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Best Books For 10 Year Olds

Explore the top books that capture the imagination and interest of 10-year-olds, aggregated from reputable book blogs and ranked by the number of times they were recommended in various articles.

Recommendations from 40 articles, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Shah Rukh Khan and 44 others.
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Roald Dahl - 1998-06-01 (first published in 1988)
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A gifted and tender young girl is ignored and mistreated by her parents, but Matilda is not to be underestimated. Bullied by her headmistress, Matilda discovers her extraordinary power to take revenge in this timeless classic from a beloved author.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon book cover
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Kelly Barnhill - 2016-08-09
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In a world where the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to a witch, one year a baby is filled with extraordinary magic. The witch, Xan, decides to raise the girl as her own, but as her thirteenth birthday approaches, Luna's magic begins to emerge with dangerous consequences. With deadly birds and a young man determined to kill the witch, tensions rise in a captivating novel that won the 2017 Newbery Medal.
Recommended by
Saladin Ahmed
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R. J. Palacio - 2012-02-14
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Auggie Pullman is an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, and he just wants to be treated like any other kid. But as he enters 5th grade, his new classmates struggle to see past his appearance. WONDER, a #1 New York Times bestseller and catalyst for the Choose Kind movement, offers a poignant perspective into one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. Through a variety of perspectives, readers will come away with a greater appreciation for the power of friendship and the simple courage of kindness. Join the movement: #choosekind.
Recommended by
Gretchen Rubin
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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
J. K. Rowling - 2015-12-08 (first published in 1997)
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The story of a young boy named Harry, who has endured a miserable life with his cruel relatives. All he knows is poverty, bullying, and the feeling of not belonging. But a letter arrives, inviting him to a magical place filled with friends, sports, and endless wonder. With destiny calling, Harry must navigate a dangerous path if he hopes to survive.
Recommended by
Arvind Subramanian
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Louis Sachar - 2000-09-02 (first published in 1998)
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A young boy named Stanley is sent to Camp Green Lake, a detention center where boys are forced to dig holes all day. But as Stanley soon realizes, there's more going on than just character building. With humor and creativity, this modern classic explores themes of crime, punishment, and redemption. Plus, get a sneak peek at the author's other novels.
Recommended by
Gretchen Rubin
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The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate - 2012-01-17
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Experience life from the perspective of Ivan, an easygoing gorilla who lives in a mall and hardly ever thinks about his old life in the jungle. But when a baby elephant named Ruby arrives, Ivan's art and understanding of his surroundings change. Katherine Applegate's heartwarming and humorous story captures the power of friendship, art, and hope.
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
C. S. Lewis - 2005-01-01 (first published in 1950)
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Explore a magical world beyond the wardrobe with four siblings as they embark on an unforgettable adventure in Narnia. Led by Lucy, they meet Aslan, the Great Lion, and witness awe-inspiring wonders that redefine their worldviews. Their experiences shake the very foundation of their reality and leave them transformed forever.
Recommended by
Russell Moore
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Harry Potter
The Complete Collection
J. K. Rowling - 2007-10-16
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Magical adventures await in this hardback boxed set containing all seven beloved novels in the international bestselling Harry Potter series. With stunning new covers by Jonny Duddle, these editions are sure to enchant a new generation of readers. Don't miss out on the chance to pass on the magic.
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Raina Telgemeier - 2010-02-01 (first published in 2009)
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This heartwarming graphic novel follows a young girl's journey through middle school and her struggles with dental issues, braces, surgeries, and even an earthquake. Along the way, she must navigate the complexities of friendships and boys. This relatable coming-of-age story will resonate with anyone who has experienced the awkwardness of adolescence.
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Good Night, Mr. Tom
Michelle Magorian - 1986-12-03 (first published in 1981)
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Evacuated from London to the English countryside just before World War II, abused child Willie Beech is terrified of his new surroundings and his gruff caretaker, Mr. Tom. But as Willie discovers a world of kindness and love, he must eventually return to London. When Willie's disappearance causes Mr. Tom to search for the boy he's grown to love, a heartwarming journey unfolds.
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Redwall by Brian Jacques
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Charlotte's Web by E. B White
The Secret Lake by Karen Inglis
Trapped in a Video Game by Dustin Brady
Clean Getaway by Nic Stone
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson
Wings of Fire Book One by Tui T. Sutherland
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Time to Create by Christie Burnett
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Raúf
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
White Bird by R. J. Palacio
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Eoin Colfer Artemis Fowl Series 8 Books Collection Set Brand New Cover by Eoin Colfer
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce by Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
5,000 Awesome Facts by National Geographic Kids
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhhà Lai
Rump by Liesl Shurtliff
The Land of Stories Complete Paperback Gift Set by Chris Colfer
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
A Graphix Book by Tui T. Sutherland
New Kid by Jerry Craft
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
Restart by Gordon Korman
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
It All Begins with Jelly Beans by Nova Weetman
Wish by Barbara O'Connor
City Spies by James Ponti
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett
The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
Wink by Rob Harrell
Take Back the Block by Chrystal D. Giles
Jason Reynolds's Track Series by Jason Reynolds
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
El Deafo by Cece Bell
The Little Wave by Pip Harry
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Keeper of the Lost Cities Series Volume 1 - 8 Collection Books Box Set by Shannon Messenger by Shannon Messenger
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs
Sweep by Jonathan Auxier
Beyond the Edge of the Map by A. L Tait
The Sorcerer of the North by John Flanagan