Monday, September 23, 2013
Which Book Would You Buy A 5th Grader?
We were chatting the other day about the library she's putting together for her kids. A company donated books to her school, and she received a sizable share for her class. She created a really special nook with cozy chairs for her students to cuddle up and read.
Given how much middle grade I devour, this conversation was bound to inspire me. So I decided to donate some of my favorite modern middle grade books to her classroom.
This was a task I took on with utter seriousness. I wanted to find a range of novels for her library, ones with fully formed characters of color, as well as stories set in diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and settings. And most of all, books that encouraged bravery and adventure while stirring the imagination.
After a few trips to The Strand, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon, I got hardcover copies (for durability) of the following books for her kids:
1.) Wonder by RJ Palacio
2.) Waiting For Normal by Leslie Conor
3.) Chained by Lynne Kelly
4.) May B by Caroline Starr Rose
5.) Where The Mountain Meets The Moon by Grace Lin
6.) How Lamar's Bad Prank Won A Bubba-Sized Trophy by Crystal Allen
7.) Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
8.) When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
9.) Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
10.) Inside Out And Back Again by Thanhha Lai
11.) Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
12.) Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective by Octavia Spencer
13.) Malcolm At Midnight by WH Beck
There were many more that I wanted to add to the list, but I had to stop somewhere! And since thirteen is my lucky number, I ended up going with a baker's dozen.
So, what middle grade books would you recommend to a fifth grader? If you could get every elementary schooler to read one book, what would it be?