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Picture Books for the Middle Grades

L. Swain
The list author says: "Picture books aren't just for younger kids. There is a wealth of well-crafted picture books with mature themes that would challenge adolescents.

I also included a few short chapter books."
14 Cows for America
14 Cows for America
"This book made me weep in the middle of Barnes and Noble.  Very compelling story about how there's no one too small to lend a helping hand."
That Book Woman
That Book Woman
"One of my favorites.  Challenging read because of the dialect."
Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust
Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust
"A very abstract, very moving story of why it doesn't work to say "If I don't say anything, maybe they won't notice me.""
Gleam and Glow
Gleam and Glow
So Far from the Sea
So Far from the Sea
The Wall (Reading Rainbow Books)
The Wall (Reading Rainbow Books)
The Butterfly
The Butterfly
January's Sparrow
January's Sparrow
"A very long story done in picture book form."
Pink and Say
Pink and Say
Baseball Saved Us
Baseball Saved Us
Smoky Night
Smoky Night
Locomotion
Locomotion
"A chapter book done in poetic verse."
Show Way
Show Way
Erika's Story
Erika's Story
Sadako
Sadako
Seedfolks
Seedfolks
"Another short chapter book with different vignettes."
One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference (CitizenKid)
One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference (CitizenKid)
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams
A Thread of Kindness  A Tzedakah Story
A Thread of Kindness A Tzedakah Story
The Lady in the Box
The Lady in the Box
Sky Tree: Seeing Science Through Art
Sky Tree: Seeing Science Through Art
Water Dance
Water Dance
Creatures of Earth, Sea, and Sky
Creatures of Earth, Sea, and Sky
Animal Poems
Animal Poems
Silent Music
Silent Music
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal (Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Intermediate Grades) (Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux)
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal (Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Intermediate Grades) (Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux)
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain (Caldecott Honor Book)
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain (Caldecott Honor Book)
Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow
Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow
The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth
The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth
Weslandia
Weslandia
Flotsam
Flotsam
"A wordless picture book, but one with an extremely complex storyline.  Would be a great discussion piece...worth reading."
Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku
Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku
The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau
The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau
Poetrees
Poetrees
Love That Dog
Love That Dog
Memoirs of a Goldfish
Memoirs of a Goldfish
"Cute, funny...good writing mentor text."
A Step From Heaven
A Step From Heaven
"Short book written in vignette style may deceive teachers who think it's too easy.  It has mature themes and complex messages told in a sophisticated way."
Rudi's Pond
Rudi's Pond
Sunshine Home
Sunshine Home