One thing that unfortunately seems to happen a lot in the bookish community is that some like to throw shade around for what others read. Whether this be fantasy, chicklit, romance, young adult etc. Middle Grade is one other kind of book that people like to frown about when they see adults reading it. But Middle Grade is amazing.
I will always stand by that Middle Grade is first and foremost for Middle Grade Readers (ages 8 to 12). The reading level and story should be appropiate for the age bracket. As long as you go into these books with this in mind then Middle Grade is also great to read as an adult.
I think what draws me most to middle grade are the characters. There is often still something so pure about the characters in middle grade. An innocence. But also their youthly enthusiasm is catching. How they move with whatever comes along. They often just take it as it comes. I also love seeing their ingenuity in certain situations.
All the Quick Adventure
Middle Grade brings along so much adventure. No matter the topic, there is always an adventure to be had. Spying on your older siblings, jumping out of the window, pulling a prank. All the activity is present. We are always moving. This quick-paced makes it so easy to sit down with these books to read in a sitting.
The imagination that is present in Middle Grade makes my fantasy heart so very happy. Using umbrella’s to travel or having a combination of a box, a laptop and a banana to time travel. Anything that can be thought of can and will happen in Middle Grade.
Depth and Complexity
Middle Grade isn’t al whimsical. Certainly in recent years there has been much more added depth and complexity to Middle Grade. Grief, transexuality and the reality of racism are just some of the topics I have seen come up on middle grade recently. It isn’t always the main topic, but in a lot of cases it is weaved in. The reality of day to day life is represented. More and more diversity is coming through. It is why middle grade can tug so much on your heart strings.
Reconnecting with Your Youth
I don’t know about you but as I get older and get dragged down by all be responsibilities Middle Grade can be such a welcome breather. It makes me get closer to the child that is still in me. It is nothing we have to hide.
Sharing with Your Children
This might not be a point that works for some of you but Middle Grade is a great way to connect with your children. A lot of these stories are still suited to be read to or to read together. Sharing stories and talking about what happens is a great way to teach your child about the world, about the reality within a more playful setting. But also just connecting and sharing a love of stories is amazing too.
Merijn is still too young for Middle Grade now but I can’t wait to share some of these stories with him in the future. I have a list.