Did you know that this year marks the 20-year anniversary of Harry Potter in the United States? It was published by Scholastic Books back in 1998! To celebrate, Scholastic’s 2018 Summer Reading Challenge is all about celebrating a Magical Summer of Reading. I thought now would be a great time to share some of my favorite “magical” books for middle-graders!

Send your kids on a magical adventure through literature with these 50 magic-themed summer reading books for middle graders! From witches and wizards to fantastic beasts, there's something for every tween & teen!

All of these books feature some sort of magical or fantasy element, making them perfect for kids who love Harry Potter! Let’s check them out!

Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle School Kids

*Affiliate links included below. If you make a purchase through these links, I earn a small commission.¬†I tried to break this down into manageable categories that made sense to me. ūüėÄ

Witches and Wizards

  1. Harry Potter Boxed Setir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=ea6d74d048a4ce94094416a1311bc12d& cb=1529341719978 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders– counting this as one book, even though there are 7! Celebrate Harry Potter’s 20th Anniversary by reading (or re-reading) the entire boxed set together as a family!
  2. The Land of Storiesir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=9e438002ea5a9c9178be47a050ee778b& cb=1529342156096 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Chris Colfer (preview above)
  3. W.I.T.C.H. The Graphic Novelir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=2784a7a58628c6fba8856b4f7af2af56& cb=1529518772660 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Disney
  4. Shadow Magicir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=2196cdd6c9a88f174abe4227fa2b56f4& cb=1529518805114 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Joshua Khan
  5. Wizardmatchir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=1efe9f40d3762197fcd06ecf04cfa619& cb=1529518811481 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Lauren Magaziner
  6. Septimus Heap seriesir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=212e1cec85a8763af36e2018feb2db97& cb=1529519036122 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Angie Sage
  7. The Chronicles of Narniair?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=6a0fb5a4af29d2ef9da3c978aff764f0& cb=1529519100224 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by CS Lewis
  8. A Wizard of Earthseair?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=a4883a87e40ea4b7ab6680d479e63ad4& cb=1529519325603 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Ursula K. Le Guin
  9. Witch & Wizardir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=af7c2b2bdab777215d9148f4f1e2850e& cb=1529519331753 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by James Patterson
  10. The Witchesir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=2f5a5680fbbdbae94082d18b9d5cefd3& cb=1529519338934 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Roald Dahl

While Harry Potter is definitely my top choice in this section, I also recommend checking out The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer. The series has a bunch of books out already (six total right now), so if your kids love the first one they can keep up their summer reading momentum all season long with these books alone.

Witch & Wizard by Patterson is another great choice for a story that combines fantasy elements with a dystopian society. I have great respect for James Patterson because he is incredibly passionate about promoting literacy in kids.

Magical Adventures

  1. A Wrinkle in Timeir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=e10e655bdc0b7134c05dbea3b5b6f07d& cb=1529341951623 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders
  2. The Hobbitir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=b18a2ffc537daeafb31cb2864575080f& cb=1529341959557 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by JRR Tolkien
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlandir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=e7a2172070f4cb344fe33cdbcb45f19a& cb=1529341973867 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders
  4. His Dark Materials Boxed Set ir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=ae1b6cf96be47f04a555ccedcbf3e857& cb=1529341940104 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders(The Golden Compass series)
  5. Furthermoreir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=546018e4a2c627d25d695a6a5137f361& cb=1529516230675 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Tahereh Mafi
  6. The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Grayir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=c9a292b6df13b857a2a2c385bfdaa4d9& cb=1529516239957 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by  B.A. Williamson
  7. Everlandir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=9f59686a12022f58fdcc68d4030e3690& cb=1529516245895 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Wendy Spinale (a retelling of Peter Pan)
  8. Sky Raiders (Five Kingdoms Book 1)ir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=72ea440e182b608a290ae2cc134ba02c& cb=1529516584266 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Brandon Mull
  9. The Ruins of Gorlanir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=871349e4876a9a45813c9dc4501dc6f9& cb=1529517910811 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by John Flanagan
  10. The Zaria Fierce Trilogyir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=26c52d0b53181825518861fc0ffc5881& cb=1529519143322 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Keira Gillett:

With the recent theatrical (and now home video) release of A Wrinkle in Time, now is the perfect moment to introduce this classic Madeleine L’Engle story to a whole new generation. It’s a great blend of sci-fi and fantasy, a magical adventure of epic proportions!

Speaking of magical adventures, His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman are high on my “must-read” list for tweens and teens. While the series flopped as a movie, the books are absolutely incredible.

Furthermore is one that’s currently on my TBR pile. I loved Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series, so I’m interested to see what she does with a story for a slightly younger audience. I’m also looking forward to seeing how she crosses over from dystopian to fantasy.

 

Dragons & Other Fantastic Beasts

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Themir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=184858b30ad3311cf6201db7af25629d& cb=1529517682801 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by J.K.Rowling
  2. Wings of Fire seriesir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=1911712798236b3d94a7a23ce8ba0338& cb=1529517647447 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Tui T. Sutherland
  3. The Girl Who Drank the Moonir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=b45c8ef59b6fb0296e9beb83f6a2487d& cb=1529519483433 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Kelly Barnhill
  4.  Warriors: The New Prophecy!ir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=6e724bfb1ea6cd73503ba6c32e033c53& cb=1529517621763 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders boxed set by Erin Hunter
  5. Endling #1: The Lastir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=493c4af2d83824fdd86d2d6bb11453b9& cb=1529517614604 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Katherine Applegate
  6. Emily Windsnap: Six Swishy Tails of Land and Seair?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=70fc45a5dd8a5561c95d3f256cf87d8a& cb=1529517598087 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Liz Kessler
  7. The Inheritance Cycle Boxed Setir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=6df10bb86c869772a1279b0104a7a09c& cb=1529517581698 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Christopher Paolini
  8. The Unicorn Questir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=c2d1d2111be7d002dce04f2c75d95f99& cb=1529517574813 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by  Kamilla Benko
  9. Bobir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=28586f07670500010f8d80278495a157& cb=1529517567140 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead
  10. Dragon Riderir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=470ca9641b057e43cc71a752bbb12788& cb=1529517560094 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Cornelia Funke

Harry Potter fans will want to read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! The version linked above is the original screenplay for the movie. If you want something a little truer to the Hogwarts students’ edition, I recommend this one. The special Kindle in Motion edition really brings the fantastic beasts to life!

For mermaid fanatics, the Emily Windsnap series is a must-read. The box set includes six novels, plus a fun bonus “Best Friends with Emily Windsnap” booklet. The Wings of Fire series and the Warriors series are also great picks, especially if you want something that kids can continue reading all summer long.

 

Mythology & Epic Tales

  1. Odd and the Frost Giantsir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=6b2f0936454a77ef6f26996f8ed61794& cb=1529518202704 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Neil Gaiman
  2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians Boxed Setir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=21e35eba21e1200e7a4a53ea6b19e19b& cb=1529518209421 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Rick Riordan
  3. The Kane Chronicles Boxed Set ir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=8096d968eb91297d26106f978f698c61& cb=1529518236171 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Gradersby Rick Riordan
  4. The Storm Runner  by J.C. Cervantes
  5. Sword in the Stoneir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=52249d78ade5fdbdb87f5190d2b6a659& cb=1529518272243 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by T.H. White
  6. The Spider Weaver: A Legend of Kente Clothir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=55c970d2724fef35667a443d97b3a9a8& cb=1529518341888 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Margaret Musgrove
  7. Valkyrieir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=753253a643cb765bff94d5ba847e5dc1& cb=1529518374440 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Kate O’Hearn
  8. Loki’s Wolves (The Blackwell Pages)ir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=2c5871f8a9aab139fed56132454481e8& cb=1529518575528 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by K.L. Armstrong & Melissa Marr
  9. Sea of Trolls Trilogyir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=1985d066a9d0042ca8437b8f1a9a513a& cb=1529518624069 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Nancy Farmer
  10. The Heart of a Hummingbirdir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=69b370f4ec42712fb47c1bf625313cb3& cb=1529518704954 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by by Senyo Adjibolosoo 

For this section, I tried to include a good mix of myths and legends from around the world. While Riordan’s series are always my top picks, novels like The Spider Weaver and The Heart of a Hummingbird give tweens a glance into other cultures. In today’s political climate, I think it’s more important than ever to bridge the gaps between different walks of life. Our kids are going to have their work cut out for them reversing the mess we’re making right now.

More Magical Fun

I couldn’t really fit these into a specific category!

  1. Inkheartir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=855e6c4a97d2498a2b61c6cf4e757743& cb=1529517513268 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders Trilogy by Cornelia Funke
  2. Floatir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=991c576623a0dd144754c707f000cff2& cb=1529517490209 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Laura Martin
  3. The Graveyard Bookir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=ecd08ff472588aca6a23715df34499f2& cb=1529517475940 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Neil Gaiman
  4. The City of Emberir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=5dd96aca96475b19c31dc682ff94ec7a& cb=1529517463338 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Jeanne DuPrau
  5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factoryir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=08063095fe73bb764a149aa3a966062a& cb=1529517456616 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Roald Dahl
  6. Bridge to Terabithiair?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=7d3379a2a9f9617e13de6623118a8833& cb=1529517449484 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Katherine Paterson
  7. Every Dayir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=c8fcff411c091af52a196bd3c64cf39e& cb=1529517436687 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by David Levithan
  8. Tuck Everlastingir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=5e550220c631083c6231bf48789ad1fc& cb=1529519472214 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Natalie Babbit
  9. Amulet #1-7 Box Setir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=7c96fc34be78996fdd06102c562fd616& cb=1529519518953 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Kazu Kibuishi (This one is perfect for tweens who love anime!)
  10. The Chocolate Touchir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=22a24a17133df4860afa175dafc1697c& cb=1529519574629 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Patrick Skene Catling

Two of my favorite authors have books in this section: Neil Gaiman and Cornelia Funke. While many of Gaiman’s books are more for older teens and adults than middle graders, the Graveyard Book is one major exception. Did you know that it is the ONLY book to win both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal? If you don’t know what those are, they’re awarded to only the best in children’s literature.

Cornelia Funke, on the other hand, writes exclusively for children (middle graders in particular). Inkheart isn’t just one of my favorites on this list, it’s one of my all-time favorite books ever. It’s perfect for any kid who has ever dreamed of seeing his or her favorite book come to life. Of course, in Inkheart, that’s not always a good thing!

With these 50 magical summer reading books for middle graders, your kids should have no trouble finding something they enjoy! I am a firm believer that summer should be all about choices, and summer reading books should be chosen by your child. I hated being forced to read certain books during my vacation when I was in school.

One more thing before I go: while I’ll continue to post an annual summer reading list for middle graders, I actually just launched an entire site devoted to middle grade reads! In fact, that’s the name of it! If you love this list, please check out Middle Grade Reads for more fun! It’s a work in progress, but I already have a few new lists over there for you to peruse!

What are some of your favorite magical summer reading books? I’d love to hear all about them!

 

 

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