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

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Witches and Wizards

  1. Harry Potter Boxed Set50 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 Stories50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Chris Colfer (preview above)
  3. W.I.T.C.H. The Graphic Novel50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Disney
  4. Shadow Magic50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Joshua Khan
  5. Wizardmatch50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Lauren Magaziner
  6. Septimus Heap series50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Angie Sage
  7. The Chronicles of Narnia50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by CS Lewis
  8. A Wizard of Earthsea50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Ursula K. Le Guin
  9. Witch & Wizard50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by James Patterson
  10. The Witches50 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 Time50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders
  2. The Hobbit50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by JRR Tolkien
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders
  4. His Dark Materials Boxed Set 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders(The Golden Compass series)
  5. Furthermore50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Tahereh Mafi
  6. The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by  B.A. Williamson
  7. Everland50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Wendy Spinale (a retelling of Peter Pan)
  8. Sky Raiders (Five Kingdoms Book 1)50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Brandon Mull
  9. The Ruins of Gorlan50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by John Flanagan
  10. The Zaria Fierce Trilogy50 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 Them50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by J.K.Rowling
  2. Wings of Fire series50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Tui T. Sutherland
  3. The Girl Who Drank the Moon50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Kelly Barnhill
  4.  Warriors: The New Prophecy!50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders boxed set by Erin Hunter
  5. Endling #1: The Last50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Katherine Applegate
  6. Emily Windsnap: Six Swishy Tails of Land and Sea50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Liz Kessler
  7. The Inheritance Cycle Boxed Set50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Christopher Paolini
  8. The Unicorn Quest50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by  Kamilla Benko
  9. Bob50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead
  10. Dragon Rider50 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 Giants50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Neil Gaiman
  2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians Boxed Set50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Rick Riordan
  3. The Kane Chronicles Boxed Set 50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Gradersby Rick Riordan
  4. The Storm Runner  by J.C. Cervantes
  5. Sword in the Stone50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by T.H. White
  6. The Spider Weaver: A Legend of Kente Cloth50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Margaret Musgrove
  7. Valkyrie50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Kate O’Hearn
  8. Loki’s Wolves (The Blackwell Pages)50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by K.L. Armstrong & Melissa Marr
  9. Sea of Trolls Trilogy50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Nancy Farmer
  10. The Heart of a Hummingbird50 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. Inkheart50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders Trilogy by Cornelia Funke
  2. Float50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Laura Martin
  3. The Graveyard Book50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Neil Gaiman
  4. The City of Ember50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Jeanne DuPrau
  5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Roald Dahl
  6. Bridge to Terabithia50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Katherine Paterson
  7. Every Day50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by David Levithan
  8. Tuck Everlasting50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Natalie Babbit
  9. Amulet #1-7 Box Set50 Magical Summer Reading Books for Middle Graders by Kazu Kibuishi (This one is perfect for tweens who love anime!)
  10. The Chocolate Touch50 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!