Ages 9-12: Grades 4 - Middle School
Funny Boys! Books for Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid
If your kids in grades 3 or 4 through middle school enjoyed the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, here are 10 humorous books they'll probably also enjoy.
The Phantom Tollbooth
Learn about The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, with illustrations by Jules Feiffer, and who this classic children's books will appeal to.
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Read this book review of Shiloh, a classic middle grade novel about a boy and a dog, written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and find out what age range of readers it's for and more about the story.
The Origami Yoda Books by Tom Angleberger
The Origami Yoda books, which include a humorous series set in a middle school and written for middle grade readers, plus an activity book, all by Tom Angleberger.
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Lightning Thief book review this Percy Jackson and the Olympians series book provides an overview of the story, age recommendations, author information and information about why the book is so popular.
The Dogs of Winter by Bobbie Pyron
I recommend The Dogs of Winter by Bobbie Pyron, a dramatic novel based on a true story, for mature young people, ages 10-14.
The Wednesday Wars
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt is middle grade entertaining fiction set in the 1960s for ages 10 and older.
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Read this review of Splendors and Glooms to find out more about this award-winning middle grade fantasy.
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Borrowers by British author Mary Norton, will have some young readers wondering if there really are miniature people living in the walls and floors and "borrowing" all they need from the humans who live there.
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Learn all about The Hobbit, classic fantasy fiction by J.R.R. Tolkien, in this book review.
6 Best Editions of The Hobbit for Young People
J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is a classic fantasy novel, and these editions of the book are recommended for young people.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a popular fantasy series by Rick Riordan about a middle school student and his adventures when he learns he is a demigod, the son of a god and a mortal.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is an award-winning that kids 10 and older who like horror stories will enjoy and those who don't will not. Read the book review to learn more.
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Middle grade readers who love books that combine words and pictures will love Wonderstruck, the latest book by Brian Selznick, which like The Invention of Hugo Cabret combines words and sequential illustrations in a long work of children's fiction for middle grade readers.
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George is an award-winning adventure story that will appeal to middle school readers as well as older elementary school students.
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
Learn all about The Book of Three, the first book in the fantasy series The Chronicle of Prydain, the series for ages 9 to 12 by Lloyd Alexander.
Because of Winn-Dixie
Both the book Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo the children's movie version of the book have been popular with tweens, as well as younger kids.
Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker
Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker is a good book for middle grade readers as you'll find out when you read the review.
Video Book Talks: Middle Grade Books
Follow the links to video booktalks about all kinds of recommended books for middle grade readers, including nonfiction and fiction.
Nerd Camp is a humorous novel that will appeal to middle grade readers, both boys and girls.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney is book four in the wildly popular series that has been embraced by tweens for its wacky middle school humor.
Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess, Page
Castle Diary by Richard Platt, is an oversize book done in the form of an illustrated journal - the thirteenth century journal of 11 year old Tobias Burgess.
Children's Books About Writing Poetry
These books for kids in grades 4-8 about writing poetry include writing prompts, tips, poems and more. If your child wants to write poetry, I recommend these children's books about writing poetry.
The Two Wimpy Kid DIY Books
Both The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book and the first edition, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book, are journals for kids 8-12 and young teens. The Wimpy Kid DIY books include middle school humor, writing prompts and comics. The second edition has additional content to engage kids as they write their own journals based on the Diary of a...
Guinness World Records 2012
Guinness World Records 2012, the latest annual book of world records, will appeal to boys who are reluctant readers as well as kids who love to collect facts and trivia.
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger is a very funny book. The humorous middle grade chapter book will delight both eager and reluctant readers.
The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary
Jeff Kinney, the author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series of books about middle school student Greg Heffley, also serve as the executive producer of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie. In this illustrated account of the making of the movie, Kinney provides a behind the scenes look at the casting and the making of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie and its relationship to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, t…
The Skinny on Bullying
The Skinny on Bullying is a good book about middle school bullies and bullying, including cyberbullies and cyberbullying, particularly for kids entering middle school.
A Smart Girl's Guide to Staying Home Alone
A Smart Girl's Guide to Staying Home Alone is a book that a girl staying alone at home can use to learn to be safe and have fun.
An Egret's Day
An Egret's Day is one of a number of children's poetry books about nature that combines poetry and science. I recommend An Egret's Day by Jane Yolen, with photos by nature photographer Jason Stemple. To find out why, see this children's poetry book review.
A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck
Enjoy award-winning Richard Peck's third work of children's fiction that features the unforgettable Grandma Dowdel, A Season of Gifts. For good children's fiction for ages 9-13, I recommend books by Richard Peck.
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot is a nonfiction children's book, part of the Scientists in the Field series. The author is Sy Montgomery. Wildlife photographer Nic Bishop is the illustrator.
National Geographic Kids Almanac 2012
If your kids loves to collect interesting facts, the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2012 should appeal to them, whether they are eager or reluctant readers.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Series
Middle school and upper elementary students love Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney because of its humorous slant on school and home life for a boy just starting middle school.
Eragon's Guide to Alagesia by Christopher Paolini
Fans of Christopher Paolini and his Dragon Rider Eragon, will enjoy Eragon's Guide to Alagesia, a book in scrapbook format that purports to be written by Dragon Rider Eragon Shadeslayer for a new Dragon Rider as an introduction to a new Dragon Rider.
101 Great Science Experiments
101 Great Science Experiments: A Step-by-Step Guide provides a variety of hands-on science experiments for tweens and young teens. DK Publishing is the publisher of 101 Great Science Experiments for Kids by Neil Ardley, an illustrated guide.
When You Reach Me
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead is an excellent book. It will particularly appeal to tweens and young teens, ages 10-14 who are fans of mysteries and time-travel. When You Reach Me is the second book by Rebecca Stead.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Despite being more than 500 pages long, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick is the 2008 Caldecott Medal Winner for picture book illustration. More than 280 pages of the book are illustrations by Brian Selznick. Despite being a novel for 9-14 year olds, The Invention of Hugo Cabret can also be classified as a picture book since Brian...
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
This edition of the children’s novel Pippi Longstocking was published in 2007, the 100th anniversary of the birthdate of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. The 2007 edition of Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren features illustrations by Lauren Child. Lauren Child is the award-winning author and illustrator of the Clarice Bean and Charlie and...
The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe FAQs about...
Learn all about The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the classic fantasy novels for children by C.S. Lewis. Find out about the new movie version - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Louis Sachar, Author of "Holes" and More
Louis Sachar's "Holes" has been enormously popular with upper elementary and middle school students.
The 39 Clues Book Series
The 39 Clues book series has proven popular with kids ages 8-12. The 39 Clues series is full of adventure and mystery. A brother and sister try to figure out 39 clues to solve a mystery about their family.
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
Although Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit is a young adult novel, which was translated from Japanese, it is full of action and appeals to middle school students as well as teens.
39 Clues Series - Readers Respond with Opinions of 39 Clues Series
Readers respond to questions about the 39 Clues series of books for ages 8-12 and read what others think about the 39 Clues series.
The Kane Chronicles
The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan is a new book series, which begins with The Red Pyramid. The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, is full of adventure and Egyptian Mythology.
The Kane Chronicles Book 1 - Readers Respond with Opinions of Red Pyramid
Readers respond to questions about The Kane Chronicles, specifically The Red Pyramid, Book 1 in The Kane Chronicles for ages 10-15 and read what others think about The Red Pyramid and The Kane Chronicles.
The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
The Heroes of Olympus by author Rick Riordan is an excellent series for kids and teens who enjoy fantasy novels related to mythology.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth Book Review of Wimpy Kid Book 5
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth is Wimpy Kid Book 5 in the enormously popular series by Jeff Kinney. What make sit so appealing to kids?
All About the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books
Here's an overview of the enormously popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and other Wimpy Kid books, all by Jeff Kinney.
Schooled by Gordon Korman
Schooled, a novel by Gordon Korman, is middle grade fiction that uses humor to make some important points about bullying.
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths
Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths provides an introduction to Greek myths and mythology for kids in grades 4-6+ and is an excellent read aloud for younger kids. Both the stories and the illustrations in D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths make this a fascinating children's book of Greek myths. Are looking for kids' books about...
Digging for Bird-Dinosaurs
Wildlife photographer and writer Nic Bishop is the author ad illustrator of Digging for Bird-Dinosaurs. The subtitle of Digging for Bird-Dinosaurs is An Expedition to Madagascar. Digging for Dinosaurs is part of the Scientists in the Field Series of children's nonfiction books about scientists, science and nature.
These books of historical fiction for middle grade readers are all...
Historical Fiction for Middle Grade Readers
The Wildlife Detectives
I recommend The Wildlife Detectives for kids ages 9-14. It is a nonfiction children's book about science, specifically the investigation of forensic scientists into the death of a bull elk in Yellowstone National Part. The Wildlife Detectives is part of the Scientists in the Field series. If you are looking for good books about science for your...
Inside Hurricanes is a good nonfiction book about hurricanes for middle grade readers. Written by Mary Kay Carson it includes fold-out pages, diagrams, photos and more.
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming
The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math
The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math: 24 Death-Defying Challenges for Young Mathematicians will appeal to 10-12 and help them improve their math skills.
Across Five Aprils
For readers 10 and oldr, Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt is a Newbery Honor Book set in the Civil War era.
Wheels of Change:
Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom
Inside Out & Back Again
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhhaa Lai is a novel in verse based on the author's experiences as a ten year old, leaving war-torn Vietnam and coming to the U.S.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The creepy children's novel Coraline by Neil Gaiman is enormously popular with 8-12 year olds. Read this book review to find out why.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw is book three in the popular, and funny, series by Jeff Kinney.
The Magician's Elephant
The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo is a mysterious and unusual fantasy novel for children ages 9-13.
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, the 2011 Newbery Medal winner, is a historical novel set in 1936 Kansas that will appeal to kids 10-14.
From the Good Mountain
The design and format of From the Good Mountain: How Gutenberg Changed the World help to make this book one that will be of great interest to middle grade readers.
Dead End in Norvelt is a wild combination of the true and extravagant flights...
Dead End in Norvelt is a wild combination of the true and extravagant flights of imagination on the part of author Jack Gantos who received the 2012 Newbery Medal for this book of middle grade fiction.
Books for 10-12 Year Olds
This is an excellent list of 10 books that really are "too good to miss."
Good Books for Grades 7 & 8
This reading list for kids in grades 7 and 8 is from The Logan Library in Logan, Utah. Click on each title for more information about the book.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
In Stargirl, a middle school favorite, author Jerry Spinelli provides a good story about bullying and peer pressure.
Good Books for Grades 6 & 7
This excellent reading list of books for kids in grades 6 and 7 is not annotated, but if you click on each title, you'll find more information about the book.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Find out what it is about A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle that has made this children's a classic and an excellent book for ages 10 and older?
Good Books for Grades 5 & 6
While this list itself is not annotated, it includes some excellent books for kids in grades 5 and 6, and if you click on each title, it will take you to more information about the book.
The Little House Series
The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the story of a pioneer girl's childhood, is based on the life of the author and is recommended for ages 8-12.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Wonder is a good novel for ages 9-12 as author R.J. Palacio's story addresses identity, bullying and other issues important to middle grade readers.
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh is a classic children's book, a middle grade novel for ages 10 and older that has been the recipient of both awards and challenges.
Johnny Tremain is a classic children book by Esther Forbes, a work of historical fiction that focuses on the Revolutionary War from the viewpoint and experiences of 14-year-old Johnny Tremain.
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
Beverly Cleary received the John Newbery Medal for this children's book Dear Mr. Henshaw, a humorous and touching short novel.
The Hundred Dresses
Learn about The Hundred Dresses, which is an award-winning short novel by Eleanor Estes, and how it effectively covers bullies and bullying.
Newbery Medal Winners
This site contains a list of Newbery Medal winners and summaries of each book, along with the recommended reading level.
Goblin Secrets by William Alexander
The Goblin Secrets review of the fantasy shows why the author, William Alexander, won the 2012 National Book Award for Young People's Literature for the book for ages 9-13.
B is for Bagpipes: A Scotland Alphabet
B is for Bagpipes: A Scotland Alphabet is a 40-page nonfiction children's book for kids 8-12.
101 Books For Kids Ages 8-13
This list from the Arrowhead Library System in Janesville, Wisconsin, is briefly annotated and, most helpfully, is divided into categories by genre or theme.
Art2-D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling
Tom Angleberger's Art2-D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling, An Origami Yoda Activity Book. is one I recommend for middle grade readers who enjoy doodling, making things, Star Wars and/or the Origami Yoda series.
The Westing Game
The Westing Game is a zany mystery thathas become a classic. Author Ellen Raskin received the John Newbery Medal for the book in 1979.
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Doll Bones a slightly creepy novel by Holly Black, is recommended for ages 10-14.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin is a good fantasy novel for ages 8-12.
Little White Duck: A Childhood in China
Little White Duck: A Childhood in China, is a memoir in words and pictures by Na Liu. Published in a graphic novel format, it is illustrated by Andres Vera Martinez and recommended for grades 4-7.
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
Timothy Failure: Mistakes Were Made will appeal to kids 8 to 12 who enjoy humorous middle grade fiction.
Flora and Ullysses by Kate DiCamillo
Flora & Ulysses is an award-winning middle grade novel by author Kate DiCamillo recommended for ages 8 to 12.
Bluffton, Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan
Bluffton by Matt Phelan is historical fiction in a graphic novel format that will appeal to kids 9 to 12.
The Chronicles of Prydain
Learn all about The Chronicles of Prydain series, a middle grade fantasy book series by Lloyd Alexander.