4th grade is the year when kids are moving out of elementary books (K-3) and into middle grade books (5-8). Some kids need more time to acclimate to the lengthy, descriptive, middle grade books. These series are sweetly entertaining, with characters in grades 6-8, but with reading levels for grades 3-4. REALISTIC FICTION The Sisters … More Series For 4th Grade Girls
You don’t have to look any further than AGT to know Americans love magic. Magician Shin Lim stole the show in 2018 and Americans voted him the winner. If you think magicians rule, check out these fantasy and realistic middle grade books. FANTASY The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris Since his parents died when … More Books About Magicians and Carnivals
There’s something about motels and inns. The adventure of being away from home. A place to rest after exploring new places. Interesting people. Are you with me? Read one of these books while you pine away for your next hotel/motel visit. Front Desk by Kelly Yang When Mia’s father loses his restaurant job, they move … More MG Books Set in Motels/Inns
Kids love to see themselves in the books they read. It’s comforting to know they’re not alone. Check out these books about kids who struggle with mental challenges. Focused by Alyson Gerber Clea wants to do well in school, but she struggles with the basics, like doing her homework, staying organized, getting places on time. … More MG Books About Kids With ADD, OCD and Anxiety
There’s no doubt that team sports take top billing in real life viewership, but when it comes to books, individual sports have equal footing. Some of the best characters and plots can be found in books about golfing, gymnastics, swimming and running. Whether it’s a blind boy hitting a million dollar putt, or a deep … More MG Books About Summer Sports
Oh, the sweet memories of summer vacation. Lazy days on the beach. Canoe rides on the lake. Summer theatre. Siblings. Cousins. Grandparents. Summer friends. Long rides in the car. Sunshine. Rain. Books. Return to those memories with these favorites. Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes Martha always looks forward to summer vacation with her family on … More Middle Grade Books About Summer Vacation
Professional soccer has been slow to catch on in the U.S., but it’s finally attracting an impressive following, especially with women. It’s been a mainstream youth sport for the last couple of decades, so naturally kids look for it in the books they read. Though not as prevalent as basketball, football, or baseball, there are … More Middle Grade Soccer Stories
Is summer camp all it’s cracked up to be? Depends on who you ask. These books will give you a glimpse into the trials and tribulations of camp. Crazy camp directors. Cabin raids. Dances. Friends. Enemies. Goats. And a whole lot of problem solving. If you can’t go to camp this summer, at least you … More Books About Summer Camp
Kids like to see themselves in books, but they also crave understanding of those who are not like them. Diversity of every type is a common theme in children’s literature. This list focuses on kids with behaviors on the autism spectrum. It could be the main character or a sibling of the main character with … More Books About Kids on the Autism Spectrum
Opening Day. The National Anthem. Throwing out the first pitch. Peanuts and Cracker Jacks. These books capture the spirit of the American pastime. From dedicated sports authors Mike Lupica, Tim Green, and John Feinstein to those branching out into new territory, every book on this list is a winner. Mascot by Antony John Noah is … More Middle Grade Baseball Stories
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 … More MG Books That Bridge the Generation Gap
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 … More Middle Grade Road Trip Stories
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kids love to read about the struggles of others to help them understand and get the happy ending that life doesn’t always provide. Stories about foster care elicit a natural curiosity in young readers. These books show different angles on the foster care system. From Paterson’s ill-behaved Gilly to Sloan’s quirky Willow to O’Connor’s wishful … More Middle Grade Books About Foster Care
These books tackle the challenge of getting past the death of a friend. The topic has become prevalent in middle grade realistic fiction, so finding nine well-written books was an easy task. My personal favorites are 2018 releases and certain to be Newbery contenders: The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle and Denis Ever After.
With the outstanding writing going on in sports fiction, you don’t have to be a guy or play sports to love some of these books. Trust me. Some of these have edge of your seat action. Any Mike Lupica, Tim Green or John Feinstein book is a crowd pleaser. For younger fans, check out the … More Middle Grade Football Stories
Needing a good laugh? These books are beyond hilarious and guaranteed to hook the most reluctant reader. Did you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid? These are as good or even better. As Steve, King of the Bench, would say, “No brag. It’s just a fact.”