Middle Grade Monday- My Favorite MG Books While Growing Up

Until The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan I hadn't read a Middle Grade book in years! If it wasn't for my awesome eight year old cousin I wouldn't have thought of picking up this genre again. How cool is this: she asked me to read it so we could have a book talk! I'm so lucky, how awesome is that!?

Anyways, now I'm on a Middle Grade kick so I figured through the month of March why not review some MG books on the blog and have some MG books featured occasionally all year?! So now I introduce to you Middle Grade Monday! There are tons of other awesome Middle Grade Memes like Tween Tuesday and Marvelous Middle Grade which inspired Middle Grade Monday here at Call Me Crazy.

Since we're already talking about Middle Grade, this month at The O.W.L. is March of the Middle Grade Madness! Jill is having tons of giveaways, reviews and fun interviews of everything MG! Novel Novice is also hosting a MG event this month, Middle Grade March including guest blogs from MG authos, interviews and reviews!

This Monday I thought I'd share some of my favorite Middle Grade books that I really loved when I was younger! 

-Nate the Great Series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Marc Simont
     These were the first books I remember reading on my own. The main character was a kid detective, which was just so fun to go on adventures with Nate. I read these books so much that my friend's mom would call me 'Kate the Great'!

-If Wishes Were Horses by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
     I read this book in either either fourth or fifth grade I believe and it has stuck with me over all these years. This is the first book I remember getting emotional with, I loved the main character and the story itself was incredible.

-Tales of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
     I'm pretty sure everyone around my age has read and loved this book! I read Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, but I remember not liking it. I loved this story of a courageous little mouse and how all these characters' stories are intertwined.

-Magic Tree House Series by  Mary Pope Osborne and Sal Murdocca
     I absolutely loved these books growing up. I remember my favorite being Christmas in Camelot! I loved how it incroporated history, which I've always loved, into fun stories that I could never get enough of.

-The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
     The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was the first book in this collection that I read and to be totally honest I hated it! I was eight years old and thought they talked funny (I was too young to understand the swoon-worthiness of British accents) and I didn't get all the symbolism. I decided to give the books another try in Jr. High and loved them! I late read them again in high school, I love how it is an amazing story that can be for kids, but there's also all of these fantastic underlying meanings for older kids/ adults too!

-The Borrowers Series by Mary Norton
     When we had those twenty minute reading periods in class, I always had trouble actually reading because I would always get distracted and all the people surrounding me didn't help either. This was one of the very first books I remember not wanting to put down after our class's reading time was over and actually escaping under the floorboards with the characters and away from the classroom, it was great!

-City of Ember (The Books of Ember) by Jeanne DuPrau
     The imagery in this book is incredible! I haven't read the other books in this series, but the first one is enough to want me to totally read the rest! A book about an entire town underground and two teens trying to get to the surface is still totally up my ally! (I recently saw that there was more than two books in this series, how awesome!)


  1. Yes! MG Monday is so official now! I definitely loved The Tale of Despereaux and The Borrowers. It's so much fun to remember being little and reading those books :) Although... I wasn't so little for Despereaux - maybe even in HS? And I loved it anyway :)

    When I was in 3rd grade, my cousins came from Canada and got a couple of MTH books and forgot to take them back. I've loved them ever since. My favourite is Dolphins at Daybreak.
    I JUST finished CoNarnia and I really liked them. Also, did you know that J.R.R.Tolkien and C.S.Lewis were very close friends?
    Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson is amazing as well. Have you read A Series Of Unfortunate Events?


  3. I totally loved the Narnia series.
    I've been meaning to try Nate the Great.
    You should try The Incorrigible Children Of Ashton Place.

  4. I've alaways wanted to read the Narnia series and I'm hoping I will someday !! I love the movies .. and Ben Barnes as Prince Caspian is a super bonus for me :) !!

  5. My favorite line in this post? "...swoon-worthiness of British accents." I love the Chronicles of Narnia :D