Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Award-Winning Middle-Grade Fiction—Part 2

My blog this week continues the lists of award-winning fiction and poetry generally suitable for children aged eight through twelve.

Notable Children’s Books: Each year, the Association for Library Service to Children “identifies the best of the best of children’s books on the Notable Children’s Books list.” The lists feature books for readers of all ages: Younger Readers – Preschool-grade 2 (age 7), including easy-to-read books; Middle Readers – Grades 3-5, ages 8-10; Older Readers – Grades 6-8, ages 11-14.

Fiction selection for 2013, Middle Readers
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz
Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead
Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay
Mary B. by Caroline Starr Rose
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Tumage
Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole
Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Fiction selection for 2013, Older Readers
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return by Zeina Abirached
My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Son by Lois Lowry
Son of a Gun by Anne de Graaf

You can find the complete, annotated list at

Children’s Choices: This is a project of the InternationalReading Association (IRA) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC), in which approximately 10,000 children choose 100 favorite books each year. These books are listed by year, from 1998 to 2012, annotated, and categorized by grade level. Here is the selection of 2012 titles for grades 5–6:

Bad Island by Doug TenNapel
BONE: Quest for the Spark by Tom Sniegoski
Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald
Cursed Grounds by Steven L. Stern
Dork Diaries 3: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star by Rachel Renee Russell
Lost and Found by Shaun Tan
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Prince of Dorkness: More Notes from a Totally Lame Vampire by Tim Collins
Quarterback Season by Fred Bowen
Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein
Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow
IRA/CBC Children's Choices
Sound Bender by Lin Oliver and Theo Baker
Stickman Odyssey by Christopher Ford
Stir It Up: A Novel by Ramin Ganeshram
Storm Runners by Roland Smith
Ten by Lauren Myracle
Titanic #1: Unsinkable by Gordon Korman
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

You can find the complete annotated list, which includes nonfiction and books for younger children, along with lists for previous years, at

Teachers’ Choices: The IRA also publishes annotated selections of thirty books chosen each year by teachers. The books are listed by year, from 1998 to 2012, annotated and categorized by age and grade level.

Fiction titles, 2012, for readers aged 8–11:
IRA/CBC Teacher's Choices
Walking Home to Rosie Lee by A. LaFaye
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Fiction titles, 2012, for readers aged 11–14:
City of Orphans by Avi
Hidden by Helen Frost
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Requiem: Poems of the Terezin Ghetto by Paul B. Janeczko
Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow

You can find the complete, annotated list, which includes nonfiction and books for younger children, along with lists for previous years, at


  1. So many great books - so little time! lol

  2. Oh! and here is part two. Well, that was quick. :) I am mesmerized by the picture of the cool stacks of books. Another great post.

  3. Wow, that's quite the stack of books, not only the awarded ones, but the picture too. I recognize some of the titles, but others are totally new to me. So many books, so little time. (stopping by from Kid Lit Hop)

  4. Thanks for sharing the lists. I have a few of these titles in my school library. I just bought "Wonder" for my son. (Hello from the Kid Lit Hop!) :-)

  5. Glad to know this information is helpful. I welcome your additions to it.