For Parents

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Welcome to the Parent’s Page. We want this to be a place where you can find all the tips, links, and resources you need to be a happy reading family. Please visit often and feel free to suggest topics and information you’d like to see added to this section.

Turning Kids Into Bookworms If you need some inspirational reading to help you turn your kids into story loving bookworms, here’s a list of seven to get you started. (read more)

Start reading, keep reading: How to kick-start and keep the motor running on your kid’s reading… (read more)

Creating a home library: Comfy chairs, shelves full of books, a quiet afternoon. You don’t have to go to your local library to find these. Not when you can create perfect places to read right in your own home… (read more)

Get ‘plugged in’ as a family: Middle-grade books aren’t just for kids. With audiobooks for long car rides, book-to-movie adaptations and apps for phones and e-readers, there are plenty of ways to get the whole family ‘plugged in’… (read more)

Finding the Right Book: A classroom of middle graders has a much variation as a basketful of fruit…It’s not surprising, then, that different kids will be drawn to different books… (read more)

Posts for Parents written by Mixed-Up Authors and Alum:

Home Learning: A World of Opportunities to Read & Think by Aixa Perez-Prado

Using Time in Nature to Get Your School Year Off to a Terrific Start by Jo Hackl

Family Book Club by Meira Drazin

Journaling in the Time of Covid-19 by Michelle Houts

Celebrating Girls in Sports by Julie K. Rubini

Dads in Middle-Grade Books By Jennifer Duddy Gill

How Much Do You Oversee A Child’s Book Choices? by Andrea Pyros

Middle-Grade Moms by Wendy Shang

One Mom Plus Two Sets of Twins Leads to Three Great Book Clubs by Wendy Shang

Parenting Tips I Learned From Reading Middle-Grade Literature By Elissa Cruz

Parents in Books: A Writing Perspective by Sheela Chari

Reading Childhood Favorites…As a Grown-Up by Syndey Salter

The Reading Family by Rosanne Parry

Reading for Pleasure, Not Purpose by Barbara Dee

Tips For Running a Book Club For Kids by Kurtis Scaletta

Using Books to Calm Anxiety by Hillary Homzie

When Not to Recommend a Book by Linda Johns

Where’d That Creativity Come From? by Jennifer Nielsen

You’ve Got a Friend in Grandma by Jennifer Gennari