Middle Grade Survival Nonfiction

Let’s face it. Survival stories are high drama, high adventure, high entertainment. Everyone, including kids, loves a good survival story. No one knows this better than Tod Olson. He has taken survival nonfiction to the next level. His Lost series is second to none for easy narration packed with details. He currently has four books…

Middle Grade Civil Rights Nonfiction

Even as the United States condemned Hitler and the Holocaust, political leaders in the south held fast to the idea that black people were inferior to white people. Policemen, the KKK, and most white people in the south ignored U.S. integration laws and continued to demoralize black people, sometimes beating them or killing them without…

Middle Grade Sports Nonfiction

It isn’t hard to figure out why we hold sports in such high regard. We love winners, but especially when they beat the odds. For many athletes, sports are the key to a better life, but getting there isn’t easy. It takes hard work and rare talent. The respect, fame, and financial wealth they achieve…

MG Books That Bridge the Generation Gap

Oh, the wisdom of grandparents. And the idiosyncrasies. And the forgetfulness. We have so much to learn before they pass to the great beyond. This list of books captures the magic that bonds the old and the young. The things they say. The things you’ll learn. Don’t let these books go unread. Louisiana’s Way Home…

Middle Grade Holocaust Nonfiction

No moment in history is more horrific than the Holocaust of World War II. Everyone, including young people, are drawn to the stories of real people who experienced disaster and tragedy. The survivors. The heroes. The monsters. When the Titanic sunk, women and children were saved first. During the Holocaust, they were killed first. Some…

Middle Grade Revolutionary War Stories

  Good Revolutionary War stories are hard to find. In all honesty, many of them are downright boring. This wasn’t an easy list to create. I tried to cover many different aspects of the war. These are my top picks for books that are the most likely to keep young people’s attention. If you like…

World War II Nonfiction

World War II, especially Hitler and the annihilation of the Jews, is a topic that sells itself. We will never stop being shocked by what Hitler did. Some of those books are on this list. But that is only a piece of the World War II story. There was the war with Japan that came…

Revolutionary War Nonfiction

Most of us learned our history from dry, boring textbooks, and pretty much can’t remember any of it. One of the most well respected children’s nonfiction authors, Steve Sheinkin, admits to being one of those boring textbook writers. He’s made amends, and two of his books appear on this list. Who knew American history could…

Middle Grade Road Trip Stories

It’s time to hit the road with these excellent stories of adventure on four wheels. The best of the best are Kate DiCamillo’s Louisiana’s Way Home and Dan Gemeinhart’s The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise. Both are Newbery worthy. If you’re looking for a dose of humor with your adventure then check out Dan Gutman’s…

Middle Grade Books About Dragons

Few iconic creatures stir up thoughts of fantasy worlds as well as dragons. Its hard to pick a favorite from this list. Fans of Erin Hunter’s animal series should feel right at home with the Wings of Fire series. Reluctant readers who need a good dose of absurd humor can’t go wrong with How to…

Best MG Books of 2018

These are my picks for the BEST books of 2018. A must for every middle grade library. If only there were more awards to go around.

Middle Grade Books About Slavery

Slavery is right up there with some of the worst events in modern history. Our minds have a hard time believing that humans can be so cruel to one another. Because of that, we are drawn to it. We want to understand. These books capture the history in a way middle grade kids will enjoy….

Middle Grade Books Set in Florida

Can’t get to Florida? Let a book take you there. Kate DiCamillo, Jennifer Holm and Carl Hiaasen have cornered the market on Florida, the setting of most of their books. But don’t miss Chris Grabenstein’s Welcome to Wonderland series about a family’s beach motel or Ginny Rorby’s How to Speak Dolphin about dolphinariums.

Middle Grade Books That Tackle Homelessness

Well-off people never think they could end up homeless, however the characters in these books did not start out poor. All it takes is the death of a parent or other traumatic experience to derail the most unlikely family. Practice compassion, because you never know the story of the kid sitting next to you.

Middle Grade Immigration Stories

You’ll never understand a person’s hardships until you walk a mile in their shoes. For most of us, the closest we can get is through a book that tells their story. From the difficult journey to the cultural barriers to the racism, immigrants must have guts of steel to make it in a new land.

Stories For Kids Who Like to Cook

Whether your kids like to cook or not, these are great stories about the ups and downs of life and how cooking is the perfect outlet for creativity and success. Bottom line? Follow your passion and you can’t go wrong.

Graphic Novels for Boys

Graphic novels are hotter than hotcakes right now. They are quick, easy, full of great artwork, and let’s face it, very entertaining. These titles are a must for fans of fantasy adventure. Though I’ve chosen these for boys, girls will like some of these titles just as much. The same goes for the titles chosen…

Middle Grade Books That Tackle Mental Illness

Kids who crave realistic fiction where main characters struggle with dysfunctional family problems will love these selections. Each of the characters are wise beyond their years and step up to the plate to help their parents.

Easy Classics for Kids

Classics can be tough for kids, especially those written in the 1800s. If they aren’t specifically written for kids, then forget it. It will be absolute torture trying to read the big words. This list of classics are the easiest you will find. They hover around a 5th or 6th grade reading level. That’s about…

Graphic Novels for Girls

Graphic novels continue to gain in popularity with boys AND girls. Many graphic novels for girls address the challenges of friendships, popularity, and social blunders. Everyone’s favorite is Raina Telgemeier with her fun, colorful illustrations. Once all of her books are exhausted, give a few of these others a try.