Children Books To Read For The National Middle Child Day

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One of my favorite holidays is Middle Child Day in America. Started a few years ago here, I learned about it over the radio while driving to work. My reaction was part amusement and part excitement and I wished something like that existed when I was a child. As a middle-child child, it is important to learn for ourselves that we need validation from time to time and that is okay.

My earliest memories of being a middle child are being utterly frustrated trying to get my voice in edge-wise. I always felt not heard enough, not understood enough, and basically “a little alien” living with my parents and two siblings. Tired of being “glazed over” I had a very serious discussion with a family friend who didn’t tell me he was a psychiatrist aka a brain doctor. He was amused by my problem and told me that there is such a thing as a “Middle Child Syndrom” and it is very serious. Then he began laughing. I walked away a little confused and a bit happy thinking I have found the reason for my bane and that I am special. And after that things began to just fall together as I began to find information to help me cope with being called a middle child like being called “the filling of a sandwich”. And then I grew up and those feelings kinda just disappeared. So if there are any middle-child children reading this post, know you are important and your feelings are completely real.

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Keeping in mind the three components of being a middle child (my concoction, not a doctor’s BTW): 1. Feeling intrinsically ALWAYS that they are not old enough to this, but not young enough to do that. 2. The frustration of having to deal with sibling relationships.  3. Internal stress turmoils related to all this. Realizing this holiday’s importance I thought I post some books dedicated to the elusive “middle child syndrome” and present it in a fun yet meaningful way.

Middle Child Are Special by Currie Williams (See HERE)

Lil Addie Mae is really sad. Her big sister, her little brother, and her best friend Keely all have something very special about them. But poor Lil Addie Mae is a middle child and she can’t think of a single special thing about herself. What will Lil Addie Mae do? Folk artist and storyteller Currie Williams has written and illustrated a heartwarming tale, inspired by God and written with the intent that all middle children know how special they are.

Where is Pidge? Michelle Staubach Grimes and Bill DeOre (See HERE)

Pidge – the middle child in a big family – is curious, helpful and fun, but sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. She’s mostly content with her book, her dog, and her siblings, but one day she’s had it with not feeling special – Pidge decides to run away! Her plan goes awry and she finds herself STUCK in a very odd place. After a long day, she finds her way back into the arms of her family. There, Pidge is reminded that they love her deeply, and a day without Pidge in the Hoobler home is a disaster

The Middle-Child Blues by Kristyn Crow and David Catrow (See HERE)

A clever, bluesy riff on middle-kid angst. Lee has the low-down, big-frown, sulkin?-all-around town blues. His older brother gets all the big-kid privileges, and no one expects his little sister to do anything but be cute. And sometimes his family even leaves him behind! But when Lee breaks out his guitar and finally makes his voice be heard, he draws a big crowd. It turns out lots and lots of people share his middle-kid pain? And he loves how being stuck in the middle is making him the center of attention.

Confessions Of A So-Called Middle Child by Maria Lennon (See HERE)

Meet Charlie C. Cooper, reformed bully, misguided fashionista, and so-called middle child! Fans of Louise Rennison, Harriet the Spy, and Mean Girls will cheer when they meet her. This fresh tween coming-of-age story is an honest look at bullying and the obstacles of middle school from talented screenwriter Maria T. Lennon. Extras in the back of the paperback offer tidbits about famous middle children (including Abraham Lincoln and Madonna) and a special interview with heroine Charlie herself.

Both seriously funny and poignant, this story follows the hilarious Charlie as she tries to fit in at her new school in Los Angeles. As a middle child, she knows what it feels like to be overlooked. To get attention, she resorts to becoming a prankster, which leads to big trouble. So her therapist gives her a seventh-grade mission—she must turn over a new leaf, find the most bullied girl at her school (“Marta the Farta”), and become her friend.

Charlie faces down the mean girls and decides between right and wrong once and for all. And she does it all in turquoise Doc Martens boots! As Charlie learns to help Marta, she uncovers the meaning of true friendship and impresses new crush Bobby along the way.

The Fiddle in the Middle by Beth Marie Larson and Jessica L Leannah (See HERE)

Birth order and family dynamics are important aspects of childhood development. In this lyrical and soft work, the idea of being the middle child is challenged to be seen in a new light. Children and parents alike will benefit from understanding this circumstance in a simple and more childlike approach. Parents sometimes find themselves not understanding why their child is behaving a certain way. While the birth order does not determine the entire picture; understanding some of its elements can be very beneficial in relating to the middle children in your family or life

My Middle Child, There’s No One Like You by Dr. Kevin Leman and Kevin II Leman (See HERE)

Every child is special. And every child deserves to be recognized for what makes him or her unique. In these creative and heartwarming books, birth order guru, Dr. Kevin Leman, and his artist son, Kevin Leman II, follow up on their new birth order series for children. Following My Firstborn, There’s No One Like You, these next two books in the series continue using birth order principles to convey love, acceptance, and a sense of individuality to the middle and youngest child in the family. These books will be enjoyed by parents and children, alike.

Middle Me: A Growing-up Story of the Middle Child by Jeff Dinardo and Lars Rudebjer (See HERE

The first-born might feel pushed aside when a sibling is born. But being oldest has its perks. The youngest child may feel left out of activities. But everyone loves the baby in the family. Being the middle child is unique and comes with experiences only a middle child knows.

Bunbun, the Middle One (Bunbun Series) by Sharon Pierce McCullough (See HERE

Perfect for the small child, this first story about Bunbun encourages and reassures children who may feel caught in the middle – less capable or coordinated than their siblings – or who sometimes find themselves in a muddle. Simple shapes and colors will encourage small children to try their artistic skills, while the alliteration and simple rhyme promote early reading. Endearingly illustrated by Sharon Pierce McCullough, this tale of bunnies offers a welcome focus on sibling relationships.

The Middle Sheep (Ernie and Maud) Paperback by Frances Watts and Judy Watson (See HERE

The adventures of Extraordinary Ernie and Marvelous Maud continue…but who ― or what ― is making the usually cheerful and dependable Maud so grumpy? And why are she and Ernie arguing all the time? It seems to Ernie that being his sidekick just isn’t important to Maud anymore. Then Valiant Vera says that if the two trainee superheroes can’t work together, they will be thrown out of the Superheroes Society. Ernie and Maud must learn the value of teamwork (and how to get a sheep out of a tree) before it’s too late. Ernie and Maud are back for another hilarious and fast-paced book full of the same sort of delightful characters and hilarious story that entertained readers in Extraordinary Ernie and Marvelous Maud.

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Another list that is not directly about the middle child, but about children and their siblings (or lack thereof) can be found here.