Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Books I Won't Let My Kids Grow Up Without -- Middle-Grade Fiction
I'm finally continuing my series of posts on books that I feel are essential for my kids to read, or at least try. My list for Junior Fiction is here, and I intend to do lists of picture books, early readers, and YA in the future, as I have time.
This list is of what I think of as "Middle-Grade Fiction," books aimed at kids around ages 11-14. Obviously, some kids might be ready for this level before age 11, and continue to enjoy these after they're older than 14. I've read some of these aloud to my 4-, 6-, and 8-year-olds and they understood them well enough. But 11-14 is the age group I think of as being ready for these, as regards to both reading level and emotional maturity.
Once again, this is entirely based on my own reading experiences and what I think my kids will be ready for in a few years. I like most of these enough to own a copy.
Across Five Aprils and Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Anne of Green Gables and the entire series by L. M. Montgomery
The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
The Door in the Wall by Marguerite d'Angeli
The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (I liked several books in the series)
The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
The Hound of the Baskervilles and the other Sherlock Holmes stories by A. Conan Doyle
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (and so many of his books are amazing!)
A Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter
The Little House in the Big Woods and the rest of the series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Mother-Daughter Book Club and the rest of the series by Heather Vogel Frederick (though the kids age, so the rest of the series is aimed more at teens)
My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (and the sequels are worth a read too)
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (and the whole series is fun)
Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
Where the Lilies Bloom by Bill and Vera Cleaver
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
There are sooooooo many good books for this age range, and I'm probably forgetting some I love. But these are all such wonderful books, aren't they?
Do you have any recommendations for this age group? I'm always looking for more good books!