Diverse Middle-Grade Books that are Perfect for Fall Reading


October is almost here!

The tenth month of the year is usually one filled with colorful leaves, cooler temps, and pumpkin-spice-everything. The month of October also has some pretty notable National observations related to books for kids as well. Since we tend to focus a lot on picture books, this time around I wanted to share some diverse titles and book recommendations for the chapter-book-reading crowd. Enjoy!

Michelle at Books My Kids Read has been a long-time supporter of Multicultural Children’s Book Day and one of our awesome CoHosts! Michelle has a great eye for books that will make even reluctant middle-grade readers take notice. Here is her list of Awesome New Middle-Grade Titles here.

Awesome New Middle Grade Titles

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and author Tonya Duncan Ellis pulled together this excellent list of Great Middle-Reader Books with a bullying prevention message that even includes some graphic novels.

“Though many children aren’t physically in schools this fall, it’s still a great time to increase awareness of this important issue, which can also happen during virtual learning,” Tonya shared. “Bullying, defined as repeated, unwanted aggressive behavior toward someone vulnerable, can leave lasting, negative effects on a child. Bullied kids suffer depression and anxiety, health complaints, and lowered school performance, among other issues.” Read the blog post in its entirety here.

Literacious (“A Small Scoop of Kidlit with all the Toppings”) has a very fun booklist with 5 Diverse Easy Readers & Chapter Books perfect for readers who are ready to take their reading to the next level!

As the mother of not one, but TWO, reluctant chapter book readers, I can tell you from experience that locating topics and titles that pique the picky kid’s interest is key to keeping them reading.

Making reading an adventure and not a “task/ chore/requirement” during the fall and winter months is a great way to help increase the desire to read and unplugged. As a family, take some time to sit down together and pick out your cold-weather TBRs (To Be Read) and snuggle in for some book enjoyment time.

Becky FlansburgKeep Calm and Read On!

Rebecca “Becky” Flansburg is an author, freelance writer, and project manager for the non-profit online children’s literacy initiative, Multicultural Children’s Book Day/ #ReadYourWorld. Join the celebration! Our 8th annual celebration will take place on January 29, 2021. For more information, visit Multicultural Children’s Book Day on the web.

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