Middle readers should spend the summer exploring new genres, getting a taste for different styles and subject matter and getting swept away in a gripping plot! Here are some suggestions for third – fifth graders to dive into this summer!
Book Suggestions for “Middle” Readers
(Grades 3 – 5)
Allen, Thomas B. George Washington. Spymaster: How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War. National Geographic, 2004.
Avi Iron Thunder: The Battle between the Monitor & The Merrimac: A Civil War Novel. Hyperion Books for Children, 2007.
Appelt, Kathi. The Underneath. Atheneum, 2008.
Armstrong, Alan W. Whittington. Random House, 2005.
Birdsall, Jeanne. The Panderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy. Knopf, 2005.
Boniface, William. The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy: the Return of Meteor Boy. HarperCollins, 2007.
Bolden, Tanya. George Washington Carver. Abrams, 2008.
Bryant, Jen. A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2008.
Byars, Betsy. Dog Diaries: Secret Writings of the WOOF Society. Henry Holt, 2007.
Cleary, Beverly. Ribsy (series). First published in 1964.
Clements, Andrew. No Talking. Simon & Schuster, 2007.
Colfer, Eoin. Eoin Colfer’s Legend of the Worst Boy in the World. Hyperion, 2007.
Collins, Ross. Medusa Jones. Arthur A. Levine, 2008.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. Elijah of Buxton. Scholastic, 2007.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money. Yearling, 2005.
Davies, Nicola. Extreme Animals: the Toughest Creatures on Earth. Candlewick, 2006.
Dowd, Sioban. The London Eye Mystery. Yearling, 2008.
DiCamillo, Kate. The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread. Candlewick Press, 2003.
DiCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn-Dixie. Candlewick Press, 2000.
DiCamillo, Kate. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Candlewick Press, 2006.
Elliott, Zetta. Bird. Lee & Low Books, 2008.
Fern, Tracy E. Buffalo Music. Clarion, 2008.
Fleming, Candace. The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School. Schwartz & Wade Books, 2007.
Freedman, Russell. Washington at Valley Forge. Holiday House, 2008.
Funke, Cornelia. Dragon Rider. Scholastic, 2004.
Giff, Patricia Reilly. Eleven. Wendy Lamb, 2008.
Giff, Patricia Reilly. Lily’s Crossing. Dell Yearling,1999.
Gifford, Peggy. Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank You Notes. Schwartz & Wade, 2008.
Gutman, Dan. Baseball Card Adventures
Hanson, Rosanna. Caring for Cheetahs: My African Adventure. Boyds Mill, 2007.
Hannigan, Katherine. Ida B-: and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (possibly) Save the World. Greenwillow Books, 2004.
Harley, Bill. The Amazing Flight of Darius Frobisher. Peachtree, 2006.
Hobbs, Valerie. Sheep. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2006.
Hopkinson, Deborah. Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale. Random House, 2008.
Horvath, Polly. Everything on a Waffle. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2001.
Howe, James. It Came from Beneath the Bed! Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2002.
Kerley, Barbara. What to do about Alice? How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World and Drove her Father Teddy Crazy! Scholastic, 2008.
Lalicki, Tom. Shots at Sea: a Houdini & Nate Mystery. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2007.
Lasky, Kathryn. The Capture. Scholastic, 2003.
Lasky, Kathryn. The Man who Made Time Travel. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2003.
Lewin, Ted and Betsy. Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia. Lee and Low Books
Levine, Ellen. Henry’s Freedom Box. Scholastic, 2007.
Look, Lenore. Alvin Ho, Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things. Schwartz & Wade, 2008.
Lowry, Lois. The Willoughbys. Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
Lubar, David. Punished! Darby Creek, 2006.
MacDonald, Amy. No More Nasty. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2001.
Markle, Sandra. Animal Heroes: True Rescue Stories. Millbrook Press, 2009.
McGill, Alice. Way Up and Over Everything. Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
Morris, Gerald. The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great. Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
Napoli, Donna Jo. The King of Mulberry Street. Wendy Lamb, 2005.
Nelson, Kadir. We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. Disney-Jump the Sun, an imprint of Disney Book Group, 2008.
Nichols, Sally. Ways to Live Forever. Arthur Al. Levine, 2008.
O’Brien, Tony and Mike Sullivan. Afghan Dreams: Young Voices of Afghanistan. Bloomsbury, 2008.
Osborne, Mary Pople. Pompeii Lost & Found. Knopf, 2006.
Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw. When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature’s Balance in Yellowstone. Walker, 2008.
Peck, Richard. A Year Down Yonder. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2000.
Prelutsky, Jack. My Dog May Be a Genius. Greenwillow, 2008.
Rowling, JK. The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Scholastic, 2008.
Rumford, James. Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad. Roaring Brook Press, 2008.
Selznick, Brian. The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures. Scholastic Press, 2007.
Scieszka, Jon. Knucklehead: Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories about Growing Up Scieszka. Viking/Penguin, 2008.
Schulman, Janet. Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City. Knopf, 2008.
Schnlevitz, Uri. How I Learned Geography. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2008.
Soto, Gary. Baseball in April and Other Stories. Harcourt, Inc, 1990.
Spinelli, Jerry. Maniac Magee. Little, Brown, 1990.
Spinelli, Jerry. Eggs. Little, Brown, 2007.
St. John, Lauren. The White Giraffe. Dial, 2007.
Stewart, Melissa. A Place for Butterflies. Peachtree, 2006.
Stewart, Trenton Lee. The Mysterious Benedict Society. Little, Brown, 2007.
Stone, Tanya Lee. Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote. Henry Holt, 2008.
Wiles, Deborah. Each Little Bird that Sings. Harcourt, 2005.