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Expanding Horizons: The Diversity of Middle Grade Book Ideas

Middle grade books, also known as middle reader books, are intended for readers aged 8-12. These books cover a wide range of genres and subjects, making it easy for readers to find something that interests them. However, it's also important to make sure that the books that we choose to read and share with children expand their horizons, and promote diversity and representation. Here is a guide to some must-read middle grade book ideas that promote diversity:

  1. "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate: This heartwarming novel tells the story of Ivan, a gorilla who lives in a mall. He tells his story through the eyes of his friend, Stella, and how they both come to realize that they deserve more than what they have.

  2. "The Secret Keeper" by Tracey Baptiste: This thrilling novel follows the story of a young girl called Linnie, who discovers she has magical powers while living in Jamaica in the 1800s. The novel explores themes of family, identity, and the power of magic.

  3. "The Sun Is Also a Star" by Nicola Yoon: This young adult novel tells the love story of a teenage girl and boy from different backgrounds, who meet by chance in New York City. The novel explores themes of immigration, love, and the power of family.

  4. "The War That Saved My Life" by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley: This historical fiction novel tells the story of a young disabled girl and her brother who are evacuated from London during World War II. The novel explores themes of disability, war, and the power of family.

  5. "The House with Chicken Legs" by Sophie Anderson: This fantasy novel tells the story of a girl who's grandmother is a Yaga, a magical being who guides the dead to the afterlife. The novel explores themes of identity, family, and the power of choice.

  6. "The First Rule of Punk" by Celia C. Pérez: This contemporary novel tells the story of a girl who starts at a new school and has to navigate fitting in while staying true to herself. The novel explores themes of identity, family, and the power of music.

These are just a few examples of the many great middle grade book ideas available. Reading is a great way for children to learn, explore new worlds, and develop their imagination. It's important to make sure that the books they read are representative of the world we live in, and that all children are able to see themselves reflected in literature.


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