My inspiration for this post came from Ashley at Inside My Minds. During our Summer Spotlight interview she was talking about a few middle grade books that she was reading for a project and it got me thinking about some of the books that I loved when I was a kid.
Harry Potter By J.K. Rowling
I was a little late to the HP bandwagon. The first movie came out when I was in the first grade and I was already a big reader by then. So when I found out that this movie was based on a book, I decided to go ahead and read it. As the rest of the books started being released, I kept up with them as well as the remaining movies as they came out. Yes I do love Harry Potter and it is something that I would recommend to everyone who likes fantasy and magical elements. I, more than anyone else can understand that just because something is popular doesn’t mean that it’s good. Yeah there are issues with the series and no everyone doesn’t have to like it. HOWEVER, if you have not read the series, DO NOT go around saying it’s “overrated” when you don’t know what you’re talking about. K, thanks.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
I don’t remember exactly how I got into this series, maybe it was recommended by a friend. Once I really got into though, my mom would start to buy the books for me as they were released. I think I liked it partially because the characters, as children, were smart and they were problem solvers and I loved that aspect. However, I hated that all of the guardians were complete idiots. Ugh. I tried watching the Netflix series when it came out but it is definitely for a younger audience. It fit me when I was in elementary school. Now, not so much.
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
I used to reread this book over and over and over again. Any time I finished a different book, reread. Bored, reread. I don’t quite know why but this is one of my favorite books. I can’t remember the ending now but I seriously loved this book as a kid when we were learning about the Holocaust in school.
Dear America by various authors
This series is essentially a collection of historical fiction novels where different parts of history are told through the eyes of young girls. From slavery to the Titanic to the World Wars. There are tons of different perspective but it’s also educational and that’s what I loved about it. There were also had multiple spin offs. One was called My Name is America, which were told from the perspectives of young men. Unfortunately I never got to read all of either series though
American Girl by various authors
This is another series with a lot of different characters, perspectives and time periods. I loved that around that time that I stopped reading the series (because I was growing out of it) they were starting to add more diverse characters and it’s really nice because the girls are always the heroes in the stories. Just like Dear America, I never got to read all of them.
The Amazing Days of Abby Haze by Anne Mazer
I really loved this series, but again never finished this one. I liked that Abby was just a normal kid, coming of age, and trying to navigate through life. Very simple but super relatable.
Shadow Children Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
I was required to read the first of this series, Among the Hidden, for my 6th grade English class. I loved the series so much, that I continued it afterward. It’s probably the first dystopian series that I ever read and it was just so interesting to me at the time. Basically in future America, you can only have 2 children so “the hidden” are the secret 3rd children that aren’t supposed to exist.
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
I read this book in the 4th grade and really enjoyed it. I enjoyed it even more when our class got to watch the movie afterward – love Alexis Bledel! Aside from HP I really didn’t read a lot about magic and fantastical elements but I did like the little bit of magic that came with this book.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
I borrowed this book from a friend in maybe 2nd or 3rd grade and I was really surprised by how much I liked it. It was magical but also kind of creepy which thinking about it now is really weird. The movie was just as creepy but so well done. I really need to find this movie for my younger brothers because I really think that they would enjoy it.
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Now that I’m writing this I realize how much I like historical fiction. This book takes place during the Dust Bowl in the U.S. and while it is kind of sad I loved the way that it was written. It doesn’t read like a typical story. The chapters are fairly short and some of them (from what I remember) are written almost like poems.
That’s all I have for now. At least all that I can remember. Have you read any of these? What were your favorite books as a kid?