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MIT Puts Books in the Hands of Kids

Fifty years after our founding, we at Cambridge School Volunteers have a lot of practice in creating deep community connections. But another local institution, MIT, is commemorating a century of community connections in Cambridge. For its 100th anniversary of moving to Cambridge, MIT has celebrated in style, running a series of open houses, service events, and community drives. CSV was grateful to receive the largess of one of those drives, 74 middle grade books featuring diverse main IMG_8973characters. In honor of MIT’s decades-long partnership as KeyPal mentors at the Kennedy-Longfellow School, these books will be donated to classroom libraries and to individual fifth graders at the school.

Curious what was donated? Check out this list of great books; you could find your next middle grade read. We received multiple copies of these titles:

A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans by Laurence Yep, Joanne Ryder, Mary GrandPre
Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491 by Charles C. Mann
Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
Brown Girl Dreaming (Newbery Honor Book) by Jacqueline Woodson
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities by Mike Jung, Mike Maihack
How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay (The Tia Lola Stories) by Julia Alvarez
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth
Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Year of the Dog (A Pacy Lin Novel) by Grace Lin
Tiger Boy by Mitali Perkins, Jamie Hogan
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones, Katie Kath
Wonder by R. J. Palacio