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AUGUST 25, 2012
Oh, to be Tween

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, 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.

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posted by Susan, Belmar Library


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