ELZA: 20/20 Reading Update for 2021 — Elza Kinde

At the start of the year, I decided to use a scaling goal to track my year of reading. My original goal of 10 books bumped up to 20, and thanks to #BookADayMay and a surprisingly productive summer reading session, I’ve blown through that goal and then some with a total of 50 books! I’m […]

20/20 Reading Update for 2021 — Elza Kinde

Who I Am (in book titles)

If there’s one thing that we love here at Middle Grade Carousel, it’s a game! Upon spying a challenge issued by Christie Megill on Twitter, we flew to our home library with an eye toward book titles that say something about our personalities. Here’s what we found.

CJ’s Stack

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Can you find book titles that describe you in some way?

ELZA: 10 Books I Want to Read in 2021

Challenges have been my go-to resource for getting through my massive To-Read Pile. I’ve relied on Goodreads’s annual reading challenge for several years to help track my progress, and while I love the handy counters and end-of-the-year statistics, picking a reasonable goal has always been a sticking point. This year, I’ve decided to use tools […]

10 Books I Want to Read in 2021 — Elza Kinde

10 First Lines from Middle Grade Fiction

The first line of a book is a wonderful thing. Just a few perfect words, and a portal is opened. You’re seeing the world through new eyes. Exploring a world that is built from hard work and imagination. Thinking of things that wouldn’t have come to mind without a little help.

10 Favorite First Lines in Middle Grade

Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite first lines from Middle Grade books! Do they inspire you, too?

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5 Middle Grade Books that Made Me Laugh

As a lover of puns, it should come as no surprise that my favorite books are usually the ones that make me laugh. Preferably out loud. There are lots of funny things that happen every day, and reading funny books is a good reminder to keep a sense of humor. So today I’m sharing a few books that do just that!

MG Books that Make Me Laugh


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Best Reads of 2019

Hello from behind the scenes! We’re CJ and Elza, the mother-daughter duo responsible for Middle Grade Carousel’s challenges and content. As you may have guessed, we’re both avid bookworms who enjoy stocking our home library with kid-friendly reading material.

We’re so excited to show and tell and share what we’ve been reading, so you might be seeing more of us this year.

To kick off our brand new blogging schedule, we’ve decided to pick and share the Top 5 best books we read in 2019.

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