Mature Topics in Middle Grade

More and more middle grade books are dealing with topics that, in the past, have been reserved for an older audience.

Author Donna Gephart

“I don’t think there are any taboos anymore,” says David Levithan, v-p, publisher, and editorial director at Scholastic. “But the litmus test for me is whether you contextualize40184-1.JPG something so that a kid understands what’s going on. Some issues are very hard to contextualize for an elementary school level, but it can be done.”

Read Sue Corbett’s May 6th article in Publishers Weekly  for more insight and a deeper examination of the issue.


Corbett, Sue. (2016, May 6). Middle Grade Books Take on Mature Topics. Retrieved from:


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