When I student taught, I had my 7th graders nominate one book that they enjoyed reading to include in our class newsletter that got sent home to their families. On their own, the students in all of my classes were voracious readers, and having the luxury of a 20 minute silent reading period at the beginning of our block class was something they all looked forward to. I kid you not; on the rare days where silent reading didn’t happen, I was met with a chorus of “Awww!”s.
Already ones to recommend books to their peers, or pick up a book they saw someone else reading, students were eager to include their own book recommendations. Who better for middle grade readers to get recommendations from than from their peers? I know I myself am stumped sometimes when my students ask me for ideas on what to read next, as I just don’t have the extensive personal experience that some, more seasoned middle school teachers have.
In an effort to broaden my reading list, and have some more recommendations for future students, I though I might tackle some of the books that I’ve spied my kids reading this past year…
Among the Hidden // I Heart You, You Haunt Me // Tears of a Tiger // Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod #1) // Skinny // A Living Nightmare (Cirque du Freak #1) // My Life in Pink and Green // Fablehaven (Fablehaven #1) // The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1) // City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) // Simon Bloom, The Gravity Keeper //// The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)
Vampires, series, and realistic fiction all seem to be a trend. Surprised? I don’t know if I am or not!