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Hi there,

Does anyone have recommendations for lower middle grade books?

Thanks!
#1 - June 24, 2019, 02:54 PM

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There is some overlap between chapter books and lower MG, so please bear with me.
 
Mercy Pig series by Kate diCamillo (actually anything she writes is golden, from Edward Tulane to her latest trio of Raymie Nightingale+friends)
Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
Catwings by Ursula LeGuin
Warriors series by Erin Hunter
Ramona series by Beverly Cleary
One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Sideways Stories by Louis Sachar
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

There are lots more titles, and don't forget nonfiction! Happy reading!
Here's a list from Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/lower-middle-grade
#2 - June 24, 2019, 08:26 PM
BOUND (Bodach Books, 2018)
TEN EASTER EGGS (Scholastic, 2015)
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Thanks, Vijaya! I'll check them out, and I'll definitely search for nonfiction.
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There is some overlap between chapter books and lower MG, so please bear with me.
 
Mercy Pig series by Kate diCamillo (actually anything she writes is golden, from Edward Tulane to her latest trio of Raymie Nightingale+friends)
Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
Catwings by Ursula LeGuin
Warriors series by Erin Hunter
Ramona series by Beverly Cleary
One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Sideways Stories by Louis Sachar
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

There are lots more titles, and don't forget nonfiction! Happy reading!
Here's a list from Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/lower-middle-grade

Interesting list. My library has the Warriors book in YA as well as middle grade. I don't think they qualify as lower. And I always thought Junie B Jones was a chapter book classic. So hard to figure out the overlaps.

Maniac Macgee by Jerry Spinelli and Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate might qualify as lower MG. My son loved Secrets of Droon (the whole series). Tales of a Fourth grade Nothing and many of the other Judy Blume classics would be lower MG as well.
#4 - June 25, 2019, 07:25 PM
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I loved
Hello, Universe
by Erin Entrada Kelly
#5 - June 26, 2019, 08:30 PM
Creative blessings to you ~

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Debbie, thanks for your suggestions. I love Katherine Applegate's work.

Trine, I haven't read Hello, Universe yet but will add it to my list.
#6 - June 27, 2019, 07:56 PM

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#7 - June 28, 2019, 04:48 AM
PRUDENCE, THE PART-TIME COW, A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK, BUSY BUS series, EMERGENCY KITTENS, and more!
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Jody, thanks for your suggestions.
#8 - July 03, 2019, 11:37 AM

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I loved
Hello, Universe
by Erin Entrada Kelly

Me too. And Wonder. I see they've made a movie but I've not watched it yet.

I just picked up a DARLING book by Marion Dane Bauer--Little Cat's Luck.  Free verse. I stayed up last night to finish it. :cat
Raymie Nightingale, Louisiana's Way Home, Beverly trilogy of books is also so great. I can't believe how beautifully Kate diCamillo writes about difficult subjects like abandonment and loss and for such young ones.
#9 - July 03, 2019, 03:02 PM
BOUND (Bodach Books, 2018)
TEN EASTER EGGS (Scholastic, 2015)
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You might check this blog by a middle-school librarian: http://msyinglingreads.blogspot.com/   
#10 - July 03, 2019, 05:04 PM

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Terrific blog, Anne! You're all so helpful.
#11 - July 05, 2019, 11:22 AM

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Zeno Alexander's The Library of Ever. Light, whimsical, and totally implausible, but lots of fun.
#12 - July 05, 2019, 03:13 PM
Persist! Craft improves with every draft.

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