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Blog: Decoding KidLit

Keiana Mayfield knows books are magical mirrors and windows that support adolescents’ social and cognitive development, but how do we get them to… read books? Keiana will be your guide. She will use her expert knowledge of adolescent development, family dynamics, academic functioning and motivation, and insane bookishness to help you through the labyrinth that is Kidlit. Together you’ll explore new and old titles that will captivate and intrigue our middle grades and young adult readers. She will provide you with potential discussion questions, themes to explore, and assignment suggestions. 

Child cutting up a "I can't do it" card to read "I can do it"

Blog: Decoding KidLit

Readings for Reluctant Readers: Keep It Short

This three part blog will walk you through common underlying causes of what I like to call the Reluctant Reader Syndrome (RRS) as well as strategies to kick it to the curb!

Baking Banner

Blog: Decoding KidLit

Let’s Get Graphic: Baking Edition!

Let’s dive into the awesomeness that is the graphic novel. Although there are many “flavors” of graphic novels, we’re going to start with three graphic novels about cooking and baking!

Two smiling adolescent boys

Blog: Decoding KidLit

Boys Just Want to Have… A Full Range of Emotions

It’s important we’re putting books in front of our readers that show protagonists (and side characters) experiencing the full gambit of emotions and challenges; not one dimensional character representations.