Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, selects the best children’s books. Here is the selected list for Middle Readers, grades 3-5, ages 8-10:

Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship Bear Has a Story to Tell The Beetle Book

Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship by Russell Freedman

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Christian Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins

A Black Hole Is Not a Hole Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team

A Black Hole Is Not a Hole by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano, illustrated by Michael Carroll

Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the Worlds’ Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team by Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Steven Salerno

Chuck Close: Face Book Each Kindness Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

Chuck Close: Face Book by Chuck Close

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis

Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd

George Bellows: Painter with a Punch! Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller

George Bellows: Painter with a Punch! by Robert Burleigh

Helen’s Big World by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Matt Tavares

Iceberg, Right Ahead! The Tragedy of the Titanic In A Glass Grimmly (A Tale Dark & Grimm #2) Island: A Story of the Galápagos

Iceberg Right Ahead!: The Tragedy of the Titanic by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz

Island: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin

Liar & Spy Lulu and the Duck in the Park May B.

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay, illustrated by Priscilla Lamont

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95

Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip M. Hoose

The One and Only Ivan See You at Harry's Splendors and Glooms

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Patricia Castelao

See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Starry River of the Sky Three Times Lucky Titanic: Voices From the Disaster

Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

Twelve Kinds of Ice Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad

Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed, illustrated by Barbara McClintock

Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole

Wonder Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature's Undead

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature’s Undead by Rebecca L. Johnson