Favorite Books for Middle School Kids from actual Middle School Students (with a few from their teachers and parents).
Reading list for boys, grades 1-6. I love to find books that excite reluctant readers. The key is to find that magic intersection that marries your child’s just-right level with content that matches their interest and a layout that is visually appealing (small chunks of text broken by pictures, larger font size, etc.). Alas, this is a moving target. I have an actual person that I select these books for, my youngest son’s best friend’s older brother who is a 4th grader with my oldest. My mom friends have had success with these books for their reluctant boy readers and suggests you try them. If you want to purchase a book, click on the image of the book to buy at Amazon.com.
This is from An Unconventional Librarian who cribbed it from Lois Lowry’s web page. I just added the winners from 2006-2012 which were not on the list. Here is the link to ALA/ Newbery Winner plus Honor Book Winners for a more comprehensive list.
Our school librarian at our elementary school always has a shelf dedicated to these books and there is a challenge to the the 5th Graders to read the entire list. The reviews are from the Acton Memorial Library.
I am also amazed that The Catcher in the Rye isn’t a movie starring some young, hunky-but-sensitive, guy. But please don’t make it into a musical! For the full post, please click here to go to ModCloth’s blog.
I do love a good Top 10 List and this chapter book children’s book list for ages 10-14 (middle-school-girl-ish-give-or-take-a-year-or-two) from ChristinaReads is a really good one with her childhood favorites!
Top 100: Children’s Novels from School Library Journal, grades 3-8th, for 2010. Great classics that have stood the test of time plus newly released Newbery award winners.
A HUGE thank you to Capability:Mom for creating this list. She knows Middle School children’s literature much better than I do. Needless to say, I picked an authority on the topic and am excited to read these books myself.
In my neighborhood, interfaith Jewish families are not unusual and yet there is a real scarcity of books on this topic. I searched online and then asked my local librarians when my original list wasn’t at my library to come up with this list. I hope you enjoy it as much I did. And I hope children of all faiths can read and discuss some of these books.