Last year, Betsy Bird, preeminent blogger for the School Library Journal, ran a poll of the top 100 picture books ever. The results were fascinating (here's a link). This year, she is conducting a new poll of the 100 best Fictional Chapter Books. Between now and January 31, come up with your top ten favorite middle grade books and send them to her in ORDER OF PREFERENCE.
What are middle grade books, you ask? They are books written for kids under the age of 13 who are reading full chapter books. Think From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler, Harriet the Spy and When You Reach Me. Here's a link to her blog with all of the details.
As one who loves middle grade books, I can't wait to participate in the poll and even more importantly, see the results. She'll post the countdown sometime in the early spring, I imagine.
BookNosher Activity: This would be a great activity for a fourth, fifth or sixth grade class to participate in. They could either participate individually, or as a class. Plus, once the results roll in, kids will get some new ideas of books to read.