Middle grade & YA books about reading


Are books within books your thing? Do you crave mystical libraries, books that are more than they seem, or pages that lead to other worlds? Scroll on to explore middle-grade and YA fantasy books about reading, books and libraries.

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A young girl discovers her father can bring characters from books to life by reading aloud

Pages & Co

Tilly discovers she can travel inside books and meet the characters within them.

The Library of Ever

A young girl explores a magical library where knowledge and adventure abound.

The Forbidden Library

Alice stumbles upon a magical library filled with dangerous books and hidden secrets.

The Book Thief

Set during WWII, it tells the story of a girl who finds solace in stealing and reading books, narrated by Death.

The Dark Vault

A girl becomes a Keeper, protecting the dead, who are stored like books in a library.

The Last Book in the Universe

In a dystopian future, a boy searches for a legendary book to change his world.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

A group of kids must use their library skills to solve puzzles and escape a high-tech library.

The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams

A girl becomes a Keeper, protecting the dead, who are stored like books in a library.

The Shadow of the Wind

A young boy discovers a mysterious book that changes his life in post-war Barcelona.

The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared

A memoir about the author’s pact with her father to read together every night for 1000 nights.

The Lost Magician

Through a magical library door, adventure and danger await four children in the magical world of Folio.

Check back soon for more detail and more reviews from Loris. In the meantime, have you seen the recommendations for books with riddles, books with inventions and books with musical instruments?

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