#MGCarousel – 20 Middle Grade Books with Locks and Keys

20 Middle Grade books with Locks and Keys: A high-security collection of Middle Grade books featuring hidden treasure, secret portals, and historical heirlooms.

Our #MGCarousel reading challenge this month is all about LOCKS AND KEYS. If you’re ready to unlock the possibilities, CJ and Elza have gathered 20 Middle Grade books that feature padlocks, skeleton keys, secret doors, treasure chests, and more high-security places.

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Bingo Squares

Looking for books that fit November’s Autumn Reading Bingo challenge? Here are a few recommendations to help you read for a win!

Bingo Squares: historical fiction

Historical Fiction

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What are your favorite books set in history? Share an MG read you’d add to our stack in the comments!

Cabinets of Wonders

These early collections, centuries ago, were stored in pieces of furniture called Cabinets of Wonders. The cabinets were ornately carved, with dozens of tiny doors and drawers and hidden spaces filled with a nearly infinite variety of amazing items. Here, one could find everything from precious gems to unicorn horns, intricately carved ivory, and magical cups that could cure all poisons. Great and glorious works of art resided in these collections, side by side with the wonders of nature.

Wonderstruck
Brian Selznick

Selznick, Brian - Wonderstruck

Glow-in-the-Dark

Over the next week, Ben read all the books about stars his mom had found for him, and then convinced her to let him paint his room black. At the general store in town, he bought an armful of glow-in-the-dark stars and covered the walls and ceiling of his room with them. He put the Big Dipper, the Little Dipper, and the North Star directly over his bed.

Wonderstruck
Brian Selznick
Selznick, Brian - Wonderstruck