Whether you’re a homeschooling parent looking for new reads, a seventh grade teacher, or just the cool aunt looking for Christmas present ideas, it can be hard work picking the right books for middle school students in your life. It’s a difficult age for young people, and it can be tough finding books with more mature themes that are still age-appropriate.
So where do you turn for advice? As we’ve noted before, a quick Google search for “middle school book list” turns up a daunting 140,000,000 results! So to make your life easier while you hunt for the perfect book, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best resources for finding any kind of book. If you’re always on the lookout for where to find middle school book lists, here are a few places to start…
The List of Middle School Book Lists
1. The New York Times “Children’s Middle Grade” Best Sellers List
For better or worse (it’s worse), middle school is the age when many children learn hard lessons about popularity. And while the most popular books aren’t always the best books, it’s often helpful to get an idea of what other young people are reading these days. To that end, the official middle school best seller list from the NY Times is a good place to get the lay of the literature land.
This social media site for book lovers allows users to create their own reading recommendation lists, and you’ll find a wealth of resources on middle school book lists here. There are also very specific lists, like “Best School Assigned Books” or “Best Graphic Novels for Middle School.” GoodReads is particularly helpful if you’re looking for specific genre recommendations, like inspirational books for students or good fantasy books for 6th graders.
If you have any experience with children’s literature, then you’re already familiar with the publisher Scholastic. They also have great online tools for middle school parents looking for age-appropriate reading lists for their kids.
4. Mommy Blogs
Although the term “mommy blogger” is sometimes used as a pejorative, there are a number of parents with awesome blogs about raising middle school-aged students. Many of these bloggers have built up a large following, and often post very helpful reading lists. For parents looking for Christian content or parent-approved self-improvement books, these websites can be a tremendous guide.
5. Your Local Library
Finally, don’t forget that your local brick-and-mortar library likely has a number of novels for middle school students available. Most librarians have decades of experience picking titles for required reading lists for schools, and many local library websites have middle school book lists for everything from sports books to fantasy books for middle school readers. So check it out, literally!
One final thought: remember that children of active readers are more likely to read themselves. If you want your kids to read, pick up a book for yourself too.