has long deserved.

Tune in next Tuesday when we bring the Top Ten lists of two middle school librarians.

-Shannon, StorySnoop

The ultimate list for your animal lover!

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Boy do we love our animals at my house. It is such a rewarding part of growing up to have a special relationship with a pet–an experience I certainly had, and one that I hope my children will treasure as well.

If you have an animal-lover in your house, you might want to take a look at the books on this list, which features animals portrayed in three ways. First, there are the obligatory books with the animals as adventure characters (they talk, experience the action, are the heroes etc.), then there are the books where the adventures involve animals or are motivated by them (think: must rescue dog from bad situation, adventure ensues…), and then my personal favorites are the books where there is a special relationship between human and animal (these are a tad more serious–no talking critters here!). Bottom line, whatever kind of animal story your young reader prefers, we’ve got a book for that :-) And never fear, we know that animal-lovers can be among our most sensitive readers, so we always try to indicate in our Scoop if there is something that might bring tears, just in case you want to be ready with a box of tissues, or a shoulder to cry on.

Animal as Adventurers:

Adventures Involving Animals:

Special Animal Relationships with Humans:

So many books, so little space! These are just a few of the animal books we loved–if you’d like to see our full selection, check out this list.

Happy Reading!

-Eden, StorySnoop

11 books to remind kids that “different” can be a good thing

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

We’ve said it before and we will say it again: at StorySnoops, one of the things we love about books is that they teach empathy.  And one thing that every kid feels at one time or another is that he or she doesn’t fit in.

In our book selection below, the characters in these books REALLY don’t fit in. It is not always easy to be different, especially when you are a child. However, the super characters in these books come to learn that it is their own distinctive qualities that eventually make them special – and eventually maybe even cool with the “in” crowd.

Enjoy!

–Shannon, StorySnoop

8 Cute Crush Stories for Tweens!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

New school year, new crush?  If your tween is interested in the social scene more than her academics, we have just what you need.  These books will help them shake off the summer reading slow-down and give them some material for their nightly reading log.

Happy reading!

-The Snoops

12 Great Books for Teen and Tween Outside Reading

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

As we mentioned earlier this week, we’ve been working hard here at StorySnoops, reading everything we can get our hands on, so that we can bring you our favorite books that we think are must-haves for the classroom this year. Tuesday we published our lists of books that would be great for book reports for elementary, middle and high school students, and today we bring you some good choices for outside reading–maybe a bit lighter, or more enticing for a reluctant reader–in other words, something to make it easy to fill up that nightly reading log!

Great Outside Reading for Elementary Students:

See the complete list here.

Great outside reading for middle schoolers:

See the complete list here.

Great outside reading for teens:

See the complete list here.

There are so many great titles in the “Outside Reading” category, that it was next to impossible to pick just four books to show here, so be sure to check out the complete lists, and do let us know what we may have missed! As ever, happy reading!

–The Snoops


School is back in session! 12 Books that Celebrate Smart Kids

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

If school hasn’t started in your neck of the woods, it certainly will soon. As the kids get ready to go back and work their summer-ized brains for the first time in 10 weeks, here are some great books to remind your tween how cool the smart kids can be :-)

This list is just a taste to get you started. We have so many more books featuring smart kids here and here. Have fun checking out these books, and let us know what some of your favorite “brainiac” reads are!

–The Snoops

Earth Day and Books

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Am I mistaken, or was Earth Day even a thing back when I was a kid?  I kind of think not.  I guess I was a kid a really long time ago though :-) I did a little checking on it, and it turns out that it was first celebrated in San Francisco (named after St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology) on March 21st, 1970. It is now celebrated in over 175 countries around the world, with the intention of increasing awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment and resources. I give a big thumbs up for anything that gives our younger generation an opportunity to think about what the Earth has to offer, and how to make it last for generations yet-to-come. So in the spirit of Earth Day on April 22, StorySnoops has created a list of books for teens and tweens that have environmental themes or environmentally conscious characters—just a little something to reinforce what they’ll be hearing about in school this week. Enjoy!

-Eden, StorySnoop