Scholastic Parents: Raise a Reader
Back-to-School Books for Middle Schoolers
The transition from elementary school to middle school can be tough for many kids, and diving into one of these relatable reads can help.
on September 06, 2015
It's back-to-school season -- my favorite time of year! Our middle schoolers may have traded in crayons and alphabet worksheets for lockers and algebra, but finding them age-appropriate and engaging books is still so important. The transition from elementary school to middle school can be tough for many kids, and diving into a relatable read can help.
I selected books that centered around characters who are also walking the halls of a middle school. Even now as a reader, I love finding characters I can identify with and learn from. The characters in these books are realistic, funny, charming, and empathetic. I divided the books roughly by the age/grade of the main character, but all of the books are appropriate for 5th-8th graders.
Sixth Grade Books
● Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja by Marcus Emerson (Series)
● The 6th Grade Nickname Game by Gordon Korman (This author has many books middle schoolers may enjoy!)
● Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You by Barthe DeClements
● The Caped 6th Grader: Happy Birthday, Hero! by Zoe Quinn (Series)
● Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (Series)
● Smile by Raina Telgemeier
● Wonder by R. J. Palacio (I recommend this one for adults too!)
● When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
● How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart
Seventh Grade Books
● Space Station Seventh Grade by Jerry Spinelli
● Amelia's 7th-Grade Notebook by Marissa Moss
● The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
● Counting by 7's by Holly Goldberg Sloan
● Rules by Cynthia Lord
● I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson (Series)
● Middle School Is Worse than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff by Jennifer L. Holm
Eighth Grade Books
● Eighth-Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
● Drama by Raina Telgemeier
● Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson (Series)
Here's to a smooth and enjoyable middle school year! If you're looking for a read-aloud for your elementary-schooler, check out this article I wrote for Scholastic Parents.