Top 10: Best Middle Grade Chapter Books by my 8yold Daughter (grades 3-7)

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My middle daughter is so picky that she started her own blog on the things that she likes. Getting her a book she likes for me is an education in getting reluctant readers to engage. Tonight at dinner she asked me to blog on her blog to drive traffic to it. Smart kid. I told her that she needs to put up 4 posts first so that readers will know what her blog is about. This is her second post but I changed the book descriptions. If you want her opinion on why she likes these books, please read her post at Picky Kid Pix. (She’d be delighted with some traffic and she doesn’t mince words!).

I might add that every chapter book to this picky kid of mine is a tough sell and she complains heartily at the beginning of most of these books making me sweat bullets for the first few chapters until she gets drawn in. While we share the reading burden (she still needs help decoding the long words and won’t know the meaning of complex words), I’ll read most of the first few chapters in my most engaging voice even changing voices for different characters if need be to get her to the “exciting” part.

I’ll also pause at the subtle funny parts to see if she chuckles. That’s always a great sign for both comprehension and, of course, enjoyment and she generally gets all the bits of humor. We just finished the 2nd Penderwicks and read way past her bedtime to finish the chapter book. You can’t leave her hanging on the last 3 chapters! Tomorrow morning will be brutal but it will be worth it. We start the 3rd Penderwicks (The Penderwicks at Point Moulette) tomorrow and it’s coming out soon in May and I’m not allowed to blog on it until then but (psst! It’s sooo good! You can pre-order if you want it as fast as possible).

Best Books for 4th Grade

10. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

My fifth grader is insisting that I read this series. I have started the first one but I wish I never saw the movies because I feel like I’ve read the books even though I haven’t! But… the books are better than the movies!

9. The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

I have a blog post on this book here.

8. George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl

I have a post on Roald Dahl day here.

7. Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant

I can’t believe I’ve never read this book but my middle daughter has read it three times and she never does that!

6. The BFG by Roald Dahl

It seems that every third grader I know is reading and loving Roald Dahl. This book is unisex in appeal and would be the perfect non-movie book to introduce your child to Roald Dahl.

5. Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker

I have a bunch of posts on this series, but here is the first one.

4. All-of-a-Kind Family series by Sydney Taylor

I am on a personal mission to get this series back in print. I post on it probably too much though it doesn’t seem to be working. *Update: Hooray, The All -of-a-Kind Family series is back in print!!

3. Matilda by Roald Dahl

This book comes heartily recommended to me by my kids’ third and fourth grade friends but note that they are all girls. In one word: funny!

2. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

If were to only recommend one book in the world, it would be this one. Such a gem.

1. The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall

I love this series and I’m not supposed to blog on the one so I can only say that it’s terrific and we all love it!

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