Finding What’s Right: Readers’ Advisory for Middle Grades

Logan Shea


As children’s librarians continue to support the development of literacy skills to children before and after they begin reading, there is also an ongoing need for librarians and support staff to be properly trained in providing readers’ advisory (RA) service.

While storytime and other children’s programs may take priority within most children’s departments, RA continues to be an integral part of library service. Unfortunately, many RA tools and associated research are focused on adult readers, creating a distinct scarcity of RA material for children. This article will discuss the developmental considerations and interests for school-aged readers (aged 8–12) and give recommendations for providing RA services.

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