Oh My Gosh. This was an incredibly hard thing to do: chop everyone’s lovely recommendations to a list of 100 that is not only reflective of all the wonderful middle grade writing, but also reflects the diversity out there. There’s books about people of color, of course (though not as many as I think there *could* be), but fantasy, adventure, family-oriented, classics, new books, boy books, girl books… I ended up only having one book per author, because of space. And I eliminated graphic novels (except for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which isn’t really one). And I tried to choose the best one when I had three or four on the same theme (which wasn’t easy).
It’s not perfect — how could a list compiled by one person running a blog ever be? — but I think it’s a dang good one. Enjoy!
- Wolves of Willoughby Chase, by Joan Aiken
- How Tia Lola Came to Visit, by Julia Alvarez
- The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander
- The Underneath, by Kathi Appelt
- Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babitt
- The Indian in the Cupboard, by Lynn Banks
- Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum
- Peter Pan, by J. M. Barrie
- Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing, by Judy Blume
- The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
- Al Capone Does My Shirts, by Gennifer Choldenko
- Ramona Quimby, Age 8, by Beverly Cleary
- Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins
- The Dark is Rising, by Susan Cooper
- Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis
- Matilda, by Roald Dahl
- Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo
- The London Eye Mystery, by Siobhan Dowd
- The City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau
- Half Magic, by Edward Eager
- Then there were Five, by Elizabeth Enright
- The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
- The Great Brain, by John F. Fitzgerald
- Harriet The Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh
- The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
- Coraline, by Neil Gaiman
- Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little, by Peggy Gifford
- The Liberation of Gabriel King, by K. L. Going
- The Thing about Georgie, by Lisa Graff
- The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
- Among the Hidden, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
- The Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale
- Penny From Heaven, by Jennifer L. Holm
- Everything on a Waffle, by Polly Horvath
- Journey to the River Sea, by Eva Ibbotson
- Toys Go Out, by Emily Jenkins
- The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norman Juster
- The Ordinary Princess, by M. M. Kaye
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney
- The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling
- The Book of Story Beginnings, by Kristin Kladstrup
- Schooled, by Gordon Korman
- The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E. L. Konigsburg
- Savvy, by Ingrid Law
- Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
- A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
- Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine
- The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis
- Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin
- Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren
- Rules, by Cynthia Lord
- Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things, by Lenore Look
- Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
- The Giver, by Lois Lowry
- Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, by Betty MacDonald
- Every Soul a Star, by Wendy Mass
- Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
- Saffy’s Angel, by Hilary McKay
- The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley
- The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill
- Winnie the Pooh, A. A. Milne
- Rascal, by Sterling North
- The Borrowers, by Mary Norton
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O’Brien
- Greetings from Nowhere, by Barbara O’Conner
- Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell
- A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park
- The Bridge to Terebithia, by Katherine Patterson
- Soup by Robert Newton Peck
- Clementine, by Sarah Pennypacker
- Rickshaw Girl, by Mitali Perkins
- Six Innings, by James Preller
- Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls
- The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin
- The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling
- Yellow Star, by Jennifer Roy
- Becoming Naomi Leon, by Pam Munoz Ryan
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznik
- Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
- Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein
- The Bad Beginning, by Lemony Snicket
- The Egypt Game, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
- The Mysterious Benedict Society, Trenton Lee Stewart
- The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare
- When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead
- Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield
- Keena Ford and the Second Grade Mix-Up, by Melissa Thompson
- The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
- Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt
- So B. It, by Sarah Weeks
- Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
- Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Leepike Ridge, by Nathan D. Wilson
- Dealing with Dragons, by Patricia Wrede
- Dollhouse Murders, by Betty Wren Wright
- Passager, by Jane Yolen
15 thoughts on “Final Top 100 MG Books”
What an excellent list! You did a great job.
Great job! I love making lists like this and appreciate how hard it is to balance types of books and authors and everything else. Kudos.
(I once worked on a summer reading list for our county's preschool community and even checked over to make sure that dog books and cat books were equally represented.)
Thanks, Pam. The comment about the cat and dog books made me laugh.
Great list — I can't wait to print it out and use it over the next couple of years!
What a great list, Melissa. Congratulations on getting it down to 100. I'm impressed. You did a nice job with balance, especially balancing new books and classics. This is great stuff!
Printing it off as we speak–thanks!!
All my favs made the cut so I'm happy:) Nice list!
Very nice work, Melissa!
Wow – I'm amazed at how many of these I haven't read. I'm going to print it out, too, as I'm always looking for new book for my 10 and 7 year old, especially the latter who checked out 20 books from the library last Wednesday and has finished all but 3 (less than a week later!).
I wish you'd call the first Harry Potter book by its proper title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I know it goes by Sorcerer's Stone in the States (so weird to me… how can it be the same book and not have Nicholas Flame's PHILOSOPHER'S stone in it?)
Anyway, great list, though! Thanks.
Oops, meant Flamel, obviously!
I am honored that Keena is on the list! Thanks for including her! 🙂
I've actually read quite a few of these. Glad to see The Hobbit and Harry POtter on the list!
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