Middle Grade March Madness

If I was ever in the very probable situation where someone told me that I could only ever read one category of books, I know my answer. Middle grade and, if that’s still too general (that’s a cop-out, right?), then middle grade classics. Yes, these are the kinds of things I think about.

Perhaps my love of middle grade reveals something regressive about my psychology.  That’s okay. These books warm my heart and have a magic that books written for adults are often devoid of. They tackle real issues, but in a way that keeps hope and they serve up quirk and imagination and individuality in spades.  Below are a few stacks of some of my favorite middle grade books. They’re ones I reread often, sometimes, like the Betsy Tacy series, almost continuously.  See any you love? Any suggestions based on these ones that I love?

In March, Krista of @booksandjams and Katie of @lifebetweenwords host the wonderful Middle Grade March readathon. I’ll take any reason to get to talk more about middle grade and so appreciate that they’re inspiring people to read more middle grade and connect over a mutual love for this category.

In honor of their Middle Grade March and the NCAA’s March Madness basketball tournament, I thought I’d pair up some beloved middle grade reads and see what book is left champion of them all.

The voting is being held over in the stories of my Instagram account and I’ll be sharing the results on here.  The first round has already been conducted, so you can see the results of that in my story highlights on my profile.  Voting for round two will be today. Make sure to let your voice be heard!

Any books you desperately wish were here that I didn’t include? (I know, I know- there are so many wonderful middle grade books.) Which book do you most want to win?


If you would like to join in on the fun, please go to the submissions page!

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