Category Archives: Middle Grade Reading Level

2 Great Picture Books and 1 Biography of Jacque Cousteau.

I grew up watching the TV series The Undersea World of Jacque Cousteau with my family in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  For a little girl living in Boise, Idaho, his beautiful footage of exotic fish, strange underwater plants … Continue reading

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The Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren (1962)

If you only know Astrid Lindgren’s beloved Pippi Longstocking books, then you’ve got a treasure trove of other books to explore!  She wrote dozens of books and more than 60 have been translated into English.  One of her best-known is … Continue reading

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Blue Willow by Doris Gates (1940)

Janey’s family used to own a home and land in Texas, but then the Great Depression descended on the country and they, like so many, lost everything.  Father is now an itinerant farm worker moving the family frequently as he … Continue reading

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Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1933)

  If you’ve ever wanted to live on acres of land where you had a lovely house and grew most of your own food, this book is for you!  Although Farmer Boy is usually listed as part of the Little … Continue reading

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All-of-a-Kind Family series by Sydney Taylor (1951 – 1978)

There’s something to be said for a book that makes you wish you’d been part of a poor immigrant family living in New York’s upper east side on the eve of World War I.  Sydney Taylor’s time-honored classic does just … Continue reading

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The Tripods Trilogy (plus a prequel) by John Christopher (1967 – 1988)

Earth has been invaded by aliens! The alien Masters and their mechanical Tripods (much like those AT-AT Walkers from Star Wars– yes, I had to look that name up) have brainwashed and enslaved one country after another.  In their effort … Continue reading

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5 Christmas Read Aloud Books for Families

December is a magical time to read aloud to your family — whether you’re gathered around the lit tree, sitting on the floor while they’re snuggled in their warm beds, or possibly traveling down the freeway to visit relatives.   If … Continue reading

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