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  • How One Music Teacher Helped Middle School Musicians Grieve, Grow

    How One Music Teacher Helped Middle School Musicians Grieve, Grow1

    By Melissa Shaw A Southborough mother and writer has transformed the unexpected death of a 12-year-old into a book detailing the true story of how the bond between a music teacher and his students helped them grieve and grow following the loss of their friend. Author Meredith O’Brien’s seventh-grade son was a member of the

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  • Find Waldo In July and Celebrate His 30th Anniversary

    Find Waldo In July and Celebrate His 30th Anniversary0

    Families can journey to independent bookstores across Massachusetts this summer to find Waldo and celebrate his 30th anniversary. For the sixth year, bookstores will host Find Waldo scavenger hunts while spreading the “shop local” message in their cities and towns. Over the past five years, Find Waldo Local has become a summer activity staple in

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  • Why ‘Funny’ Is Important for Girls

    Why ‘Funny’ Is Important for Girls0

    Librarian and author Betsy Bird is on a mission: to let girls ages 8-12 (classified in the literary world as “middle grade”) know they can survive adolescence with humor. To that end, Bird edited the recently released Funny Girl, a compilation of hilarious stories, comics, and more from top female middle grade authors, illustrators, and

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