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
It’s hard to imagine a war fought in backyards. The Civil War was that war. From Bull Run to Appomattox Courthouse, and all the the battles in between, it was a war that should have been over in a month. Family members fought on both sides. 620,000 men died, a staggering number. Battles. Spies. Slaves. … More Civil War 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 … More Middle Grade Survival 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 … More Middle Grade Civil Rights 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 … More Middle Grade Sports Nonfiction
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
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 … More Middle Grade Holocaust Nonfiction
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 … More Middle Grade Revolutionary War Stories
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 … More World War II 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 … More Revolutionary War Nonfiction
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
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 … More Middle Grade Books About Dragons
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.
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. … More Middle Grade Books About Slavery
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.
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.
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 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 … More Graphic Novels for Boys
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.