10 Best Books For A 10-Year-Old | Encourage The Love Of Reading


There are countless books available in the world, and so many are considered the best books of so and so. Suppose you are a parent looking to get their child a gift for their birthday dare. I suggest giving the kid a book. If you have a child who has just entered his tween years and you are wondering what the best books for a 10-year-old are, don’t worry, I have you covered!

With so many options available, it gets confusing, I know. The importance of nailing down the right kind of book is important to make sure your child doesn’t waste their time reading it. You wouldn’t want to read a book that you don’t find as entertaining as you thought it would be. You also don’t want to waste your hard-earned money on a silly book. So when it comes to getting a book for your child, the stakes are even higher as you want to give them the best you possibly can.

So without dilly-dallying, let’s dive straight into the best books for a 10-year-old that your child needs to add to their reading list right now.

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Books are a good way to keep your young children occupied with long sessions of attention. While tech gadgets might seem like a good quick fix, think long-term about the future of your children. You are also helping your children formulate ideas, learn new concepts and expand their vocabulary.

A good book will last a lifetime. It will also help children boost their creativity and hone their intelligence. It acts as a source of inspiration, education, entertainment and even adds value to your lifestyle!

Below are some of the best books for 10-year-olds out there.

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10 Best Books For A 10-Year-Old | Encourage The Love Of Reading

1# Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone By J.K. Rowling (1997)

No book recommendation is complete without at least one mention of the Harry Potter series. I got introduced to the love of reading as a child with children’s books like Ugly Duckling and other short stories. However, my first steps into fiction were the Harry Potter series. 

Harry Potter is a book about the struggles of an 11-year-old boy whose life is made miserable by his uncle and aunt. He gets a new shot at life when he finds out he has been admitted to a magic school, and then the story unfolds.

It’s great for young children to understand the value of honesty, friendship, family, and struggles. I guzzled the books down in a week of them coming out, but since all the series is available to read right now, it will be a good idea to introduce your child to every edition of the book slowly.

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2# Peter Pan By J. M. Barrie (1911)

A classic coming-of-age tale of a boy that never grows old, Peter Pan should be on the reading list of adults and children alike. It is one of the best books for 10-year-old as they can let their imagination run wild with Tinkerbell and Peterpan as they explore the world of Neverland.

The book is insightful and opens your mind to different things through the main character’s experiences. If you’re intrigued by pirates and fairies, maybe you can read it alongside your child before bedtime and relive your childhood again!

10 Best Books For A 10-Year-Old | Encourage The Love Of Reading

3# A Really Short History Of Nearly Everything By Bill Bryson (2020)

If you are looking to educate your child while entertaining them, A Really Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson is the book for you. It explains the wonderful world around us, the science, and the history behind everything in short and sweet doses. The book is written in a witty and humorous manner which is sure to tickle the funny bone of any ten-year-old.

If you are wondering whether you can read the book and learn something new yourself, well, sure you can! It’s a nice informative book with doodles and sketches and is sure to appeal to adults as well. This is a good book to read to your children before going to sleep.

4# Brown Girl Dreaming By Jacqueline Woodson (2014)

4# Brown Girl Dreaming By Jacqueline Woodson (2014)

Maybe your ten-year-old might not know this, but Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (2014) is a book suggestion by former United States President Barack Obama. That makes it an automatic entry in our best books list. 

It’s a memoir of a young girl trying to find her place in the world. Trying to find her passions and how her identity positions her in the world around her. It is a good read for the young ones to gain inspiration from, learn and understand the struggles it takes to find our place in the world and how we can eventually emerge victoriously. Written in short, poetry-based form, the book does not have a dull moment and will not bore children.

4# Brown Girl Dreaming By Jacqueline Woodson (2014)

5# Charlotte’s Web By E. B. White (1952)

Reading Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White should be a rite of passage for every child entering adolescence. It’s a timeless classic. This book is a life lesson on tales of friendship, love, and how it can survive against all the odds. Reading it is an experience of its own, and if you haven’t read it yourself, then grab the book as soon as you can from Amazon, and read it to your child. You will thank me later.

I am a grown-up, and I still shed a tear if I ever re-read it again. Not because there is some tragedy in the book, but because of how pious and pure the bond of love and friendship is shown. I will not spoil it for you, so get it for your child. 

6# The Jungle Book By Rudyard Kipling (1894)

6# The Jungle Book By Rudyard Kipling (1894)

Who’s cutting onions? No wait, that is just me reminiscing about the first time I got to experience reading The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling when I was a child. The book has been a staple of any young child’s library for over a century. That should tell you how good the book is.

Mowgli is an orphan child who is raised in the jungle by a pack of wolves. The book explores his relationship with the pack and his friendship with other animals in the jungle. The book is a tale of friendship and love while simultaneously about life’s hidden dangers through its antagonist Sher Khan the Tiger, who wants to kill Mowgli. It’s fun to read along with a tear-jerker at times. 

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7# A Wrinkle In Time By Madeleine L'Engle (1962)

7# A Wrinkle In Time By Madeleine L’Engle (1962)

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle makes for some heavy reading compared to those that have come before it. It’s a story of a girl searching for her father but stumbles upon unexpected realities of the world in her pursuit. The book is basically about the fight between good and evil but with elements of fantasy and sci-fi involved. 

It’s one of the best books for ten-year-olds interested in sci-fi and wants to take their reading habits into more complex territories. A little disclaimer – the language of the book might seem a bit hard compared to the previous books on this list. Madeleine uses lots of science to back her claims, making it a complex web of complex concepts. Still, fun to read through! Plus, it is a series of 5 books, so if the first one intrigues your child, there are four more to go through. Yay!

Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs (2010

8# Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs (2010)

If your child is curious by nature and intrigued by little things, then Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs is a good book to get. It’s a mystery novel that explores the ‘murder’ of a hippo in a zoo. Teddy, the child protagonist, isn’t fully sold on the explanation by the zoo and takes it upon himself to investigate the matter.

This is a fun book for a child to explore the mysteries and the problems presented in the book. It is also fun to see the child try and come up with solutions of their own. Children can also solve the mystery before Teddy does it in the books. A great and engaging read overall. 

Treasure Hunters By James Patterson (2015)

9# Treasure Hunters By James Patterson (2015)

From the master writer of thrillers, James Patterson himself, Treasure Hunter is a great mystery book for children. The author’s name alone should be enough to tell you this is one of the best books for a 10-year-old. Treasure Hunters is long but is the kind of book that will make your child read faster so that they can find out what happens next in the book sooner. I can’t say I would blame the child since James Patterson’s books tend to do that to adults. 

The story is about two siblings who go with their parents on many adventures around the world. On one of those adventures, suddenly, the parents of the children disappear, and the kids must now find out the whereabouts of their parents. There is a group of evil people trying to harm them, and they need all the answers soon. 

The book is a part of a series, so if your child finishes it too quickly and is eager to read more, you have lots more in the store for them.

Nightmares! By Jason Segal And Kisten Miller (2014)

10# Nightmares! By Jason Segal And Kisten Miller (2014)

If the name Jason Segal sounds familiar, I have a very good guess of your favorite show. The famous actor has now written a book for middle school children, and it’s spooky and scary yet funny and hilarious.

The book is about Charlie, who spends his night’s sleepless thinking the new woman his father married is a witch. Besides this, Charlie finds the concept of sleeping very scary, and that is because he is afraid of the dark. 

The book is filled with lessons on facing your fears head-on without doubting yourself. It’s good, it’s fun, and it has some ingeniously creative ways of getting out of trouble shown in it. Something sure to keep a 10-year-old engaged for long. The book is the first part of a trilogy, so if your child keeps wanting for more, there are two more books to satiate the hunger.

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Final Words

So there you have it, a list of the best books for a 10-year-old. The list is quite subjective, and it should be taken with a pinch of salt. However, this list is a good place for you to have an idea and for your child to start on their journey for the love of books and all things literature.

Some honorable mentions that aren’t in the top 10 list are Secret Dragon by Ed Clarke (2019), The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan, Northern Lights by Stéphane Melchior & Clément Oubrerie (2015), and Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (2001).

Which is your favorite from the list? Or do you have a list of your own? Let us know in the comments below!

Abdul Mukeet
Abdul Mukeet
Two things define Abdul Mukeet. His love for literature and his love for food. He likes to indulge in the best versions of both of them. When he is not writing for Viebly, you can find him cooped up in a corner with a good book in his hand and a cat in his lap. Oh, yeah, he loves cats too. His interests lie in psychology and knowing what makes humans click. That is what he wants his writings to look be like too. Something that readers can click with. One day he will be an established author, till then, you can find him on Twitter tweeting lame puns and making unfunny jokes.


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