Books For My Younger Middle-Grade Self #toptentuesday

September 8, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Books For My Younger Middle-Grade Self

TTT: 10 Books For My Younger Self (background image: a young girl sits on a curb reading a book)

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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl: Top Ten Tuesday: Books For My Younger Self

Is there a book you’ve read that you know you would have enjoyed when you were younger?

As an adult, I love Middle-Grade books, and I wish that the following ten middle-grade titles had been available for my younger self! (I could list more, but these came first to mind.)

What Middle-Grade books have you read that you know your younger self would have enjoyed?

a picture of my old (antique) copy of The Bobbsey Twins at School by Laura Lee HopeOne of the book series I enjoyed when I was younger was The Bobbsey Twins. This is an old copy I acquired. While some youngsters like stories about animals, adventure, or fantasy, I remember loving stories about family. Even today, I love a wonderful multi-generational family drama like A Place For Us.

I certainly wish there was more diversity available in reading material for my younger middle-grade self!


*Titles are Amazon affiliate links.

The Next Great Jane by K.L. Going

The story is inspired by Jane Austen‘s writing.

More to the Story by Hena Khan (cover) four girls lying on their backs forming a circle on the floor with their heads nearly touching

More to the Story by Hena Khan

The story is inspired by Little Women.

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina (cover) ....girl on bike

Merci Juarez Changes Gears

Grandfather/granddaughter friendship.

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street (series) by Karina Yan Glaser

Family dynamics.

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

Grandmother/granddaughter relationship and “found family” theme. (my brief review in this post)

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

A bit of magical realism and themes of tolerance and acceptance.

The War That Saved My Life (& sequel) by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

WW11 from a child’s perspective.

Inside Out & Back Again y Thannha Lai (cover) ....a girl holding onto a tree trunk with one hand on a breezy day

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Vietnamese refugee story. (my brief review in this post)

Stella by Starlight cover (two young African American girls watching a cross burn)

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

Racism and prejudice through a child’s experience.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (cover)

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Childhood memoir. (my review here)


What is one book you would want your younger self to read?

Have you read any of my favorite MG books?

RELATED: Middle-Grade March

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    • Thanks! And I love it too….especially the diversity! It’s my go-to if I’m in a slump or need a lighter comforting read! I love that there’s always that theme of hope! 🙌

  1. Yes, I wish there had been more diversity in stories when I was a kid, too. I’m glad today’s kids have so many more options. It’s good for all of them.

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  2. My daughter read several of these a couple of years ago and really loved them — especially The War that Saved My Life. These are definitely a hit with middle grade readers.

  3. Hallo, Hallo Carol,

    I love the theme you took with your TTT this week! I went a different way with mine as I was participating on a special library book drive’s blog tour wherein all the stories could be for younger readers or read at different stages of a reader’s life but the overall theme of mine was to encourage everyone to read more diversely and by not limiting themselves to traditionally published stories. You can see my full list of recs and let me know if any of them whet a thirst of curiosity.

    You have a lot of new authors/stories on your list for me to explore – loved how you gave the reasons why you were recommending them by theme/interest in the heart of the stories themselves!! Love that! Plus, I’ve had Woodson on my TBR for ages! The one based on Jane Austen & Little Women – those are crafty because I love seeking out sequels, retellings or after canon stories for the original stories I loved reading. Bless you for including those! The rest I must look into further and sort out which ones I can read through my libraries.

    Have a very lovely week.

    • Thank for your lovely comment! I hope you enjoy Woodson and the Austen and Little Women inspired selections! I’ll check out your link! 🙌

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