Summer Reading - Recommended Fiction for Kids

By Bookbound Bookstore

By Bookbound Bookstore

Here's a wide variety of middle grade fiction for kids. Most of these books are for the 8 to 12 age range. We've read the majority of these and personally recommend them. Others are critically acclaimed, award-winning, and loved by teachers and librarians. If you need more specific help choosing just the right books, please reach out. We're happy to help!

The Phantom Tollbooth

Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

$8.99 $8.27

Ghost Boys

Jewell Parker Rhodes

$7.99 $7.35

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Meg Medina

$7.99 $7.35

The List of Things That Will Not Change

Rebecca Stead

$16.99 $15.63

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin

$14.99 $13.79

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Kelly Barnhill

$9.95 $9.15

The Season of Styx Malone

Kekla Magoon

$7.99 $7.35

The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean

$8.99 $8.27


Katherine Applegate

$16.99 $15.63

Willa of the Wood

Robert Beatty

$7.99 $7.35

The Next Great Paulie Fink

Ali Benjamin

$7.99 $7.35

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky

Kwame Mbalia

$17.99 $16.55

This is the beginning of a series. The next book will be released this fall!

Fuzzy Mud

Louis Sachar

$7.99 $7.35

The Parker Inheritance

Varian Johnson

$7.99 $7.35

Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson

$10.99 $10.11


Vashti Hardy and George Ermos

$18.95 $17.43

This is the beginning of a series. The next book will be released in early 2021!

The First Rule of Punk

Celia C. Pérez

$8.99 $8.27

The Birchbark House

Louise Erdrich

$6.99 $6.43

The Thing about Jellyfish

Ali Benjamin

$8.99 $8.27

Ways to Make Sunshine

Renée Watson and Nina Mata

$16.99 $15.63

See You in the Cosmos

Jack Cheng

$8.99 $8.27

Clean Getaway

Nic Stone

$16.98 $15.62

Bud, Not Buddy

Christopher Paul Curtis

$8.99 $8.27

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

Kathi Appelt

$8.99 $8.27

George (Scholastic Gold)

Alex Gino

$7.99 $7.35

Amina's Voice

Hena Khan

$7.99 $7.35

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

E. L. Konigsburg and E. L. Konigsburg

$9.99 $9.19


Gary Paulsen

$8.99 $8.27

The One and Only Ivan

Katherine Applegate and Patricia Castelao

$8.99 $8.27


Tahereh Mafi

$8.99 $8.27

Other Words for Home

Jasmine Warga

$16.99 $15.63

A Crack in the Sea

H. M. Bouwman and Yuko Shimizu

$8.99 $8.27

Astrid the Unstoppable

Maria Parr

$16.99 $15.63

The Stars Beneath Our Feet

David Barclay Moore

$7.99 $7.35

Danny the Champion of the World

Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake

$7.99 $7.35

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich

Ibi Zoboi

$8.99 $8.27

Winnie-The-Pooh (Puffin Modern Classics)

A A Milne and Ernest H. Shepard

$7.99 $7.35


Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen

$8.99 $8.27


Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

$8.99 $8.27

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Robert C. O'Brien and Zena Bernstein

$8.99 $8.27

The Call of the Wild

Jack London

$6.99 $6.43

Charlotte's Web

Kate DiCamillo, E. B. White, et al.

$8.99 $8.27