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Book Club for Kids is a podcast where middle school readers discuss the books they love with host Kitty Felde. The author answers questions. A celebrity reads from the book.

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Tip #57: An Upside to Climate Change?

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Kids worry about the future. A lot. Christine Stoessel says she can tell because they come to her with questions.

Christine is the librarian at Sousa Middle School in Washington, D.C.  She says last year's spate of hurricanes at the beginning of the school year created a surge of requests for books and articles about climate change. "They're always interested in climate change," she says.

Last September was the most active month for hurricanes on record, according to The Weather Channel. Ten consecutive hurricanes roiled the Atlantic, including Category 5 hurricanes Irma and Maria and Category 4 hurricaneJose

Kids want the answer to the big questions: can we blame the series of hurricanes on climate change? Will Category 4 or 5 hurricanes become the norm for the future? Christine says there are some terrific books and online resources that help kids find the answers.

Christine says climate change isn't the only topic kids are asking about of late. Immigration is another hot-button issue among middle schoolers. Again, there are lots of great lists of middle grade books on this topic.

Kids want answers to the questions they worry about and wonder about and think about. Growing up in the era before Google, I can remember my mom (a former elementary school teacher) giving the same response to almost any question: "look it up." According to Sousa Elementary School librarian Christine Stoessel, kids still seek out the same expert I did: they ask the librarian for help finding the answers.