Asked & Answered: Books for Middle Schoolers

All responses taken from our Facebook groups: Foster Parenting Toolbox and Kinship Parenting Group.

Do you have a middle school-aged child who is a reluctant reader? We asked current foster, adoptive and kinship parents what books their middle schoolers are enjoying. Here’s what they said:

“My kiddo liked ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid,’ ‘Imaginary Veterinary’ and ‘Notebook of Doom.’”

“They are into graphic novels.”

“My son (a little younger) loves graphic novels. ‘The Amulet’ series is a fave (it’s a little dark). Might be a bit young, but the ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ has a protagonist that’s in middle school. If he is a more advanced reader, the ‘Harry Potter’ books. ‘The Warrior’ series (cats) is popular as is the ‘Wings of Fire’ (dragons). I also got him a subscription for a monthly box of comic books. To help it be a habit, make it part of the nightly routine. I read to him 15 minutes a night. Then I set a goal for him to read 15 minutes. We have a rule in my house that they are allowed to read anything they want, as long as they read. A magazine, comic book, graphic novel. It all counts.”

“The ‘Percy Jackson’ series is great – it’s funny, adventurous.”

“My son just finished the series ‘And They Found Dragons’…he really likes them.”

“My kids loved the ‘Warrior Cats’ series. Best part (or worst, depending on how you see it) is that there are over 100 books in the series. If they love them, they can read them for a very long time.”

“‘The Wild Robot’ (and the sequel) were huge favorites of my resistant-reader. Also the Neil Patrick Harris four-book series – ‘The Magic Misfits’ – she literally couldn’t put them down. Stuart Gibbs is also a great author – he has a ‘Spy School’ series that has rave reviews.”

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