This is my first time participating in the Ten for Tuesday meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, since I have recently come back to blogging after a 6-year hiatus. This week’s topic is to choose something “back-to-school” related. I am choosing 10 books that my bookish 3rd grader recommends to anyone who enjoys middle grade books. These have all received 5 stars from her, and at least 4 stars from me.
If your school is like ours, students are required to read for at least 30 minutes each night, and log the book in their school journal. This is fairly easy homework for my little bibliophile, and we have compiled this list from her favorite books of the summer. I am quite confident that many of these will show up as re-reads on her reading log for school this fall!
1. The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer – I love Glee, and I love Chris Colfer. My daughter has read the first four books in the series; the first one is the best.
2. National Geographic Kids Ultimate Weird but True 3: 1,000 Wild and Wacky Facts and Photos – These books are plain old fun, and Volume 3 is a favorite in our home.
3. Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate – The cover art for this book is BEAUTIFUL! So are the words. Read it.
4. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson – If you love Sisters and Smile by Raina Telgemeier, you will love Roller Girl.
5. Mary Anne Saves the Day by Raina Telgemeier – At first I thought it was sacrilege to bring back my beloved Babysitter’s Club in graphic novel form. And then I opened to the first pages, and was hooked.
6. Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater – Oh, do I wish I could have first experienced this book when I was a child. What a fun, whimsical story.
7. Amulet Book 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi – The artwork in this graphic novel is enchanting, truly breathtaking. The whole series is wonderful. I especially love Miskit.
8. D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire and Edgar d’Aulaire – An excellent book for any mythology-loving kid (and their parents).
9. Any Boxcar Children book by Gertrude Chandler Warner – Last year was the summer of Nancy Drew, this year it was the Boxcar Children. I was so happy to have Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny come back into my life!
10. Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harper – This was an impromptu pick from the shelves of our local library. Grace has a big heart, and my daughter never says no to a book with a cat-loving kid as the main character.