#MGCarousel – 20 Middle Grade Books About Music

20 Middle Grade Books About Music: January 2023 at Middle Grade Carousel. Visit Elymnifoquent.com for the full list.

Our #MGCarousel reading challenge this month is all about MUSIC. If you’re seeking stories with rhythm, CJ and Elza have gathered 20 Middle Grade books that feature band campers, bardic inspiration, strumming, swinging, and plenty a catchy tune!

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It was all so clever. Bach was a musical genius, but he didn’t stop with beautiful music. He had all these jokes and numerical riddles running in his notes—forward, backward, and upside down sometimes. Two of her favorite things in one package: math and music! Oh, how she loved Bach!

Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill

Bingo Squares

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

Bingo Squares: botanical words in the title

Botanical Words in the Title

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May Day!

The first of May. It was May Day! When they were little, she and Thomas always made May baskets from construction paper and filled them with tissue-paper flowers. They’d sneak over to Mr. Pickering’s front porch, hang the baskets on his doorknob, then ring the doorbell. Before Mr. Pickering answered, they would run home. Mr. Pickering always pretended not to know who had left the surprise.

Giant Pumpkin Suite
Melanie Heuiser Hill

Hill, Melanie Heuiser - Giant Pumpkin Suite


If you assigned a number to each letter of the alphabet—a somewhat common practice in Bach’s time, apparently—J. S. Bach’s last name added up to fourteen. B (2) + A (1) + C (3) + H (8) = 14. He used the sum of the letters in his name in creative ways in his compositions … it was Bach’s way of building in a cryptic “signature.”

Giant Pumpkin Suite
Melanie Heuiser Hill

Hill, Melanie Heuiser - Giant Pumpkin Suite