Would you like your 10-year olds to read more? When your child turns 10 year olds, it’s an important milestone. Products you used to love may no longer be suitable. How can you ensure that your child is reading the great books? This article will tell you everything you need to know about great books for your child, as well as our recommendations for the best books for 10 year olds must-read.
Best Books For 10 Year Olds Worth Reading
Below are the best books for 10 year olds for your young readers.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down
by Jeff Kinney
The most recent book in this best-selling series will undoubtedly fill a lot of Christmas stockings this season. In this experience, Greg finds an older movie camera in his cellar, and with the assistance of his very best buddy, Rowley, he hatches a plan to create a scary film, with the ultimate aim of creating his fortune. Rumbustious, action-packed, and incredibly humorous.
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by Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett’s books are essential reading. The Nation is the one you must read. Terry Pratchett, the late Terry Pratchett, said Nation was the most excellent book he had ever written. We can’t agree with him. In this coming-of-age story, Mau (an Indian boy of the Nation) and Daphne (“an English governor’s girl”) come together to form a lasting friendship.
The tsunami that decimated Mau’s village, along with all its inhabitants, caused Daphne’s ship’s collision into the island. Although they can’t communicate at first, they eventually work together to create a new home. As more people arrive on the island, both good and evil, Mau and Daphne must work together to protect their Nation.
by Jason Reynolds
The Ghost wishes to be the fastest runner. In real life, running is, he knows. Yet Ghost is operating for the wrong motives, like a last that always brings him to his knees. Then Ghost matches the athlete, who attracts Ghost to the middle school track team combined with Lu, Sunny, and Patina.
And when Ghost can just remain on course, both literally and figuratively, he is the best sprinter in his town and perhaps even be eligible for the Junior Olympics. Intense, volatile, and a National Book Award Finalist in the first book from the Track show that children will not soon forget. A must-read!
by R.J. Palacio
Best Realistic Fiction & Books About Social Issues
“I will not describe what I look like. Whatever you are thinking, it is probably worse”. Talk about a book that can pull you right from the beginning. This is the story of Auggie, an ordinary boy with severe facial anomalies. Up till the 5th grade, he had been schooled in the home. He’s now being sent to school for the first time. However, if he has ready to start fifth grade in a real school, he needs nothing more than to be treated just like a healthy child. Can his new classmates to be able to get beyond his jarring facial workings?
The book sparked the Choose Kind movement, and it’s an outstanding, poignant narrative that resonates profoundly with both kids and adults alike. Funny, tender, and oh-so-honest, this book ought to be mandatory reading for every single child around the entire world. Amazing… and also the ideal reminder that being trendy is oh-so-kind.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
by Kelly Barnhill
In this Newbery Award winner, a city is haunted by a yearly convention: a Day of Sacrifice, one which entails leaving the eldest infant born this year in the forests.
Why? To appease a witch who threatens to destroy the village when her orders aren’t obeyed. Thus begins the story of a single infant who’s shot and “magicked,” the families from whom infants are shot, a witch who’s anything but, a tiny dragon, and a tale looming in front of a village might or might not be accurate.
In this magnificent book, Barnhill introduces a spring stage for discussions about truths versus lies and how adherence to particular stories can develop into the very foundations on which societies have been constructed and even claimed. A spellbinding read.
The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate
This Newbery Award-winning novel and New York Times bestseller increased on actual events. It is narrated by Ivan – a gorilla who has spent 27 years at a glass enclosure in a mall. He’s used to people and does not miss home at all.
Everything changes when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant that had been taken from her property. Her birth forces him to rethink his entire life and character.
Many times, kids are not conscious of what exactly we put animals through. This moving story may offer your 10-year-olds a new outlook on animals and character.
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
by Jonathan Auxier
In this novel, a lonely orphan named Nan does not have any option but to perform tedious, unrewarding work for a chimney sweep. After she gets trapped in a chimney fire, she awakens in an abandoned attic and discovers a golem made of soot and ash in the room with her, she begins a new life full of hope, friendship, and courage to conquer her greatest challenges. to discover she is unharmed and alone. Gorillas joined her.
Bonding since they are outcasts, Nan and the golem have come to rely on each other. It is a superbly written tale of an unlikely friendship.
Your child’s creativity will ignite, and they will have the ability to research what friendship means.
by Victoria Jamieson
This Amazing graphic novel is a Newbery Honor Winner along with also a New York Times bestseller. It is a company favorite in children’s literature.
It follows 12-year-old Astrid, that does everything with her very best friend, Nicole, especially, surviving junior high through the power of roller derby Their friendship requires a little knock when Astrid selects roller derby, and Nicole goes for dance instead. Astrid now must balance her new fire, insatiable harmony, and struggles with school.
This coming-of-age story is a great blend that speaks directly to children. It impacts friendship, fame, and after your heart.
Odd and the Frost Giants
by Neil Gaiman
I doubt Neil Gaiman requires any introduction. It just so happens he has struck.
Odd is a young Viking who loses his father in a raid. After he has hurt, he escapes into the woods. He discovers (and devotes ) a trapped keep, maybe not realizing that he is freeing a Norse God.
With fresh and influential friends, he can help restore balance to the world and Asgard. This original story will present your 10-year-olds into a number of the world’s beloved legends. Additionally, it covers topics like reduction, survival, and kindness.
by Stuart Gibbs
This enjoyable puzzle follows Teddy, a 12-year-old who thinks that Henry the Hippo was killed. The zoo says that Henry died of natural causes, but Teddy is not buying it.
Together with his buddy, Teddy decides to solve the puzzle. The longer they dig into it, the more risk they locate themselves in.
10-year-olds will delight in trying to figure out this puzzle before Teddy does. It is fun, humorous, and fascinating.
All Four Stars
by Tara Dairman
Here is a cute story that is bound to put a smile on your own 10-year-old’s face. It is an effortless experience that is simple to follow.
Gladys is an enthusiastic chef. Her disapproving parents (who adore junk food) prohibit her from the kitchen and cut off her allowance. She seizes the chance to receive them back when she is confused for a food critic.
She’s invited to write reviews for its very popular newspaper on earth. The only way she can accomplish that could be to sneak into New York City. She has to conceal her identity.
by Raina Telgemeier
This graphic novel memoir is based on the writer’s youth. It is a New York Times bestseller.
Raina would like to become a normal sixth-grader, and she’s until an injury occurs. While on a young girl scout trip, she drops, severely damaging her front teeth. After that, she must battle braces, surgery, unflattering headgear, as well as false teeth.
Life becomes much more chaotic when an earthquake strikes; she finds that a boy and her best friend betrays her. Your 10-year-olds will get this magical story to be relatable.
by James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Mark Shulman
James Patterson has written another winner, and your child will be mesmerized by this exciting new experience.
It follows the Kidd sisters, who’ve grown up after their adventurer parents round the world. On a single excursion, their parents evaporate on the job. The children are turned into a search for the most precious treasure, nonetheless: their parents.
The siblings work together to fight pirates and escape an evil competitor. They also need to follow clues to solve the puzzle of the parent’s disappearance.
by Cynthia Lord
10-year-olds will expand their worldview with this narrative of handicap and tradition.
12-year-old Catherine can not have a healthy life since her household revolves around her female brother’s particular needs. She has tried to teach him the principles of ordinary human behavior, to no avail.
If she meets two new friends, she discovers that she’s the odd person out. Her notion of “ordinary” is contested, and Catherine has no option except to watch her brother in a different light.
by Gordon Korman
Chase loses his memory when he’s got a significant drop off a roof. He wakes up at the hospital and must relearn all about himself. He returns to college and is uncertain of why he is a fanatic.
If it dawns on him that he has been given a new start, which he had been earlier, no longer issues. All that is important today is that he will decide to be.
10-year-olds will adore Chase’s travel of self-discovery and salvation. It is inspiring, mysterious, and enjoyable.
The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman
This 10-year-olds book is exceptional; I would say it is a contemporary children’s book classic. Bod resides from the graveyard with a range of ghosts and other cemetery animals who lift him afterward Bod’s parents have been murdered when Bod was a kid. The body’s most crucial protector is Silas, who carries him, feeds him, and teaches him about the human universe. The end is bittersweet (my daughter shouted at me for making her read a sad story) but ideal.
Regardless of the scary-sounding name, the scariest part is from the very first chapter when Bod’s parents have murdered, and that I guess many 5th graders can handle that role.
Out of My Mind
by Sharon Draper
Hands-down among the very best life-changing books you will ever read. Narrated from Melody, we know exactly what it is like for her, trapped within a body with cerebral palsy that does not allow her to talk or take care of herself. No one, except her parents, thinks that she is smart. Then one evening, she gets an opportunity to prove how clever she is. Heartbreaking. Real. Inspiring. Beautifully composed.
The War That Saved My Life
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
One of the best children’s chapter books ever!!! A moving story of triumph over all odds, set during World War 2. Written by the celebrated author of Jefferson’s Sons. Also for fans of Number the Stars. Ada hasn’t left her one-room apartment. Her mum is overly intimidated by Ada’s club to allow her outside. When her little brother Jamie is shipping to London to escape the war, Ada sneaks out to join him. The kids are sent to live with Miss Susan Smith, who’s made to take from the two kids. Once fearful of her mother, at the nation, Ada learns to calm the anxiety in her for a long time. However, what’s going to happen when the war ends?
The Terrible Two
by Mac Barnett
Miles does not wish to proceed. And he surely does not want to begin at a new school. In his previous school, everybody understood Miles as the city’s greatest prankster. However, Miles quickly finds that his new school has a prankster…and a good one at that! It is a prankster contrary to a prankster in an epic war of trickery.
by David Walliams
Myrtle Meek has everything she could desire. But that is not enough. She wants more, more, more! When Myrtle admits, she needs a FING; her pleasant parents will do anything to locate their rather massive daughter. There is just one thing….what is a FING?
by Louis Sachar
Masterful Mystery Books for Ten-Year-Olds
Stanley Yelnats is falsely accused of stealing a pair of shoes and place in Camp Green Lake for offender boys. To build character, the boys put up at 4:30 each morning and dig giant holes. If they find something unusual, they should examine it. However, the warden is not searching for fossils or somewhat stones. Something is going on apart from character construction, and Stanley begins to wonder what they’re searching for!
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The Capture (book 1 of the Guardians of Ga’hoole series)
by Kathryn Lasky
Books for Fantasy & Adventure Lovers
When an infant owl, Soren, is pushed from the nest with his nasty older brother, he’s kidnapped and taken to an orphanage, St Aggies a creepy and outright dangerous location. Soren finds a best friend in Gylfie and also both jobs to find allies to help them escape St Aggies once they escape, Soren and Gylfie tourney towards Ga’Hoole in an attempt to locate the Guardians to warn them of their evil brewing at St Aggie’s.
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (book 1 of the series)
by Jessica Townsend
Morrigan Crow is cursed, destined to expire on her birthday. However, as the clock strikes midnight, she is mysteriously whisked off into the principal city of Nevermoor. There she is encouraged to join the Wondrous Society. Mystery, magic, and protection are hers if only she can pass impossible trials, employing an exceptional gift. Which sadly, she does not have!
The Wizards of Once The Wizards of Once (book 1 of the series)
by Cressida Cowell
Set in early times among charming temples, giants, sprites, and frightening witches, Wizards of After introduce Xar, a son of the King of Wizard whose magic hasn’t arrived in the expected age, and a warrior woman named Wish who’s desperate to conceal her fascination with magical objects. Destined to despise one another, both have to work with each other to overcome the harmful magic of their production.
Goodnight Mister Tom
by Michelle Magorian
With the Second World War looming, Willie Beech is evacuated to the countryside and placed in the care of older widower Tom Oakley. Goodnight Mister Tom is a touching and thought-provoking portrait of how two people can find solace in the middle of chaos.
A Wrinkle in Time ( W.T)
by Madeleine L’Engle
You may not understand this. However, the hit Disney movie, A W.T (starring Oprah, Chris Pine, and Reese Witherspoon), is based on a famed science-fiction book, one everybody should find time for.
After young, insecure Meg goes searching for her missing father with her brother, she discovers more than she ever bargained for. The couple soon finds themselves on a sudden adventure via a W.T.
With cosmic evil forces threatening to consume the world, Meg has to find her inner power to rescue her loved ones. This narrative is the best mixture of adventure, dreams, and science-fiction.
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The Great Escape
by Megan Rix
Best Chapter Books for Animal Lovers
Rix’s Best Books For 10 Year Olds on animal stories gives insight into the most significant events in history through animals who have lived through them. The Great Escape is the story of Robert & Lucy’s escape from London during World War II. Their dogs Buster and Rose and their ginger tomcat Tiger are devastated to have to go. The pets escape when the beloved trio is being put to sleep. Can they escape danger and make it across the country to find Lucy and Robert?
Because of Mr. Terupt
by Rob Buyea
In the fifth-grade classroom, there are many personalities in the classroom, but Mr. Terupt can manage them all. Even though he won’t allow them to get away with anything, he makes the classroom a safe place until they have an accident that changes everything.
The Mysterious Benedict Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart
Are you a gifted child? Looking for special opportunities? This is one of those books I can’t keep on the shelves in my school library. An ad in the newspaper requesting “gifted children looking for special opportunities, Two boys and two young girls successfully pass the mind-bending tests. What is their mission? This is a secret mission that only the most intelligent and innovative children can accomplish. To do this, they will need to covertly go undercover at The Learning Institute for the Very Eligible. Surprisingly, there is only one rule. There are no rules.
by Kelly Yang
Mia Tang, along with her parents, travels to America looking for the American Dream. But their hard work and determination don’t mean life will be easy. When Mia’s family finds themselves operating a motel for a cruel and exploitative owner, life is anything but what they had imagined. Mia manages the front desk at the motel.
The more difficult her days get, the more she yearns for a simpler and better life. With the help of a new friend, the motel’s “weeklies,” her devoted parents, and a lucky pencil, Mia may be able to find that she can achieve her American dreams with a hefty amount of perseverance and a whole lot of heart. This is a beautiful book for teens and was the favorite of my school’s book club this semester.
Kristy’s Great Idea
by Raina Telgemeier
Raina has adapted this graphic novel full-color adaptation of The Baby-Sitter’s Club. Watch four friends face the challenges of being babysitters, from cranky toddlers to scary neighbors. Prank calls they must. They must also manage their homes and social lives. However, they are always there for each other. This sweet and colorful tale of friendship is perfect for young girls. It is both comforting and funny and will make your child smile.
by Jonathan Auxier
The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
A 2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner! Five years have passed since the Sweep vanished. Nan Sparrow, a single mother, and orphan had no choice but to work as a chimney sweep for Wilkie Crudd. She spends her time sweeping chimneys.
The Tapper Twins Go to War
by Geoff Rodkey
Claudia eats Reese’s pop-tart when he makes fun of her (the last one, no less!) He retaliates and makes fun of Claudia in the school cafeteria. Claudia takes revenge by hiding Reese, a dead fish, in her backpack. The Tapper twins are at war now, it’s obvious. Will their tricks and pranks get them into trouble?
Other Best Books For 10 Year Olds Recommendations
- Shadow by Michael Morpurgo
- Redwall by Brian Jacques
- Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
- The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
- Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
- The Twits by Roald Dahl
- The Accidental Secret Agent by Tom McLaughlin
- The Uncommon: The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell
- The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner by Terry Pratchett
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Part 1 & 2 by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan Fantasy (series)
- The Great Fire Dogs by Megan Rix
- Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
- Tom Gates: Dog Zombies Rule (for the Time Being ) by Liz Pichon
- Matilda by Roald Dahl
- How to Train Your Dragon: How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury by Cressida Cowell
- The War Next Door by Phil Earle
- The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester
- Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
- Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa de Los Santos
- The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
- Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
- The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman
- Coo by Kaela Noel
- Hero Rescue Mission by Jennifer Li Shotz
- Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas by Jonathan W. Stokes
- Rangers Apprentice The Ruins of Gorlan (book 1 of the Ranger’s Apprentice series) by John Flanagan
- Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn
- Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
- Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
How to Choose Best Books For 10 Year Olds?
Graphic novels these days are prevalent. These books are great for growing readers. Series books are important because if your children love the first book, they will be compelled to read more. Romances in verse make reading more quickly but still oh-so-powerful reads, and fantasy delight readers of all ages.
Grab books for your children their interests correspond. So that you and your children can discuss them, read them first. Even better? Take them all together chapter by chapter. What is the most important? Make it easy for your children to choose to take them to the library or book store. Let them explore the library and book shop. Please give them a stack and let them pick what interests them. Let them read the same book over and over again if that is what they desire!
Each book is highly acclaimed and worth the effort. Our favorite, though, hands down, is The One and Only Ivan. It is a beautiful story with a powerful message.
It’s so charming that 10-year-olds will not be able to resist it. They’ll also love Ivan for all he is. They’ll enjoy fun digging deeper into the story and learning more about Ivan.
These most popular books are a great way to get your child started to more complicated themes. Your 10-year-old will love expressing their opinions through Ivan, a great conversation starter.
What are your children’s favorite books in the Best Books For 10 Year Olds list above? Please share with Penn Book and readers. Happy reading!
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