Hello everyone! Who’s ready for another top 5 Wednesday?
For those that haven’t seen or been a part of a top 5 Wednesday, it’s a weekly tag that was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey. You can find the Goodreads group here if you’re looking to participate.
This week I’m giving you my top five favorite children’s books. It’s supposed to be children’s books, but I went with mostly middle grade because I really couldn’t think of children’s books.
Also, it was suggested that if you do mostly middle grades that you not include Harry Potter or the Percy Jackson series because obviously we all love those two series. This is a great idea and one that I’ll be following.
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
I read My Side of the Mountain when I was 11 and could not get over how much I enjoyed the book. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s about a young boy that runs away from his large crazy family and lives in the the trunk of a tree in the woods. During this time he manages to catch a falcon and make it his own. It’s a really interesting book that kind of helped develop my love for reading.
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
I think I’ve talked a lot about this book since it came out earlier this year, but I genuinely love this story. Mafi does a wonderful job of creating a beautiful and frightening world and helping young readers see that no matter what color you are still exceptional.
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
I’ve only read the first two books in this series but I can say that they are so interesting. These weren’t books I ever found myself really wanting to read, but after I read the first one I was obsessed. I love the idea of flipping good and evil on it’s head and making it a totally different beast and Chainani does a fantastic job in that.
The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
Yes, this is a Rick Riordan suggestion, but no, it’s not Percy Jackson. Everyone knows Percy Jackson, whether it’s because they read the books or saw the movies. However, I feel like a series that is often forgotten by Riordan fans is the Kane Chronicles. It’s Riordan’s Egyptian mythology series that is seriously just so good. It’s everything that Riordan is as a writer but with a different cast of characters and some crazy magic. Honestly, this is a great series that is, unfortunately, overshadowed by Riordan’s Greek Myth series.
Harris and Me by Gary Paulson
When I was in middle school, Gary Paulson was my favorite author. I read any and every book my school library had by him because it was the first time in my life that I realized it wasn’t the subject of the books that I enjoyed, but the writing. Harris and Me is about a boy that is sent to live with his aunt, uncle and cousin on their farm. It was really sweet and a great read about best friends enjoying each other for the summer. Harris and Me actually marks the first time I ever cried while reading a book. Yeah, it’s that good.