Escapist Middle-Grade Reads

by Amy Fitzgerald, Editorial Director, Carolrhoda Books

I always tell people that my mission is to publish stories that reflect the real world honestly for young readers, and that’s true. But sometimes, leaving the world as we know it has its upsides. Here are a few books that offer readers alternate universes to explore.

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19 Books for a Better World for Elementary Readers

Everyone wants to build a good life for their children. It’s clear that the work needed to complete that goal for all people by eliminating racism has not been finished. We’ve put together a list of books for younger kids that may help to start and continue talking about the road ahead.

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18 Books to Celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

by Lara Neel, Trade Marketing Manager

June is celebrated as Pride Month by the LGBTQIA+ community, and many Pride events occur on the last Sunday in June to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City on June 28, 1969.

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Five Books for Father’s Day

Father’s Day was first celebrated in the United States in 1910, but it only became a nationally-recognized holiday in 1972. This year, it falls on Sunday, June 21. Some families might be spending more time than usual with their dads right now. Others are giving up some time with their fathers to help slow the spread of coronavirus. We have put together a list of titles to help celebrate the day, either way.

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