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Top Middle Grade Books I Read in 2014

top 8 middle grade books in 2014


March 2014 became the month where I started to read middle grade books again. You see, I have a middle grader and began working in a library in May, so the necessity to be able to recommend excellent and diverse literature for this audience became a new job for me. When I talk about diversity I mean many things. Diversity is typically associated with an author’s ethnicity. Hearing from different cultures and traditions and experiences is vital to growing minds. And with that being very important to literature I also want to look at diverse subject matter and a variety of genres for the middle grade. Stories and topics that these kids might not seek out on their own. Aside from popular fiction that makes its way onto the big screen right away, I like to suggest books to children that stretch the imagination and open their world, hearts and minds. Here are eight that I absolutely loved this year. Hopefully next year I’ll have many more to recommend and feature on Top Ten Tuesday.

Out Of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper (2010)

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo (2013)

Wonder by R.J. Palacio (2012) A re-read and even better the second time!

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (2014)

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky (2014)

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm (2014)

Smile by Raina Telgemeier (2009) Another re-read to prep for Sisters.

Sisters (Smile #2) by Raina Telgemeier (2014)


Do you read middle grade books?

If so, what are some of your favorites this year?

5 thoughts on “Top Middle Grade Books I Read in 2014

  1. This is a great list and resource for me. My daughter is now a middle grade reader i think. I never know exactly what that term means. Anyways, I have problems finding books with strong female leads and content that won’t be too mature for her (she’s only 8). Flora and Ulysses was one that i got her for Christmas so I’m glad to see it on your list.

    • Thanks! My daughter is a 12 year old middle grader and doesn’t enjoy many of the popular YA books. I find the recommended range for YA being 12-18 a HUGE stretch because many of the topics are just not something a 12 year old is interested in. She’s told me that she stopped reading several YA books that she was “uncomfortable” with. Also, I am trying to read more books labeled “middle grade” so I can recommend them to older elementary students (4th/5th) grade who are looking for a challenge and are ready to read something meatier other than Diary of a Wimpy Kid.. It’s so confusing! 🙂

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