Tween Book Buying Guide for the Holidays- Short Stories

This year I have a lot of students who love to read short stories. This is new for me, as I haven’t had a lot of students who connected with this type of writing before. But they are clamoring for more short story collections and here are some of their favorites:

I love Gary Soto and I am thrilled that he is popular with my students this year. His most popular book right now is Facts of Life: Stories, a collection of short stories about a group of middle school students.

If you are looking for funny, then look no further than Jon Scieszka’s Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka. This collection of memoir small moments will leave you in stitches. Scieszka grew up as the second of six sons and each short story tells the tale of some crazy escapade the boys got into growing up!

My animal lovers have been passing around Every Living Thing by Cynthia Rylant. Each of the twelve stories focuses on the interaction between a person and an animal. They are gorgeous and I love to use them as mentor texts, too!

Maybe you have a real man’s man in your house. Well, hand them a copy of Guys Write for Guys Read: Boys’ Favorite Authors Write About Being Boys. More than 80 authors and illustrated contributed anecdotes about their boyhood and my boys can’t get enough of this book!

Finally, all of my students love 13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen. Middle grade and YA authors contributed to this collection of stories about 13 year old characters. These realistic fiction stories always ring true for my students.

I am always on the lookout for more great short story collections, so please leave any other suggestions in the comments!

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