It’s Middle Grade March – a month full of reading middle grade books! I’m a huge fan of middle grade books and I really enjoy reading them, so I get very excited when March comes around and I can dedicate a WHOLE month to reading what I love!
Why middle grade? Because the stories are always so whimsical and I feel like I know what I’m going to get when I pick up a middle grade book. I know it’ll be reader friendly with no (or very few) cussing, sexual content, or violence. Sometimes you need an easy, fun read that takes you away from the “real world” and places you in a magical one!
So when Krista and Katie (wonderful BookTubers) announced they were going to host another Middle Grade March, I knew I wanted to participate! This Read-A-Thon is a wonderful way to bring awareness to middle grade books and to get those youngsters excited about reading – I’m all for encouraging kids to read more!
Below I’ve included my Middle Grade March video sharing which books I’ve picked for each challenge, but I’ll also share them here for those of you who would rather read than watch. 🙂
There are 5 reading challenges in this Read-A-Thon and I’m planning on completing them all!
1. Read a nonfiction or book based on true events.
I picked a story about the civil war titled John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy E. F. Abbott. I chose this one because I like the Civil War era and thought it would be interesting to read about it through the eyes of a young boy.
2. Read a book with a nonhuman main character.
For this book I picked The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner and the nonhuman main character is a Bigfoot girl who feels out of place with her Bigfoot tribe and just wants to be part of the human world. Sounds interesting, right?
3. Read a fantasy book.
Okay, for this challenge I decided to read the ever popular Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. I’ve heard so many good reviews for this book and I am looking forward to reading it and discovering what all the hype is about. This book is about a young girl who was born on the unluckiest day and therefore is cursed – anything bad that happens is deemed her fault.
4. A book written in verse.
Now this is the hardest challenge for me because I don’t have many books in verse, let alone a middle grade book. Luckily I had purchased Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose last year and since it’s the only middle grade book I have in verse, it made the list! This book is about a two girls from different continents who meet and who end up becoming friends and learning about each another.
5. Read a diverse read.
For this challenge I picked Wonder by R. J. Palacio because I know a movie has been made and I want to see the movie – but first I need to read the book, so here I am reading the book for Middle Grade March! This book is about a young boy who was born with a deformity and has been homeschooled. However, his parents decide to put him in public school and the story is about him adjusting to this.
And lastly, Krista and Katie are also hosting a read-a-long and the book of choice is Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier. This sounds like a fun tale about a young chimney sweep that discovers a monster in one of the chimneys she’s cleaning. That’s about all I know but it’s enough for me to want to read and join in on the read-a-long.
I am looking forward to reading all of these! What do you think? Did I pick some good books? Let me know by leaving a comment and if you have read any of them, please share your thoughts as well because I would love to hear if you enjoyed or disliked any of the books mentioned.