Middle Grade Books
I can’t believe I didn’t post a single book for #MiddleGradeMarch hosted by @onedetailedteacher. So many of the middle grade books coming out now are a huge step up from when I was a kid. Of course there is room for improvement, but I love that graphic novels and comic books are finally getting the respect they deserve. Graphic novels don’t stay on my shelf long at all! There is so much joy to be found in middle grade books. I think they’re great for adults looking to bust a reading slump or maybe rediscover some of that joy they felt as a child. But at the end of the day, I think we can all agree that there are few finer things in life than hearing a kid say “I loved that book!”
I do think kids publishing needs to hire more teachers though. Some middle grade books are too long! Books over 300 pages are a lot for adults! For kids who don’t see themselves as readers yet?! Forget it! Also some of the books labeled middle grade are not quite reachable or accessible for ALL readers. I’m not saying EVERY book has to cater to EVERY child, but I am saying we need more books for the 8-11 set that not only cover heavier topics they are ready for, but also use language that is accessible to them so they can read it independently. Please do not take that as dumbing down, we all know what it’s like to read things that are way above what we can understand, and you know it’s not fun, especially when you’re trying to get kids to think of reading as fun. I think this is why so many kids in this age group find graphic novels so powerful, they are easier to process independently AND cover deep topics they are ready for. I know there are a ton out there, but we can always have more (ESPECIALLY from authors of the global south and LGTBQIA+ folks)! Anyways, children’s publishers hire me please. I have thoughts. Ha.