"100 Terrific Titles to Read Before Middle School"

Liz Fogle

I will admit we have some serious cabin fever at my house. It has been crazy cold, cloudy, rainy, icy, and snowy here in Kentucky. This extreme weather has left me trying to find ways to entertain Bug (my daughter). Unfortunately, cabin fever is going to get worst; Bug has been diagnosed with the flu!!! Ugh…a germaphobes worst nightmare.

Okay, now I will get back on topic! One of the ways we’ve been filling our time is visiting the library. Over the last few weeks, we’ve read several American Girl books. While at the library I ran across a great resource I wanted to pass along to you. Last year, I blogged about the “100 Picture Books to Read Before Kindergarten”. We’ve slowly been tackling that list.

A new list has come out “100 Terrific Title to Read Before Middle School”. What a great way to encourage an older child to read. As I looked through the list, I couldn’t help but reminisce about some of the titles. Some of my favorite titles are on the list: Sarah Plain and Tall, Shiloh, Number of the Stars, The Boxcar Children, and Charlotte’s Web!

Here the complete list for you guys. I couldn’t find it online, so I am going to try and type it out without a mistake.

Skellig by David Almond
Mr. Popper’s Penquins by Richard Atwater
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
The Indiana in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Otherwise Known as Shelia the Great by Judy Blume
The Children of Green Knowne by L.M. Boston
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
Lost and Found by Andrew Clements
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The Tale of Depereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Half Magic by Edward Eager
Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
Lincoln: a Photobiography by Russell Freedman
The Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
M.C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton
Misty of Chincoteague by Mariguerite Henry
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Babe: the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Koingsburg
The View From Saturday by E.L. Koingsburg
Savvy by Ingrid Law
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
A Wizard of Earthsea: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1 by Ursula Le Guin
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Sarah Plain in Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat
The Great Fire by Jim Murphy
Shiloh by Phyliss Reynolds Naylor
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
The Kid in the Red Jacket by Barbara Park
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
Soup by Robert Newton Peck
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Holes by Louis Sachar
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis
Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
The Friendship by Mildred Taylor
The Cay by Theadore Taylor
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Stuart Little by E.B. White
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia
The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen



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