2014 NERDY AWARDS FOR MIDDLE GRADE FICTION ANNOUNCED BY COLBY SHARP
Chances are if you are anything like me the first thing you did when you opened this post was scroll down and look at the winners. I’m hoping that you saw some of your favorite 2014 books obelow, and that you maybe found a book or two to add to your to-read list. Thanks for scrolling back up and reading my little introduction.
I think that there is something very special about middle grade books and the middle grade reader. I feel that for many kids the books that they read and the books read aloud to them during this time in their life are books that will stay with them throughout their lives. I know that I will never forget when the student teacher in my fourth grade classroom read us Hatchet, or when my third grade teacher introduced me to Judy Blume’s Fudge and Beverly Cleary’s Ramona.
I asked my friends on Twitter if they could share with me what middle grade books from their childhood have stuck with them. I sent the tweet, and then headed out the door on a date with my lovely wife. When I checked my phone when I got home, I was flooded with tweets. Tweets about how middle grade books remained in the hearts of my friends long after they left their elementary and middle school classrooms. I’ve embedded a few of these tweets below. To read more search the #NerdyMG hashtag on Twitter.
— Niki Ohs Barnes (@daydreamreader) December 30, 2014
— Sara Ralph (@sralph31) December 30, 2014
— Deborah Freedman (@DeborahFreedman) December 30, 2014
As you look back through this list of amazing books, I hope you take a moment to think about how 20, 30 and even 40 years from now, these books will still be found in the hearts of today’s readers.
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
Boys of Blur by N.D. Wilson
Circa Now by Amber McRee Turner
Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington
Dash by Kirby Larson
Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart
Five, Six, Seven, Nate by Tim Federle
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied by Jess Keating
The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
Nightingale’s Nest by Nikki Loftin
Rain, Reign by Ann M. Martin
Revolution by Deborah Wiles
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage
The Meaning of Maggie by Jean Sovern
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
The Riverman by Aaron Starmer
The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holzcer
The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie Lamana
West of the Moon by Margi Preus
Colby Sharp is a third grade teacher in Parma, Michigan.