10 Amazing Middle Grade Series That Kids Will Love

Whether you're a parent who wants to encourage their children to see books as more than just homework or an older reader trying to take a break from reality and relax with a fun, lighthearted novel, these ten middle grade series are exactly what you're looking for. They explore a variety of characters and worlds, from superheroes at high school to robots stranded in the wild. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

10 Amazing Middle Grade Series That Kids Will Love

Series Author First Books in the Series
1. Magic, Madness, and Mischief Kelly McCullough Magic, Madness, and Mischief Spirits, Spells, and Snark
2. Pumpkin Falls Mystery Heather Vogel Frederick Absolutely Truly Yours Truly
3. Vanderbeekers Karina Yan Glaser The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden
4. Impyrium Henry H. Neff Impyrium
5. Wild Robot Peter Brown The Wild Robot The Wild Robot Escapes
6. Grimmtastic Girls Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams Cinderella Stays Late Red Riding Hood Gets Lost
7. American Girl: Nanea Kirby Larson Growing Up with Aloha Hula for the Home Front
8. WondLa Tony DiTerlizzi The Search for WondLa A Hero for WondLa
9. Enchanted Files Bruce Coville Diary of a Mad Brownie Hatched
10. DC Super Hero Girls Lisa Yee Wonder Woman at Super Hero High Supergirl at Super Hero High

How to Encourage Kids to Read

A great way to start is to get a bookshelf for your child's room. If they have access to their own collection of books, it'll be easy for them to read at their own pace. And if they're looking at the shelf everyday, reading will always be on their mind. It's also important to give your kids a comfortable place to sit. This can be anything from a rocking chair to a couch to a dedicated reading nook. If they have a space that's just for them, it makes reading time all the more special. As they grow, your young ones will start to read more challenging books with words they don't know. Encourage them to look up unfamiliar terms in the dictionary so they can expand their vocabulary. Finally, if you're having trouble getting your kid interested in books in the first place, try bridging the gap between visual media and literature with graphic novels.

10 Films Based on Middle Grade Books

  1. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
  2. Anne of Green Gables (2016)
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
  4. Sounder (1972)
  5. The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
  6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
  7. Holes (2003)
  8. The BFG (2016)
  9. The Princess Bride (1987)
  10. Percy Jackson & the Olympians (2010)

Can A Children's Book Save the World?

In Depth

Books are a great way to get entertainment, enhance your vocabulary, and learn more about the world around you. If you get your children into the habit of reading early in life, there's a better chance that they'll stay well-read as adults. In no particular order, we've compiled ten amazing middle grade series that will make kids fall in love with reading.

First on the list at #1, is "Magic, Madness, and Mischief" by Kelly McCullough. This series starts off with Kalvan Morrie waking up to a dreamlike reality where he has the ability to summon fire. This is too much for his mother to handle, and she ends up vulnerable and manipulated by the Winter King. Kalvan must learn to use his magic wisely and save his mother, otherwise his power will turn into a curse. His quest continues in "Spirits, Spells and Snark," as he masters his skills and is summoned by other forces.

Up next at #2, is "A Pumpkin Falls Mystery" by Heather Vogel Frederick. Twelve-year-old Truly Lovejoy is a would-be detective who investigates mysteries in the town of Pumpkin Falls. The story begins when Truly's father gets sent home after losing an arm in combat, and is unable to find work in their hometown. They end up moving from Texas to New Hampshire, where they take over their struggling family bookstore. Truly comes across an enigmatic love letter in between the pages of a special signed first edition of "Charlotte's Web." When the book suddenly disappears, Truly and her friends go on a quest to solve the enigma and hunt for a treasure.

Twelve-year-old Truly Lovejoy is a would-be detective who investigates mysteries in the town of Pumpkin Falls.

In at #3, is "The Vanderbeekers" by Karina Yan Glaser. The Vanderbeekers receive some dreadful news when their grumpy landlord suddenly decides to end their lease. Having lived in their brownstone for years, the siblings are determined to convince their landlord that they deserve to keep their beloved home. Their adventures continue in the sequel, as the children go on a mission to build a healing garden for their catastrophe-stricken neighbor.

Coming in at #4, is "Impyrium" by Henry H. Neff. The Faeregine dynasty has been ruling for three thousand years. But their power over the empire is slowly deteriorating, and many believe they are doomed to fall soon. The youngest of the royal family, Hazel, has no interest in politics and wants to focus on studying magic. But the Empress has sinister plans for her granddaughter, which in turn will rekindle the family's mystique. When a commoner named Hob is sent to spy on the Faeregines, danger looms in on the dynasty. But friendship begins to grow between Hob and Hazel, and the series follows the two on their mission to save or destroy the realm.

At #5, is "The Wild Robot" by Peter Brown. This story revolves around Roz, a robot, who finds herself stranded on a remote island, with no recollection of how she ended up there. She struggles to survive as she faces violent storms, and gets chased by a vicious bear. As the story continues, Roz must learn to adapt to her environment, and be one with nature and its inhabitants.

This story revolves around Roz, a robot, who finds herself stranded on a remote island, with no recollection of how she ended up there.

In at #6, is "Grimmtastic Girls" by Joan Holub. This collection follows the adventures of folklore princesses, as they study at Grimm Academy. It starts off with "Cinderella Stays Late," where readers are taken to the faraway town of Grimmlandia. Cinderella is new at the academy, and is struggling to adjust. Her evil stepsisters make fun of her, and talk behind her back. But when Cinda overhears their vicious plan to ruin Prince Awesome's ball, she and her friends go to the dance to find a way to stop them.

Next at #7, is "American Girls: Nanea" by Kirby Larson and Erin Falligant. This series follows nine-year-old Nanea, whose journey takes place in Hawaii in the 1940s. In the first book, "Growing Up with Aloha," Nanea wants to prove that she's ready for big responsibilities and help out in her grandparents' market. But when the Pearl Harbor attack causes her to be separated from her loved ones, she is met with a much bigger challenge, and the possibility that her life will never be the same again.

Coming in at #8, is "The Search for WondLa" by Tony DiTerlizzi. Raised by a robot named, Muthr, twelve-year-old Eva Nine has been living in an underground sanctuary her whole life. When their shelter gets raided and destroyed, she has no choice but to surface above-ground. Eva is unprepared for the hostile world outside. Although known to be the last human alive, she ventures off with new friends, in search of others like her.

Although known to be the last human alive, she ventures off with new friends, in search of others like her.

At #9, is "The Enchanted Files" by Bruce Coville. This comedy collection presents readers with the adventures of fantastical creatures. The first book, "Diary of a Mad Brownie," follows Angus Cairns, a tiny elfin creature called a "brownie," who has a strong proclivity for keeping everything clean and orderly. However, he is cursed and thus required to serve a little girl named Alex Carhart, who happens to be extremely disorderly. When Angus finds out that his curse is also putting the girl's whole family in danger, he must find a way to get along with Alex so they can work together to break the spell.

And last but not least at #10, is "DC Superhero Girls" by Lisa Yee. This collection follows the adventures of iconic superheroines as high school students. In the first book, "Wonder Woman at Super Hero High," the Amazonian warrior princess lives on Paradise Island, and has never set foot anywhere else. One day, she gets an opportunity to train at the most prestigious academy in the galaxy. Growing up sheltered, she must face the challenges of adjusting to high school life and ace her studies, while dealing with peer pressure and bullying.