Middle Grade

For ages 8-12

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Thematic Reading List : Wind Power 

Looking for renewable energy sources can be as simple as stepping outside for a breath of fresh air. The wind has been used to harness energy for thousands of years, all the way back to the first sailboats. Learn about the history and current uses of wind to harness energy and power entire communities. This list […]

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Thematic Reading List: Summer Themed Books for Middle Grade Readers

No classroom settings here! Enjoy these middle grade books focused on sun and June, July, and August. Recommended towards ages 8-12.                     Finding Someplace By: Denise Lewis Patrick The weekend she turns thirteen, aspiring clothing designer Teresa “Reesie” Boone is separated from her family by Hurricane […]

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Thematic Reading List: Zombie Fiction for Middle Grade Readers

Whether you are protecting your school, family, or community, getting rid of zombies takes a lot of bravery. Enjoy these 8 middle grade reads about courageous zombie hunters, and a few courageous zombies themselves.                     Project Z: A Zombie Ate My Homework By: Tommy Greenwald Arnold Z. […]

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Thematic Reading List: Vive la France!

This book list includes a blend of fiction and non-fiction books for middle grade readers interested in learning more about France from different points of view. From classic stories like the Hunchback of Notre Dame to famous artists like Picasso and Matisse, a wide variety of information is included. Readers of all ages are sure […]

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Thematic Reading List:Mysteries in the Mansion

Spooky mansions are the perfect setting for an unsolved mystery. These 13 titles take readers into spooky, secretive halls for hours of engaging storytelling. A list geared towards 8 to 12-year-old readers.                       Angel of the Battlefield (The Treasure Chest series #1) By: Ann Hood When their parents […]

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Thematic Reading List: A Different Kind of Home: Life in the Foster System

This book list is designed for children ages 8-12 who find themselves in the foster system. The books range in difficulty and include a variety of voices and experiences. Whether these are read independently or together, families involved in the foster system are sure to bond over these stories and begin conversations with one another […]

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Thematic Reading List: Every Kid Healthy Week

“Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements and recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances. Observed the last week of April each year, this special week shines a spotlight on the great efforts schools are making to improve the health and wellness of their students […]

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Thematic Reading List: Australian Legends of Children’s Literature

This year the Australian postal service has chosen to honor some of their most memorable children’s authors by spotlighting them in its Australian Legends stamp series. The Australian Legends stamp series honors Australians who have made a significant contribution in their chosen field or a chosen theme. Examples of past themes are legends in sports, […]

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Thematic Reading List: 9 Biography Compilation books for Black History Month

Each compilation has its own theme, providing a straightforward way to introduce children to many great Black Americans. All titles listed were either an award nominee or honor/winner book.              28 Days: moments in Black history that changed the world  By: Charles R. Smith Illustrated by: Shane Evans A look […]

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Thematic Reading List: Resistance

Throughout history, underground movements have aided, freed, and saved the lives of numerous groups of people. As the Nazis overcame cities and countries throughout Europe, many citizens fought back by forming underground movements, named Resistance groups. Each of the titles in our list looks at the brave young people who joined the Resistance groups, whether […]

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Thematic Reading List: 10 Christmas-themed Books for Middle Grade Readers

Genies, hospitals, and kidnapped babies are not exactly what one expects to read about in Christmas-themed books, yet creative middle grade authors have spun their magic and make it work in these 10 selections.             Christmas Genie By: Dan Gutman When a meteorite crashes into a fifth-grade classroom, the genie […]

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Thematic Reading List: 20 Books Featuring Native American Characters

Our list of middle grade and YA books feature Native Americans in various situations and time periods. Many of the books are geared towards age 10 and up.                     The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian By: Sherman Alexie Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled […]

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Thematic Reading List: 10 Essential Graphic Novel Series

While there have been many graphic novels published this year, no graphic novel collection is complete without these graphic novel series. We consider them signature series in the juvenile graphic novel collection. They helped graphic novels gain popularity and even come out of the regular fiction shelves to create a new library collection in many […]

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Thematic Reading List: 18 Spooky Mysteries for Middle Grade Readers

Haunted houses, werewolves, monsters, sinister beings. What is lurking in the closet? Where are the voices coming from? Why is it that we love spooky novels so much? They keep us up all night, sometimes in terror yet sometimes because we can’t stop reading them. And, it’s not just adults who love scary novels. Some […]

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Themed Reading List: 20 Twisted Tales

A fractured fairy tale is a story that is based on a fairy tale you know with changes to some part of the story, such as character, setting, or point or view. Sometimes even part of the plot is changed. Let’s say it presents a new twist to the original tale. Our list of 20 unique retellings of classic […]

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Thematic Reading List: Inspiring Females in Fall 2018 Juvenile Nonfiction

This fall (2018), publishers are honoring the accomplishments of women by publishing notable books about the lives and achievements of women. Here are our choices for some incredible juvenile nonfiction titles to add to your shelves. Book release months and suggested age ranges are also included. Be sure to use the links provided to find similar books […]

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Thematic Reading List: Fall 2018 Celebrating Multiculturalism & Our World

Our celebration of our diverse world includes books that take a peek at places around the globe and also books that show multicultural characters displaying bravery. Suggested age range and month of publication is included with each entry. Be sure to use the links provided to find similar books to those shown.                   […]

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Thematic Reading List: Fall 2018 Fiction List: Female Characters in Juvenile Fiction and Picture Books 

After reviewing hundreds of upcoming titles featuring female characters, we decided to hone our Fall Fiction List to include books with female characters involved in problem-solving, acts of bravery, or adjusting to a new normal. Each title was chosen to fill a spot on your shelf to encourage not only girls, but all students who find themselves in these situations. Suggested age […]

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Thematic Reading List: 10 Titles for National Cousins Day (July 24)

Families are different and so are our relationships with our cousins. Cousins can be friends, foes, distant, or close. This list of middle grade and YA books highlight cousin relationships.             Belle Prater’s Boy By: Ruth White When Woodrow’s mother suddenly disappears, he moves to his grandparents’ home in a […]

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Thematic Reading List: National I Love Horses Day

July 15th is National I Love Horses Day. To celebrate, we are revisiting 10 horse themed classics and soon to be classics.               Misty of Chincoteague By: Marguerite Henry Two children from Chincoteague help in the annual roundup of wild horses on a nearby island. They work hard to raise money […]

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