Independent Reading Resources


Here are a list of websites that offer suggestions for independent reading for middle schoolers.  Remember, you must choose books which challenge you, but not frustrate you.   Independent reading is about finding books you will love, ones that challenge you, and help build better reading comprehension and vocabulary development.

No thinking activity better builds content knowledge, improves vocabulary, or exposes you to the world and its ideas like independent reading.

Remember to ask fellow students, older siblings, and your parents for sugestions on what to read.  You may also ask me for help choosing a book too.  (This is one of the many ways I'm here to support you!)

 Suggested Independent Reading Websites For Middle School Students

WHAT IS THE BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL OF ALL TIME?  Entertainment Weekly(EW) has asked readers to pick the best of the best!

Entertainment Weekly:

7 YA novels we can't wait to read this fall 2016

NPR: Your Favorite 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels

This website has a fantastic list of listener selected novels for young adults.


Each year, YALSA selects the best books and media for teens. Whether you're looking for a book for a reluctant or avid teen reader, there's sure to be a title that will fit the bill.

While these books have been selected for teens from 12 to 18 years of age, the award-winning titles and the titles on YALSA's selected lists span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. We encourage adults to take an active role in helping individual teens choose those books that are the best fit for them and their families.

Readers Circle is a group of specially chosen books that will bring you to a whole new level in your reading experience.

Readers Circle books are different because there is a Readers Guide in every book.

This Guide provides intriguing discussion questions, revealing author interviews, in-depth author biographies, insight into a writer’s process and recommendations for further reading.

The Hennepin Public Library Teen Link page offers resources including local events, homework help, reading suggestions, and assistance with an assortment of teen topics.

A collaborative website of suggested books created by librarians.

Check out the Read Alikes link on the left for suggestions!