Pioneer Ridge Middle School Book Gift

If you are looking for a unique gift idea, the HUB (media center) has an idea for you!

 To honor the 10 year anniversary of Pioneer Ridge Middle School, you can donate a book for our shelves in the name of your child.  These books will contain a special label with your child’s name on the inside cover.  

 Books on this list are top young adult titles from 2017 and 2018.  The list was generated from the work of Shauna Yusko, who is a nationally recognized school librarian.  She is attuned to the diverse range of middle schoolers’ reading interests.  Adventure, memoirs, books starring boys, girl power, historical fiction, humor, mental illness, science fiction, and sports are just a taste of the genres, themes, and types of books included on this delicious list.  We are thrilled to get these titles on our shelves for our learners to devour!

 According to Katherine Paterson, author of Bridge to Terabithia:

It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations—something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own. 

This quote pulls at the very heartstrings of what we envision for these gifted books.  As a school,  we are driven to make sure our learners see themselves reflected in the wonderful books on these shelves.  We want learners to see themselves both in the authors and in the characters.  Learners will also be exposed to situations and stories much different than their own  Our vision is that kids learn more about themselves and others in the pages of a book, fostering the critical skill of empathy.

The list of books is set up as an Amazon Wish List which can be accessed here As part of the checking out process, you can include a gift message letting me know the name of your child(ren) for the inside cover.  You can also send me an email letting me know the title of the book and your child’s name.  It will be so exciting to watch our collection grow with your help!


Thank you for considering making a donation to Pioneer Ridge!

Sarah Rother

Innovation and Information Learning Specialist

The HUB (Media Center)