So, just what is a tween, exactly?
Depending on who you ask, the ages range from 8 to 14, and grades 3rd-9th. It’s that time of life in which a youth no longer sees themselves as a child, yet have not attained the teen years and the attendant interests and level of sophistication.
How do you and your tween find books, films, and music appropriate to a tween’s burgeoning world view and concerns?
Fortunately, your local library has adept children’s or teen librarians with a fount of knowledge on new, popular, and all-time favorites for tweens. JCPL, for example, posts online a monthly TWEEN newsletter from NextReads.
There are also many online resources to turn to, along with your local library’s web site. Here is a small sampling.
Consider GoodReads, “the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world” which has a portion of their site dedicated to tweens.
Another site to consult, AdLit.org is a comprehensive resource for parents and educators. The site includes award-winning book lists, author interviews, book discussion guides, and more.
In order to keep up on the ever-changing world of what’s popular with tweens, check out the commercial site YPulse.