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45 Best Books for 10 Year Olds to Read in 2022

best books for 10 year olds to read 2022

Must Read Books 10-Year-Olds Will Love (+ Free Printable!)

Recently, my 10-year-old boy was stuck in a reading rut.

He enjoys reading, but he needed new material to get interested again. And I was clueless on what to help him find.

A solution was in order – one that we can come back to again and again!

That’s why this is a great list of the best books for 10 year olds. Because no kid should stay stuck, and no parent or teacher should have to scour the internet for hours to help!

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Good Books for 10 Year Olds

First, these 10 year old chapter books are all highly rated, popular, and cover a variety of subjects. You’re sure to find a few winners here!

1. Wish (Ages 9-12)

*New York Times Bestseller

best books for 10 year olds

Charlie Reese has made the same wish every day since fourth grade. She begins to doubt her wish will come true. But then she meets a stray dog and a surprising neighbor boy.

Suddenly, Charlie’s not sure if what she wanted SO badly is really what she wants her life to be.

2. The One and Only Ivan (Ages 9-12)

*#1 New York Times bestseller and Newbery Award

The One and Only Ivan: good chapter books for 10 year olds

The One and Only Ivan is inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla who spent 27 years behind glass walls in a shopping mall. Ivan hardly ever thought of the jungle, until a new elephant makes him see things in a new way.

This touching story gives children a new perspective on the way we treat animals and the power of friendship.

This beautiful story was made into a major motion picture! Read the book, then watch the movie for family night!

3. Holes (Ages 10-13)

#1 New York Times Bestseller• Newbery Medal • National Book Award • One of Time Magazine’s 100 Best YA Books of All Time

Good books for 10-13 years old

Pass down this modern classic to your kids!

In Holes, Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. And when he gets unjustly sent to a detention center at Camp Green Lake, he finds that there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye. He realizes that the boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something.

But what could it be?

4. The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Ages 10-14)

*Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

In this creative fantasy story, the forest witch Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight on the way to delivering her to a family.

The baby is filled with extraordinary magic, and so the witch names her Luna and realizes she must raise her as her own. But as Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge just as danger and uncertainty come from all corners.

5. Rules (Ages 9-12)

*Newbery Honor Book & Scholastic Gold

Rules: chapter books for 10-12 year olds

12-year-old Catherine has spent much of her young life helping her Autistic brother learn the rules of what’s acceptable and what’s embarrassing. But when she meets a few unusual new friends, her beliefs are flipped upside down.

Her own behavior changes and she starts to wonder… “what is normal?”

6. The Secret Lake (Ages 8-12)

*A Children’s Mystery Adventure

best mystery books for 10 year olds

Stella and Tom move into a new London neighborhood and they befriend a neighborhood dog. Yet, it becomes more and more curious when they realize that the dog is continually disappearing and returning.

As they search for answers, they discover a tunnel that leads to a secret lake, and that they’ve somehow traveled back in time…

7. The Graveyard Book (Ages 10-12)

*The only work ever to win both the Newbery (US) and Carnegie (UK) medals.

The Graveyard Book

This is the unique story of “bod.” A normal kid who just happens to live in a graveyard and be raised by ghosts. A boy can find many adventures in a graveyard, but if he leaves he is in far graver danger from the living.

Find out what happens to Bod here>>

8. Brown Girl Dreaming (Ages 10-13)

*Jacqueline Woodson’s National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner

Brown Girl Dreaming

In a collection of soulful poems, Woodson shares what it was like growing up in the civil rights era, how she always felt halfway at home, and the love for writing that emerged and inspired her.

9. Restart (Ages 8-12)

*New York Times Bestseller

best books for 8-10 year olds

Restart is the spectacular story of a kid who loses his memory and gets to see his life through a new set of eyes. Chase is astonished at the way kids react to him at school and he’s not sure he wants to be the same person anymore. But will he choose to be different?

10. Daughter of the Deep (Ages 10-14)

Chapter adventures books for 10 year olds 2022

Ana is a freshman at a prestigious marine biology academy. But when she is sent on a secretive weekend trial at sea, Ana and her classmates witness a terrible tragedy.

Now she must face new deadly enemies and race to find the answers she needs. See Daughter of the Deep here>>

11. Smile (Graphic Novel Ages 8-12 Years)

*#1 New York Times bestseller, Eisner Award-winning graphic memoir

Graphic novels for 10 years old

Raina longs to be a normal sixth grader. But when she falls and severely injures her front teeth, she must undergo braces, false teeth, headgear, and all sorts of frustrations.

Add to that an earthquake, boys, and friends and you’ve got a true tale that every pre-teen can relate to.

12. Crenshaw (Ages 8-12)

Crenshaw: Great adventure and fantasy reads

Jackson’s family has fallen on hard times. Again. And so Jackson’s imaginary cat friend returns to help him. In this sweet story of getting through tough times, author Katherine Applegate shows the power of friendship, real or imaginary.

13.The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise (Best Books Ages 9-12)

*A 2019 Parents’ Choice Award Gold Medal Winner

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise: best books for 10 year olds to read in 2022

Since her mom and sisters’ car crash five years ago, Coyote and her dad have been on the road, traveling the nation in a school bus. In all that time they haven’t returned home.

But when Coyote finds that the park near her old home is going to be destroyed, she decides they must make the hard journey back. With the help of new (strange) friends by her side, Coyote finds herself where she needs to be.

Find Coyote’s special journey here >>

14. Northern Lights (Ages 9-16)

*Now a major HBO/BBC TV series

Northern Lights follows the journey of Lyra and her animal half-daemon. Her destiny awaits in the frozen Arctic where witches reign and ice bears fight.

This adventure book for 10 year olds is also full of stunning illustrations!

15. Inside Out & Back Again

Winner of the National Book Award * Newbery Honor, * #1 New York Times bestseller!

Inside & Out

Told from the true story childhood of the author, this touching tale gives the unique perspective of a child immigrating to another country. Join Há in her year-long journey of change and healing to find her new place in the world.

16. Pax (Ages 9-12)

National Book Award Longlist * New York Times Bestseller * Amazon Best Book of the Year

Pax on Amazon

Read the compelling story and unlikely friendship of a boy and a fox.

Peter and Pax have grown up inseparable. But one day, the family must move away and Peter has to return Pax to the wild. As it turns out, distance is no match for their friendship. Follow as Peter and Pax both embark on new adventures to find each other again.

17. When You Trap a Tiger (Ages 8-12)

*2021 Newbery Medal *New York Times Bestseller *Asian/Pacific American Award

When You Trap a Tiger

When You Trap a Tiger is the tale of courage. When Lily and her family move in with her grandmother, a magical tiger appears to them. Soon Lily learns that there’s much more to her family history than she could have imagined.

Will Lily make a deal with a magical tiger?

18. Goodnight Mister Tom (Ages 8-12)

*IRA Children’s Book Award – best of classic books for 10 year olds!

As London braces for World War II, young Willie Breech is evacuated from his home and is taken in by a kind old widower. At first, Willie is terrified of everything.

Yet with time, an unlikely friendship emerges. When Willie must return to London and his former abusive life, Tom goes looking for the boy he now thinks of as a son.

Best Book Series for 10 Year Olds

Next, book series are incredibly helpful in keeping your child’s reading consistent. When they find one they love, they’ll be excited for more!

19. Artemis Fowl (Ages 10-14)

Best book series for 10 year olds

The adventure series that inspired a movie comes to life in this full collection!

12-year-old Artemis is no ordinary kid. He’s a criminal mastermind. But he gets way more than he bargained for when he finds out that fairies are real and then kidnaps Captain Holly Short.

Want to try the first book? Here’s book 1 of the series!

20. The Chronicles of Narnia (Ages 8 & Up)

7 Books + Trivia Set

10 -12 year old good books series

Explore a fantastic world just beyond your closet with this full series collection. The epic battles and astounding creatures have enchanted children for years. Your child will love them too!

See book 1: The Magician’s Nephew HERE>>

Tip: Many of these series were turned into movies! Kids love reading the book, then watching the movie.

21. Harry Potter (Ages 8 & Up)

*Most Popular Children’s Books of all time!

Best book series for 10 year olds: Harry Potter

The most popular children’s book series EVER!

This box set starts us off at Harry’s beginnings and weaves us through magical spells and exploding adventures to the epic battle when Harry faces with Voldermort. These are must-read books for 10 year olds!

See the first book here to start: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

22. The Feather Chase (Ages 8-12)

*An Unlikely Mystery!

The Feather Chase

In The Feather Chase, two cousins with nothing in common are made to spend the summer together. But their ho-hum summer turns into a thrilling mystery when they find a briefcase in the forest that hides a surprise inside. Now they must find a way to solve the case – together!

See the 3 book series here >>

23. The Secret Zoo (Ages 9-12)

*Fast-Paced & Exciting!

The Secret Zoo: Best books for 10-12 year olds

The Secret Zoo is the first of this imaginative series. It begins with a zoo where the animals begin acting strange. It seems as though they might be searching for something.

Megan notices the odd happenings first, but when she disappears it’s up to her brother and friends to find her. And what they discover when they sneak into the zoo surprises them all.

Get the whole 6 book series here>>

24. Belly Up (Ages 8-12)

*Fun mystery!

Mystery books for 10 year olds, girl and boy in 2022: Belly Up

In Belly Up, 12 year old Teddy believes that the hippopotamus at the brand-new FunJungle has been murdered. Others believe that he went “belly up” the natural way. Who could the culprit be?

The deeper Teddy digs, the more danger he finds…

See a three mystery collection here >>

25. A Murder Most Unladylike (Ages 9-14)

In this popular series, Daisy and Hazel solve the most amazing mysteries. Death Sets Sail (book 9) joins the girls in Egypt where they encounter both a shocking murder and a secret society who believe them to be reincarnations of ancient pharaohs.

It becomes clear that someone is being framed and they must solve the riddle before danger gets them first…

Find the first 8 books in the popular series here >>

26. Theodore Boone (Ages 8-12)

*John Grisham

Theodore Boone series

“A perfect murder…a faceless witness…a lone courtroom champion knows the whole truth….and he’s only 13 years old.” – Amazon

Theo is a kid living in a small town full of lawyers. And he thinks he’s one too. But he’s suddenly getting much closer to the action than he’d like when he knows too much. Now, he must give everything he has to make sure justice is served.

See book 1 of the series here >>

27. The City of Ember Complete Boxed Set (Ages 10-14)

*Nominated to 28 State Award Lists!

The City of Embers adventure

In The City of Ember, only two lamps keep away the prevailing darkness for those remaining of the human race.

But when those two lamps begin to flicker, two friends must race against time to save the light. And everyone left.

To read them all, see the four book series here>>

Good Books for 10 Year Old Girl

Now, the following book recommendations are about girls and therefore girls are probably more interested in them. But of course, anyone may like them!

28. Roller Girl (Ages 9-12)

*The Newbery Honor Award Winner and New York Times bestseller

Roller Girl

Roller girl is a graphic novel that follows Astrid as she falls in love with roller derby and struggles through a difficult summer of keeping up with older girls, losing a friendship, and creating a new one.

It’s an inspirational book of change for girls, and in the end, Astrid realizes that she is strong enough to get through it all – and be a roller girl.

29. Snow & Rose (Ages 8-12)

If your child loves fairy tales then she’ll love this book!

At first, these two sisters had the perfect life – until one day their father disappeared into the woods. Snow & Rose is the story of two girls and the enchanted forest that has been waiting for them to break a set of terrible spells.

See Snow & Rose here >>

30. Girl’s Best Friend: A Maggie Brooklyn Mystery (Ages 8-12)

*Nancy Drew fans will love this!

Girl's Best Friend: best 10 year old girl  books 2022

Dogs are disappearing in the neighborhood and Maggie’s determined to find out what’s behind the suspicious behavior. Except, she never expected the people she liked could be involved…

31. The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl (Ages 8-12)

*Teacher’s pick!

Lucy’s life changed the day that she was struck by lightning. The sudden zap gave her super-genius math skills and she’s been homeschooled ever since. Now Lucy’s grandma insists that she goes to middle school for one year.

But what could this genius possibly get out of middle school? It turns out, a lot.

See the Miscalculations of Lightning Girl >>

32. Celebrate Your Body: And Its Changes Too! (Ages 8-11)

#1 Best Seller in Physiology

Celebrate Your Body: good books for 10-year-old girl

Puberty can be especially tough for young girls, as a lot of changes happen early.

Celebrate Your Body is a reassuring book that can help answer many of the questions that 10-year-old girls don’t want to (or know how to) ask. The more body-positive things our girls see, the better!

Good Books for 10 Year Old Boys

Next, these topics cover a few things boys especially love. However, girls may also find a few of them awesome!

33. Trapped in a Video Game (Ages 8-12)

best 10 years old boys books: Trapped in a Video Game

Find out what happens when Jesse Rigsby gets sucked into his favorite video game. Jesse realizes that he can’t get out and that he’ll need to figure out what’s going on fast! Before it’s too late.

This is also part of a 5 book series, see it here>>

34. Allies (Ages 9-12)

*My 10 year old boy’s favorite books! (& New York Times Bestseller)

good book series for 10 year old boy

In Allies, Gratz combines intriguing stories into a narrative of just how much one day can change history.

It’s D-Day and there’s a breathtaking race against time, with deadly risks at every turn.

Will the characters prevail? Will the Allies win the war?

ALL of the Alan Gratz books are amazing.(See Refugee & Grenade) But note that these books get into more complex, grown up situations (like war etc.) 

35. Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys

#1 Best Seller in Children’s Boys & Men Books

Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys

Guy Stuff will provide 10 year old boys with the answers to help take care of themselves, from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to shaving, acne to voice changes, and everything in between. 

You’ll find practical tips and how-tos to help understand normal body changes.

Watch the Video for More of My 10 Year Old Boy’s Favorites!

*Looking for more fiction books? Try this amazing list of 9 year old books too!

Interesting NonFiction Books for 10 Year Olds

These best nonfiction books for 10 year olds are downright fascinating and get kids excited about science, history, and more!

36. Wow in the World: The How And Wow Of The Human Body: From Your Tongue to Your Toes and All the Guts in Between (Ages 8-12)

*My kids’ favorite science book!

Best non fiction books for 10 year olds

Wow in the World shows kids that the body is a fascinating mystery with lots of WOW. Fun illustrations, fascinating facts, jokes, quizzes, and experiments, make learning an adventure!

These authors also have a mega-popular podcast! >>

I did get a few reproductive questions after my kids read this book. I LOVED that the book opened this up in a very scientific way, but I wanted to share with readers that this may happen.

37. Interesting Stories for Curious Kids

#1 Bestseller in Children’s American Local History

Interesting Stories for Curious People

“A Fascinating Collection of the Most Interesting, Unbelievable, and Craziest Stories on Earth!” – Amazon

Let Interesting Stories for Curious Kids bring learning to you in a new fun way, and keep kids engaged through the most unbelievable true stories!

38. Awesome Physics Experiments for Kids: 40 Fun Science Projects and Why They Work (Ages 10-13)

good 10 year old nonfiction books: Physics Experiments

Need 10 year old kids books that get your child moving? Try this activity workbook that builds on stem knowledge and gets kids excited about science!

You’ll find 40 highly engaging hands-on experiments that will get your kids thinking in a whole new way.

39. 5,000 Awesome Facts About Everything

# 1 Bestseller in Children’s Mystery & Wonders Books

5,000 Awesome Facts About Everything

Compelling photographs and fun-filled facts make 5,000 Awesome Facts both highly entertaining and educational for kids! It’s bursting with exciting tidbits your kids will love about the most off-the-wall, sensational things!

40. Amazing Muslims who Changed the World

This empowering book provides insight into thirty amazing historical figures.

In her message, author Burhana Islam writes “remember that we come from greatness, we are capable of greatness and we are greater than the stereotypes that bind us.”

41. How to Draw Cool Stuff

*#1 Bestseller in illustration and graphic design

non fiction for 10 - 12 year olds: How to Draw Cool Stuff

If you have an artistic kiddo on your hands, then they’ll love learning how to draw in more detail. How to Draw Cool Stuff gives step-by-step instructions and hands-on exercises to help anyone gain confidence and skill.

Books for 10-Year-Old Advanced Reader

Finally, if your child is looking for a few advanced books for 10 year olds, here are great books for 10-14 year olds!

42. A Wrinkle in Time (Ages 10-14 Years)

*Newbery Medal Winner

A Wrinkle in Time: books for advanced readers

A Wrinkle in Time begins with an odd stranger on a dark and stormy night. When Meg & Charles learn of a tesseract (a wrinkle in time), they embark on their own adventures through space and time searching for their father, who disappeared while doing secret work for the government.

This is a five book series! See the full series here>>

43. The Trials of Apollo (Ages 10-14)

best books for 10-13 year olds to read

After angering his father, the God Apollo is cast down to Earth as a mortal. Now, without his immortal powers, Apollo must learn to survive as a regular teenage boy. But Apollo has many enemies, and danger lurks everywhere.

44. Difficult Riddles for Smart Kids (Ages 10+)

*Makes a great challenge!

Help stretch your young reader’s mind with these creative brain teasers and riddles. You’ll find 300 puzzles designed to test logic, problem-solving, and memory.

Looking for more word challenges? Try these funny what am I riddles >>

45. A Long Walk to Water (Ages 10-14)

* Audie Award Finalist *New York Times Best Seller

A Long Walk to Water

This sensational book is based on a true story, and follows two Sudanese children who overcome immense dangers and terrible hardships to improve the lives of themselves and others in an astonishing way.

Want to have this book list handy? Grab the free pdf!

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How much should a 10 year old read?

According to Scholastic, kids at this age benefit greatly from daily reading of 30 minutes or more. (See more interesting reading statistics benefits here)

The easiest way to achieve this is through a regular reading routine. In our home, the kids read right before bed.

This serves as both their reading routine and a way for them to wind down without screens. Other transition times like after school can well work too!

Tips for Choosing Books for Your 10 Year Old

What if you have a child that doesn’t want to read? Or how do you know what books to pick? Here are a few great suggestions!

  • Books series are great for engagement! If the child loves the first book, he or she will want to keep going.
  • Play to their interests! Look for books that highlight an outside interest of your child. Grab a fun free bookmark here to make things interesting too.
  • Be a reading role model! Do the kids see you reading too? If you show that reading is fun and important, they’ll think it is too.

Come back to this list again and again!

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To Consider With These Reads

I hope you enjoyed this big list of best 10 year olds books! I’ve got more lists for all ages, like books for 5 year olds to read themselves. So, explore the site for more.

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