For the middle grades, summer reading is all about independent reading — and independent reading is all about self-motivation. For this group, we’ve selected a range of novels with something for everyone: old favorites, new twists, the historical, the hysterical, the moving, and more.

Magic Tree House series (2–6)*
by Mary Pope Osborne
In this popular early chapter book series, a magical, book-filled house transports two children back in time.

Dear Mr. Henshaw (2–6)
by Beverly Cleary
Leigh’s life is a mess. Will writing to his favorite author help? Find out in this Newbery-winning favorite.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2–6)
by Roald Dahl
In this timeless classic, crazy chocolatier Willy Wonka opens his chocolate factory doors for the first time to five lucky children.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (3–6)
by Judy Blume
In this beloved book, Peter finds his demanding 2-year-old brother an ever increasing problem.

Misty of Chincoteague (3–6)
by Marguerite Henry
Beloved by generations of children, this classic horse story about following dreams and learning to let go was named a Newbery Honor Book.

Because of Winn-Dixie (4–6)
by Kate DiCamillo
When 10-year-old India Opal Buloni befriends a lively stray dog in this Newbery Honor book, the canine helps her meet some unusual characters who teach her about love, life, and forgiveness.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (4–6)
by Jon Scieszka
Imagine a comic retelling of some of our best-loved fairy tales. In this Caldecott Honor book, readers encounter "Cinderumpelstiltskin," "Little Red Running Shorts," and "The Princess and the Bowling Ball," to name a few.

Bridge to Terabithia (4–6)
by Katherine Paterson
In this Newbery winner, Jess and Leslie create their own kingdom in the woods until tragedy strikes and one of them must face life alone.

Bud, Not Buddy (4–6)
by Christopher Paul Curtis
In this Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award winner, 10-year-old Bud is boy on the run — and on a mission. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue, and nothing is going to stop Bud.

A Series of Unfortunate Events (4–7)
by Lemony Snicket
This inventive series brings a whole new perspective to bad luck. Follow the adventures of the Baudelaire orphans as they fight for their survival — and unravel a mystery.

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