What Kids Love About The Books They Love

At the beginning of our first Creative Writing Club (4th-6th graders; details here), I asked the kids about favorite books. Since I’m new to writing middle grade fiction, I’m super curious about what makes them turn the page and maybe even ask for more.  A few takeaways from their answers (some of which are shared below in their own words), kids like action and humor and I wish I’d written the Big Nate books. 🙂 Graphic novels seem to be all the rage these days. Anyway, here’s the list…


The Unwanteds, by Lisa McMann: There are many unexpected twists and turns. There is a stark contrast between people who are creative and the people who have banned creativity.

And another for The Unwanteds: I like it because it’s about magic. It has you think about people and animals differently. It is just an awesome book.

The Extra Yard, by Mike Lupica: I like this book because it makes me want to keep trying until I succeed.

Harry Potter, by JK Rowling: It is full of action and also very funny.

Big Nate Flips Out, by Lincoln Pierce: This is my favorite book because it is a mystery and also very dramatic.

Another for Big Nate: My favorite book is Big Nate. You should read it because it’s funny.

And another: Big Nate is funny, he has cool hair and he knows how to trash talk.

My Weird School Series, by Dan Gutman: I love these books because they are awesome and weird!

Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs: It’s my favoriet because it is fantasy, it’s funny, it has lots of action, a little bit of sci-fi and it’s well written.

Treasure Hunters, by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein: I like it because the adventure represented in this books. One example is when the pirates attack ad group of kids. I also like how the author describes each character in the start of the book.

Nancy Clancy, Star of Stage and Screen, by Jane O’Connor: I like this book because I can learn lots of different songs. Second, I like a series.

Smile, Drama and Sisters, by Raina Telemeier: I like this series of books because I love the way the illustrators show the characters expressions.

Library Mouse, by Daniel Kirk: I like the book because I like how he did the “meet the author” thing.

Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins: This is my favorite book. I love it.

Warriors, by Erin Hunter: It has a lot of fighting. There are four different clans and each one has a leader. I like that.

Dogman, by Dav Pilkey: I like it because Dav Pilkey is my favorite author.

Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper: I like it because it gives me a new appreciation for disabled people.