Jennifer Bertman

Middle Grade Summer Reading Bingo!

If you’ve been with me for a long time, you might remember when I did an interview series on my blog with children’s book creators called Creative Spaces. (Those interviews can be found to your right in the right sidebar.) To go along with those interviews, I also ran the occasional “Book Cover Bingo!” game, which was a lot of fun. I was thinking about those things recently, and about how much I love middle grade literature, and how we have so many fantastic books being made for kids these days. I was a children’s bookseller in 1999 (Linden Tree Books, whoop whoop!),… Read the rest

Book Tasting with The Country Bookshop!

Fourteen middle-grade authors will be chatting LIVE about our new spring books – all in one place, all in one hour, all free, all followed by a live Q&A. If you weren’t able to join us live, don’t worry–there’s a replay! View it at this link to hear about a lot of wonderful books! https://www.crowdcast.io/c/pv7bv0l5ywq5  … Read the rest

Happy publication day to Sisterhood of Sleuths in paperback!

  Hooray!!! Sisterhood of Sleuths is now available in paperback! I love this story, I love these characters, and I’m so excited it’s now in paperback and hoping that helps it reach more readers. Sisterhood of Sleuths is a funny mystery about friendship, family, and was inspired by my love of Nancy Drew mysteries when I was a young, as well as the fascinating history behind the series and how it has endured for nearly 100 years. Yes, did you know that the iconic teenage sleuth is nearly 100 years old?! The main character is Maizy, an aspiring film-maker who is working on a class project with her best friend, Izzy.… Read the rest

Sisterhood of Sleuths Book Trailer Design Thinking Project

Led by Marnie Steele, a teacher librarian at Meadowlark School, students participated in a Design Thinking Project where they read an advance copy of Sisterhood of Sleuths, met with me to discuss the book and what a good book trailer might consist of, and then worked independently or in groups to create their own book trailers. I was so impressed by their hard work and the videos they came up with! Participating in this project was one of my most favorite memories of the book launch for Sisterhood of Sleuths in 2022. Here are all the book trailers that were created:… Read the rest

Book + Gift Pairing Suggestions

If you’re gifting any of my books for the holidays (or any time of year!) I’m always happy to send along a signed bookplate, bookmark, and stickers to include with your gift. Email me your request for a bookplate through the contact page on my website with your address and how you would like the bookplate personalized, and I will get it in the mail for you ASAP. In my December 2023 newsletter, I pulled together a collection of ideas for gifts that would make a great pairing with the Book Scavenger series, as well as my other middle-grade novel, Sisterhood of Sleuths, and my picture book A Good Deed Can Grow.… Read the rest