Best Middle Grade Books!

After the 100 Books Every Child Should Hear Before Starting School (one of my postings in August), I promised you books for older students.  

Here is my compilation of the BEST Middle Grade Books.  Remember to continue reading aloud to your students, no matter what grade you teach!  Next week, I’ll post the Best YA Books – Stay tuned!

Middle Grade Books

Enjoy this list of the best middle grade books.  Read aloud to your students every day, even if it’s just a teaser, to get them hooked on the story . 

Best Books of 2011 and 2012: Children’s Middle Grade Books (  and Best Middle Grade and Chapter Books ( and the Ten Middle Grade Novels I’m Looking Forward To In 2012 (, and Best Middle Grade Fiction (
1.Okay for Now
2.Something to Hold
4.Every Thing On It
5.The Son of Neptune
6.Close to Famous
7.The Emerald Atlas
8.The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
9.The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales
10.  Liesl & Po
11.  Breadcrumbs
12.  Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes
13.  Vanished
14.  Wildwood
15.  The Unforgotten Coat
16.  Waiting for the Magic
17.  The Midnight Zoo
18.  A Year Without Autumn
19.  A Talk Dark & Grimm
20.  The Seven Sorcerers
21.  Horton Halfpott
22.  One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street
23.  Lime Pickle Juice on a Cookie
24.  Kat, Incorrigible
25.  Nerd Camp
26.  Small Acts of Amazing Courage
27.  Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Sea, Air, and Land
28.  Giants Beware
29.  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again
30.  Merits of Mischief
31.  The Mighty Miss Malone
32.  Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms
33.  Remarkable
34.  The Paradise Trap
35.  The False Prince
36.  Cold Cereal
37.  Lone Bean
38.  Kaspar the Titanic Cat
39.  Illsionolgy
40.  Castle of Shadows
41.  Wonder
42.  The Case of the Deadly Desperados: Western Mysteries
43.  Mr. and Mrs. Bunny – Detectives Extraordinaire!
44.  May B.
45.  Glory Be
46.  The One and Only Ivan
47.  See You at Harry’s
48.  The Prince Who Fell from the Sky
49.  Three Times Lucky
50.  The Crafty Criminals
51.  Chomp
52.  Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes
53.  Remarkable
54.  The Great Cake Mystery
55.  The Whole Story of Half a Girl
56.  Never Say Genius
57.  Chained
58.  The Humming Room
59.  The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr., A.K.A. Houdini
60.  Oddfellow’s Orphanage
61.  A Monster Calls
62.  The Unseen Guest
63.  The Edgar Awards
64.  Ten Miles Past Normal
65.  Superfan
66.  One Dog and His Boy
67.  Winterling
68.  The Grave Robber’s Apprentice
69.  Wilma Tenderfoot: The Case of the Frozen Hearts
70.  Fake Mustache
71.  Hidden
72.  29 Clues: The Medusa Plot
73.  13 Gufts
74.  Secrets at Sea
75.  The Flint Heart
76.  Turtle in Paradise
77.  Floors
78.  True (… Sort of)
79.  The Emerald Atlas
80.  Ruby Red
81.  The Lovely Shoes
82.  The Bridge to Never Land
83.  With a Name Like Love
84.  The Cabinet of Earths
85.  Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading
86.  Breaking Stalin’s Nose
87.  Dead End in Norvelt
88.  Moon over Manifest
89.  When You Reach Me
90.  One Dog and His Boy
91.  Like the Willow Tree
92.  Bigger Than a Bread Box
93.  The Visconti House
94.  Zora and Me
95.  Wondenstein: The Creature from My Closet
96.  Pippi Longstocking
97.  The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth
98.  My Name is RachelJunonia
99.  The Other Felix
100.  The Magic Cake Shop

Read aloud to your students today.  It’s that important. Even if just for 5 minutes.

Until next time, share a literacy strategy!

Denise Gudwin


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