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Below are my favorite middle-grade children’s novels (in roughly descending order):

  1. The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame) 1908
  2. The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien) 1937
  3. Danny the Champion of the World (Roald Dahl) 1975
  4. The Witches (Roald Dahl) 1983
  5. The Magician’s Nephew (C.S. Lewis) 1955
  6. Matilda (Roald Dahl) 1988
  7. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery) 1943
  8. Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson) 1883
  9. Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling) 1997
  10. Winnie-the-Pooh series (A.A. Milne) 1926
  11. The Tale of Despereaux (Kate DiCamillo) 2003
  12. The Borrowers (Mary Norton) 1952
  13. The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman) 2008
  14. Wonder (R.J. Palacio) 2012
  15. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) 1908
  16. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis) 1950
  17. The Track series (Jason Reynolds) 2016
  18. The Stars Beneath Our Feet (David Barclay Moore) 2017
  19. The BFG (Roald Dahl) 1982
  20. A Long Way from Chicago (Richard Peck) 1998
  21. A Year Down Yonder (Richard Peck) 2000
  22. Flora & Ulysses (Kate DiCamillo) 2013
  23. Maniac Magee (Jerry Spinelli) 1990
  24. The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate) 2012
  25. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Judy Blume) 1972
  26. Okay for Now (Gary Schmidt) 2011
  27. The Twits (Roald Dahl) 1980
  28. Louisiana’s Way Home (Kate DiCamillo) 2018
  29. The Trumpet of the Swan (E.B. White) 1970
  30. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (Roald Dahl) 1985
  31. The Royal Rabbits of London (Santa & Simon Montefiore) 2016
  32. Julie of the Wolves (Jean Craighead George) 1972
  33. The Magic Finger (Roald Dahl) 1964
  34. The Whipping Boy (Sid Fleischman) 1986
  35. The House with a Clock in Its Walls (John Bellairs) 1973
  36. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl) 1964
  37. The Bag Beginning (Lemony Snickett) 1999
  38. The Horse and His Boy (C.S. Lewis) 1954
  39. A Rat’s Tale series (Tor Seidler) 1986
  40. Dream Within a Dream (Patricia MacLachlan) 2019