Suggested Titles for Middle Grade Readers:

Title  and  Author

A Long Way From Chicago, Richard Peck

Aldo series, Hurwitz

All About Sam, Lois Lowry

All-of-a-Kind Family series,  Syndey Taylor

Anastasia series,  Lois Lowry

And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?,     Jean Fritz

Artemis Fowl series,     Eoin Colfer

A Single Chard,      Linda Sue Park

Attaboy, Sam,    Lois Lowry

Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different,  Kristen O’Donnell Tubb

Bad, Badder, Baddest,     Cynthia Voight

Bad Beginning…any of the Lemony Snicket series,  Lemony Snicket

Baseball Saved Us ,   Ken Mochizuki

A Bear Called Paddington ,   Michael Bond

Because of Winn Dixie,    Kate DeCamillo

Beetles Lightly Toasted,  Phyllis Naylor

Beezus and Ramona…any of the Beezus and Ramona series , Beverly Cleary

Ben and Me,     Robert Lawson

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,    Barbara Robinson

Betsy series, any books,      Carolyn Haywood

Betsy-Tacy series,        Maud Hart Lovelace

Big Cats,     Seymour Simon

Bingo Brown series,     Betsy Byars

Black Gold,     Marguerite Henry

Bloomability,  Sharon Creech

Blossoms series,     Betsy Byars

Blubber,    Judy Blume

Blue Heron,   Avi

A Blue-Eyed Daisy ,    Cynthia Rylant

The Borrowers series,    Mary Norton

The Boxcar series,      Warner

Bud, Not Buddy,    Christopher Paul Curtis

Bunnicula,     Deborah Howe

Bull Run,       Paul Fleischman

Caddie Woodlawn,   Carol R. Brink

Call It Courage ,       Armstrong Sperry

Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George?       Jean Fritz                  

Charlotte’s Web ,     E.B.White

Coast to Coast,        Betsy Byars

The Color of My Words,  Lynn Joseph

The Computer Nut,      Betsy Byars

Cricket in Times Square,   George Selden

Crispin, the Cross of Lead,    Avi

The Cybil War,    Betsy Byars

Danny, the Champion of the World,   Roald Dahl

The Dark Stairs,     Betsy Byars

Dealing with Dragons,    Patricia Wrede

Dear America series,        Scholastic

Dear Mr. Henshaw,   Beverly Cleary

Devil’s Arithmetic ,   Jane Yolen

Did You Carry the Flag Today,Charley?     Rebecca Caudill

Dirt Bike Racer,     Matt Christopher

The Double Life of Pocahontas ,      Jean Fritz

The Dragon’s Boy,      Jane Yolen

The Dreamkeeper and other poems,     Langston Hughes

The Eddie series,     Carolyn Haywood

Ella Enchanted,      Gail Carson Levers

Ellen Tebbits,       Beverly Cleary

Ellis Island,         R. Conrad Stein

Encyclopedia Brown series,      Sobol

The Enormous Egg,   Olive Butterworth

Esio Trot and any other books by    Roald Dahl

Esperanza Rising , Pam Ryan

The Fairy Rebel,   Lynn Reid Banks

Fig Pudding (and other books by) Ralph Fletcher

The Fighting Ground,    Avi

Fourth Grade Rats,Jerry Spinelli

Fourth Grade Celebrity,Patricia Reilly Giff

The Fox Steals Home,  Matt Christopher

Freckle Juice,    Judy Blume

From the Mixed-Up Files ofMrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,  E. L. Konigsburg

George Washington’s Breakfast,   Jean Fritz

Harriet the Spy,  Fitzhugh

Harry Potter series,     J. K. Rowling  

Henry Huggins series,    Beverly Cleary

Holes ,  Louis Sachar

Hoot,    Carl Hiaasen

Honus and Me,      Dan Gutman

The Narnia Series,    C. S. Lewis

How to Eat Fried Worms,    Thomas Rockwell

Howliday Inn,        James Howe

I Was a Sixth Grade Alien,      Bruce Colville

Ice Magic,        Matt Christopher

The Indian in the Cupboard,    Lynn Reid Banks

Janitor’s Boy,  Andrew Clements

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher,  Bruce Colville

(also his Unicorn series)

King of the Wind and any books in the series on horses,                    Marguerite Henry

Knots in my Yo-Yo String , Jerry Spinnelli

Leaving Gee’s Bend,  Irene Latham

The Little House series, Laura Ingalls Wilder

Lily’s Crossing,     Patricia Giff

Long Stretch at First Base,         Matt Christopher

Love That Dog and Hate That Cat,    Sharon Creech

Magic School Bus series,       Joanna Cole

The Matchlock Gun,      Walter Edmonds

The Mermaid Summer, Mollie Hunter

Miss Hickory,       Carolyn Bailey

Miss Rumphius,   Barbara Cooney

The Moffats, series,  Eleanor Estes

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series,      Betty McDonald

Muggie Maggie,       Beverly Cleary

My Teacher Fried My Brains,        Ann Colville

My Painted House,       Maya Angelou

Night Journeys,     Avi

The Night Swimmers, Betsy Byars

No Arm in the Left Field,     Matt Christopher

No Dogs Allowed,    Cutler

Nory Ryan’s Song,   Patricia Giff

Number the Stars ,     Lois Lowry

Old Yeller,  Fred Gipson

Onion John,    Joseph Krumgold

Redwall series,    Brian Jacques

Ruby Holler,     Sharon Creech

Paddle-to-the Sea,        Holling Holling

Pictures of Hollis Woods,  Patricia Reilly Giff

Pigs Might Fly,     Dick King-Smith

Pippi Longstocking books,  Astrid Lindgren

Pollyanna,    Eleanor Porter

Ragweed,          Avi

Ralph S. Mouse,     Beverly Cleary

The Real Thief,     William Steig

Regarding the Fountain,          Kate Klise

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry,       Mildred Taylor

Running Out of Time,           Magaret Haddix

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,      Eleanor Coerr

Sarah, Plain and Tall,          Patricia MacLachlan

Saving Shiloh,  Phyllis Naylor

Shh!  We’re Writing the Constitution, Jean Fritz

Sign of the Beaver ,    Elizabeth Spears

Sing Down the Moon,   Scott O’Dell

Sixth Grade Secrets  ,  Louis Sachar

Skateboard Tough,       Matt Christopher

Snow Treasure,    Marie McSwigan

Socks,    Beverly Cleary

Soup    series, Robert Newton Peck

Stargirl,         Jerry Spinelli

Stealing Home:  A Story of Jackie Robinson,      Denenberg

Stone Fox,          John Gardiner

Strider,                Beverly Cleary

Stuart Little,     E. B. White

The Best School Year Ever,    Barbara Robinson

The Secret School,      Avi

The Summer of the Swans,     Betsy Byars

Superfudge and any of the Fudge series,     Judy Blume

Summer of the Monkeys,          Wilson Rawls

The Other Side (and other books by),     Jacqueline Woodson

The Tale of Despereaux,            Kate DeCamillo

The Fighting Ground,       Avi

The Fourth Grade Wizards (and other books by)          Barthe DeClements

The Giver (and other books by)   Lois Lowry

The Million Dollar Shot (and other books by)    Dan Gutman

The Wanderer,       Sharon Creech

The Westing Game,   Ellen Raskin

The Velveteen Rabbit,     Margery Williams

Wanted…Mud Blossom,     Betsy Byars

The Watsons Go to Birmingham,        Christopher Paul Curtis

There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom,   Louis Sachar

This Island Isn’t Big Enough for the Four of Us!        Gery Greer

Through My Eyes,      Ruby Bridges

Tree of Freedom,        Rebecca Caudill

The Story of Jackie Robinson, the Bravest Man In Baseball,              Davidson

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing,   Judy Blume

The Trumpet of the Swan,  E. B. White

Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast,     Jane Yolen

The Underground Railroad,         R. Conrad Stein

Voices After Midnight,       Richard Peck

Walk Two Moons,          Sharon Creech

Wayside School is Falling Down,        Louis Sachar

What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?      Jean Fritz

When the Circus Came to Town,    Laurence Yep

Where Do You Think You’re Going, Columbus?                  Jean Fritz

A Wind in the Door,            Madeleine L’Engle

Witches (and any other book by)  Roald Dahl

Wringer,     Jerry Spinelli

A Wrinkle in Time series,  Madeleine L’Engle

A Year Down Under,       Richard Peck

Try to read some poetry volumes by poets such as Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, Douglas Florian, Langston Hughes, Jane Yolen, Maya Angelou, John Ciardi, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Judith Viorst.

Newberry Winners

2010:  When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

2009:  The Graveyard Book, by Neil Garman

2008:  Good Masters!  Sweet Ladies!  voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz

2007:  The Higher Power of Lucky, by Susan Patron

2006:  Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins

2005:  Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

2004: The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press) 
2003: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi (Hyperion Books for Children) 
2002: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park (Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin) 
2001: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck (Dial) 
2000: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (Delacorte) 
1999: Holes by Louis Sachar (Frances Foster) 
1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (Scholastic) 
1997: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg (Jean Karl/Atheneum)
1996: The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman (Clarion)
1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (HarperCollins)
1994: The Giver by Lois Lowry(Houghton)
1993: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant (Jackson/Orchard)
1992: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Atheneum)
1991: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (Little, Brown)
1990: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Houghton)
1989: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman (Harper)
1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman (Clarion)
1987: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman (Greenwillow)
1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (Harper)
1985: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (Greenwillow)
1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary (Morrow)
1983: Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt (Atheneum)
1982: A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard (Harcourt)
1981: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson (Crowell)
1980: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos (Scribner)
1979: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (Dutton)
1978: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (Crowell)
1977: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (Dial)
1976: The Grey King by Susan Cooper (McElderry/Atheneum)
1975: M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton (Macmillan)
1974: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox (Bradbury)
1973: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (Harper)
1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien (Atheneum)
1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars (Viking)
1970: Sounder by William H. Armstrong (Harper)
1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander (Holt)
1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (Atheneum)
1967: Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt (Follett)
1966: I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino (Farrar)
1965: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska (Atheneum)
1964: It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Neville (Harper)
1963: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Farrar)
1962: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (Houghton)
1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (Houghton)
1960: Onion John by Joseph Krumgold (Crowell)
1959: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (Houghton)
1958: Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith (Crowell)
1957: Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson (Harcourt)
1956: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham (Houghton)
1955: The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong (Harper)
1954: …And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold (Crowell)
1953: Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark (Viking)
1952: Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes (Harcourt)
1951: Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates (Dutton)
1950: The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli (Doubleday)
1949: King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry (Rand McNally)
1948: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois (Viking)
1947: Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (Viking)
1946: Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski (Lippincott)
1945: Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson (Viking)
1944: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (Houghton)
1943: Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray (Viking)
1942: The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds (Dodd)
1941: Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry (Macmillan)
1940: Daniel Boone by James Daugherty (Viking)
1939: Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright (Rinehart)
1938: The White Stag by Kate Seredy (Viking)
1937: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer (Viking)
1936: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink (Macmillan)
1935: Dobry by Monica Shannon (Viking)
1934: Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs
1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis (Winston)
1932: Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer (Longmans)
1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth (Macmillan)
1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field (Macmillan)
1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly (Macmillan)
1928: Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji (Dutton)
1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James (Scribner)
1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman (Dutton)
1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger (Doubleday)
1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes (Little, Brown)
1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (Lippincott)
1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon (Liveright)

Online sources to check:  Battle of the Books reading lists at

Coretta Scott King List

Caldecott List