Friday, March 6, 2015

100 Books for Middle School

We are a literature-based family. I build much of our lessons around good literature. I want the children to be well versed in literature. I decided on this list because I had read them before or they came very highly recommended by friends. There are so many books and I had a hard time keeping the list down to 100.

Here is my list of books for middle school. I have not read every single one and I may not get through them all with this set of kids. However, it is a nice place to start when I am thinking about what to read to them next. Of course, I encourage them to read many of them on their own. The books in bold we have already read, and I plan to come back over the next few years and highlight the ones we complete. They are in no particular order.

  1. The House on Mango Street
  2. Old Yeller
  3. Snow Treasure
  4. Julie of the Wolves
  5. The Endless Steppe
  6. Stone Fox
  7. Inkheart
  8. Redwall
  9. The Thief Lord
  10. The City of Ember
  11. Out of the Dust
  12. Johnny Tremain
  13. The Indian in the Cupboard
  14. Pollyanna
  15. Chains
  16. Homer Price
  17. Emil and The Detectives
  18. Harriet the Spy
  19. The Wheel on the School
  20. A Long Way from Chicago
  21. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
  22. Tales From Shakespeare
  23. Carry on Mr. Bowditch
  24. Jacob I Have Loved
  25. An Elephant in the Garden
  26. The Pushcart Wars
  27. The Voyage of Dr. Doolittle
  28. Tuck Everlasting
  29. To Kill a Mockingbird
  30. Call It Courage
  31. A Christmas Carol
  32. Five Little Peppers and How They Grew
  33. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  34. Anne of Green Gables
  35. Around the World in 80 Days
  36.  Black Beauty
  37. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  38. Heidi
  39. The Hobbit
  40. Robinson Crusoe
  41. The Secret Garden
  42. Mama's Bank Account
  43. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
  44. Cheaper by the Dozen
  45. The Mysterious Benedict Society
  46. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
  47. Bridge to Terabithia
  48. The Wednesday Wars
  49. The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  50. Bud, Not Budy
  51. The Phantom Tollbooth
  52. The Watsons Go to Birmingham
  53. The Diary of a Young Girl
  54. A Wrinkle in Time
  55. The Harry Potter Series
  56. The Giver
  57. The Narnia Series
  58. Mary Poppins
  59. Holes
  60. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  61. Lassie Come-Home
  62. The Westing Game
  63. Because of Winn Dixie
  64. Hatchet
  65. Matilda
  66. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  67. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
  68. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  69. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  70. The Door in the Wall
  71. Island of the Blue Dolphins
  72. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
  73. Little Women
  74. Little Men
  75. Hitty's First 100 Years
  76. The Tales of Despereaux
  77. All of a Kind Family
  78. A Little Princess
  79. Charlie in the Chocolate Factory
  80. The Twenty-One Balloons
  81. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
  82. The Saturdays
  83. Are You There God, It's Me Margaret
  84. Ballet Shoes
  85. My Side of the Mountain
  86. The Egypt Game
  87. The Four Story Mistake
  88. The Witches
  89. The Cricket in Times Square
  90. Peter Pan
  91. Pippi Longstocking
  92. The Little Prince
  93. Fever 1793
  94. Elijah of Buxton
  95. Sounder
  96. Dead End in Norvelt
  97. The Swiss Family Robinson
  98. Doll Bones
  99. The First Four Years
  100. Alice in Wonderland
Do you have a "must read" that I have missed for 5th through 8th grade? If so, please list it in the comments.

Blessings, Dawn


  1. BT had to read one over the summer called Hachett, I thought it was very good has an alternate ending book as well, although it may be for 4/5 grader and not actually middle school

  2. Thank you for going to the trouble to write these out. Is it okay if I copy it onto a word document and print for my own use? Our children are a similar age and although I recognise a lot of the books there are some I've not heard of.

  3. What a great list! I highly recommend reading Carry On Mr. Bowditch and The Mysterious Benedict Society. They aren't highlighted on your list yet, but they are both favorites at our house. ;)

  4. I had not noticed this list before! Pinned.