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Welcome to Middle Grade Carousel! We run a series of games and challenges for readers here on our blog. If you’re looking for ways to play, this is a good place to start.

January 2022 at Middle Grade Carousel: Borrowing Books

January 2022: Borrowing Books

Join us in reading books about libraries over the month of January!

Middle Grade Book Bingo card for January & February 2022 at Middle Grade Carousel.

Read 5 in a Line to Win

Our current Book Bingo card runs through January & February 2022.

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#amreading library books

Looking for books that fit our monthly reading challenge this January? Try one of the favorites from our home shelf!

Book spotlight for Middle Grade Carousel January 2022: Borrowing Books features the book ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY by Chris Grabenstein

For the Grand Opening of an eccentric billionaire’s elaborate new downtown library, twelve lucky children will get a sneak peek. Mr. Lemoncello’s claim to fame is games, and the kids find themselves smack dab in the middle of a life-sized one. The goal? They have one day to … escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s library.

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Bingo Squares

Looking for books that fit our current Book Bingo challenge? Here are a few recommendations to help you read for a win!

Numbers in the Title

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Download this month’s bingo card and jump right in!


Can you find a book with numbers in the title? Share an MG read you’d add to our stack in the comments!

#amreading library books

Looking for books that fit our monthly reading challenge this January? Try one of the favorites from our home shelf!

Book spotlight for Middle Grade Carousel January 2022: Borrowing Books features the book DON'T CHECK OUT THIS BOOK! by Kate Klise

Is the sweet town of Appleton ripe for scandal?

Consider the facts:

  • Appleton Elementary School has a new librarian named Rita B. Danjerous. (Say it fast.)
  • Principal Noah Memree barely remembers hiring her.
  • Ten-year-old Reid Durr is staying up way too late reading a book from Ms. Danjerous’s controversial “green dot” collection.
  • The new school board president has mandated a student dress code that includes white gloves and bow ties available only at her shop.

Sound strange? Fret not. Appleton’s fifth-grade sleuths are following the money, embracing the punny, and determined to the get to the funniest, most rotten core of their town’s juiciest scandal.

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#MGCarousel – 20 Middle Grade Books About Libraries

Our #MGCarousel reading challenge this month is all about LIBRARIES. If you’re looking for more books to borrow, CJ and Elza have gathered 20 Middle Grade books that feature epic collections, informative librarians, and the Dewey Decimal System.

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